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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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Zach R.

Pittsburgh, PA

Hi there! I'm so glad that you are interested in taking guitar lessons! Let me tell you a little bit about how I teach. To quote a good friend of mine, "teachers teach the way they were taught".

I was taught to understand music first, and then apply it to the guitar. I was taught that patience, diligence, and intentionality are key to learning an instrument. I was taught to be open to all forms of music, and to diversify is important to being a well-rounded musician.

About Zach

I am a freelance music professional, located in Pittsburgh, PA. I am classically trained, and hold a Master's of Music in classical guitar from Carnegie Mellon University. I have several years of experience performing various styles music including jazz, pop, rock, blues, country, contemporary, acoustic, and classical. I have been teaching for 12 years, and have taught independently, in local music stores, and at the university level. I have also owned my own project recording studio for the last 6 years, and worked with many local artists.
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Zach R.

Zach R.

Pittsburgh, PA 15206
starting at
$40 / 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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Marc S. October 8, 2016
Fiddle · In studio
Verified Student
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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Sam K.

Pittsburgh, PA 15234
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$35 / 30-min
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Ross H.

Pittsburgh, PA

Hello! My name is Ross and I am a performing guitarist and educator in the Pittsburgh area. I have taught privately for over 10 years and have experience teaching in the classroom as well. Studying Music Education at IUP, I received training in multiple effective, highly successful methods of music instruction including students with special needs ranging from grades Pre-K-12. I play in four groups and average about 100 performances a year. Looking forward to hearing from you! - Ross

About Ross

My name is Ross Heastings. I am a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I have been teaching privately for over 10 years. My success as a teacher is attributed to my expertise in music, music instruction, and my social skills. I am a firm believer that a great guitar player or pianist does not necessarily mean they are a great teacher. Teaching is a passion. It is my goal to continue to evolve as an instructor and offer new was and strategies specific to the students needs.
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Bijay R. August 30, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
It was awesome.
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Ross H.

Pittsburgh, PA 15223
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$20 / 30-min
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Rick C.

Coraopolis, PA

I like to cater to each students goals whether they just want to learn songs, or get really involved in all aspects of the guitar. I focus on 4 areas: Scales Chords Theory and Fingerboard Knowledge (this requires reading music but is the underlying area to total understanding of the instrument, knowing the fretboard allows players to use their knowledge of the other areas) and also I love to do plenty of songs some of which I choose and others the student may request. Also do live rock group

About Rick

Hello I am a 1988 graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston Mass. and have been teaching and performing most of my adult life. I reside in Moon Twp PA am married and have a 16 yr old daughter. Music is a great thing for people of all ages! I have passed on the thrill of learning and playing guitar to hundreds of students, something they will have for the rest of their lives, whether as a pro or as a hobby. I am a very personable individual with lots of patience and love to teach guitar and watch my students grow into respectable musicians. I also have my students (when ready) play in a li
ve rock band to experience playing with others
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EILEEN C. November 26, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He is a great teacher
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Tyler February 16, 2016
Guitar · In studio
I took lessons from Rick for about 6 years and I learned everything I needed to know. Probably the best and most thorough instructor around. He'll teach you the guitar inside and out and actually teaches you theory and how to apply it to the guitar, which made me want to take theory classes at my own high school. If you're looking for solid guitar lessons at a reasonable price, Rick is the man to go to!
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Andy February 10, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio
Rick is the best instructor ever! He has taught me so much about playing the bass guitar in the time that I have taken lessons from him. He has even given me and some of his other pupils the experience of playing in front of a live audience! I highly recommend him.
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Rick C.

Coraopolis, PA 15108
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$30 / 30-min
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Johnny W.

Pittsburgh, PA

Playing the guitar is a meaningful and rewarding life endeavor. The process of learning any instrument should be enjoyable and a break from the stresses of reality, rather than a chore. I focus on creating a comfortable atmosphere while gearing lessons towards long-term development.

About Johnny

First, I am a student of music. I am currently studying Jazz guitar under the infamous Joe Negri (actor "Handyman Negri" and music composer for Mr. Rogers) and Classical guitar with James Ferla and Irvine Kauffman. I also study Voice with Richard Teaster (director of University of Pittsburgh's Men's Glee Club). This fall, I won the University of Pittsburgh's Battle of the Bands with an acoustic set and was rewarded with opening up for Pitt's Annual Fall Fest.

Also, I have strong understanding of psychology and learning in general. I pride myself on creating a comfortable atmosphere for stud
ents, which is the starting point in learning. I have taught as the Lead Coordinator at an after-school academy in Pittsburgh. I have a Secret Security Clearance with the Army National Guard and updated Child Abuse Clearances.

I'd love to be apart of your child's musical adventure. I know mine has been an incredible ride.

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Johnny W.

Johnny W.

Pittsburgh, PA 15206
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$15 / 30-min

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