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By Henri B. - Phoenix Guitar Teacher

I started learning to play the guitar in high school simply because I wanted “to be cool.” Everyone I knew thought people who played the guitar were “cool,” so I taught myself how to play the song “Happy Birthday.” I was so excited about it that I continued learning simple songs. It was from that point forward that I fell in love and developed a passion for the instrument.

I love to play and teach guitar lessons in the greater Phoenix, AZ area. Phoenix has amazing bands with so many awesome musicians. I am part o
f a wonderful cluster of musicians that create a professional and supportive community. I am consistently being inspired and challenged to practice daily in order to keep my chops tight and my musical abilities strong.

There was a point when I felt stuck and frustrated, and that no progress was being made. So I found a great instructor who challenged and taught me to play new things that I could not play on my own before. It was at that time that I started making some major breakthroughs in my playing and feeling like “Wow! It happened again” every day.

The guitar is one of the “coolest” instruments for anyone to learn. And I believe that anyone can learn, at the very least, to play some fun and simple songs. With time, practice, and focus, perhaps you can become one of the best of your generation. Take guitar lessons in Phoenix and see for yourself!
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Henri B.

Phoenix, AZ

Learn basic skills such as hand positioning, chords, scales, fun songs at your level and learn to enjoy all the guitar has to offer.

About Henri

Aside from being mostly self-taught and playing drums since he could hold the pots and pans, Henri is an experienced, focused teacher and musician who really enjoys seeing students achieve their goals and desires musically. He has also studied privately with former Berklee Graduate Al Pahanish Jr (Powerman 5000), and former Capitol Records recording artist Morrison Moon.  He is a goal-oriented individual with a versatile background and a relaxed, "let's have fun while we learn" attitude. Henri believes music should always be fun and inspiring for everyone, no matter what skill level. FUN is always the focus, because if you are not having fun, why are you doing it?  Henri also has years of experience touring both nationally and internationally with several award-winning Arizona-based ...

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jeanne M. March 10, 2015
Drum · In home
Henri is a gem. He is the perfect combination of cool and a serious musician. He is able to win over the respect of kids and truly teach them! There is no need to look any further for a music teacher!
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Shane S. March 9, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
To start with, Henri is fun to be around, DO NOT underestimate this. I have had the strict authoritarian and the the wallflower and in both cases, I ended up not showing up so often than I just quit. It took me a few times of going to my lesson to realize what it was that made this time so different, and it is quite simply that I like being there for more than just the lesson.
In terms of his lesson quality and knowledge of the subject, I can only speak to his guitar knowledge. I guess before I begin, I should say that I am a beginner, and spend most of my time in life doing the things I have to do rather than the things I want to do. (kids) Anyhow, once again, Henri hit the mark. He asked me my goals and then challenged me to get there while not pressuring me too much to practice. (like I said, not a wallflower, and not an authoritarian) Some lessons were theory, scales, and or chords, and some were just me learning a song, which is essentially the fun way of learning chords and picking techniques.
At the end of the day, the entire experience has exceeded my expectations, and while my practice between lessons is certainly lacking, I am making serious progress. One fine day, I will play that coffee house and my decent singing and average guitar will fill the air and with any luck will only turn heads in a good way!
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Karla L. December 31, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Henri is an excellent teacher! I have been a teacher myself for more than 15 years and I recommend him without reservation. He works with my daughter who is five years old and she is always excited about her lessons. She is making excellent progress and is eager to do more. She feels well-supported by Henri who encourages her to take risks with her playing while making her feel that she is doing a great job. Music lessons with this teacher are well worth the money and an excellent investment. We are lucky to have found him!
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Derek S.

Tempe, AZ

About Derek

Hello there! I love music! To me, it truly is a universal language, and nothing else can capture and express emotion quite like it. Ever since I picked up a guitar 15 years ago, I've been on a quest to learn and speak the language of music. One discovery I have made along the way is that I love teaching it to others, too! Over the past 10 years, I've been busy immersing myself in music. The excitement of performing live on stage, the pride of writing a song that touches someone, the reward of watching a student learn something new—these are the things that fuel my passion. My dream is that my students will one day be able to experience these things! I've been teaching guitar lessons for over 5 years, and I just recently graduated from ASU with a B.S. in psychology. Also, I am ...

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Wynter H. May 17, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Derek is an awesome instructor and mentor, and his studio is comfortable and clean. I agree with previous reviewers who said... BOOK HIM NOW!

Derek has a broad range of music theory knowledge and can play anything you ask for. He's also amazingly kind and supportive, adapting to the student's needs as you go along rather than adhering to a rigid schedule.

I've been taking bass guitar lessons with Derek for two months and I feel inspired. He always makes me feel like a rock star, while constantly challenging me to take my skills to the next level. I originally debated between two instructors on this site and I'm so glad I made the right choice!
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Mark T. August 17, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Great teacher - book him

I took lessons with Derek summer 2013. Derek did a great job of answering all my guitar and music theory questions. The techniques I learned under Derek were inline with my music interests.

Derek always did a great job of communicating with email. He was very flexible with scheduling and I always felt comfortable learning in his in-home studio.

Derek can play anything and he is very easy to work with - highly recommended.
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LYNND June 20, 2012
Fantastic Instructor!

In two lessons, Derek has simplified music for me and given me the tools to play a ton of songs already. I love that his lessons encompass some music theory, understanding of the instrument, and actual playing of a song. I feel like I learn something valuable each time. He gauges your skill level pretty well and delivers instruction at just the right pace. A fantastic instructor who presents music in a way that's easy to understand. I'm so glad I chose him as a guitar/ukelele instructor!
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Richard C.

Phoenix, AZ

About Richard

I started taking piano lessons at the ripe age of 4, but I quickly found my calling on the guitar. At the age of 20, and with 13 years of playing experience, I graduated from the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery (guitar building), after building both an acoustic and an electric guitar and receiving repair certification from Fender. I later completed my Bachelor’s Degree of Music in the field of classical guitar performance, at ASU in 2007. During this time I expanded to other instruments such as the Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin, Dulcimer and Bass Guitar. I am involved with a number of extra musical activities that are available for you. First, I am part of a weekly jam session where my students meet and jam on a rotation with other music students in the phoenix area (drummers, singers, ...

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Allen R. April 7, 2015
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
Richard focuses on what the student wants out of the lesson, and takes steps to lead the student to a goal. His knowledge of music is excellent, and he imparts that knowledge adequately.
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Marni N. December 8, 2014
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome teacher! I'm so glad I started lessons!
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Cristy B. February 12, 2014
Ukulele
Verified Student
Amazing Teacher

I really enjoy my lessons and look forward to them each week. I trust Richard and am happy to continue to do lessons and recommend him to others!
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Dee F.

Scottsdale, AZ

I have been a private guitar teacher for over 20 years and currently perform professionally for various venues throughout the Phoenix area.

About Dee

*** Travel Equipment *** Books. Students must have their own instrument (keyboards are acceptable for taking piano lessons). I always council students on brand, quality of instrument they are purchasing before they buy it. *** Specialties *** I have been a public school music educator for over 20 years, and have taught band, orchestra, and choir which enables me to teach many instruments and voice. I also have been a language and reading tutor for over 6 years and have worked with students with special needs for over 10 years. I studied classical guitar with master guitarist, Christopher Parkening, at Montana State University where I graduated with a B.M.E. I also did graduate work at MSU in composition. I teach Suzuki piano and violin. I am an accomplished composer/songwriter

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Mike D. May 21, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher. Quickly corrected years of technical mistakes. She covered a wide variety of fundamentals in a short time covering a broad range of music.
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Belinda C. May 19, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Dee is great! My granddaughter really enjoys her lessons with her. She's very patient, observant and encouraging!
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Melanie S. April 7, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Dee is a wonderful instructor. She has extensive experience both in the musical field and with teaching. She sets forth a structured easy-to-follow program for practice. She is very personable, inspiring, and gives honest and helpful feedback. I would definitely enjoy having Dee as a teacher again.
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Kierstyn G.

Glendale, AZ

Emphasis on chords, strumming patterns, scales, improvisation, and basic songwriting. Students pick their own songs to learn. Electric and acoustic guitar are both options.

**NOT a classical guitar course. Picks and capos are required.**

About Kierstyn

Kierstyn Greenberg has diverse and substantial experience in piano performance, classical composition, and private pedagogy. A pianist for 16 years, a drummer for 14 years, a guitarist for 8 , and a saxophonist for 7, Kierstyn loves composing, performing, and teaching in many styles. She has performed extensively in venues such as the Wigwam Resort, and the Ground Controls in Goodyear and in Verrado. She also has played for two weddings and several private parties. She has played (both solo and on worship teams) for four different churches over a period of six years. She was the accompanist for all three choirs at her high school, North Pointe Preparatory, during her senior year and played in the jazz, concert, and marching bands throughout high school. Kierstyn began composing short ...

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Angela M. February 10, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
We are very happy with the lessons my daughter has with Kierstyn. She took the time when they started to learn what my daughter's goals were, what type music she likes, and makes the lessons personalized. She works well with my daughter, is patient, but pushes her to continue going and learning.
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Joshua H. January 24, 2015
Composition · Online
Verified Student
She was very straightforward and helped me a lot with my compositions. She is very good at the piano and has written some wonderful compositions. I will definitely be considering starting lessons with her again.

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