Brian Gross

Brian G.

Annandale, VA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
For 23 yrs I’ve taught all levels and most guitar styles. My specialty is blues. Beginners can use my instructional book and begin playing songs from their 1st lesson! I focus on the musical styles my students like and create a curriculum customized for each one. Best of Bethesda Guitar Instructor 3 consecutive yrs. Maryland Blues Hall of Fame for my experience and talent as a professional performing bluesman. Most importantly, I believe that learning how to play guitar should be fun!
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Brian delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 9+ and special needs

Teaching since:

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!

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


Self employed guitar teacher
May 1993 - Present
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


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


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Thumbtack Best of 2016
Sep 2016
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

Photos & Videos

BG & the Mojo Hands performs Tell Me by the Fabulous T-Birds at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, VA
BG & the Mojo Hands Performs I'm Going Down the Line (Earl Hooker)
Can't Be Satisfied performed by Delectrified (Brian Gross & Roger Edsall) inside the Rockville Mansion
Brian Gross and Roger Edsall, Canned Heat Blues
BG at the Western Maryland Blues Festival

Brian teaching at his studio

BG & the Mojo Hands at Branded 72 in Rockville, MD

Brian Teaching Guitar Class for the Montgomery County Recreation Department

Student Will Tearing Up Van Halen Riffs!
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10 Reviews

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Errol Jun 11, 2019
Blues Guitar · In studio

I started learning guitar on my own. I got some CD’s. It got me started. However, I wasn’t progressing. I looked for an instructor in my area and Brian Gross came up in my search engine. I was very frustrated at first but Brian assured me it takes time and practice. It’s the little things that he teaches you that makes all the difference. If you listen to what he tells you and apply it you will amazed. Great musician, great teacher.

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Grace Jan 14, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Brian is a wonderful, fun, and very supportive guitar teacher. He encourages students like me to practice and learn, and he gives very positive and tailored instruction. He allows his students to choose the style of music that they want to learn, and he offers the easiest and most straightforward way to learn it. He prepares his lessons very well, and it is always a joy to see his cheerful face. Even someone like me who sometimes fumbles around with the strings can feel comfortable in his great manner of teaching. I find that I have learned quite a bit in a very short amount of time, even with my busy work schedule. The guitar exercises that he gives us are fun to do and so effective. I highly recommend him as a guitar teacher, and I look forward to many more lessons with him.

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Samee Jun 23, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Great instructor who works with your schedule and your technique, excellent lesson plans!

Val Oct 16, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Brian was very professional, and the pace was friendly for beginners.

Erick Jun 15, 2017
Bass Guitar · In studio

Brian immediately knew how to adapt to my profile.... not too young, not too talented, not too available, and without any ambition about playing on stage or in a group. I've been learning bass guitar for one month and a half with him, starting at a beginner's level. Last week-end I was able to play a few songs more or less correctly with some friends at a party. Brian has the talent to keep the fun while teaching, and bringing appreciable progress in a very pleasant path.

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Cody May 8, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Have only been playing for a couple weeks now, but I can tell this is something that I will want to do for the rest of my life. Brian makes it very easy to learn and is very helpful in tracking my progression. Look forward to each week and the opportunity to get better!

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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.

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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