Donnie Emmack

Donnie E.

Nixa, MO
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Donnie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:

Want to carry out at least one of your life goals? Well, if one of your goals is to learn the guitar, I can certainly help you!

Hi! My name is Donnie and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons for several years and have loved helping my students, Kevin, Andrew, and Avery (all of whom have left 5-star reviews) reach their goals! I strive to not only give my students exercises and riffs to learn, but to teach them the reasoning and Music Theory behind those notes and chords.

My teaching style is committed to showing you "how" to learn and not just throwing various songs, scales, and techniques at you. I will be firm and provide you with the accountability you need to move forward.

My favorite artists (many of whom have songs that are taught as part of my curriculum) are The Beatles, Metallica, Santana, Stevie Ray Vaghan, Nirvana, Green Day, Johnny Cash, The Eagles, Avenged Sevenfold, and many more!

Additionally, in 2017 I was given Takelesson's "Student Favorite" award. This means that I have consistently ranked in the top 15% of Takelessons teachers based upon reviews, number of students, and student retention!

Guitar has been a love of mine since I was 9 years old and I enjoy helping other people realize their full potential! I have training in standard notation and tablature, and I am equipped with the resources necessary to get you going quickly!

I graduated from Liberty University this year with a Bachelors in Business Administration degree. Each week, I teach around 23-25 students! I am looking forward to helping you reach your goals!

Please feel free to use the "Ask a question" feature, I will reply to you as soon as possible.

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Guitar Teacher
May 2018 - Present
Private Company

Lead Electric Guitar Player
Jun 2014 - Present
First Baptist Church

I currently play lead guitar for FBC which allows me to play music that resembles country and rock.

Lead Jazz Guitar Player
Jun 2009 - Dec 2017
Springfield Community Jazz Ensemble

I have played lead and rhythm guitar for the Springfield Community Jazz Ensemble since I was 12 years old. It has been (and is) an amazing experience which has allowed me to grow in musical maturity as well as get to sit beside some very talented professional musicians.

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Bachelor's in Business Administration
Jan 2015 - May 2018
Liberty University Online


Student Favorite
Nov 2017
Takelessons Community

Photos & Videos

Introduction to Guitar Lessons
How to change strings on an Acoustic guitar
Barely Breathing by Duncan Sheik
This is a COMPLETELY RAW recording of me playing Canon Rock by JerryC.
Learn To Play Guitar Like Slash!
Classical Gas Cover by Donnie E.
Eli playing "In The Hall Of The Mountain King" from book 3.
Eli playing "Grand Finale" from book 2.
Photo by Donnie E.
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49 Reviews

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Francs Oct 12, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · Online

great class cant wait till I am able tof schedule more

Francs Oct 5, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · Online

i had a most wonderful experience in class with Donnie i am really glad that I chose him for my private teacher he has a great personality and a very knowledgeable teacher he works with you not against you he is very kind and compassionate because of Donnie I now can play unplugged, batman theme free fallin and more also being in his group class last night I actually learned how to play Good Riddance Time of your life he is an awesome teacher cant wait to be in his class tomorrow I would rate him more stars than 5 but that is all the stars that there is LOL ******************* so I add more in my own way good job Donnie Keep up the good work :)

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Ronald R. Sep 22, 2018
Electric Guitar · Online

Good teacher.

Ronald R. Sep 22, 2018
Electric Guitar · Online

Donnie’s a great guitar coach.

Stefani J. Sep 22, 2018
Guitar · Online

Francs Sep 21, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · Online

had a wonderful time with donnie in class he is an awesome teacher and will be my permanent teacher he helps his student to understand and has patients with me i am kind slow but i know with Donnie ill get there class was great something to look forward to

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Marty B. Sep 18, 2018
Guitar · Online

Great job working in what I would think would be difficult to do online.

Lory Sep 17, 2018
Guitar · Online

he is awsome

Francs Sep 14, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · Online

this is my first class with Donnie and it was so great i didnt want to leave when it was over i had lots of fun and as great

Kandace H. Sep 13, 2018
Guitar · Online

thank you donnie for being awsome

Amy L. Sep 7, 2018
Electric Guitar · Online

Steve Aug 30, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Very patient and helpful

Kevin Marr Aug 28, 2018
Guitar · Online

Bruce Aug 27, 2018
Blues Guitar · In studio

I started to take lessons 6 months ago and I am really surprised how far I have gotten. I am a 57 year old male on the verge of retiring and Donnie has been able to communicate with me effectively and keeps me challenged. I would really recommend him to any age because he is a great teacher and very personable to take instruction from. He has offered to take my lessons on-line while recover from surgery. This is really great because I get to keep my momentum up. If you want a great teacher for a reasonable price this is your guy.

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Lory Aug 6, 2018
Guitar · Online


Marty Jul 25, 2018
Guitar · Online

Enjoyed the lesson! Donnie is an excellent teacher.

Marty B. Jul 10, 2018
Guitar · Online

Andrea Jul 6, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Eric Bruner Jun 19, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Very patient and encouraging. I believe he will hold me accountable, as he should.

Cameron Jun 12, 2018
Guitar · Online

When I first reached out to Donnie about taking lessons from him, I was a little bit skeptical due to the fact that most of his students were beginning guitarists, and I had already learned the basics from other teachers. I was very quickly forced to eat my words. Donnie talked with me, watched me play, and evaluated my ability, and then found a curriculum that really helped to challenge me in new ways. Rather than rigidly walking through each page of the book, he worked me through the parts that would be most beneficial to me, and then moved me on to the next one once I had mastered the concepts. This allowed me to learn a lot of new things in a short amount of time. Donnie was professional, and very friendly, and was always willing to work with me if I had a schedule conflict. The teacher I had before Donnie was an extremely advanced player, and taught me some helpful techniques, but I just never got to the fun of playing like I have with Donnie. Because of the balanced and consistent diet of assignments he gave me, I was able to progress in my knowledge and skill while enjoying myself the entire way. I'm really hope that my schedule will die back down so I can go back to regular practice and lessons with him again, but even that's not possible, I know that I'll still be picking up my axe whenever I couple free minutes, not because I feel like I need to, but just for the sheer fun of it.

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Alex Jun 4, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Donnie is truly an excellent teacher and has every quality you'd want in someone to teach you guitar. He's very patient and understanding but he's also going to push you to get the best results for you. Highly reccomend

Olga May 10, 2018
Guitar · Online

Derek Apr 11, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Very knowledgeable and patient!

Cameron Mar 27, 2018
Guitar · Online

Kevin Marr Feb 17, 2018
Guitar · Online

Very flexible and continues to challenge me to learn techniques outside of my comfort zone. patient and positive attitude.

Ethan Jan 8, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Great first guitar lesson!

Jim Z. Dec 27, 2017
Guitar · In studio

First Lesson went great, i can't wait for the other 9 lessons.
He made me feel very welcome. He's very down to earth and fun to be around.

Chase Dec 23, 2017
Guitar · Online

Donnie is great. I can see The difficulty with learning guitar online but he does a great job. We are really looking forward to the future lessons. Dec 5, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Donnie did an outstanding job with my first lesson. Great instructor with a world of patience for a first time older student. I would highly recommend Donnie to any level of student.

Lauren P. Nov 27, 2017
Guitar · Online

Jeremy Oct 30, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

I've had a lot of fun learning to play. Donnie is a very good instructor. Sessions are very laid back and he corrects poor form politely. Even if you're an old geezer like me you can learn a lot from him.

Bronze Oct 16, 2017
Guitar · Online

Donnie is by far the best guitar teacher we've had.
We've had three, so that's saying something. He is engaging, keeps my son happy with interesting and familiar guitar music, and is encouraging in his instruction and corrections. He's a gem. Sign up with Donnie, you'll be happy you did!

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Wendy Sep 25, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Great teacher. My son loves his lessons.

Connor F. Sep 11, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Great guy, teacher, and listener. Connected with my son to get him interested again in guitar.

Blaine K. Aug 2, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Donnie is knowledgeable, patient and helpful with my lessons. He is a very nice person and a polite guy.
I would highly recommend him as a teacher.

Katelynn D. Jul 10, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Donnie is great ! I was getting very discouraged about trying to learn the guitar. And then, my grandma surprised me by enrolling me in lessons with Donnie... at the end of my lesson, I was so pumped. . I had learned to play 2 songs, and he is going to teach me how to restring my guitar next week !! This is AWESOME!!!!

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Dima C. Jun 26, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Dima liked his first lesson with Donnie. hope he will try hard and his teacher will be patient to him.

Kevin Marr Jun 10, 2017
Guitar · Online

keeping me moving though different skills and providing helpful tips to improve.

Kadyn May 9, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Kadyn has enjoyed his first 2 lessons. Donnie is very nice and knowledgeable.

Ables Family Apr 12, 2017
Guitar · In studio

If you want a teacher that is honest, focused, and dedicated to his students, this is the guy for you. He's not only talented, but he's not going to waste your time. He holds his students accountable to practice, helping them form good habits from the start. If you put in the effort, you won't be disappointed.

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Westin O. Mar 22, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I was extremely pleased with our first lesson. Donnie was very attentive and provided great instruction and teaching. Would highly recommend.

Megan P. Mar 1, 2017
Guitar · Online

My son has been taking lessons with Donnie for the last three months. Donnie is very personable and easy to talk to. My son is pretty shy sometimes and my son has really opened up to him. He is very patient with him. My son has learned a great deal in a very short period of time. He keeps him interested in learning more about the guitar. I would recommend Donnie to anyone!!

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ASHLEY Feb 21, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Donnie is so patient. I have a daughter who is gifted in music and one who is just learning and he is able to teach them both. I'm very impressed

Kevin Marr Dec 3, 2016
Guitar · Online

Avery Nov 26, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Donnie is great and made my daughter feel really comfortable.

Andrew Sep 16, 2016
Guitar · In studio

My 8 yrs old grandson loved it. Came home very excited about his lesson

John Aug 4, 2016
Guitar · In studio

My first lesson with Donnie was excellent. He is very patient and his teaching skills are great. Looking forward to practicing and my next lesson.

Evan Jul 23, 2016
Guitar · In studio


Carla W. Jun 13, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I totally recommend Donnie Emmack ! He's the best guitar teacher. He teaches my little boy and he's very Patience and flexible!!

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