Earl Carter

Earl C.

Greenbelt, MD
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This International guitarist is now offering in-person and online coaching sessions. With more than thirty years of experience, he has performed with many well-known artists including grammy-nominated celebrities and others such as Freddie Jackson, Regina Belle, EU, Angela Bofill, Alyson Williams, Mya, Syleena Johnson, Marion Meadows, Nick Colionne, Mike Phillips, Michael Lington, Bobby Lyle, Marcus Johnson, Bob Baldwin, Pamela Williams, Carolyn Malachi and more.

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  • Speaks Spanish
  • Teaching since 1990
  • Awarded 2005 Smooth Jazz #1 Artist of the Year from Smooth Jazz and More

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Gray Williams Aug 26, 2019
Guitar · In home

Great learning experience with Eric.

David Feb 11, 2019
Guitar · In home

I can't say enough good things about Earl's instruction. He's extremely knowledgeable and talented and yet responsive, inspiring, and kind. Rather than applying a narrow and rigid approach to teaching, lessons are built around my abilities and interests and he has taught me new ways of looking at music and playing guitar. I feel very fortunate to be one of his students.

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Kevin P. Aug 22, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Great experience! Looking forward to more.

Cierra Jun 22, 2018
Guitar · In home

Earl is an outstanding guitar teacher. He exudes a passion for playing the guitar that makes learning fun and effective! He is highly recommended.

Ken Oct 22, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

Earl Carter is extremely knowledgeable, and very patience. You will find that each session is enjoyable yet challenging. I would recommend Him to anyone from the beginner all the way to the more advanced student. If you have the desire to learn the art of music then you will enjoy His instruction. I couldn't ask for a better instructor.

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Jocelyn S. Sep 18, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Although I lacked the commitment to follow through with my lessons, Earl's teaching ability is STELLAR!!! In the short time I was taking lessons with him, I learned a lot, relatively quickly.

John Sep 17, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Aside from being a Master Guitarist himself, he is a Master Teacher! His teaching style is very unique and the little tips and tricks he has taught me has helped me advance as a guitarist by leaps and bounds. I highly recommend him!

John Sep 17, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Aside from being a Master Guitarist himself, he is a Master Teacher! His teaching style is very unique and the little tips and tricks he has taught me has helped me advance as a guitarist by leaps and bounds. I highly recommend him!

Cat Sep 17, 2015
Music Recording · In studio

To whom it may concern although I've never taken guitar lessons from Mr Carter one thing I can assure you is that he is a great musician and guitarist.

His musicianship and his professionalism as well as his personality all adds up to one thing just a great person with a gift from God. I must highly recommend him for any project course of learning guitar or studio project that you may like to have him to work with you on.
C. Huff (Owner, Artist, Booking agent & entertainment consultant)
Huff Productions & entertainment (DC / Hong Kong, China)

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Denise D. Aug 26, 2015
Guitar · In home

I had a wonderful first lesson with Earl and I'm looking forward to our next session. He made sure that I fully understood what I had learn in that one hour session including the type of guitar I wanted to use, reading notes and chords, playing a few strings, sitting comfortably, and most importantly, he is patient and he answered my questions by giving me detailed explanations.

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Lesson Details

Acoustic Guitar

Levels Taught:

Each student's training program is uniquely based on his/her personal goals. This depends on individual needs to include teaching basic technique, music theory, chord inversions, scales, improvisation, site reading and/or ear training as part of the process.

Remember... becoming a fluent musician requires practice, practice and more practice!



Jan 2000 - Present

E Carter Enterprises

PRIVATE IN PERSON AND ONLINE MUSIC LESSONS: Who is Earl Carter? With more than forty years of music industry experience, Earl has performed with quite a few well known artists including many grammy-nominated and award winning celebrities. His performance and recording resume includes artists such as Freddie Jackson, Regina Belle, Mya, Syleena Johnson, Coolio, EU, Tony Terry, Angela Bofill, Alyson Williams, Marion Meadows, Nick Colionne, Mike Phillips, Gerald Veasley, Michael Lington, Bobby Lyle, Marcus Johnson, Bob Baldwin, Bobby Humphrey, Miles Jaye, Pamela Williams, Carolyn Malachi and many others. In addition, he has released eight contemporary jazz recording projects (#9 is in the making) and worked as the music director for overseas projects, television shows and more. His influences are: Jimi Hendrix, Stanley Clarke, Carlos Santana, Marcus Miller, George Benson, Victor Wooten, Wes Montgomery and many other great musicians. Why does he teach? After working many years in Corporate America, Earl is now a full-time musician who has traveled the world, produced national and local artists, owns an independent record label and works with new clients on a regular basis. His goal is to share as much knowledge as possible with aspiring musicians. He is presently offering lessons in acoustic, electric and bass guitar. ​ How is his teaching method unique? Since every client has a unique talent, each individual's training is based on his/her personal goals. The student will learn how to think outside of the box in order to accomplish their goals. Most of his coaching sessions and music lessons have taken place at his Greenbelt Maryland studio however he is now offering online sessions. These sessions range from learning how to become a skillful musician in multiple genres to information on how to become a full-time musician as well as mastering techniques in lead guitar, rhythm guitar, finger-style performance, chord inversions, improvisation, jamming skills, site reading, ear training, music theory, scales & exercises, song writing, recording & production, guidance in equipment selection and more... If you're seeking music lessons, your first session with Earl will usually include an instructional book at no additional cost. However beginners will need to have their own instrument and accessories (required for practice). He works with each individual based on his/her personal goals and believes that every client has a unique gift. Does he have a standard pricing system? Yes. He is presently offering a rate of $100 for 60 minute coaching sessions, $60 per 60 minute music lesson and $40 per 30 minute music lesson. What types of clients has he worked with? Earl has worked with beginner, intermediate and advanced musicians in multiple genres but specializes in teaching beginners. What styles of music are covered? Current genres offered are Jazz, Christian, R&B, Reggae, Blues, Alternative and Pop. Clients can focus on one or two styles while developing the basic skills needed to play others as well. What age groups does he work with? Ages eight years old to adult. What materials are provided? An instructional book will be provided for clients that are seeking lessons at our Greenbelt studio location.What materials are not provided?Clients will need to have his/her own instrument and accessories (required for practicing at home). What advice would Earl give a client looking to hire a coach or teacher in his area of expertise? Becoming a fluent musician requires practice. Becoming a successful full-time musician takes dedication. Remember, the more you practice, the better you’ll get. Therefore, how quickly you excel is ultimately up to you. What questions should clients think through before talking to teachers about their needs? Know what you want to accomplish from taking lessons and make sure that you are both on the same page before selecting a new teacher. How soon can I start? There are currently a few slots open. If you’re ready to get started, feel free to schedule an appointment. Thanks for visiting!


Associate in Business Management
Jan 1995 - Jun 1997

Prince George's Community College



Limited Proficiency


2005 Smooth Jazz #1 Artist of the Year
Jan 2006

Smooth Jazz and More


National Academy for the Recording Arts and Sciences, The
Jan 2014
The Recording Academy, known variously as The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences or NARAS, is a U.S. organization of musicians, producers, recording engineers and other recording professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers. The Recording Academy is headquartered in Santa Monica.
Broadcast Music Inc.
Jan 1990
One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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