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Aaron C.

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  • Teaches students 16 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 2017
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Aaron C.

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Experienced guitarist/composer specializing in beginner and intermediate guitar, theory, and composition lessons. Every student learns differently, so we will discuss your goals and then craft a lesson plan that will best help you to get where you want to be! Working through chord progressions and songs, learning how to play melodies, and gaining a better overall knowledge of the instrument are all key concepts which will be covered at the pace of the particular student. Please feel free to contact me if you're interested or have any questions!

About Aaron

I am a guitarist, percussionist, and composer originally from Maine and now based in the Boston area. I graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Southern Maine, where I also studied jazz guitar. I'm currently a graduate student at Longy School of Music, in Cambridge,

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Andrew C.

34 Reviews
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Starting at $50
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2003
  • 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

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Jason S.
Andrew was nice and easy to understand.
Chris M.
Best Instructor ever! I learn something new every class! Andrew is a very patient and encouraging teacher. I highly highly recommend Andrew!
Chris
Andrew is the most amazing teacher ever! Very patient! Keeps the lessons fun with music I like. Offers tons of encouragement. I highly highly recommend him!!!
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Jonah R.

21 Reviews
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Starting at $60
  • Teaching since 2010
  • Teaches students 6 and up
  • BA in Psychology from University of Southern California
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Jonah R.

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With each one of my students, I take into account how much time they are willing to practice, what genres interest them, and what learning style works best (for example, I've found that music theory makes things click faster for some people and saps all the enjoyment out of learning an instrument for others). I then come up with a structured lesson plan that is specifically catered to their needs.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me. Look forward to hearing from you soon!

About Jonah

Learning to play the guitar is one of the most rewarding experiences you'll ever have. Whether this is your first time picking up the guitar or you've been playing for years, I'll make sure your lessons are structured and paced in a way that's specifically catered to your goals. I've worked wit

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Kelli M.
Jonah is an awesome instructor! He's very thorough and knowledgable. I'm only on my 2nd lesson, but I can already tell I'm going to learn a lot from him.
Andrew S.
Very informative first session
Maggie
Jonah is an excellent guitar instructor. He is patient and really helps a beginner understand how to use proper technique and avoid forming bad habits. As a beginner, I found that his approach is practical and makes it easy to learn. I highly recommend Jonah.
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Catherine W.

17 Reviews
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Starting at $70
  • Speaks English, mandarin
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 2014
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Catherine W.

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Only beginner and intermediate guitar.

About Catherine

Catherine is a performer, teacher, and arranger. She has performed in world class venues such as Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, as well as the Museum of Natural History, and she has performed with over thirty different chamber ensembles, including the Ameri

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Merlene
I had a great experience because Catherine is an amazing instructor.
She taught lessons with a high degree of professionalism and care. As a novice, I was able to learn a lot because Catherine was patient and attentive to my learning style.
Teba
My two oldest children (one more advanced in piano than the other) began taking lessons with Catherine just this year. They have both shown significant improvement and love her as an instructor. They also look forward to practicing in between lessons. We could not be happier.
Naoko
Great artist and a teacher. My 6 year old enjoys her lessons and I love her down to earth vibe.
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John M.

17 Reviews
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Starting at $38
  • Studied Music Theroy & Music History from Palomar College
  • Teaches students 6 to 80
  • Awarded Triple A Album of the Year from Los Angeles Music Awards
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John M.

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Learn the Tricks of the trade and get up and going fast!!!

About John

I have 40 years of Professional drums & percussion experience and 13 years of teaching beginning and intermediate drummers by ear, performance & notation. Preforming drums has brought so much enjoyment to my life and has expanded my cognitive and creative mind more than I would have ever realized w

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Ronald
John, Is a knowledgeable and friendly drum teacher that is eager to help you reach your drum performance goals. Being a guitar player first, my lessons with John have been at a sporadic beginner pace as I attempt to generate time for both worlds. That being said John has been very patient and accommodating, and I'm sure he will help me dial in my drum skills.
Juliette
Fantastic
Larry Y.
I really liked John's patient approach to me as a rank beginner. He jumped right into it which I liked so we could take good advantage of our hour together.
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Billy D.

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  • Teaching since 2012
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Billy D.

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Whether you dream of becoming a singer-songwriter, or the lead guitarist in a rock band, I will provide you the tools you need to make those dreams come true. I have many years of experience playing many styles of music. If you want to learn to play your favorite songs, or even right your own music, I can help.

About Billy

I am a professional trombonist/guitarist living in New York City. I recently finished my Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance at the New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music. I have a lot of performing, touring, and teaching experience, performing in venues such as Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditori

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Diana
Billy does a great job teaching both the instrument as well as the music theory. He keeps instruction interesting by practicing songs students enjoy. He is also extremely flexible and patient.
Andrew J.
Great teacher. Very kind, easy to understand, and covered quite a bit.

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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing guitar 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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Is your dream guitar teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

Average Cost of Guitar Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute guitar lessons is $66. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $24 and $276 per hour.
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"Great first lesson! Thanks Scott!"
- Richard
Took Guitar lessons from Scott K.
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"Joe is an excellent teacher

I have been studying for more than a year. Joe is extremely versatile and is able to teach any style of music. He emphasizes spending short periods of time each practice session doing exercises that strengthen your fingers by playing chords up and down the fretboard, but does'nt go overboard with repetitive drills. He has genuine love of music and is great iat intertwining theory with actual songs. I have enjoyed my lessons and highly recommend him for students begining to play as well as advanced students."
- Robert
Took Guitar lessons from Joseph L.
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"Very helpful with determining how and where I need to start."
- Stephanie
Took Guitar lessons from Bill G.
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"My son loved his first class. Learned more in one day than he did in a month with his old teacher
Thank you William!"
- Alec
Took Guitar lessons from William C.
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"That was my first guitar lesson in houston and I am not going to bother myself looking for guitar tutors anymore, I really enjoyed it. Rachel is an awesome tutor, she gives everything from inside her that makes you feel every single chord on guitar. Ofcourse i recommend everybody to take guitar lessons with Rachel"
- Abed
Took Guitar lessons from Rachel H.
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"Jonah is a Godsend, seriously! I couldn’t have imagined, in my wildest dreams, a better introduction to guitar. Not only is he incredibly patient and knowledgable concerning guitar, but his passion and genuine love for the teaching process is palpable. I would recommend him a billion times over to anyone looking to learn, brush up, or further shape their guitar skills!"
- Maurice
Took Guitar lessons from Jonah R.
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"I started playing guitar at age 10 but had let it go over the past couple decades. Eager to re-learn the instrument, I recently started taking lessons with Jonah Rosenthal and he's fantastic. Exactly the kind of teacher I was looking for - thorough, creative, encouraging, and most important - patient. I can't recommend him highly enough, for someone just starting out on the guitar or a lapsed player like me."
- David
Took Guitar lessons from Jonah R.
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"My son loves taking guitar lessons from Jordan. We have now been going to him for over a year and Jordan keeps my 14 year-old engaged and excited about music. My son's dream is to learn more than just the guitar so Jordan helps him expand his knowledge by introducing him to other facets of music, while allowing my son to choose the different songs he would like to learn. He is the best teacher my son has ever had."
- Stacy
Took Guitar lessons from Jordan D.
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"Guitar fun in El Cajon

Alex is a talented artist and teacher. You will learn more than just learning your instrument. He is very helpful and generous in giving you related information pertaining to your instrument. You can't go wrong. Want to learn guitar ? Well, call and ask about Alex. Michael Simpson (Jamul)"
- michael
Took Guitar lessons from Masashi (Masa) N.
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"Brian's been teaching our kids for over two years, and he is the best! He's talented, a skilled teacher, and patient. He really makes himself available for "group gigs" so his students can jam together and learn about playing in a band. We're very happy that he's our kids' music instructor."
- Adam
Took Guitar lessons from Brian C.
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Private Guitar Classes Near You

The guitar is one of the most universal musical instruments. 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.

When you think of a guitar player, you might imagine your favorite rock stars on stage. While guitarists definitely fit the rock star bill, they can also focus on jazz, country, pop, or Christian music. When you learn to play guitar, the choice is yours to pick the genre of music that makes you happiest, or that gets you the most gigs in the music business!

Many Reasons to Learn Guitar

Besides looking cool, learning to play the guitar is highly beneficial. Thanks to its versatility and mobility, this instrument wields great social power. 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 guitar tabs and chords improves your memory and concentration. Plus, the skills needed to play guitar improve your hand-eye coordination, listening abilities, and multitasking. 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 while 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 Near You

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 near you.

With acoustic guitar lessons, you'll benefit from receiving prompt feedback and classes 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 develop a solid understanding of music theory. 

Sample Curriculum from Guitar Lessons for Beginners

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

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Guitar Lessons

Intermediate guitar classes near you are designed to take your skills to the next level while you practice playing your desired genre of music. Intermediate lessons 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. In advanced lessons, guitar players sharpen their techniques, practice improvisation, and playing by ear. 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 a Guitar Teacher Near You

When you're ready to learn guitar, you can easily search for guitar teachers near you right here at TakeLessons. You'll find hundreds of instructors offering acoustic guitar lessons near you and online, to students of all ages. 

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. 

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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