Can play and teach all styles and levels of guitar, although I have the most experience with rock, jazz, pop, metal, and classical music.
If you feel like you're stuck or hit a wall, I can help take your skills to the next level; I can help you improve your technique, learn difficult songs, learn more about gear and gigs and performing, help you learn how to play any chord, key, or scale in any position, or help you learn how to solo, improvise, or write songs or come up with your own arrangements of other songs. I can help you learn to read/play rhythm, notation, and/or chord charts, or help you audition for school jazz band or rock bands, etc. I can also help you with music theory as well as learning modes and how chords and scales all work together, and how you can use chords to build all your scales and musical ideas off of, making it easier to improvise or write songs.
Whether you want to learn to be a guitar virtuoso or you just want to be able to play some songs
for your friends and family, I want to provide you with the best information and tools to help you accomplish your goals. I believe in trying to get the most out of the minimum - I want you to get the most benefit out of the time you spend, regardless if you are practicing for thirty minutes or for eight hours.
*** Background *** I have taught guitar lessons for almost 20 years; I also can teach music theory and composition, as well as beginning keyboards, percussion, and voice. I also gig professionally with varying bands, as well as being hired to perform for weddings/events.
I began taking piano lessons when I was six years old, but switched to guitar lessons at age ten. I also have a BA in music composition from UCSD.
I can teach all styles of guitar from electric and steel string acoustic to classical/flamenco as well as bass guitar, and I can teach all styles from rock/pop to jazz to blues to classical to country
*** Lesson Details *** I want the student to have fun with music, but I believe fundamentals are important too. Some schools focus on a "song first" approach, and while I prefer learning songs as soon as possible, I also believe learning some fundamentals will help avoid learning bad habits that can be difficult to break down the road. That being said, I try and be as flexible with the student as possible, as I know we all have different goals and amounts of time that we can dedicate, but I believe that even if someone just wants to learn some basic guitar playing, that a little understanding music theory and fundamentals will help them go a lot further.
Regardless, the student should be able to learn the music they want to play, and I will go out of my way to try and find/learn songs that will keep you interested. I will even transcribe or write my own arrangement if I can't find a suitable one, or to make a simpler version that the student can learn.
I recommend that my students practice at least thirty minutes a day if they want to see consistent progress, although in the beginning they may not be able to practice that much until they develop calluses on the fingertips. Of course, if they can practice more, that would be great, but I understand that with everything else going on, it isn't always possible to practice every day or for everyone to put the same time into it.
ALLERGY WARNING: I have cats at my house, so if you want to travel to my location, it could be an issue if you have cat allergies.
*** Studio Equipment *** Guitars, guitar amplifiers, music stands, computer/audio workstation for recording and notating/printing music, microphones, mixer, studio monitors, etc.
*** Travel Equipment *** Guitar, amp when needed, music/paper, possibly a music stand
I teach and perform styles ranging from classical and Jazz to country, classic rock and even metal. I enjoy teaching all styles and ability levels.
I have been playing guitar since the age of 9. I have studied Classical, and Jazz at CCM's Prep Dept. in middle school and throughout high school as well as rock, folk, country etc. with other local teachers. I started teaching lessons at the age of 18 in local music stores and have never stopped. While doing this I attended The College of Mount St. Joseph where I studied Classical and Jazz guitar as well as Music Ed. In addition to my 22 years of private lesson experience, I have 2 years of classroom experience teaching general music in elementary schools. I believe it is my years as a student and instructor that enable me to be an effective teacher, having had learned what worked for me as a student, and what has shown to work as a teacher.
*** Lesson Details *** I cater my lesson to the individual. I like for students to have
a structured practice routine and working knowledge of music and their instrument, but it has to be fun. I have students who learn Classical, rock, and Jazz. Each lesson is different. Some people just want to be able to play their favorite songs by a camp fire, and others want to go on to perform at Carnegie Hall. I enjoy teaching both lessons and put forth the same enthusiasm for each one. You get out of the guitar or bass what you put into it in terms of learning and practicing. The level of achievement is up to you, I will help guide you to meet your goals regardless of how large or small they are.
*** Studio Equipment *** Spare music room: guitars, amps, bass; computer with recording software, ProTools seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I have all the equipment necessary. I would like the student to have an instrument, but if not I can provide one for the lesson.
*** Specialties *** I'm really pretty versatile. Over 18 years of teaching anywhere from 80 to 100 students a week will do that.
Jon knew right away what I needed... Jon drew out cords and progression for me to study. He also advised me how to prolong my sequences and progressions. Fun learning environment...
February 12, 2019
Jon immediately saw my playing ability and provided written lesson plans, and explained/described what benefits deeper music notation and music reading would do for me. Jon is very straight foward no nonsense instructor, A+...
Learn to play your favorite songs, and write your own music. Learn and master fretboard logic, chord structures, scales, improvising, composition, sight reading, music theory. All ages, all styles and levels are welcome.
Hi, I'm Jason. I've been teaching and performing as a full time career for 23 years. During that time, I've developed a diverse, flexible approach to teaching that is customized to the needs and interests of each of my students. I'll help you set up musical goals, and then use your preferred learning style to help you achieve them.
*** Lesson Details *** My goal is to help you unlock your full musical potential by tailoring your lesson experience to your unique interests and goals. Your lessons will be a balance of technique and creativity. My studio is equipped with pro sound gear and software so we can incorporate drum sounds, keyboards, bass, and guitar into your lessons. I encourage all of my students to read standard notation, but it isn't necessary if you would prefer to learn by ear.
*** Specialties ***
comfortable teaching most styles, including R&B, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Funk, Rock and Metal. I try to encourage all students to learn the basics of music theory, so you can understand the music you learn.
-I use a wide range of method books. I also use books that I have authored, which have been used in music programs in Baltimore area private schools and charter schools.
I've been going to Jason for a few months now and I have significantly improved my playing ability and increased my music knowledge. Lessons are tailored to what I want to learn and there has been noticeable improvement even over a short period of time.
June 8, 2018
He is really patient and kind, and he got playing songs in days.
March 19, 2018
Jason tailors the course to a student's individual learning pace and needs. There is also a good combination between theory and learning cords to play a song. Technique is emphasized to build good habits and a foundation for future growth.
- I teach beginners, and intermediate guitar students. - My students' ages range from 8 years to older adults. - Styles taught: Folk, Folk Rock, and Classical - I have taught guitar for more than 10 years. - I have performed professionally for over 25 years. - I have released five audio recordings.
*** Lesson Details *** My students' musical interests, goals and abilities dictate the direction that we select for their lesson plans. By recognizing and understanding each students learning style, I use techniques/methods that are suited to that particular student. This improves the speed and the quality of learning. I am flexible and easy going but focused - and I encourage my students to do the same. I want my students to succeed and be able to play the music that they enjoy!
*** Studio Equipment *** Numerous electric, acoustic steel string and classical guitars. Electric Bass IMac Computer IPad Sound System with microphone
*** Specialties *** I use various techniques,methods and combinations ranging from Hal Leonard, Mel Bay, Berklee Music, Suzuki, YouTube videos and video to record particular lesson segments (which I then email to students to view as an aid during their home practice sessions).
I have been taking lessons from Michael for about 9 months, and it has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. He is an excellent guitar player, and instructor. He is patient, thorough, and very willing to pace his instruction with the ability of the student. I am in my late 50's and he is just the person I had hoped for in a teacher. I consider going to lesson not a chore, but a pleasure.
November 25, 2015
November 17, 2015
Mohammed Al Dhaheri
I just started to learn how to play guitar. It is hard to learn , but Micheal makes it easier to learn.
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.
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 and currently available. He now offers online lessons via Skype as well as in his private studio. Playing credits include many museums and clubs in the NY area including Museum of Modern Art Museum of the City of NY and an extended stay at the Guggenheim museum in the Summer of 2000. Also he has been in the Brooklyn Museum concert series with his group Afinidades Bronx Libraries Brooklyn College and the Jewish Museum in trio and duo setting with great Percussionist Vanderlei Pereira. He has performed in Brazil as well most recently in the South
of Brazil, receiving TV and radio coverage. He has also done workshops and performed at the Conservatory of the state of Pernambuco. In August 2004 he performed weekly at Rio Scenarium in Rio de Janeiro. His Band Brooklyn Brazil Bop has played at Joe's Pub as well as Central Park Festival. His band the Brazilian Acoustic ensemble performs periodically at 'Barbes' an important performance space in Brooklyn NY. In 2007 he gave a successful jazz workshop and concert in the city of Florianopolis Brazil. Billy has been awarded 3 prestigious composer's residencies 2006 - Yaddo and 2007 - The MacDowell Colony. He was featured on the PBS news hour during his residence at MacDowell. In 2008 he was awarded another MacDowell residency and followed this with a 3 hour appearance presenting his compositions live on WKCR Jazz Radio and another live radio appearance with band in 2010. Billy regularly plays in many venues around NY in Jazz trio settings as well as with Brazilian vocalists and instrumentalists. Most Recently his groups have been performing at the famed Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City. He also specializes in solo guitar and can double on percussion (Pandeiro) and Cavaquinho. Billy has completed two CD's of his original music and an EP of his original Choro music. He has a BFA in Jazz Performance from CCNY.
Testimonials: From Coda Magazine August 2012: by Seton Hawkins
Through outstanding collaborations like the Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble, guitarist and composer Billy N has emerged as a leading exponent of the music of Brazil. Exploring far beyond the well-trodden bossa nova path. Billy unearths the full range of styles the country offers, including choro, baiào, valsa and samba, and gives American audiences a rich panoramic glimpse into Brazilian art, highlighting its parallels with progressive jazz.
A recipient of composers residencies at Yaddo and MacDowell Colony, he is the curator of a three-day series at the club dedicated to the country's music. Billy will showcase his own group—a sextet with drummer Matt Kane, bassist Leco Reis, saxophonists Michael Attias and Eric Schugren and trumpeter Ben Holmes—in a concert primarily featuring his original works. SH
Reviews of my Book on Alfred Brazil: Guitar Atlas, I love this series and this is the best of the six titles I have. Billy really knows his stuff; the analysis of time at the beginning is superb: something I now use in my teaching. This is definitely for intermediate and higher guitarists, but the pieces are worth the effort to get right, and the accompanying CD shows you what you are aiming for. This is as good as my other Brazilian guitar book (by Nelson Faria) and much more compact and easier to follow. Highly recommended!
This book is essential homework for students of Brazilian guitar. It is one of the best resources out there, along with Nelson Faria's "The Brazilian Guitar Book." The original etudes are not only instructional, but are nice pieces in their own right. An excellent value.
*** Lesson Details *** I've taught all levels over 20 years both in NYC and Brazil. I work with the material that the student wants and also through recordings and charts introduce much music that the student might have been unfamiliar with. My lessons are catered to the individual. There is no obstacle anyone has that is too great to work through. My approach to rhythmic training has helped many. I have simple way of breaking down the guitar fingerboard which can used as a guide to learn harmony. I'll get you into the horizontal aspects of guitar, traveling across the neck, making music across one string as well, mastering the guitar in a small fret range - " vertical position playing".
*** Studio Equipment *** I have guitar for the student, either electric or nylon. Cavaquinho students bring their instrument. First time students must bring their instrument so I can see what they are playing on.
*** Specialties *** Brazilian Fingerstyle - Choro, Samba, Baiao Solo Jazz Guitar - Pick or Fingers Beginning Flamenco Cavaquinho Improvisation for any instrument Harmony and Theory
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!
December 17, 2014
I cannot recommend Billy enough. I studied jazz improvisation with Billy for three years, and later returned to study Brazilian guitar and Piedmont-style finger picking with him. I had been playing for more than twenty years when I started studying with him and he not only helped me improve my playing technically and creatively (on electric and nylon stringed guitars) but also expanded my knowledge of theory and helped me develop new approaches to composing and arranging. I am still working with the material he gave me and take lessons from him whenever my schedule allows.
October 17, 2014
I took Brazilian guitar lessons from Billy for several years. His method focuses on absorbing the many rhythms of Brazil and translating them from percussion instruments to the guitar. Much of his effort is devoted on achieving the elusive Brazilian swing, which non Brazilians need to learn. Billy is excellent in breaking down the rhythms and explaining them. He even has a book out on his method. He covers various Brazilian genres: choro, bossa nova, samba, baiao and more.
Billy also is an accomplished jazz, classical and flamenco guitarist with a thorough understanding of harmony and improvisation. He is very patient and has years of teaching and performance experience. You will be lucky to study with him!
I've been playing guitar in pop, rock, and jazz settings for several years, and strive to teach all of my students how to best express themselves musically. If you would like to play in a band, learn how to write songs, or even learn to improvise, I can help you achieve your musical goals.
Hello! My name is Sean H, and I am very passionate about helping my students accomplish their musical goals. I have been teaching for over six years and also have extensive experience as a performer. I have received several musical awards, including the prestigious Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and have a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University.
As a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, and bandleader, I have experience in many different aspects of music that I pass along to my students. I give lessons on upright and electric bass, guitar, piano, saxophone, and clarinet. In addition to this, I offer songwriting, ear training, and music theory lessons.
Sean was really on the spot with us. I am a beginning strings instructor, and my son didn't want to take lessons from anyone but me. Not only did Sean win me over with his pedagogy, but he won my son over as well.
Whether you want to learn a few songs, improve your chops or all-out shred, your lessons are designed to get your playing where you want it to be. Your lesson plan will be custom-tailored to your ability and geared toward your goals as a guitarist.
Hey guys! My name is Jered and I'd love to be a guide on your guitar journey. I've been playing for 20 years, have a BA in Music and Recording Technology, and currently play in a rock band in Portland, OR. I have taught students of all ages and all skill levels. My first love is rock, but I have studied classical, blues, country, metal, pop, funk and dabbled in a little jazz.
If you'd like to chat or have any questions just shoot me a message and I'll get back asap :)
Thanks for checking out my profile and I hope to hear from you soon.
Whether you want to learn a few songs, improve your chops or all-out shred, your lessons are designed to get your playing where you want it to be. Your lesson plan will be custom-tailored to your ability and geared toward your goals as a guitarist.
In addition to private lessons, I am currently a guitar/bass instructor at a local academy with students of all ages and skill levels.
I have over 20 years of guitar-playing under my belt, 10 years of teaching experience and a B.A. in Music to boot! I played guitar in a bunch of bands and currently play bass in Light Creates Shadow, a rock band here in Portland, OR. I love music of all styles and am passionate about passing along my music knowledge to my students.
Your lesson plan (Roadmap) will include the following:
Technique - You will learn proper playing technique to
ensure accurate playing as well as an injury-free career.
The Fretboard - Learn notes, scales, arpeggios and know your way around your instrument.
Harmony - Learn how to play chords, how to write music using chords, chord inversions and more.
Musicianship - Music theory, improvisation, songwriting, sight-reading, and everything an aspiring guitarist needs.
Progress Reports (Checkpoints) - Don't worry, this isn't a report card! This is just a check in every so often to remind us how far we have come and where we want to go from here.
My teaching style is based on the following core values:
Guitar lessons with me would be best with beginners and intermediate people. I would suggest myself only if you are a beginner— and if you are an intermediate, I specialize is Christian Worship Leading rhythm guitar (guy up front). I will teach the best Chords for certain moments and songs, songwriting with guitar (if interested) and how to lead worship with your guitar!
Hi! My name is Sam Lee and I was once a student of the takelessons website too. I moved on to college and was a vocal performance major for a year and then switched to a degree in communications. However, I am still very active in the music field since my job aside from being a student is being a worship leader in Florida for a local church! As a 21 year old its a great privilege to do what I'm passionate about. So for christian artists especially, I’m your guy! I started a musical worship team on campus with all the knowledge that I’ve gained from my teachers about singing, and practicing it together with the team, we got the opportunity to lead worship in front of the whole campus. So I have experience with performing and leading. I love to sing, play guitar, and teach. Whether you are christian or not, I won’t push anything on to you b
ut do my best to practice with you the exact fundamentals and skills you need to find YOUR own voice. We will have a lot of fun and will get to know each other.
Sam is a great person and great teacher. He gave me a lot of practical things to work on. I feel like he really helps his students improve.
May 26, 2019
Sam did a wonderful job helping me with my vocal skills. He showed me lots of techniques to help refine my skill, and helped me find the courage to sing as well. He’s very friendly and really cares about teaching and helping, he’s very professional and has great training. I highly recommend.
May 24, 2019
Sam is an amazing singer and guitar player in his own right. He is technically brilliant and easily inspires, teaches, and leads others around him. He has helped improve both my guitar playing and my singing so much in so little of a time! Sam is patient, kind, and very constructive in his teaching, meeting his students where they are and helping them improve one step at a time!
"Mathew has made learning fun and stress free for my son. Without Mat's patience and support I do not believe my son would be taking lessons for more than
a couple of months much less a year later. My son looks forward to lessons, he trusts Mat, and considers Mat a friend. I can not praise Mat enough for all his contributions to my son's new skill and his part in the building of my son's self esteem!"
"Kathryn was great! The location wasn't great but the lesson was awesome."
"My 10 year old son has been taking lessons with Andrew for several months and we couldn't be happier. He's very talented and can pick up the tune of any
song you throw at him. My son has learned to play songs featured in his favorite movies, which makes learning them much more enjoyable. Andrew has a way of making each lesson fun while still teaching new skills. He's a friendly, cool teacher and very patient with kids. He's flexible with schedules and responds to texts quickly. I highly recommend Andrew for guitar lessons for anyone who wants to learn."
"Couldn’t be more pleased! Lesson tailored to Nyahs interests and needs and she’s been talking about Mallory ever since. Wonderful!"
"Joe was on time and is a great teacher, he is very patient and a good listener. we are looking forward for our next class."
"We have been using Jeremie as an instructor for coming on 2 years now. He has been teaching my now 14 year old son how to play guitar. Going out to a ma
tch-up site you never know what you're going to get and I have to say that we could not have gotten any luckier finding him right from the start. Great teacher, great people skills, friendly, on time, courteous, just a good person. Will continue lessons with Jeremie for the foreseeable future. Highly recommend for anyone trying to learn guitar."
"Avi has always been a helpful resource when learning to approach any number of instruments and musical experiments. His encyclopedic knowledge of theory a
nd music technology, coupled with his adaptability to different tastes and approaches and willingness to experiment, makes him a great source of knowledge and an endlessly awesome collaborator."
"Very friendly, very professional and very knowledgeable. Perfect for beginners or experienced musicians and anyone in between!"
I've taken classes with Nick in a group setting (at Jalopy) and privately, and while I studied guitar as a kid and trombone in school,
and I've never had a better music teacher. And I do mean music teacher, not just guitar teacher - Nick's approach is to start with the MUSIC you want to play, not just the guitar as a collection of strings and frets or a series of fingerings to memorize. He's realistic about where people are starting and how much time and energy they have to devote to the instrument with all else happening in their lives (school, work, family, whatever), but he really wants all his students to get better, to learn and progress and love the music like he does, and leads by example of his own musicianship and dedication to the art form. Highly recommended for all levels, all styles."
Knowing your way around your guitar fretboard means more than just memorizing the notes. Working on specific exercises for speed and dexterity - combined with a basic knowledge of music theory - will help you create awesome solo runs and licks, which definitely adds some personality to your guitar playing. Check out the video below for a quick tutorial and fretboard exercise from Moorpark, CA teacher Bill W.:
Bill W. teaches guitar, music performance, music recording, music theo …