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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

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What if your dream teacher is on the other side of the country? No problem. You can meet with your teacher online using a webcam on your computer.

Average Cost of Guitar Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute guitar lessons is $58. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $17 and $180 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$34 average
$125
45-min $15
 
$46 average
$167
60-min $17
 
$58 average
$180

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute guitar lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute guitar lessons are 21% less expensive at $46, and 30-minute lessons cost 42% less at $34.

Curious how much guitar lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best guitar teachers .

Guitar Lesson Reviews from Students

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Popular Guitar teachers

Frank V.

Riverside, CA
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Alex M.

Minneapolis, MN
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Cheryl C.

Mount Tabor, NJ
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Riverside, CA

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Beginning to advanced, studying technique, chords, reading music notation, learning songs, scales, strumming, reading lead sheets, tablature, analyzing music, studying solo concepts, songwriting

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Scot July 4, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In home
Frank is a great teacher. He is knowledgeable and teaches the musical concepts well to all ages. I highly recommend him.
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Bob March 29, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Very knowledgeable and explains things well
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Michael W. January 27, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I just had my 1st lesson and I can tell I'm going to learn a lot from Frank. He's really nice and easy going, and he really knows his stuff.

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Minneapolis, MN

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I've been playing guitar for over 12 years & spend most of my professional & personal life doing so. I'm fluent in nearly every style of music in the Western world (as well as some from the East, such as Celtic music, ragas & Japanese traditional music).

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Eric May 22, 2018
· Guitar · In home
All I can say is that Alex is the real deal. His knowledge and teaching skills are par excellent! Every lesson I was blown away by his love and mastery of the guitar and music in general. You will not be disappointed...
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Josh S. May 14, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Very personable
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Jim February 15, 2018
· Bass Guitar · Online
I'm a complete beginner. Alex was very patient and went at a pace that I could understand. He's very passionate about learning.

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Mount Tabor, NJ

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Learn repertoire that ranges from pop to contemporary, fingerstyle, and jazz, with a bit of blues thrown in.

You can use a pick or fingers, learn to read music or tab, learn technique idiomatic to the guitar as a melodic or accompanying instrument.

We can explore song writing and recording as well!

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Michele January 14, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Cheryl is an outstanding instructor with many years of experience. She is patient and supportive with a talent and insight that has helped me progress beyond my expectations. Lessons always begin on time. I’m thankful I have Cheryl as a teacher and always look forward to going to class!
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Mark Higgins November 30, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Cheryl is a great teacher. She loves music and that enthusiasm is inspiring.
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ahead and advancing my playing skills.
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Bill L. October 18, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Cheryl laid back person with a great teaching method. Can't wait until next lesson.

Will F.

Knoxville, TN
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Steven B.

Coronado, CA
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Mark C.

Los Angeles, CA
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currently working with 10 guitar clients

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Eddie October 1, 2017
· Songwriting · In studio
Great Fun!
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Alan May 4, 2017
· Songwriting · In studio
things are going well.....Will is a very helpfull and agreeable teacher....am considering more lessons in the future....but i don't like this company's auto renewing me for lessons...but...that ain't Wills fault....i look forward to seeing his Studio in Action!.....that's the next lesson.....
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Alan April 23, 2017
· Singing · In home
it went very well....i'd give 4.5 or 5 stars but i'm going to wait and see how it goes...i dont give perfect scores for anything so easy....seems to be a very well rounded instructor which fits into my plans of going over a wide range of subjects besides singing.....I'm just going to take five lessons as an overview of musicianship as thats all my budget allows....

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Coronado, CA

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The guitar is the most popular instrument in the world. Steven B is one of the best instructors out there. He teaches in students’ homes across the United States as easily as in the Coronado Music Studio. He combines methods of teaching sight reading, playing by ear, and improvisation. He teaches many styles of music, pop, rock as well as ethnic music genres. Teaching all the fundamentals of technique in guitar for correct hand positions, fingering, and position. Strumming, finger picking, hybrid picking, and the C-A-G-E-D formula is taught, depending upon the interest of the student. Steven B may be the only teacher out there who uses his recording studio in producing recordings to assist his guitar students in the learning process. Prepare to learn and have a lot of fun!

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- In Your Home Lessons Via Webcam (LIVE with the teacher)
- In The Coronado Music Studio

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Bianca July 8, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Steven has been amazing!! I have little to no experience playing guitar, but I'm already getting the hang of playing well known songs! He does a great job of critiquing but also making the lesson fun! He tells me exactly what I need to do and the tools I need for the following lessons, so I always have a plan AND it's all in the comfort of my own home. I would highly recommend Steven, and if you're skeptical about taking an online lesson, don't be, because the attention Steven gives during lessons makes you feel like he's right there! Happy Strumming!
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Harry W. May 12, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Steven was fun, passionate, very knowledgeable, humorous, patient, enjoyable, easy to follow, organized, kind, caring, compassionate, cordial, and more. :-)
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Debbie B. October 16, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Steven's very patient and demonstrates what he wants me to do. As he says, "There are no mistakes," and we keep right on going. I feel as if my voice has been enriched and made prettier. I'm so glad I found Steven to be my vocal coach.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Mark Catalano is an American composer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer.

"I started teaching private music lessons my senior year of high school, in 2006. Since then I've taught over 50 different students of all ages from 3 years old to 61 years old. While still living in Ohio, I was the one and only official guitar teacher for Guitar Center Youngstown through the duration of 2008-2009. In late 2009, after moving to Los Angeles, I continued to teach privately all around the city. I currently live in West Hollywood with my wife and dog. I plan to continue teaching private students for the rest of my life."

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Amy September 16, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
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Charlie August 26, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Mark was very patient with my eight year old! He’s very encouraging and positive!
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Ralph B. May 1, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Subtle evaluation of my skill level and gave me some great tips. I'm coming back for more.

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Are you ready to buy a guitar? Before you part with your hard-earned cash, find out how some minor adjustments can make a world of difference in this guest post by Perth Amboy, NJ guitar teacher Jeff S...   There's nothing like the thrill of picking out or buying a new guitar. But did you know that very few new guitars are set up for optimum playability? Well, it's true. It's a rare guitar indeed that plays with maximum ease, right off the rack at the music store. However, if you g … Read More

How Playable Is That New Guitar Of Yours? | Tips for Beginners
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For many beginners, learning easy guitar chords is a great way to get comfortable with your instrument. Chords are also the building blocks you'll need to learn to play many of your favorite songs. Grab your guitar and dive into this essential guide to the basic guitar chords you need to know. A chord is a group of notes that create a harmony when they are played together. There are two ways you can play a note on the guitar. You can produce a note by holding the guitar string down at a speci

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Guitar Lessons

The guitar is one of the most common instruments for beginner musicians. It’s fun to play, and with practice and dedication, most students can learn to play several easy songs within 1-2 months!

It shouldn’t be a surprise that students learn faster when taking private guitar lessons or classes, compared to watching video tutorials or YouTube videos. Finding a specialized teacher - whether in-home, studio, or online classes - for one-on-one guitar tutoring will give you the feedback and personal attention you need to become the best guitar player you can be!

Beginner vs Intermediate vs Expert Guitar Lessons

Private Guitar lessons with a certified TakeLessons teacher are customized to each and every student based on their current skill level, and goals. Beginner students get to practice basic songs, basic exercises, and basic techniques. From there, the difficulty increases in order to properly challenge and motivate intermediate and advanced level guitarists to develop greater skills, to break through their preconceived limitations, and to ultimately get more satisfaction, meaning, and even paid opportunities from the becoming a skilled guitarist.

We understand advancing guitarists might have professional goals, so our teachers can guide you how to increase chances of getting more and higher paying gigs. Who knows, someday, you might even become a TakeLessons guitar instructor and get paid to teach other aspiring guitarists like you.

Guitar Lessons for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

If you’re the type of parent who believes music can improve early childhood development, science has good news for you. A recent study suggests that guitar practice can help children better and faster process music and verbal language. Hearing different pitches and tones can help one better parse spoken words. So while every parent should remain careful not to forcefully involve their little ones in music, sports, and other interests, parents can still take a gentler approach that stimulates joy and curiosity, and plant a seed for lifelong learning.

Guitar Lessons for Kindergartners and Grade Schoolers

Science also has good news for kids older than preschool age. Research suggests music lessons improve academic performance, as well as cognitive skills in children. Guitar lessons and practice can help improve motor skills, cognitive performance, and listening skills at a young age.

TakeLessons instructors are background-checked, and highly qualified to give your kids the lessons they need to stay engaged, enjoy the learning process, and to gradually and continually improve one key, one note at a time. After all, learning at a younger age yields the greatest and most long-lasting benefits.

The last thing you want to do is force a kid into playing and practicing so much that they begin to flame out and reject something as powerful and life-changing as the Guitar.

Guitar Lessons for Students with Special Needs

Some TakeLessons instructors specialize in teaching students with special needs. We believe that not every student learns the same way, and that every student, regardless of their special needs, is capable of becoming a great guitar player and musician.

If you can’t find a special needs teacher near you, try searching for online teachers, to find the perfect teacher that can meet your or your child’s needs.

Guitar Lessons for Teenagers and High Schoolers

The teen and tween years are the make or break years for most people, in deciding whether they’re going to stick with a childhood hobby or interest, for life. As you go through puberty, and begin preparing for life as an adult, and responsibilities pile on your plate, the first things to go tend to be the personal interests you’re passionate about, because they don’t pay the bills. Also, because they’re not an official part of your school curriculum. In other words, what was once a must-have becomes a nice-to-have.

This is why it’s important to have someone that holds you accountable for prolonging your learning and practicing, regardless of whether it’s a musical instrument, or a sport, or any other after-school matter. Someone to keep you motivated. And if you decide to make your passion a profession, someone to guide you along the way on how to find the right opportunities for paid gigs, or even a full-time career in playing the Guitar.

Guitar Lessons for College Students

Let’s be honest, private lessons aren’t the best idea for college students who are generally tight on budget, time, and commitments. However, that doesn’t mean you should stop learning and practicing. You can still work on the guitar by taking classes or participating in music programs at your college. These tend to be more affordable, more social, and less stressful than trying to fit private lessons into your routine.

Another great option is TakeLessons Live, where you can take unlimited group classes led by an expert guitar teacher, whenever you want for FREE, and practice the guitar with others like you.

Guitar Lessons for Working Adults & Parents

By now, you’ve already decided whether to stick with the Guitar or to drop it. If you’re one of the lucky few that stuck with it, in spite of having an extremely busy schedule with work and family obligations, congratulations. Contrary to popular belief, taking the time out for routine Guitar practice has tremendous benefits, even for the busiest of people.

We believe that Guitar practice as an adult is more productive than it seems because it clears your head, it builds patience, discipline and concentration skills which you can transfer over to other parts of life, and it keeps your hand-eye coordination sharp. It also keeps you committed to learning and improvement, which again, are transferable traits to professional life. As role models, parents taking active classes shows kids the importance of pursuing personal interests for life.

A new study on the long-term benefits of music lessons reports that older adults who took lessons at a young age process the sounds of speech faster than those who did not, regardless of whether it was a Guitar, or a harmonica, or an accordion, or any instrument for that matter.

The study found that participants who had four to 14 years of musical training had faster responses to speech sounds than participants without any training — even though no one in the first group had played an instrument for about 40 years.

Guitar Lessons for Senior Citizens & Retirees

Another study showed https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21463047 that practicing a musical instrument can slow down the aging process. The study of adults ranging from ages 60 to 83 revealed that those who played music regularly had better verbal and non-verbal memory, verbal fluency, visuomotor speed, and cognitive flexibility.

Even if you’ve never played a musical instrument or shown any interest, it’s never too late to start. Even latecomers can fall in love with something as timeless as the Guitar. After all, age isn’t a relevant factor, when it comes to curiosity, pleasure, and determination.

What to Learn with Private Guitar Lessons

Learn about Guitar basics such as the role of strings, notes, chords, progressions, scales, tabs, and guitar theory.

Learn about modes, licks, triads, riffs, arpeggios, tuners, amps, the fretboard. Learn to play with picks or fingers.

Learn how to read sheet music, to play guitar by ear, and to understand music theory.

Learn about differences between acoustic and electric guitars, and other specific types of guitars, such as country, blues, and of course, the classical.

Learn how to sing and play guitar solo, or how to play guitar in a band.

Learn about the various ways to tune a guitar: standard, alternative, and scordatura.

Learn about the capo, slides, straps, amplifiers, speakers and other accessories used to hold and play the guitar, and to produce high quality sound.

Learn about playing posture with both right and left hands, and dozens of techniques such as strumming, flat picking, finger picking, percussive, legato, harmonic, and other cool techniques.

Free Guitar Lessons and Classes

Check out this free video tutorial on how to play guitar like Prince.

A free video lesson on guitar power chords.

A free lesson on guitar fretboard exercises

A free lesson on guitar scales

An easy guitar tutorial to play “Same Old Love” by Selena Gomez

An intro to guitar scales

A free guitar lesson on how to play notes on A and E strings

Lastly, to practice the guitar with others like you, sign up for TakeLessons Live Guitar, and take unlimited classes for free.

Be sure to check out our blog for tips, advice, tutorials, infographics and more on learning the guitar fast.

Other Benefits of Guitar Lessons

• Lessons are fully customized for your age, experience level and interests.
• Extensive roster of certified, friendly teachers.
• Access to an online lesson journal to keep you on track and motivated.
• 100% Money Back Guarantee.

Our guitar instructors work with students of all ages: kids, teenagers, adults, and even seniors. We guarantee a customized experience that will exceed your expectations. In fact, we are so committed to your happiness that we offer all new customers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on your first lesson.

We have local teachers available near you and in thousands of cities across the United States, with online guitar lessons as an option as well. Sign up today! If you're not ready for private lessons, learn how to play guitar with TakeLessons Live group classes, the new and affordable way to get expert instruction.

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