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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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Cory P.

Pittsburgh, PA

I've been playing guitar for over twenty years. Most of my teaching comes from my experience as a professional upright bass player. I start my beginning students in the Hal Leonard guitar method books. These books provide a solid foundation and walk through a lot of concepts at a good pace.

About Cory

I grew up around Atlanta, GA and started playing piano when I was around 7 years old and bass and guitar when I was 11. Most of my education has been on the upright bass. I've studied classical bass performance at major music schools on the east coast and in the midwest. I've studied and worked with musicians from many of the great orchestras around the world.

I enjoy working with students who are just coming to the bass, guitar, or piano for the first time and getting them started with music in a rewarding way as well as more advanced students that need finer musical direction or auditi
on coaching.

*** Lesson Details ***
I try to keep a relaxed environment while still being motivating and inspiring. I tailor lessons around what the individual student's goals are. There are materials that I like to use with most students but I'm open to using anything that meets the needs and desires of the student.

I try to find a nice balance of technique work and music. It's important to develop healthy technique from the very beginning. It's very easy to develop bad habits that can have serious health risks down the road (i.e. tendonitis, carpal tunnel, back pain, etc.) that can make it difficult if not impossible to keep playing. I've spent many years undoing bad habits that I developed from the first years that I played bass without any formal instruction. Yoga, Alexander technique, massage, and many great teachers have helped me overcome the issues I had and have helped me develop healthy habits. I try to pass this education on to my students so that they can have an enjoyable and healthy experience with music for the rest of their lives.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano and music stand. Living room with seating for parents.

The students need to provide their own bass and bow or guitar and music.

*** Specialties ***
Classical. I have studied with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic and my teaching and playing reflect the traditions of these teachers and orchestras.
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Denise September 8, 2015
Piano · In studio
very patient, talented. My 5 years daughter likes him very much.
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Angela R. June 16, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Patient teacher for a young beginner. Cory knows how to teach a young kid.
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Matthew X. April 13, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient teacher.
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Cory P.

Cory P.

Pittsburgh, PA 15216
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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 8 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 15207
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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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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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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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Sam K.

Sam K.

Pittsburgh, PA 15234
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$35 / 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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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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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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Fatemah A. April 7, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I'm an international student and I took my first lesson with Aaron. He was very good teaching me with the consideration of that English is not my first language! I picked up quickly the frets and the string number names! He gave homework to do at home!! You won't regret it if you shose him. Aaron was very patient with me especially with my broken English and my poor background about music. Good luck everyone!
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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.

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

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