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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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John W.

Pittsburgh, PA

Any style... Geared toward your goals

About John

Learn to play the songs you want to play.....

I am a professional performing Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter with 25+ years experience playing and teaching. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from Temple University and spent 6 years performing in NYC with various groups and ensembles. I have studied and teach Classical guitar, Theory from both a classical and Jazz view point, Composition/Arrangement, Counterpoint and performance techniques such as repertoire building and maintenance.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will tailor the lesson toward you goals..... It's all about mak
ing music and having fun....

For beginning students we will begin with chromatic exercises to start building hand dexterity and comfort with the guitar as well as working out of Mel Bay's guitar method book 1 for note reading, or straight into chords and strum patterns. Intermediate students will be evaluated based on goals and will be given supplementary material to build repertoire of tunes in the style of your choosing....

If you choose I can delve into Theory, Improvisation, Composition or any of the other more advanced concepts to take you as far as you want to go and meet all your goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dining Room, excellent acoustics, office has computer for lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have own guitar and provide chairs, music stand, metronomes and guitar tuners. Access to computer is helpful but not required.....

*** Specialties ***
beginning to advanced guitar..all styles....improvisation.....jazz .... beginning classical.... rock, country, bluegrass performance including singing.... I try to get the student having fun playing music as soon as possible.... Students achieving success playing and (hopefully singing) songs that they like and are excited about is my goal.... building and maintaining a performable repertoire......
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ChuckC May 10, 2012
John is an excellent teacher. He is obviously extremely knowledgable about music in general and the guitar in particular.He combines patience with high expectations of his pupils (at least this pupil).Very encouraging.I recommend him highly!
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BrianH1 April 30, 2012
Patient and knowledgeable

John has been teaching my 9 year old daughter for several months now and I am extremely impressed with his knowledge and patience. My daughter looks forward to her lessons and practicing comes much easier and regular with John's laid back approach. I highly recommend John to anyone looking to take any level of guitar lessons.
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JeremyR March 26, 2012
Very patient. Great motivator. Excellent delivery of instruction and material. John makes learning guitar FUN!
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John W.

John W.

Pittsburgh, PA 15205
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starting at
$22 / 30-min
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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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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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Barry S. November 27, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
awesome teacher

great and very helpful teacher. his willingness to listen to your ideas is wonderful! couldn't have asked for a better teacher to learn from! grt job!
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Cory P.

Cory P.

Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(10)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Andy H.

Carnegie, PA

I've performed some very tricky stuff on the guitar, from Eddie Van Halen to Jimmy Page to ZZ Top.

About Andy

Learn from an Internationally recognized musician! In 2008 I set two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS for continuous guitar playing. I've performed at nearly every important music venue in Pittsburgh, notably: Heinz Hall, Heinz Field, the (old) Syria Mosque, The Electric Banana, Nick's Fat City, Graffiti, the Decade, the Hard Rock Café (Pittsburgh) and Stage AE.

Since starting classical piano at age 5, trumpet, french horn and bass have all been primary instruments for at least several years, but the guitar has remained since age 10. I have developed an extensive and well-rounded set of sensibilitie
s from performing jazz, blues and rock bands, bell choirs, marching bands, orchestras and musicals.

Along with decades of experience in music performance, education, composition and production, I also has a profound interest in ear training and harmonic music theory. Dubbed 'human jukebox' and 'iPod,' i have the rare ability to instantly reproduce nearly any popular or known repertoire as a result of advanced work in ear training and music theory. I can help you reach your goals and teach you things which set you on a course of permanent improvement.

*** Lesson Details ***
There are many great study books in publication that we can use and that I can recommend. we will identify and work on specific aspects of musicianship that we decide.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, recording devices, computer

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have a tuner, a metronome and a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
music theory, ear training
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Andy H.

Andy H.

Pittsburgh, PA 15234
starting at
$25 / 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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Michelle W. October 31, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Harlie enjoys her lessons! Sam is a very enthusiastic teacher and helps to keep her focused
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Sam K.

Oakdale, PA 15071
(1)
starting at
$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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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.

Dylan C.

Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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