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Learning to Play Guitar in Pittsburg

Learning how to play the guitar in Pittsburgh is an exciting adventure that people of all ages can enjoy. Even if you don't become a rock star, taking guitar lessons in Pittsburgh is a fun experience that will enrich your life. If you live in the Pittsburgh area, you have access to a huge assortment of resources that will get you started and be with you every step of the way down your musical path. Pittsburgh has great places to purchase or repair a guitar, check out inspiring live performances, and fall in love with your new best friend, the guitar.

Before you get a guitar or start guitar lessons in Pittsburgh, there are some things you should do ahead of time to be prepared. First, decide how much you want to invest in a guitar; you really don't need that much to get started (the average guitar for most beginner purposes costs around $125 or so). If you're shopping for a child, find a guitar that he or she is comfortable with - one that isn’t too big and is made of a suitable quality.

Guitars can be purchased or repaired at a variety of local establishments in Pittsburgh. Besides the big-box stores such as Walmart or others, some of the local guitar stores in Pittsburgh include well-known shops such as Empire Music, Pittsburgh Guitars and Manella Guitars, to name a few. Stop by these shops, and a helpful employee can help you pick out a great guitar!

You can go out and see live performances any day of the week, which is a great supplement to guitar lessons in Pittsburgh. Certain venues add a lot of value to the listening experience for music fans, and a variety of shows are held at places like Heinz Hall and the Pittsburgh Playhouse, as well as David's Music House. There are always lots of different acts going on, and it's not hard to find something in the genre and style that you love or are learning to play. You can check online listings for events as they happen.

Annual events for guitar enthusiasts are a big part of the local Pittsburgh scene, and there is some mighty big events for anyone who loves the guitar. For jazz lovers, the Pittsburgh JazzLive International is a summertime event that many in the area flock to. The Sonic Valley Guitar Show is another annual event that draws many from near and far. One more notable annual event is the Strip District Music Fest, which showcases talent of all kinds and descriptions. Make sure to get your tickets well in advance; you want to make sure you have a seat!

You will certainly enjoy your guitar lessons in Pittsburgh; many have, both famous and unknown, thanks to all that this city has to offer. Playing the guitar can be an unparalleled experience that can last a lifetime; being prepared with the information you need before you get started is well-advised.

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David’s 35 years of teaching and performing experience, coupled with intensive years of formal studies with many of the world's greatest guitarists, have afforded him a rich and in-depth understanding of music and the guitar. He shares all of this with his students in an insightful and uniquely original manner. David is committed to helping students enjoy and excel in playing the music they love.

About David
David discovered his love for music early on at the age of seven with the musical/movie: The Sound of Music. He and his siblings would entertain their babysitter by acting out the entire musical - singing and dancing along with the soundtrack. To make it even more fun, they would sometimes speed up the vinyl record and perform in extra-fast mode!

He vividly remembers his first real musical instruction back in elementary school:
“Everyone in 4th Grade was given a Recorder to learn how to play 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'. When the music teacher had the class play together, she noticed that I wasn't looking down at my music booklet as I played, since I was 'playing by ear'. Not only was my booklet turned to the wrong page; it was upside down as well! To admonish me, she had me stand up in front of the whole class and play
solo - as she held the booklet in front of me. Enthusiastically, I rendered the complete song correctly, only pretending to read from the page as she held it, but actually 'playing by ear'. Upon getting to the end of the tune, I suddenly broke out in a jazzed-up, improvised version of 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star', arousing the whole class to spontaneously tap their feet in rhythm and clap with delight . . . my first solo performance!”

David eventually took up guitar in his teens, becoming involved with playing for musicals such as "Godspell" and "Jesus Christ Superstar". During high school, he also played in the Bluegrass band 'Odell & Zeke', and in the Rock band 'Ring Wraith', performing for local dances and proms.

Extremely versatile within classical and popular guitar styles, David played in the Top-40-Hit music video, Shine Shine, by The Bee Gees' Barry Gibb – alongside pop-star legend - Michael Jackson. David is also mentioned in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine for his jazz endeavors; and he has years of experience as a church music director.

As a Classical concert guitarist, David has performed throughout the USA and Europe. His live performances have been broadcast on television and radio: NPR’s Performance Today (USA); CBC’s Arts National (Canada); RAI Television’s In Concerto (Italy), and the Hungarian National Television. Successful in competitions, David won First Prize in the 20th International Guitar Competition in Milan, Italy and First Prize in the National Wurlitzer Artist Competition, USA. He has received other awards and grants as well, including a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Governor's Award from Department of State, Florida. Moreover, he was chosen for the rosters of both the California State Touring Program and the North Carolina Visiting Artists Program.

David’s 35 years of teaching and performing experience, coupled with intensive years of formal studies with many of the world's greatest guitarists, including Andres Segovia, Eliot Fisk, David Russell, Christopher Parkening, Holzman, Ghiglia, Morgen, Tomas, Isbin - have afforded him a rich and in-depth understanding of music and the guitar. He shares all of this with his students in an insightful and uniquely original manner.

Education:

Florida State University - Master of Music - Guitar Performance

Florida State University - Bachelor of Music - Guitar Performance

Certificates of Professional Study:
- L'Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy
- Aspen Music Festival

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Wouldn't you love to play the music that you enjoy listening to the most?
Ever listen to your very favorite songs on your iPod or on the radio and really wish you could just play along? Well, here's your opportunity! Even if you are just beginning, I can help get you up and strumming in no time! You can choose your favorite songs to play - and I will show you how! Imagine playing along with Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Fun, Ke$Ha, Demi Lovato, Flo Rida, Alex Clare, Ne-Yo, and more!
And for you adults: imagine playing your favorite songs from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. What a wonderful way to re-kindle all the fun, memories and meaningful songs of your youth!

I am committed to helping you really enjoy and excel in playing the music you love! You will find our lessons fun, interesting, and always inspiring. What better way to be motivated to learn and play, than having fun . . . and enjoying it along the way?!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate, professional studio in a nice setting. Lots of windows, art, books make it inviting and cozy. Special separate adjacent room for parents and siblings, allowing parents to watch lessons through glass doors without "intruding".

*** Travel Equipment ***
I carry my own iPad, computer, cd player.
Students should have instrument, capo, music. Ability for student to take video recording/audio recording is helpful. Often, we will use parent's iPhone at end of lesson to record important concepts/techniques/etc.

*** Specialties ***
I am versatile within classical and popular guitar styles: folk, country, rock, new age, praise, bluegrass. My in-depth understanding of music theory, guitar technique, and performance affords me a wealth of practical and artistic experience from which I lead students on their musical journey.
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Lara August 9, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
David is the rare combination of a true artist who wants to help others discover their own musical voice. He is always able to find a solution to my technical problems, with the goal of helping me play more musically. He takes me seriously as a student, challenging and encouraging me with understanding, patience and kindness.
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Natalie P. December 17, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
David was very knowledgeable about music and made it easy to understand. This was especially important to me since I am starting new, not having any musical background other than a love for music and a passion to play. This instructor helped me realize I have potential which is also important. After just one lesson I was able to take what he taught me and put some of his advice together musically and it is starting to make sense. I am looking forward to my future lessons!
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Sabil July 17, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great teacher ... thorough and provides instruction based on students skill and need
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I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owned my music studio/store for over 10 years. I have instructional book/cd(s) and instruments for purchase or rentals usually available on-site. I am experienced and friendly. Parking lot is free and off-street.
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Marc S. October 8, 2016
· Fiddle · In studio
Great first lesson with Sam. Learned a lot the entire way through
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Karen May 27, 2016
· Banjo · In studio
I went into banjo lessons not knowing if I could master the instrument or not, being nearly 70 years old. While by no means a master (and never going to be), I have learned so much from Sam and he has shown such patience with me. I often leave my lessons wondering how he ever puts up with me - but he does. His encourgement, laid-back style, expertise and knowledge of music (plus theory) and the banjo is impressive. His good nature makes my lessons so much more pleasant. I would say Sam is a a great teacher for both a beginner or an accomplished musician or in between. He likes to talk and demonstrate (nice and slowly if requested) so I would recommend hour-long lessons at first.
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D. B. February 4, 2016
· Banjo · In studio
Four lessons with Sam have been amazing. I had previous banjo lessons and plodded from one song to the next. Sam has expanded the entire scope of music for me. I continue with the lesions and enjoy music much more
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I have been playing the Guitar since I was in junior high and love being able to play. I enjoy passing on the knowledge I have to my students so they can write and/or perform their own songs, or just to play for their own enjoyment. I teach acoustic guitar, strumming styles, good timing, and fairly advanced finger picking techniques. My students range form 7 years on up.

About Susan
My primary focus is teaching the best and most effective Vocal Techniques to students of all ages and backgrounds. I also teach Acoustic Guitar and finger picking. My teaching includes the Orff and Suzuki methods of music for Children. My primary focus is on teaching singing and I have been teaching beginning to advanced Voice, as well as beginning to intermediate acoustic guitar privately for over 25 years. My students perform in recitals at least twice a year. They also participate in local Broadway productions and Musicals for C.Y.T., Coast Kids, Moonlight Theatre, Escondido Center for The Arts, J Company, and Star Theatre Productions. Students also are involved with Classical, Choral, Gospel, Pop and Rock performing. Along with these venues, students perform for talent shows at their schools, sing in bands, and perform locally at thei
r favorite venues. Many of my students have gone on to sing professionally and I currently teach Artists with ongoing careers.

My motto is learn to sing the "Easy, Natural Way". I teach the very best techniques, so vocalizing is not strained or difficult. My main focus is on teaching good "placement" of the sound, using the best ways to secure breath support and control, as well as good stage presence. Dealing with stage fright is always addressed, whether the singer wants to sing just for themselves, or audition for Musical Theatre productions. Styles range from pop to rock and opera.
I teach students of ALL AGES and work with every style or genre of music. Having spearheaded the Music program at the local YMCA has been a special treat in my teaching career!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach using a piano for learning vocal exercises and good techniques. I also have an acoustic Guitar that I use to teach my students how to play and learn good finger picking and strumming techniques. Using a computer is always employed, to pull up songs on YouTube, so students can choose what they would like to work on. Karaoke versions are used as well, for further training purposes.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When I teach at a student's home, I bring my Guitar with me, if they're studying this instrument. It is helpful for a student to have a piano or keyboard for me to teach voice, but I do have a keyboard I can bring if none is available. Having a computer close by is very helpful, to get the most out of the lesson as is possible.

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I specialize in helping people who have created possible "bad habits" in their singing techniques. "Placement" and breathing, or "support", are of key importance. When good techniques are used, just about anyone can learn to sing beautifully. I also work with all ages, having background with Children, as well as teens, middle age, and elderly vocalists. Singing is universal, so every ethnicity is included in my student roster. If someone wants to learn to play the acoustic Guitar, this is always a plus, to accompany ones-self, or to focus on the instrument on it's own. Singing and playing should be "easy" and this is the approach I take in teaching.
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Emma April 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
My daughter loved her first lesson. Susan was great with her. Looking forward to seeing her progress!
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Martin January 13, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Susan is a gifted teacher who brings out the best in her pupils. She is always very positive.
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Betsy J. January 11, 2017
· Singing · In home
Susan is amazing. She is very knowledgeable and very encouraging. She patiently explains proper singing technique in different ways until it finally clicks. I have really enjoyed taking lessons with her.
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I've been teaching guitar, acoustic and electric, for fifteen years. The first thing I like to do is get to know you, the music you enjoy and your goals. In a way, I like to begin by letting the student lead.

I believe anyone can play guitar. In most situations, we can learn the basics of playing some of your favorite songs in under a month. In the first few lessons we will learn open position chords and the basics of strumming and picking in 4/4 and 3/4 time. After you've memorized half a dozen or so songs this way, we can attempt barre chords and lead guitar playing.

About David
My name is David and I'm a professional musician who just moved to North Austin. I came from Cincinnati, where I went to the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, taught dozens of students at all levels and played regular gigs every weekend. I have been teaching for over fifteen years, and I'm looking to get a few new students.
I teach guitar, piano, bass guitar and even upright bass. If it's a tutor you are looking for I can also teach music theory and appreciation. I have a knack for teaching young people, probably because I was young when I started my musical journey. I've been very successful at inspiring a student's love of music and instilling the patience required to take on the challenge of playing an instrument.
The first thing I like to do is get to know you, the music you enjoy and your goals. In a way, I l
ike to begin by letting the student lead.
In addition to learning from you, I intend to present you with new information, to try and broaden your musical tastes and teach you how to be an active listener.
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Ronan R. August 13, 2017
· Guitar · Online
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Andy June 21, 2017
· Piano · In studio
he's very patient without being condescending or patronizing. works very well with my 13 yo son.
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Trevor G. June 7, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Wonderful first lesson. Well thought out with actionable steps for me to work on this next week.
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If you are just starting out with the guitar, I am your 'gal'! I make learning the basics of the strings, the tuning, and the music really fun! but as with learning any new language or instrument, the follow up requisite practice and purchase/download of recommended supplementary materials is totally up to you, the student. If you practice what I show you in each lesson every day, you will notice progress!

About Tamari
Hi, there! My name is Tamar; I'm called Tamari, informally, and Tamara for the stage, and I can't wait to meet you!

I've been teaching private lessons for many, many years and have loved helping my students acquire new skills, master new pieces, and prepare for concerts and performances. Over the years, my younger students have earned Blue and Gold ratings at the Young Musicians' Festival in Fairfield U., some of them earning gold cups: This is a statewide event to encourage long-term commitment to the art, discipline and joy of music making.
I went to Indiana University's Jacob School of Music and earned a Masters in Piano Performance, and Composition in the '90's. I sang all types of vocal music as well as prepared singers with vocal coaching and voice development techniques 20+ years.
I'm fun loving, patient, and optimistic-
- these traits carry through in my teaching style,
One Size does NOT fit all--I approach the lesson plans for each student tailored to your learning style.
Over the past 23 years, my life experiences have encompassed other disciplines and compelled me to learn and acquire many other skills: my liberal arts as well as fine arts education lent itself to helping me work administrative jobs and even expanded into sales and public speaking. I have coached after school and SAT preparation to High School and College age students, helped with the preparation of legal and analytical documents, creative writing and editing assignments; and even tutored computer, social media and Microsoft Office & iWork Suite of applications to older adults.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals
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Crystal March 27, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Great beginner lesson!
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Nancy S. January 7, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Great first lesson. She clearly knows the technical aspects of piano and has a wonderful personality too!!
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Danika N. November 5, 2016
· Broadway Singing · In home
Tamari is excellent with our 7y/o daughter. She is very thorough and detailed in her instruction. We love how she involves us, the parents, in the lesson. We could not be happier.
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Experienced guitar teacher of 12 years available for eager 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 classical guitar. I specialize in all genres. I use a variety of repertoire books and sight-reading/theory materials supplement lessons as needed. My home studio features two guitars, two keyboards, a baby grand piano, recording equipment, and more.

About Angela
Hi, there! My name is Angela and I can't wait to meet you! I'm a flexible and fun-loving person and my teaching style is centered around coaching students in a positive and encouraging way.

I love music. It is my passion, my heart, my soul. I attended Florida State University, receiving a Bachelor's and Master's in Music Education. I have taught private voice, piano, and guitar lessons for over 12 years. I specialize in all vocal styles, from classical, gospel, jazz, music theatre, rock, etc. Lessons are taught from a healthy and fun perspective to see the most growth from my students.

Lessons are fun, exciting, and motivating! Students will enjoy practicing with my methods and learn their first song within 1-2 lessons! I uphold excellence as the standard when teaching and instill this in my students. Let me help you develop
the musician inside and feel a passion for music!
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Phoebe July 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
I have started my 5 yo daughter with Angela last month and could not be more impressed. She is very prepared and experienced. Her warm and friendly personality makes it a wonderful experience for us both. Teaching someone so young takes extra skills and patience and Angela is up for the job. Highly recommended.
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John M. February 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
Definitely a five star rating for warmth, knowledge and concise instruction given to me.
Angela made me feel that I will succeed in playing the piano!
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Tressie P. August 18, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Tressie really enjoyed her first lesson and can't wait for her next one!
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Basic chords, right hand, left hand and technique for any type of guitar but more specialized for classical and flamenco guitarists

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SPANISH GUITAR: Flamenco & Classical

Check out my artist bio at:

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Cierra Herring September 4, 2016
· Music Performance · In studio
Love Antonio's Spanish guitar, he is the only flamenco guitarist I have seen perform in the area! He makes his guitar sing:)
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Daniel Oliveira September 1, 2016
· Music Performance · In studio
Had the opportunity of listening to Antonio at the Latino Festival in Provo. Brilliant technique and wonderful refreshing music, one of a kind in Utah
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Vania September 1, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Antonio is a great teacher! He is very patience and is always willing to help me improve my guitar skills. He has great passion for music and of course for the guitar. I'm very glad I was able to find Antonio because I have learned guitar concepts in English and Spanish!
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Expect to work hard, practice and become proficient at reading, writing and playing your instrument. I will give you my all and I expect the same in return. I can make you a great musician and I have examples of some remarkable kids and adults I have taught. Hard work pays off!

About Don
I have the gift of music and love to share it. I have been teaching guitar, bass and drums for over thirty years. Many of my students have received full scholarships to the best music schools. I teach reading and theory as well as ear training. I have references from previous students as well as parents.
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Ela Z. August 8, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great teacher.
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Aviv Z. May 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Super professional teacher!!!!!!
Highly recommended!!!!!
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I can teach all styles, all levels, you'll learn to play songs, basic to advanced chords, learn to read music, music theory, but most importantly have fun doing it!

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Graduate of the University of Miami School of Studio Music and Jazz, I have cowritten and edited many bass and guitar methods and transcriptions, working with Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Aaron Stang, and many others. Over 30 years in music education, I can help you learn to do what you love.
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