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Mark S.

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  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 1995
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Mark S.

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With my broad performance and compositional background in folk, classical, jazz, rock, bluegrass, soul, blues, and musical theater, I offer students a wide musical perspective and tailor lessons to match student interests. I work with students on music of their choosing to improve technique and develop an understanding of music theory, improvisation, and composition.

For classical guitar students who would like to pursue the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) graded exams, Mark offers coaching in preparation for all aspects of the practical exams.

About Mark

I am a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter working in a variety of genres. I regularly perform around the Washington, DC, area as a solo guitarist, as a singer/songwriter, and with numerous classical, folk, rock, and musical theater groups. My primary musical influences include folk and

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Kristen
Mark has been a great teacher for this adult beginner! I take lessons in clawhammer banjo and ukulele with him, and his easy-going nature and skill in identifying ways to improve make it a joyful experience! Highly recommend.
SK
Mr. Sylvester is one of the greatest. He is not just an amazing guitarist, but he is also very kind. He treats people with so much respect. He speaks to me and my mom so nicely. He is very patient. He has a deep knowledge of music and knows how to get the most out of even the least talented people (like me!). He doesn't ever get mad if you make a mistake or forget to bring your music notes. We were so lucky to find Mr. Sylvester.
Virginia
Mark is a talented musician who plays and teaches multiple stringed instruments. His lessons are always informative and supportive. They are driven by the student’s interest, so anything you want o learn— styles of music, how to do a particular technique, music theory— you can bring to class. And every now and then he organizes a recital— terrifying but great practice!
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Moa M.

35 Reviews
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Starting at $45
  • Speaks Swedish, English
  • Teaches students 7 and up
  • Teaching since 2014
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Moa M.

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Wether you are shooting for the Hollywood Bowl or just playing around the camp fire, I am here to help you reach your goals! We will work on everything from learning chords and melodies to basic theory and your favorite tunes.

About Moa

Having grown up with two teaching parents and a teaching sister, I think it was pretty clear what I was going to be when I grew up. After touring all over the world, having songs on TV and radio and being signed both as an artist and a songwriter, I have learned some amazing things and I love passin

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Harper and Charlie V.
Moa was so patient and captured my (2) 7 year olds attention for the entire 1 hour lesson! They had SO much fun! Highly recommend
Brian
I’ve wanted to learn the bass for awhile, and after a month of trying on my own my husband got me some bass lessons with Moa. I was really nervous to start, but our weekly lessons have become the highlight of my week. Moa is very patient and really good at explaining things in ways I can understand. I’m very excited to continue lessons with her - I can’t think of another person I’d want to have as a music teacher.
Brian
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Juan C.

10 Reviews
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  • Speaks Spanish, Spanish, Japanese
  • Teaches Advanced
  • Awarded Composition Contest Award from Miami Dade College
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Juan C.

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Years of experience as a live musician and teacher. I focus on bringing out your personal voice and to acquire the necessary technique to achieve your musical goals.

About Juan

Originally from Colombia, Juan Calderon has been a resident of New York City since 2008. His music blends classical, modern, and avant-garde elements. He draws from his experience as a recording and touring rock guitarist in Colombia and Miami, his studies of East Asian music, inspired by interactio

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Mike
Juan went through many fundamentals of classical guitar, how to place your hands over the strings for articulation and economy of movement. Very useful.
Dawn G.
Juan is wonderful and very knowledgeable in music. He is very patient and makes you feel comfortable. I leave a lesson feeling like I am accomplished and relaxed. It nice to see progress in such a little time. I go home with enthusiasm to learn more and want practice to do so.
Chrystine R.
With a patient and intuitive approach, Juan tailors each lesson to fit not only the student’s skill level, but also desire for depth of understanding. When I first began taking lessons, I was only able to plunk a few chords and play along with a few basic songs. However, over the course of a year and a half with Juan, I gained a foundational knowledge of the classical guitar, as well as the confidence to site read and play a range of other styles of guitar music. He seamlessly integrated music theory concepts into song studies, helping me learn major/minor scales and chord shapes, and then apply this knowledge to better understand song structures and composition. It has been such a great experience learning from Juan, especially because he is both an exemplary teacher and guitar player!
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Jared G.

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  • Speaks English
  • Diploma from Desert Mountain Higschool
  • Teaching since 1999
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Jared G.

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All styles of guitar. Specializing in Rock. From very beginner to advanced shred. Using Popular songs from throughout the history of rock, from Chuck Berry to AC/DC to Ozzy to Nirvana and everything in between as etude studies to teach technique, theory, and scale theory.
Most importantly getting the students playing songs they enjoy within the first lessons and doing it properly with flawless technique and learning the theory behind it as well

About Jared

I have been teaching guitar almost 20 years and as an instructor, My teaching method comes from a curriculum I have developed which uses popular guitar driven rock tunes as musical etudes. Educating the student with valuable theory, reading, technique, and scale theory, while remaining fun. As a son

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Great teacher! He caught numerous hindrances to my technique immediately and I love that he incorporated theory from the beginning.
Gerard O.
I am 4 or 5 lessons in with Jared and I am truly and entirely thrilled with the progress I am seeing and the depth of guitar knowledge I have gained. Jared has a way of teaching that not only allows for actually playing right away but learning the foundations of knowing the guitar and music. I can see that this allows for not just playing "songs" but making music of my own. This is the freedom of "knowing" the guitar.
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Maria S.

37 Reviews
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  • Speaks Italian, German, French, English
  • Teaching since 2002
  • Teaches students 3 and up
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Maria S.

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About Maria

Maria S’s love of the arts, innate gifts, and years of training have led her to perform leading and supporting roles in dozens of musicals and operas over the past 20 years. Some of those include: Meet Me In St. Louis, Guys and Dolls, The Last Five Years, Les Misérables, South Pacific, The King

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Anthony C.
Maria was teaching my daughter opera, she learned a lot and we'll seek her out again to continue. She is an expert in her field. My daughter loved her and everyone she encountered in the music industry wanted to learn how she learned this and how she learned that when we told them they said she had a good teacher. We'll be back Maria. Thanks for all you've shown her.
Ava
My daughter’s first lesson was great!
Stephanie L.
I LOVED my first lesson with Maria! She is so great! I am really looking forward to working with her over the next few weeks!
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Avi B.

14 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2007
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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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Mike F.
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.
Ev
Great first lesson! Super patient and friendly instructor.
Daniel
Great first lesson with Avi! Really enjoyed it, laid back and fun!

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Average Cost of Guitar Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute guitar lessons is $62. 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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"I work in a guitar store and get the chance to refer teachers to students regularly. I have been sending students to Ahmad since he moved to the Bay Area from Los Angeles. He Has an amazing system of teaching that really works. If you want to really learn to play and have fun at the same time then go to Ahmad!"
Jimmy
Took Guitar lessons from Ahmad G.
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"Aiden has been a great guitar teacher and has helped me improve considerably over my first few months with him. I've spent the last 20 years sort of knowing how to play guitar, but I was self taught and never really could figure out how to progress beyond a few chords. Aiden has provided me with the structure I need to get continually better. He has been especially attentive and helpful at correcting and improving my technique. He's always willing to work on what I find interesting or come up with something to guide me. I also really appreciate his laid-back teaching style."
Ryan
Took Guitar lessons from Aidan C.
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"He's really great, couldn't be happier. Looking forward to learning from him, he's going to really improve my playing capabilities and musical theory application on the guitar. Exactly the type of teacher I was looking for."
Matt
Took Guitar lessons from Eric J.
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"During my lessons with Chase Robinson, I have learned and done a variety of things. Chase has many admirable qualities like his patience, friendliness, and positive attitude, all these things contribute to an enjoyable, informative lesson. He allows one to focus on things that are preferable to you, like learning more songs or doing more music theory. I have learned improvisation, to play songs, notes, and much more. Not only has Chase taught me so much, but has fostered more of my understandment for music and has been as inspirational figure"
Munjula
Took Guitar lessons from Chase R.
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"Barbara, very polite and very knowledgeable, just in the short time I was able to understand what I needed to work on , and she went thru some material and was very Patient with me and I am truly a beginner thank you Barbara for your help you’re awesome thank you"
John
Took Guitar lessons from Barbara L.
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Sherri ONeill
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Sayiid
Took Guitar lessons from Trevor S.
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"Really enjoyed Michelle. She was very patient and kind.
Love her beautiful attitude."
Sylvia
Took Guitar lessons from Michelle W.
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"Having Michael teach my son (who is 10) has been one of the best decisions I've made. He is laid back enough to put him at ease and make learning fun, yet he is very professional and mature with his organization, structure, communication, etc. At the end of the day, the success I've seen my son have with him in learning the guitar speaks volumes. I can't say enough good things about him. Thank you, Michael!"
Shannon
Took Guitar lessons from Michael S.
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"I began taking singing lessons with Ahmad from an online coupon and had a great time. My guitar playing got consistently and measurably better and I felt like I was given quality instruction at the lesson as well as good ideas for practicing at home.

Ahmad is laid back and friendly and a great instructor. Thank you!"
Dean
Took Guitar lessons from Ahmad G.
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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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