Geoff Arnold

Geoff A.

Kinston, NC

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
For general education in learning to play guitar, we focus on learning chords, strum patterns, simple progressions and then easy songs. Students are encouraged to bring song ideas in - I probably have them already - so we can begin moving in the direction they want, the reason they want to play guitar, and achieve success in playing their favorite songs. Beyond that, it is up to the student how far they wish to go.
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Geoff delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:
November 1987

I am a professional musician with a career spanning 40 years (touring and studio work), and 30 years teaching music.

What do you want to learn? How far you go is up to you!

*** Lesson Details ***
BEGINNING students start with the fundamentals, what you must know in order to begin playing songs, all the right ingredients to create a solid foundation. You will be encouraged to study and to venture into the unknown, using what you're learning as a springboard to discover new things.

INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED players will be assessed on knowledge and abilities; areas of struggle and what is desired to be learned. Within a couple weeks, you will reap the benefits with new ideas bubbling to the surface moving you closer to your goals, with emphasis that short term goals are important as well.

Everyone learns at a different pace. But with patience and persistence, if you do the work, there will be results that can be measured, and you will achieve success!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide an amplifier for guitar and bass students, and have a piano for piano students.

*** Specialties ***
Having played many styles over the years, I am able to play in most of the popular forms. All music is based on the same fundamental things. It's how they are used that defines a given style.

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Music Teacher
Nov 1987 - Present

Teaching guitar, bass and piano to people wishing to learn, whether for personal enjoyment or career potential.

Music Teacher
Sep 1988 - Jun 1992
Seattle Central Community College

Taught beginning to advanced guitar lessons to students for credit toward graduation.


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2002

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Photos & Videos

An example of multiple techniques including arpeggios, chord knowledge, chord melody playing and finger picking.
Photo by Geoff A.

Photo by Geoff A.
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10 Reviews

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Michael Mar 27, 2018
Guitar · In home

I took lessons about 40 years ago from other teachers, not sure what I was expecting. However Geoff far exceeded whatever they were. Very knowledgeable, an excellent teacher.

Jay Feb 9, 2018
Piano · In home

My son had a great first lesson with Geoff. He was kind and patient but also very knowledgeable.

Ethan Sep 2, 2017
Piano · In home

"It was kind of hard but fun!" My 9 year old left saying, "now I finally know how to learn how to play from sheet music!" Geoff is patient and knowledgeable.

Joan R. May 10, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Geoff has been a wonderful teacher; knowledgeable, extremely patient and
always kind. I would highly recommend him.

Isabella W. Jan 2, 2017
Piano · In studio

My girls love Geoff! He is patient and positive approach to teaching piano. I like that he heard the lessons to their level and only advances them when they are ready.

Liliana W. Nov 23, 2016
Piano · In studio

My girls enjoyed their first lesson. Looking forward to many more.,

Liliana W. Nov 23, 2016
Piano · In studio

My kids enjoyed their first lesson.

Jaden W. Oct 23, 2016
Guitar · In home

Patient, thorough and encouringing. Super teacher!

Sheri Tellvik Dec 21, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Geoff takes the time to make sure his students are really learning how to develop good habits when playing guitar and takes care to spend as much time as it takes to solidify different techniques. He cares that his students are actually learning and doesn't cut corners, making sure things are easy to understand. He's patient, friendly, and skillful, and each lesson is something to look forward to.

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Larry T. Dec 6, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Excellent preparation for student. Uses comprehensive handouts. Excellent verbal instruction with hands on example and coaching. In depth knowledge of the instrument and music theory. Excellent teacher.

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