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Some of great musicians of our time have been guitarists from Philadelphia, from Kevin Eubanks and The Bacon Brothers to G. Love. If that does not inspire you to begin Philadelphia guitar lessons, think of the rich musical heritage of the city. Philadelphia is renowned across the world for its influence on rock and roll, hip hop, jazz and countless other genres. Whichever musical style interests you, Philadelphia guitar lessons with TakeLessons can help you achieve your goals!

Learning on your own or watching instructional videos online is not enough to master the guitar and truly live up to your abilities. Working with a private instructor, on the other hand, will give you the individual attention and feedback that will help you really improve.

Whether you are a beginner hoping to learn the basics or an advanced player hoping to expand your technique, our instructors are committed to helping you achieve your goals. Your lessons will be customized specifically for your needs and interests, and your online account with TakeLessons will help you stay organized and focused. So what are you waiting for? Call us today, or start by browsing instructor profiles online, and take the first step toward mastering your instrument!

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Ian V.

Philadelphia, PA

Guitar Basics
Strumming Patterns
Chords
Rhythm
Practicing and playing songs
Scales
Improvising

About Ian

Ian's vast and diverse experience on the Northeast music scene has given him the background that rivals the best of many professional musicians working today. From band tours of the US, Canada, and Hong Kong and a handful of recordings under various acts, Ian remains busy in his home city of Philadelphia. Ian has performed with such acts as Jazz great Grover Washington Jr. to the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra.

Teaching Experience

Ian has taught private lessons in Bass both electric and acoustic, piano, and guitar for the last ten years in which he has also lent his talents to
the esteemed Paul Green School of Rock and Day Jams Summer Rock School. He has also been involved with a number of after-school programs in the Philadelphia area where he taught private music lessons, music theory, and rock ensemble.

Musical Education

Ian's musical training began with piano at 7, saxophone at 9, self-taught guitar at 11, and finally electric and acoustic bass in high school. He was awarded scholarships to Philadelphia's Settlement Music School and the Berklee College of Music. Finally settling in NYC, Ian completed his B.F.A. in Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School School for Social Research in 2000. Ian has recently completed his PA Teacher Certification K-12 from Temple University 2011.

Why study music with Ian?

Quite simply Ian is a fun, creative, open-minded, and experienced teacher/musician who teaches a wide genre of music styles. He simply loves all music. Jazz, Classical, Funk/R&B, Rock, Metal, and Country are all within the expertise of Ian's vocabulary. Ian teaches with the same intensity and passion that he performs with. Ian truly cares about teaching each and every student the best way he knows.

*** Lesson Details ***
Ian's lessons are a combination of goals set by himself and the student. Whether you aspire to be the next rock god in 3 months or to just play casually with your friends at the next barbecue, Ian is there to understand your musical goals. Every student is different therefore Ian accommodates his style and methods to each the individual. Old-school rigidity are not what Ian is about. Rather, Ian dips from both the traditions of the past and new techniques of today.

Topics Covered

Technique, Song Performance, Harmony, Rhythm, and Music Theory are all important components covered in the lesson plan. Sight reading standard music notation is encouraged but not necessary. Rhythm notation is a mandatory skill every musician must know and is taught from the beginning. Song choices can be tailored to the students tastes however Ian seems fit. Ian has no problem teaching anything from the Jonas Brothers to Jimi Hendrix.

Improvisation, Groove, and Ear Training are areas of special interest and study which can also be taught to enhance a students studies.

Students skills and goals are assessed every few months to ensure student and teacher are on a clear and steady path. Everything from major and minor scales to song retention is logged down to provide a means of assessment.

Practice

As both a teacher and playing musician, Ian honestly believes that it
takes a combination of 20% talent and 80% sweat/hard work to be a successful and
competent musician. Therefore a set practice time length is agreed upon
between Ian and the student to which the student must stick to a practice schedule as
best as he or she can. Learning not just "what to practice" but "how to practice" is an important skill that is acquired through patience, hard work, and repetition. Ian can show you the skills it takes to master the "Art Of Practice".

Lesson Length

Lesson times of 30 minutes and 45 minutes are recommended for beginning students.

60 minutes for intermediate to more advanced students

*** Studio Equipment ***
Casio 88-key weighted keyboard
Fender Telecaster Guitar
Fender Precision Bass
Kolstein Upright Bass
Vintage Ampeg Bass and Guitar Amplifiers
Fostex 8-track Digital Recorder

*** Travel Equipment ***
I always have a bass or guitar on hand , a metronome, CDs, iPod, and music manuscript.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical, Jazz, Rock, R&B, and Funk on Upright Bass and Electric Bass.
I teach Beginning and Intermediate Level Piano and Guitar in Classical, Rock, and Popular Music Styles.
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Stephanie R. June 24, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Really enjoying the lessons. Ian is cool.
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KateB April 9, 2012
Excellent Teacher

Ian is a very knowledgeable and patient instructor! Very helpful for a beginner student such as myself.
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NvartR December 19, 2011
Lessons

I love the way you explain the notes to the kids. They all have told me how much they like you and feel very comfortable with your teaching. You key into each child needs. I see great progress with Nik and Liam Kat needs more practice which she will do this week. See you Thursday.
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Ian V.

Philadelphia, PA 19130
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Nero C.

Philadelphia, PA

Read music, play by ear, improvise, finger style, with a pick, soloing, chord melody... The guitar is my life's passion, It would be my pleasure to share my knowledge with you. I am comfortable teaching all levels and styles of guitar.

About Nero

I have been teaching music for 20 years. I grew up on the 2nd floor of my father's music store in Central PA and have been around music my whole life. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of the Arts where I studied jazz guitar with Pat Martino, Jimmy Bruno, Steve Giordano, and Tom Giacabetti. I was one of the original teachers during the formative years at the Paul Green School of Rock Music where I later went on to be the Music Director of the Philadelphia and Downingtown Schools. During that time, I helped many students prepare and get accepted to music
schools, ran and developed music summer camps, and organized concerts where the students performed the music of Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, and many more of rock's finest band at every major venue in Philadelphia.

I have been active in the local music scene recording and playing sold-out shows at the Electric Factory, Union Transfer, TLA, Trocadero, Johnny Brenda's and World Café Live with such acts as Work Drugs, 722, Bebek, Franzschubert, Sensi Star, Clean Equations, The Black Lodge Ensemble, Dani Mari, Ashley Phillips, and The Smash Brothers. I have played jazz at the Kimmel Center, musical theater at the Walnut Street and Arden Theaters, reggae bass at the Jersey Shore, and rocked out at CBGB's and the Filmore. I have toured throughout the east coast and as far as Shanghai and Stockholm. I bring all this range of experience to each lesson.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very easy going and patient teacher. My objective is for a guitar, bass, uke, mandolin or banjo lesson to be both educational and fun. I do not adhere to a strict curriculum because I have found over the years that everyone learns differently. I cater my lessons to the individual goals and tastes of my students.

Whether it is a 7 year old successfully playing a D chord or teenager connecting the dots of music theory, the most satisfying experiences for me is when a student has that “ah hah” moment. I feel it is my job not only to channel creativity but also to help students develop discipline. A typical lesson will consist of learning new skills such as working on rhythm and developing a good ear but most importantly, we will do a large amount of playing.

My teaching studio is furnished with two practice amps, a small PA, and a music stand. I have several guitars both acoustic and electric, plus a bass, keyboards, and several percussion instruments around the house to play with. I really enjoy working with students to develop their own music and am equipped to record demos. I also have an extensive songbook and guitar tab library as a resource to learn songs from. I do have a cat, just to let you know, and my house very easy to get to via public transportation.

*** Specialties ***
Improvisation, Classical, Jazz, Rock
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Sonja R. April 6, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Nero is very laid back and friendly. Good guy, great teacher.
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MarieO July 18, 2012
I had a great experience with this teacher. He was patient and incorporated my musical taste into the lessons. I've learned so much working with Nero!
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JoanB May 16, 2012
Mandolin Lessons

I recently started playing mandolin on my own - and decided to take lessons to make sure that my technique was correct. -- All I can say is that Nero is the best music teacher I have ever had - not to mention, a gifted musician. He makes learning fun, and his approach and patience allows you to easily pick up new techniques and skills. I hope to take lessons with Nero for a long time!!!!
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Nero C.

Philadelphia, PA 19145
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starting at
$28 / 30-min
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Vince T.

Philadelphia, PA

The guitar is one of the most popular instruments today, especially with the introduction of the electric guitar in the early 20th century. It is found in many genres including pop, rock, folk, country, and jazz.

Vince briefly took guitar lessons, but soon favored exploring the instrument independently. Although Vince is largely a self-taught guitarist, he has attended many master classes conducted by guitarists including Mark Dziuba, John Abercrombie and Pat Martino. Vince has also played lead and rhythm guitar on many recordings and with live bands in addition to transcribing many rock and folk songs.

Vince has a firm grip on chords and scales on the guitar. He can play electric, acoustic, and slide guitar all with effects pedals.

About Vince

Vince is a trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer/arranger in the Philadelphia and New York regions. His primary instrument for the past 16+ years is trumpet; he also performs on assorted brass, electric bass, and vocals. Vince holds a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the University of the Arts; and holds a Bachelor of Science in Music degree concentrating in Jazz Studies and Theory & Composition from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Vince first began teaching music in 2006 as the trumpet instructor at Silver Creek Central School; he directed trumpet mas
ter classes for high school students. Vince later took on various private students teaching trumpet, guitar, electric bass, improvisation, and arrangement & composition. While earning his Master of Music at the University of the Arts, he served as the trumpet department intern and was responsible for teaching private trumpet lessons, preparing transcriptions for class materials and live performances, and proctoring music theory exams. Also at UArts, Vince was a teaching assistant for the Freshman Jazz Improvisation class for which he conducted sectionals, administered exams, and offered critiques regarding inventiveness of improvisations. He currently teaches a number of electric bass students at Philadelphia's Rock to the Future.

Each student approaches music differently, and Vince tailors his teaching to fit that approach. He asks a student what they're aiming to accomplish, then set short and long term goals in order to acheive them. Vince believes a strong technical foundation leads to freer ease of artistic expression. His students receive a wholistic approach to music on whatever instrument of their choice.

He is a member of Soul cover band: The York Street Hustle, with which he plays trumpet and arranges horns. He also regularly performs with Indie Rock bands Heyward Howkins and Roomtone. Vince has appeared on many albums during the past few years including his own debut solo album Syzygy, which is available now. Vince pursues freelance work in the music industry; he continually performs, arranges, composes, and records original music.

Vince is also an Audio Engineer and Producer in the Philadelphia region. He primarily engineers and produces radio & TV commercials, while also engineering and producing original artists' music during the recent two years. Vince has seven years experience operating analog and digital sound boards for live events, radio, and in recording studios. He has also managed multiple semi-professional Jazz ensembles; in charge of scheduling rehearsals, booking performances, negotiating with venues, and marketing via web, print and social media.

Quotes:

"Vince proves himself a very creative composer. I look forward to hearing more from this upcoming composer & instrumentalist." - Fred "Rock Steady Freddie" Reiter

"Vince plays his horn with creative passion and soul, his tone is very open and full these two combined make him one of the leading up and coming young Jazz trumpet players of today." - Rebecca Coupe Franks

"I've had the great pleasure of working with Vince as an arranger and writer. His music explores many styles and directions, and is always well crafted. He has an original and distinctive voice as a player, an arranger, and a writer. Such dedicated talent deserves to be heard, and I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot from Vince in the future." - Vinnie Martucci
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John Lavin L. June 22, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Vince is an extremely resourceful teacher as well as an extremely accomplished musician. His clear commitment is to being encouraging and helpful. His ability to focus upon the student's specific needs and to address those needs make him an excellent teacher.
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Steve S. March 11, 2015
Trumpet · In home
Vince is a great, experienced trumpet player. He knows the ins-and-outs of the instrument, its role across multiple genres, and how to help me reach my goals. He always has helpful hints and tricks that are useful in making me a better player. Great composer and arranger, too!
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Joe H. February 6, 2015
Arrangement and Composition · In studio
Vince has enlightened me to many new pathways when approaching music composition. Many concepts he has shown me have translated right into new tunes! Highly Recommend!
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Vince T.

Philadelphia, PA 19146
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Victoria W.

Philadelphia, PA

I've been teaching guitar for 10 years. I tailor lesson plans to help each individual student reach his or her goals. I teach chords, rhythm playing, and various scales (for soloing), and I believe a good foundation in proper technique makes for the best guitar players.

About Victoria

My name is Victoria. I'm originally from beautiful San Diego, California, and I began my musical journey at age twelve while still back west. I received private instruction on guitar from a professional guitarist who focused on technique and classical playing. About a year later, I began playing guitar and bass in groups that ranged from church ensembles to rock bands, and even spent two years playing in an orchestra. I've instructed nearly 30 students (of varying ages) on both bass and guitar while serving as a music director at two churches and serving as a student music director at Point Lo
ma Nazarene University. I also received a certification through The Contemporary Music Center, now located in Nashville. Here, I acquired further skills in live performance, studio work, and songwriting.
After moving to Philadelphia to finish my Bachelor's degree at Eastern University, I began playing shows in the area. I also toured with Talain Rayne and played bass on his album "Attic Lights." I then spent a summer in Nashville, interning under hit songwriter, Kate York. After graduation, I was hired by the band Element K (under Shore Bets booking agency) to be their new lead singer and guitarist. I've been a full time professional musician in the Philadelphia area ever since. I've played shows all over the Northeast including (but not limited to) Xfinity Live, The Field House, The Tin Angel, and JC Dobbs in Philadelphia; Revel, Showboat, Ballys, and Tropicana in Atlantic city; and Seacrets in Ocean City, Maryland.
I love music and the role it has played in shaping my life. I value the experiences and wisdom passed on to me by my music mentors and instructors, who not only had a meaningful impact on my music career but also immensely influenced my development as a person.
I look forward to having that same positive impact on any student I instruct :)

*** Lesson Details ***
I like lessons to be, first and foremost, an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. I try to create a laid back and comfortable learning environment for all my students. Music is fun, and I guarantee that there will be plenty of good times while taking lessons!
Now, let me also clarify that my positive attitude and laid back demeanor are not excuses for students to be undisciplined and uncommitted. I promise to work hard toward your development as a musician to make you the best you can be, and I appreciate the same commitment from all of my students.
Music should be enjoyable, but also rewarding and enriching to your life! I don’t want to sell that short!

Below is a basic rundown of what a student can expect to learn while under my instruction. I would first like to preface this information by saying that I fully recognize that every student is different; therefore, I tailor lessons to fit an individual’s needs and goals. Because of this, the priority of certain skills tends to vary from one student to another, as does the order in which this skills are taught. I also want to note that I tend to use some self-made resources (charts, explanations, etc) in addition to published books. Taking into consideration the aforementioned variables, here is the basic rundown of the material I try to cover with students, in the general order it is taught:

-Understanding of guitar parts (anatomy of the instrument) and basic terms (ie note, chord, etc).
-Names of strings (E-string, B-string, etc.) and corresponding numbers for strings (1-6), and which fingers are given what numbers.
-Tuning of the instrument
-Basic technique (how to finger a fret board, hold guitar, hold pick, etc).
-How to find notes on the fret board/chromatic
-Basic rhythm concepts and counting (whole notes, quarter notes, time signatures, etc)—usually involves clapping exercise, single note playing exercises, reading rhythm charts, and learning what different note values look like.
-Basic concepts of “keys”
-Basic major and minor scales (especially for “warming up”)
-Chords (mostly basic open chords)
-Strumming
-Learning songs to put concepts together
For more advanced students, we will likely get into the following:
-Power chords, bar chords, and complex chords beyond majors and minors.
-Scales beyond basic majors and minors
-Music theory (chord construction, modes, etc).
-Knowledge of gear (for those guitarist who wish to branch out to electric guitar)—bass players will already have to know some of this before moving to more advanced work since they already require an amp.
-How to play with other musicians and instruments (collaboration, listening, understanding each instrument’s part, etc).

[To give students a basic timeline for these skills, one can expect to be playing open chords within three months and probably their favorite songs within 6 months]

SONGWRITING TEACHING METHODS:
-Review slides about basic song structure and anatomy of songs (verse, hook, etc)
-lyric and vocal phrasing
-finding your voice as a writer
-exploring environments and conditions that foster one’s creativity for writing songs (preference for outdoors, quite secluded spaces, etc).

LIVE PERFORMANCE:
-Breathing/relaxation exercises
-Movement/watching footage of self
-Watching footage of others
-Acting/stage exercises to get out of your head and into your body
-learning common problems with live performances and becoming comfortable with fast, on-the-spot trouble shooting (and how to avoid some problems before they begin).
-Finding your stage voice, both in singing and speaking.
-Developing your stage persona

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room
Equipped with guitars, bass amp, guitar amp, guitar cables, and tuner.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should provide his or her own guitar (and amps when applicable)

*** Specialties ***
I'm currently a professional musician that sings and plays guitar and bass for pop and rock music. We perform in front of thousands of people each week so I'm very comfortable giving live performance instruction as well.
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Karen S. February 14, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Victoria is an excellent teacher! She is precise in her observations of my playing and the subsequent constructive critique, which has already helped me to tremendously improve the way I play each note as well as difficult chords, such as B minor (difficult for me as a beginner). She is very patient, as well as very smart and extremely personable. She helps me to define my goals at each lesson. I am thrilled to have Victoria as a teacher and I will be signing up for additional lessons with Victoria.
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Edward R. December 12, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I have a lot of fun taking lessons with Victoria. She tailors each lesson to meet my interests and skill level. She was able to immediately identify the areas I need the most improvement and I have already progressed in these areas after only a few lessons.
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Dennis M. December 3, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Wonderful personality, skill and insight

I just wanted to pop in and say how happy I am to be learning guitar. At 51 some may hesitate, but I promise you it's still possible. If you have a love and a want to learn, you can make it happen. Victoria has been wonderful. She's always helpful and supportive and tailors her lessons towards what direction I want to go with my music. She's always smiling and makes lessons fun, the time passes way too quick. So if you are wanting to learn an instrument, then go out there and do it. Maybe if you are lucky and in the Philadelphia area, you'll be able to get Victoria to teach you as well.
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Victoria W.

Philadelphia, PA 19123
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Alan E.

Philadelphia, PA

Subjects : Basics, popular songs, improvisation, fretboard knowledge, technique, theory, jazz, rock, classical and songwriting

About Alan

I am a guitar player living in Philadelphia, with 16 years of playing experience.

I have had many years of private lessons, and I obtained my BA in jazz guitar performance in 2009.

I have been teaching at School of Rock and my house for 5 years straight. I've worked with all ages and skill levels.
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Alan E. September 22, 2014
Guitar · In studio
“Working with Al has been a great experience for our nine-year-old, Daniel. While Al uses popular songs the kids enjoy to get them excited and keep them interested in the guitar , we've appreciated that he balances that with an equal focus on fundamental building blocks such as fingering technique, chord construction, and theory. Moreover, Al’s broad and deep musical knowledge and technical facility with a range of musical styles has really given Daniel an appreciation for the wide possibilities for the instrument. Al’s teaching style is relaxed and low-pressure, but it’s obviously effective because Daniel is always excited for his lesson and we've been extremely pleased with his progress week after week. (If we could only get him to turn down his amp a little at home…)

Paul A., Cherry Hill”
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Alan E.

Philadelphia, PA 19147
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$27 / 30-min

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