Josh Gilpin

Josh G.

Austin, TX
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Lesson Details

Classical Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I strongly recommend classical guitar as it is the most rewarding and informative style of playing. It allows you to play unaccompanied at any given moment which is amazing to me. Whether you are doing it for enjoyment or entrance to a university, I would love to see more interest in classical guitar. It enhances all other styles technically and musically speaking.
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Josh delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
June 2009

Hi there! My name is Josh. I have been playing guitar for the majority of my life and have been teaching since 2010. I have a music degree with a focus on classical guitar and I play rock, blues, jazz, folk, pop, and just about anything you want to learn. Whether your goals are to strum and sing, improvise, learn classical guitar or rock, or understand music theory, I want to help you reach them. Music is my life and I love being able to share every bit of knowledge I have with my students. It is a blast to watch my students progress and get excited about guitar.

As a player, I learned what to avoid and what to utilize in order to accelerate my playing as quickly as possible and you will save time and limit frustration with my methods. I will teach you how to practice, which is the single most important part of learning. Effective practice yields great results for everyone. Often teachers will only explain the "how"; I teach the "how" and the "why" so you will have ample knowledge to grow and explore on your own.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will teach you to play the songs/styles that you love. I provide my own transcription of each song and explain and demonstrate each element. Learn how to read music, create rhythms for strumming, build your chord knowledge, improvise, train your ear and understand song structures. We will coordinate a lesson plan that will fit your schedule and accelerate your learning.

I keep my lessons fun, upbeat and with a focus on each student's goals. I ensure full comprehension of all subjects covered, and make sure that each student is challenged and learning constantly.

My main word of advice is "Be patient." Learning an instrument takes time, practice and is a gradual process that is rewarding beyond words. Acknowledge every little improvement in your playing because that is what we want. I recommend a minimum of 2-3 separate 30 minute practice sessions. There's no reason to put it off any longer. Let's get started!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Plenty of parking, music stands, amp, effects pedals, extra picks, tuners, a comfortable setting, great attitude, and seating for parents. Students only need to have their guitar and a notebook.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.

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Guitar Instructor
Jul 2012 - Present

Private Guitar Instructor
Jan 2010 - Present


Bachelor of Music
Aug 2013 - May 2017
Southwestern University
Associate Music Degree
Jan 2010 - Dec 2012
Bachelor of Science
Aug 1999 - May 2004
UT - Austin


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Austin Classical Guitar Society Scholarship
Aug 2011
Austin Classical Guitar

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Playing a cover of Zeppelin's Over the Hills and Far Away.  Please like and subscribe guys.  Thanks.
Playing a cover of Angie by The Rolling Stones.  Please like and subscribe guys.  Thanks!
Playing an arrangement of Pachelbel's Canon though I am playing it in C.
A short lesson on a popular song and a little introduction to how I teach.  Let's have a lesson!  Thanks!

Teaching my mom ukelele


Me and Melissa
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14 Reviews

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Darren A. Jul 13, 2015
Rock Guitar · In studio

My experiences with Josh have been great. I have played guitar for many years, but my approach has always been lacking in relation to technique. Josh has helped me form a better mechanical understanding of my posture and movements. The adjustments he has helped me make have resulted in less stress on my fingers, wrist, and arms. He has always been thoroughly prepared for lessons. I would absolutely recommend Josh, especially for new musicians who want to learn their instrument in a fundamentally sound and detail oriented manner.

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Paul W. Jan 24, 2015
Classical Guitar · In home

Been a student of Josh's for a few months now and feel very fortunate to have found him. His attention to detail, continuity between sessions, and obvious broad knowledge base are a few of the elements making this a very rewarding learning experience. I am learning to read music, understand music theory, and develop technique. I have very much looked forward to each lesson which Josh takes the time and effort to build upon with clear assignments and follow up. Josh is highly personable, professional and supportive. I highly recommend Josh.

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Mark J. Sep 19, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Excellent, takes time to explain music so I can have a better understanding of the whole process.
I look forward to each class as I learn more.

John H. Apr 28, 2014
Classical Guitar ·

Excellent, safe and trustworthy.

Josh has been the best guitar teach I have had (I have had three others in the past). He is exceedingly patient, flexible and very knowledgeable about the subject, for both theory and practice.

I have a better understanding of the mechanics, style and technique of classical guitar than I had coming in and have learned some really excellent pieces. Josh works at my pace and understands when work and 'life' interfere with my ability to practice during the week.

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Andy H. Apr 6, 2014
Guitar ·

Wished I found Josh sooner

Josh has all the ingredients of the ideal teacher. He genuinely cares about my progress (or lack thereof). He is very patient. He tailors each lesson to what I want to learn and play. He is able to answer my questions - his knowledge of music runs deep. He spends significant time outside of my lessons to prepare for each lesson itself. And he gives me homework.
I recommend giving Josh a try before you make a decision.

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TerryL Mar 6, 2014

Guitar Lessons

Josh is, in my opinion, the best kind of teacher for learning anything. He’s that rare individual that thoroughly enjoys what he does and is very knowledgeable. He’s very flexible and easy to reach outside of normal class hours for any questions that might pop up. He’s also an advocate for fun which is important in learning anything new. Lessons never feel rushed and are focused around what I want to learn.

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Rachael H. Nov 27, 2013
Guitar ·

Fantastic Teacher!

I have been taking lessons with Josh for nearly two years now, and I feel very lucky to have found a guitar teacher like him. Josh has extensive knowledge about the guitar, and he presents it in a way that is accessible to even novice guitar players. He has a passion for what he does. He is excited about music and enjoys watching his students progress. When I began taking lessons with Josh, he asked me questions to discover what I wanted to get out of playing guitar. Josh, tailors my lessons to get results toward my goals and he keeps it fun. As a professional, Josh is prepared for my lesson each week. He gives me specific exercises to practice that move me in the direction I want to go. In addition, Josh is very generous with his time and always makes himself available to clarify questions between lessons. For me, this is an unbeatable value.

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Denise R. Nov 25, 2013
Guitar ·

Love for music

My 8yr old daughter takes guitar lessons with Josh in a classroom setting, and has been for about a year now. I looked around for a teacher for a while before finding Josh and have been very pleased with the class and the progress my daughter has made. Josh really has a love for music that transfers well into the classroom. He is very patient with the students and puts effort into connecting with each of his students. We are very blessed to have found him and are grateful for foundation he is giving my daughter in music.

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John C. Nov 14, 2013
Guitar ·

Josh is a great teacher!

I'm 47 and could pretty much tell you that I was holding a guitar, but not much more. Josh is very patient, and understanding. He doesn't even seem to get bothered by my endless, irrelevant questions. I've been putting off learning for 40 years, after working with Josh, I have no idea why.

The atmosphere is very comfortable and relaxed, and while he is willing to take it slow, it is very evident that Josh has the ability to take you to whatever level of play you are looking for.

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Matt D. Jul 20, 2013
Guitar ·

Learn the guitar here.

If you want to learn everything about the guitar and music in general, Josh is your teacher. He is very patient with you and knows the pace you need to be on. Josh is unique in that he focuses on the songs that you want to learn. He will quickly learn the songs that you want to learn and will spell it out for you, step by step. In the way he explains the concepts of the guitar, you will be able to figure out many things on your own. He will tell you what you're doing wrong and help you fix it. He's very encouraging and doesn't let you say "I can't". It's more like Hey, hey, what can I do.

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Jason W. Jul 1, 2013
Guitar ·

Great Tool

I have been working with Josh for about four months now and the experience has been awesome. He’s a real talent and helps me make the necessary connections to understand music and the techniques to enjoy the learning process. Without Josh the frustration of learning a new instrument would have won out months ago and I would have quit. I am truly enjoying learning to play, and while I have a long way to go I am a long way from where I started in a short amount of time!

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Tracey O. Apr 5, 2013
Guitar ·

Amazing Instructor

Josh is an amazing guitar teacher. I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in learning guitar or music theory. He is thorough and able to explain concepts in multiple ways, until I am able to fully understand them. He is patient, even when we have to review something several times, before I understand it. He makes learning the guitar fun and interesting, which it should be!

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Derek L. Mar 19, 2013
Guitar ·

Patient, skilled, and very educational

Josh has been incredibly flexible to my ridiculous schedule, and despite that, has still been able to teach me at a much faster pace than I expected to learn. I am learning so many things that don't just teach me how to play, but why I play what I play. From that I am creating new styles, new songs, and new sounds that I hadn't been able to do before. Highly recommend.

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Paul C. Nov 18, 2012
Guitar ·

This instructor is great!

Josh is a kind and patient instructor, he focuses heavily on technique and minor details that make playing easier. He provides constructive criticism to help understand the mechanics of guitar playing. I've learned so much in my first weeks with Josh, I plan to continue my lessons under his guidance.

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