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Billy N.

13 Reviews
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Starting at $65
  • Speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese
  • BFA Jazz Performance from CCNY
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Billy N.

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Play the music you want to play. I often use a combination of styles to get you to advance in your guitar skills whether you are a stone beginner or advanced. I've been teaching for over 20 years and can tailor lessons to the individual using the music you want and my large repertoire ranging from simple American Folk through Advanced modern music. I can get you to accompany,solo and also read music too( if you wish). I have concise approaches to all matters of technique, scale work and arpeggios. You can be confident that you are coming to an experienced teacher/player who cares deeply about music and loves helping the student progress.

About Billy

Billy N. has played Jazz, Brazilian and Classical music in the NYC area for the last 20 years. He has actively taught both finger-style and pick guitar for the last 20 years. He was on staff at the American Institute of Guitar for 11 years. His book on Brazilian Guitar is published by Alfred Music a

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So far great - just started
Kay D.
Billy is a patient instructor who is perfect for a beginner with some musical knowledge. I feel like we accomplished quite a bit in one lesson and I am looking forward to advancing under his guidance! #totallyworthit
Flaminia D.
I have been taking lessons with Billy since January 2015. I am a total beginner and I really think I have made the best choice ever to pick him as my teacher. Billy is an experienced guitar teacher and a professional player that knows great techniques for beginners. He has been teaching me basics of guitar in a smart way, and at each lesson I feel I learn something new and at the same time I can clearly see how much progress I have made since our first lesson. He has also been teaching me how to read music and tabs which proofed to be extremely useful every time I want to learn a new song by myself. Highly recommended!
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Avi B.

17 Reviews
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Starting at $70
  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • Teaching since 2007
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Avi B.

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Experienced Guitar teacher of over 10 years available for students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of musical and critical listening skills. I specialize in rock, punk, metal, progressive, pop, and blues, and have cultivated my own curriculum which is personalized to each student.

Here are the tools available to use during lessons: Ovation Celebrity, Gibson SG Standard, Schechter Diamond Series, Marshall AVT50, Digitech RP500 effects pedal, and Logic Pro X.

Want to learn to play your favorite songs and find out why they're your favorite songs? I'm your guy!

About Avi

***COVID-19 UPDATE: Until authorities have deemed it safe, all of my lessons will take place online. Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this strange and important time.*** Greetings! My name’s Avi and I’m committed to getting you to rock your heart out as quickly as possible.

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Taking lessons with Avi has been a great experience. He has been more than willing to work with my complicated schedule and very obviously cares about teaching. I tried learning guitar off of youtube for a little while but eventually hit a block. Learning with an actual teacher has been a world of difference.
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Brian C.

29 Reviews
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Starting at $45
  • Speaks Spanish
  • Teaches students 8 to 65
  • Bachelor of Music from New York University
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Brian C.

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I teach Rock, Blues, Jazz and Classical Guitar Styles. My teaching goal is to make you a better player. During lessons you can expect each subject to be explained so that you understand its musical relevance to your playing. I am a very patient teacher who has had great success with students of all levels.

About Brian

I graduated Cum Laude from New York University, where I received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar Performance. I have performed all styles of music on club dates, college shows, concerts, and recording dates. I have also released a full length commercial recording of my original pop/rock music

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Lily Hipp
Brian is the man! I've been casually learning how to play guitar on my own for the last few years, but I have very little actual music theory knowledge and I've definitely picked up some not-so-good habits along the way. Brian has been awesome at filling in the gaps and getting my fundamentals straightened out - I've learned more in just a few lessons with him than I have in years of "noodling".
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Justin M.

52 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Speaks English
  • B.A. Music from California Polytechnic State University
  • Teaching since 2005
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Justin M.

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After years of playing, I know how to break down the guitar and teach it to anyone willing to learn. I take the 80/20 approach to learning guitar and will get you up and playing in no time. Lessons will teach you the following:

* songs you actually want to play
* how to read music and guitar tablature
* chords and progressions
* music theory
* guitar technique for all styles to make you a well-rounded player
* learn how to write your own tunes and jam in any style with anyone

About Justin

Like most guitarists, I had always wanted to play the guitar as a little kid. Luckily, my parents finally caved to the request (ok ok, incessant begging) and I began my guitar journey at the age of 11. After now 20 years of playing and 12 years of teaching, I am excited to share my experience and th

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Great first lesson. Justin was very clear and answered all my questions. I’m learning the basics and look forward to practicing. Great instructions.
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Austin K.

19 Reviews
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Starting at $25
  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • Guitar from Music & Arts
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Austin K.

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When learning guitar with me I make sure the curriculum is custom fitted for you! All student's aren't the same, and it is important you find a teacher who teaches in a way that speaks clearly to you. Achieving your goals is my top priority, and making sure you have fun learning along the way is my passion!

About Austin

I have been playing piano, guitar and ukulele since 2004. Since 2004 I've tutored others in music, including a high school piano class. Starting in 2017 I began teaching professionally. I evaluate how each student learns best. Set goals with them, and create a curriculum that is fun, exciting, an

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Sarah
Excellent and “on point” with intuitive abilities to instruct each student!
Matthew
We received our first lesson with Austin and look. Forward to many more. He connected very well with our son’s learning abilities and seems to love what he does!
Angie
My son has been taking lessons for four years. Austin is very patient and relates instruction well online. I highly recommend him!
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Andrew C.

79 Reviews
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Starting at $55
  • Speaks English
  • Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance/Jazz Studies/Music Education from University of the Arts
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Andrew C.

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Fun and personalized lessons for aspiring Guitarists of all ages. Whether you are a complete beginner or advanced, my years of experience can show you a practical approach to learning music and exploring the guitar. Enjoy learning your favorite songs in a relaxed environment at my studio or online from the comfort of your own home. My students have many different musical tastes and lessons are always unique from person to person. Learn at your own pace. I build my program around your interests and goals. Become the musician you've always wanted to be and have fun doing it!

About Andrew

Music has been a lifelong pursuit for me. I have played many instruments over the years while performing with various groups in and out of school. Eventually I decided that music was how I wanted to make my living. Since earning my degree in Instrumental Performance/Jazz Studies from University o

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Antonio
After working with Andrew for 3 months my guitar playing has gone from self-taught and being ok to now being able to have a lot more understanding, integration and fluidity with the guitar. I think the best thing of working with Andrew is giving him feedback of where I want to go as a guitarist and he builds layers and steps of how to get at a very do-able level of challenge. I look forward to our lessons every time and look forward to continuing to work with Andrew.
Michael
Have 2 Daughters Taking bass guitar lessons from Andrew – they love the lessons and he seems extremely knowledgeable. And what I consider most important – – they are having fun!
Jeff
My background: I'm a 44 year old reformed drummer that started learning bass about a year before taking lessons with Andrew. About Andrew: he brings a relaxed and comfortable vibe, but it rests atop a strong and conversant knowledge of theory (and of course, playing ability) that he graciously sprinkles about in a quantity calibrated to your level and interest. He's always prepared with an effective and practical trajectory for the lesson and lessons pathway, but fully embraces whatever you're bringing that day (questions you have, songs you're listening to or want to understand better) and manages to synergize what you bring with trajectory you're on. I've learned a tremendous amount. And, he's a good dude. All-in, a unique combination of personal skills and technical tools. I do recommend.

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Average Cost of Guitar Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute guitar lessons is $65. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $300 per hour.
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"He is very engaging, and easygoing. He allows some silliness when a child student may lose focus at times. He's a great instructor for children."
Tamara
Took Guitar lessons from Ronnie B.
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"I am really enjoying lessons with Andrew."
Michael
Took Guitar lessons from Andrew C.
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"Rick's lessons have been really enjoyable. He starts off with fundamentals, but keeps it fun by helping you learn songs of your choice. When you get further into the lessons the songs start to make more sense and I was able to understand why they sounded how they did. My lessons with Rick have been great and I feel like I've learned a lot."
Dylan
Took Guitar lessons from Rick P.
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"I am an adult guitar student. Lena is a terrific teacher! She is organized and has a plan. She is very postive and encouraging. I am learning a lot from her and enjoying the process."
John
Took Guitar lessons from Lena E.
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"I never leave reviews but Roel deserves a major kudos. I was nervous about starting lessons, especially since the teachers I had growing up were kind of mean, but Roel was truly professional while also being SUPER NICE. We worked on a few rock songs that I had put off for years, and I can confidently say that I've crossed them off the bucket list. You go dude!"
Will Ramos
Took Guitar lessons from Roel R.
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"Wonderful teacher! Thank you so much."
Christian
Took Guitar lessons from Priscilla L.
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"Rosalind is knowledgeable and patient. She explains things clearly and on my level musically. I thoroughly enjoyed my first lesson."
Matthew
Took Guitar lessons from Rosalind H.
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"Steve G: A Superb Instructor

I'm a student of Steve G.'s and am in my 40's. I had previously taken classical piano lessons from the age of 7 until 18, but I wanted to try my hand at guitar. Having come from a long line of teachers in my own family, I am well acquainted with the great (but often under-appreciated) skill it requires to be a quality instructor of any kind. A superb instructor (like Steve G.) should possess the following qualities:

1. Patient: Prodigies or masters of their art often lack the ability to convey their ability on a small scale to their pupils. Steve is an amazing performer and artist, and yet he is humble enough to walk alongside you, particularly when you are establishing the fundamentals of guitar technique. He will find the areas that need work and allow you to see how a small amount of persistence can result in large gains.

2. Encouraging: Steve is always optimistic. You can feel his passion for music in every word he speaks. He has the rare gift of making you see the flashes of your own talent, and he will help you build on those. He will not only help you figure out ways to overcome your obstacles in playing, but he will also deepen your appreciation of the instrument itself. He even went with me to the store to pick out an awesome acoustic guitar!

3. Individualizing: Steve doesn't have a once-size-fits-all method of teaching. He is a very keen and observant instructor who will challenge you based on your progress as well as your natural abilities. He will get to know you as a human being and as a budding artist. He will find ways to allow you to take your own inspirations and use them to drive you forward in your musical exploration.

4. Exemplary: Steve has tremendous integrity, not only as an artist but also as a professional instructor. He is also a tremendous guitarist with a broad repertoire, and watching him play will motivate you to become even better.

I hope this review is helpful to anyone who is considering taking lessons. Sign up with Steve and you won't regret it! Good luck on your journey!"
George
Took Guitar lessons from Steve G.
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Paula
Took Guitar lessons from Lola M.
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"Though I have only taken lessons with Ryan for a few weeks, I am thoroughly impressed. Not only is Ryan very knowledgeable and talented, he is also a very patient and clear teacher. His lessons are organized, he gives lots of material to practice and I fully expect my skill level to grow exponentially under his tutelage."
Jamie
Took Guitar lessons from Ryan S.
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Private Guitar Lessons and Classes

The guitar is one of the most popular musical instruments of all time. The versatility of the instrument, along with its iconic tone, makes it a favorite for new and experienced musicians alike.

Acoustic, electric, and classical guitars can all be adapted and used to play a variety of genres of music. Guitar players are capable of both stealing the show and providing rhythmic support to the rest of the band. Whether you want to take the stage or just play for fun at home, private guitar lessons help you reach your musical goals in the fastest way possible.

Although a world-class rock star may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the guitar, there is a wide range of possibilities with the instrument. Jazz, country, folk, pop, or classical music can a

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ll fit gracefully on the fretboard, providing countless avenues for musical expression.

Guitar classes make your music learning journey as fun and efficient as it can be. With every in-person or online guitar lesson, your knowledge of the fretboard will expand, and you’ll be one step closer to achieving your musical goals.

While everyone has their reasons for wanting to take guitar lessons, there are some benefits to learning music that you may not be aware of. Let’s dive into the many reasons to pick up the guitar, which topics your guitar teacher will cover, and how to improve your skills as quickly as possible!

Many Reasons to Take Guitar Classes

There are plenty of reasons to pick up the guitar besides just looking cool. Thanks to the versatility and mobility of the instrument, it wields great social power in a variety of settings. With an acoustic guitar and a few songs up your sleeve, you can bring groups of people together in song, anywhere you go.

Playing the guitar also imparts several mental benefits. Reading musical notation, guitar tabs, and chords can improve your memory and concentration. Plus, the skills needed to play guitar improve your hand-eye coordination, listening abilities, and multitasking prowess. With time, practicing guitar will strengthen your hands, wrists, and arms, improving dexterity and flexibility.

The benefits aren’t just for adults, either. Learning guitar enriches a child's development by improving cognitive ability, motor skills, academic abilities, and confidence. Playing the guitar has also been shown to be a useful therapy for children with ADHD, as it directs a child's energy toward a creative pursuit and improves their focus and discipline.

Topics You'll Learn in Private Guitar Lessons

With a private teacher, you can learn to play the exact style of music you love. The genre of music and type of guitar that you ultimately want to play will dictate which techniques you learn and how your guitar instructor plans your lessons. In addition, guitar lessons for kids will differ greatly in terms of content and teaching style than guitar lessons for adults will.

With in-person and online guitar classes, you'll benefit from receiving prompt feedback and lesson plans that are tailored to your needs. As you learn to play guitar, you'll practice fingering, picking, and strumming techniques, learn about your instrument and its care, and you’ll develop a solid understanding of music theory. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Guitar Lessons

The goal of guitar lessons for beginners is to establish a strong foundation of fundamental skills, techniques, and theory. The topics learned in beginner lessons will be used during a lifetime of playing guitar. Lessons at this level may cover the following topics:

  • How to tune and hold your guitar
  • How to hold a pick
  • Introduction to music theory
  • Reading music notation, guitar tablature (tabs), and chords
  • Basic chords
  • Fretting, strumming, and picking
  • Guitar anatomy
  • Basic guitar care and re-stringing

Your guitar teacher will break these concepts down in an understandable way and set out achievable goals to help you progress. Do you have a particular song you’d like to learn? Let your teacher know.

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Guitar Lessons

Intermediate guitar classes are designed to take your skills to the next level while you practice playing your desired genre of music. At this stage, you can start to widen your perspective of the instrument and branch out into other styles as well. With intermediate lessons, your guitar teacher may cover the following topics:

  • Open chords and power chords
  • Advanced strumming patterns
  • Intermediate riffs and licks
  • Barre chords
  • Extended chords
  • Major, minor, and pentatonic scales
  • Position playing
  • Alternate tunings
  • Modes, arpeggios, and more!

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Guitar Lessons

Advanced lessons are intended for musicians who have already had plenty of practice and experience on the instrument. In advanced lessons, guitar players sharpen their techniques and practice improvisation, as well as take on challenging pieces of music. They'll also receive professional advice regarding the music business, auditions, and performances. Lessons often cover the following topics:

  • Advanced rhythmic techniques
  • Alternate and sweep picking
  • Legato phrasing
  • Right-hand tapping
  • String skipping
  • Solo artistry
  • Improvisation
  • Performance preparation
  • Composition and songwriting

Wondering how long it’ll take you to master the guitar? This can vary depending on the frequency of lessons and how often you practice, but if you’re dedicated to learning, most students can play several easy songs within one to two months.

Learn with In-Person and Online Guitar Classes

When you're ready to learn guitar, you can easily find the perfect guitar teacher right here at TakeLessons. You'll find hundreds of instructors offering acoustic and electric guitar lessons both in-person and online, to students of all ages. Online guitar lessons are an excellent option for kids and parents with busy schedules, who would prefer to learn from the comfort of home!

Browsing through our teachers’ profiles, you'll see that many are experienced in the music business and have years of teaching experience. Plus, all TakeLessons teachers are required to pass a thorough background check.

In order to narrow down your options, we recommend looking for a teacher who specializes in your preferred genre and style of guitar music. You can also read through reviews left by other students and ask the teacher any questions you may have about lessons. 

Once you've selected a teacher, give one of our friendly Student Counselors a call to schedule your very first TakeLessons guitar class. With a private guitar instructor, you'll be well on your way to becoming the rock star you’ve always dreamed of being!

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