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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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Jay S.

Pittsburgh, PA

I tailor lessons to match the individual students desires and abilities. Using contemporary and conventional techniques students progress through the learning processes . Bridging the gap between learning and understanding .

About Jay

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate studio: Guitars, amps, recording software, mics

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide both electric and acoustic guitars, but I prefer my students to have there own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
I focus on music theory and apply it to the genre of music the student likes. Most of my students play Rock, Country, Jazz and popular songs over the past four decades. I specialize in teaching guitar
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Jay S.

Jay S.

Pittsburgh, PA 15227
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$22 / 30-min
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Steven H.

Pittsburgh, PA

Beginning students can expect to learn the basics of the instrument and how to handle it. It is very important to play without hurting yourself. They will also learn how to start coordinating their hands to pick and fret together in a manner that produces the most accurate pitch and tone possible. We will also cover the basics of chords and chord progressions.

Intermediate and advanced students will learn about different playing styles and techniques, as well as develop a solid repertoire.

An instrument is required for this subject.

About Steven

Hey, my name is Steve! I teach guitar (acoustic, classical, and electric) and bass guitar. I have been teaching guitar for about 7 years now, and have loved every second of it. Whether you want to simply learn how to play chords on an acoustic guitar or shred on an electric guitar, I can help you make that happen. I attended Duquesne University for classical guitar and audio engineering for undergraduate and classical guitar performance for graduate school, and have not stopped learning even after leaving school. My goal is to help you become the best musician that you can be, while still
having fun and enjoying the process. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Tamer H Zayed November 22, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
a great instructor ,work hard on explaining the concept and always on time
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Steven H.

Pittsburgh, PA 15202
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$30 / 30-min
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Sam K.

Oakdale, PA

Sam K.

About Sam

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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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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Devyn February 3, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Sam was wonderful with my daughter. He took the time to show her around his studio and explained some of the instruments to her. He even let her play a few. That helped her relax a bit and enjoy her first lesson.
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Barbara B. January 28, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Sam is an excellent instructor without question! I spoke with him on the phone to get an idea of where I'm at and where I want to be, so immediately when I came to my first lesson we hit the ground running! I am very pleased with what I've learned so far and it's now up to me to practice and have my questions ready to make the most out of the time given (which is the fastest half hour you'll live ) I definitely recommend Sam to any level student who is serious about reaching the next level.
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Sam K.

Oakdale, PA 15071
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$35 / 30-min
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Dylan C.

Pittsburgh, PA

There's no substitute for self-motivation whenever learning a new instrument. Whether it be the song with 500 plays on your iPod, or the theme to your favorite video game, you are much more likely to commit hours of weekly practice to an instrument if you spend that time with a song you thoroughly enjoy. For that reason, the core of my teaching style is simple: students come to me with the songs they love, and I show them how to play those songs. If this calls for specific chords, techniques, or strumming patterns, I make those the priority in the student's instruction. General fundamentals, music theory, and ear training are integrated into lessons as we gradually work toward mastering the songs you love.

About Dylan

I am a graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Music, and I plan to use my experience and passion for the art to help students reach their performance goals. I've been playing guitar for ten years, and the mandolin & ukulele for five. Over the years, I have performed in large events like the One Young World Summit with the University of Pittsburgh Carpathian Ensemble, and the Passion of Gamelan and Pop Sunda Concert. I've also played smaller, more intimate concerts at venues like Mr. Small's Theater and the Warhol Museum with my own pop-rock band, The Suburban Sellouts. In 2012
, I had the incredible opportunity to study Romani music abroad in Central Europe through the Romani Music, Culture, & Human Rights study abroad program, and in 2013 I trained in Balkan music at the East European Folklife Center (EEFC) Balkan Music & Dance Workshop. From punk to musicals and everything in between, I love music and I will work with students to master any style that interests them.
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Daniel L. January 25, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Dylan is a great teacher. He is teaching both me and my husband guitar. He is very patient and very skilled at the guitar. He makes learning fun and interesting by teaching us songs that we love. I would highly recommend him.
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Amy Jensen July 1, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Dylan is is very professional and patient...He is able to talk through the challenges of learning new skills and gives attainable goals for the following lesson.
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Dylan C.

Pittsburgh, PA 15201
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$25 / 30-min
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Aaron W.

Pittsburgh, PA

In addition to chords, scales and arpeggios, I can show you how to apply music theory on songs you'd like to learn.

About Aaron

I'm a Pittsburgh native who currently plays with a flamenco group and networks with different musicians in the area. I enjoy many genres of music, including jazz. I've studied under Erik Lawrence since 2012. I would like to give lessons. I'm interested in teaching more than just sight-reading and repertoire. I would like to give students a clear perspective on the underlying principles of modern music in order to help them create and improvise their own personal material. Students will know how and how not to practice. I will do my best to offer them the tools they need to perform in va
rious musical situations. Most of all, I look forward to sharing my love of music.
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Jon January 12, 2016
Flute · In studio
Aaron has a great commnad of the flute and made it real easy for me to play with him. He has a great ear and knowledge of music theory which makes it very easy to play with him in any setting. He is very patient and can take any song and expand it to new depths.
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Jules Coulson December 23, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Aaron was very helpful in helping me work on the songs that had been giving me problems, and opened my mind to different possibilities with solos and improvising ideas. Patient and thoroughly interested in his students improvement! Will return for more lessons! Thanks, Aaron!
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Aaron W.

Aaron W.

Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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