Brian Gross

Brian G.

Bethesda, MD

About Brian G.

Background check: Last verified 12/02/2016
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Brian teaches: Ages 9 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: 1993
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

As a performing musician and guitar teacher since 1993, I have taught thousands of students. I teach most styles of music but blues is my specialty. Most importantly, I believe that learning how to play guitar should be fun!

I believe in encouraging my students through exhibiting patience and an understanding of their individualized needs. I use my unique and effective teaching methods while teaching fundamental skills and techniques to meet diverse learning styles. I will have you playing your favorite songs in no time!

Students receive complimentary lesson transcriptions and videos

I studied music at the University of Maryland where I received my bachelors degree.
and with several renowned recording artists

Photos and Videos

BG & the Mojo Hands performs Tell Me by the Fabulous T-Birds at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, VA

Experience

Self employed guitar teacher
May 1993 - Present
Brian Gross Bethesda Guitar Lessons

Going into my 23rd year of business! I've done everything involved with starting my business. Marketing, business development, lesson planning, etc.

Guitar Instructor (Group)
Sep 1994 - Aug 2014
Montgomery County Department of Recreation

Classes taught were:

Beginning Guitar Level 1
Beginning Guitar Level 2
Introduction to Blues Guitar
Intermediate Blues Guitar

Guitar Instructor
Jun 1995 - Oct 2003
Glen Echo Park

Classes taught were:

Beginning Rock Guitar for Kids , Level 1
Beginning Rock Guitar for Kids, Level 2
Introduction to Blues Guitar
Intermediate Blues Guitar
Blues Guitar Performance Workshop

Education

Guitar
Jun 1995 - Aug 2000
National Guitar Summer Workshop
Bachelor of Science, Marketing
Aug 1978 - Jun 1982
University of Maryland
General
Sep 1975 - Jun 1978
John F Kennedy High School

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Thumbtack Best of 2016
Sep 2016
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Bethesda Business Hall of Fame
Sep 2015
Bethesda Awards Program
Maryland Blues Hall of Fame
Nov 2012
Blues Hall of Fame, an American Heritage International Organization

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Morgan Jan 30, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
My son, age 10, was a beginner when he started with Brian a little more than a year ago. Not only is Brian an experienced, expert guitar player, he's also an exceptionally patient teacher who adapts his lessons to the skill level and tastes of the student. Brian makes guitar lessons fun and knows how to motivate my son to continue practicing outside of lessons.

My son started out learning guitar and recently has taken up the bass, too! He's been learning songs I like with dominant bass patterns such as Pump it Up by Elvis Costello, Get Ready by The Temptations, the theme song from The Barney Miller show (1970s) and, most recently, Sunshine of Your Love by Cream.

My son really looks forward to his weekly lesson and has a great rapport with Brian. My son learns the basics using Brian's guitar instruction book, learning how to play blues and rock standards while mixing in the alternative rocks songs he plays and performs with his band.

Brian has been invaluable in teaching my son the skills required to perform live in front of an audience, reviewing performances and providing advice on how to optimize live sound production. Brian provided great notes about the stage set up for my son's band's performance at the school talent show. In less than a year, my son went from just picking up the instrument to playing on stage in front of a large audience and holding his own with a band of more experienced musicians. Brian was a huge help in making this happen!
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Chris Jan 23, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In studio
My son and I have been taking Blues lessons from Brian for 4 months. My son is an excellent pianist and he is rapidly becoming proficient as a Blues guitarist under Brian's direction. We have also taken lessons together so we can start playing together. The lessons have been a lot of fun and we are starting to jam. Brian has a deep knowledge of the Blues and he is excellent at passing this knowledge to his students. I highly recommend him as a teacher of this great style of American music.
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Peter Jan 23, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In studio
Brian is helping me get back to where I was after years out of practice. He is great to work with and makes it happen.
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Ken Jan 23, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In studio
Awesome instructor. Very knowledgeable and very patient. Really accelerated my learning. After trying to learn online and various programs this is a much better approach.
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