Rachel Hansbro

Rachel H.

Houston, TX
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Lesson Details

Classical Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Classical Guitar - Beginner Course Covers The following information:
Intro to Guitar
Intro To Timing and Rhythm
Guitar Anatomy
Learning the Notes of Strings
Intro to Open Chords
Posture and Technique
Tuning
Finger Picking Basic Formation and Technique
Non-Guitar Stretches
Warm up's with the guitar
How to read Tab
----Intermediate Classes cover----
Finger Picking Technique Breakdown
Diverse Rhythm and Timing
Scales and Modes
Strumming Basics
Plucking Basics
Legato - Hammer On's
Legato - Pull Off's
Legato - Slides
String Bending
Intro To Jazz Chords
Technique 2.0
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About

Rachel passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Rachel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
May 1998

I started my musical path in a Ballet Studio. I fell in love with the crackle of the vinyl record playing as I learned to listen and dance with the rhythm.

I started playing the guitar when I was in elementary and took classical lessons until I was a teenager.I really enjoy the art of practice and the journey of patience. The process of learning has helped me carve out and cultivate my style of music. It's opened up a lot of doors for me in my life. I've had the honor to play with a lot of great performers and have been lucky enough to tour the U.S. and Canada with festivals and showcases such as Vans Warped Tour, South By Southwest and the Halifax Pop Explosion.I've been the opening act for Carolyn Wonderland, Maria Taylor, Tsunami Bomb, Tilly and the Wall, Basia Bulat, Rise Against, Strike Anywhere. Anathallo, Cursive, Milton Hopkins, and Pony Up.


When I have free time I volunteer with the Houston Chapter of Girls Rock Camp to help teach girls empowerment through songwriting and music.


*** Lesson Details ***
I began teaching as an afterschool job when I was 16. I was homeschooled, so I feel that the experience taught me that everyone learns differently and that there is not just one standardized method to playing music.

My teaching style varies with each student, but the one constant is my ability to make each and every client I encounter completely fall in LOVE with music. It's my super power.

Lesson plans are tailored for your specific needs and to help you achieve your musical goals and aspirations at your desired pace. I enjoy my students and making music with them.

Here is an overview of the lessons that I provide.

Guitar:
Finger Picking, Song Writing, Rhythm, Lead, Scales,Modes & Ear Training.

Songwriting and composition: Learn techniques, how to brain storm and plot your musical story line. This class pairs great with vocal lessons or guitar lessons.

Bass:
Scales, Rhythm, Beginner and Advanced song structure, Ear Training

Ukulele :
Technique, Intro to Chords, Ear Training, Strumming patterns - Ukulele is one of my favorite classes to teach. You simply can not help but smile when playing this instrument!

Vocals :
Breathing techniques, Scales, Harmonizing

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Experience

Reviews From students :
Feb 2014 - Dec 2014
Students

Our two daughters have been taking guitar and drum lessons from Rachel since February 2014. Rachel’s laid back, fun teaching style has been a perfect match for our family. She makes learning an instrument seem like play, not work! We have found that Rachel reads her students very well, and is highly adept at picking up on their strengths and weaknesses. Rachel is not afraid to challenge her students, giving them the confidence to reach new goals. She is great at giving positive feedback, but can also gently give constructive criticism. Rachel also communicates well with parents, so that we can help our children and stay current on their progress.
Rachel, who is a lifelong, multi-instrumental musician herself, is not just teaching our kids to play songs. She teaches music theory and history, diverse genres, songwriting, timing, finger stretching (for guitar), and listening skills; she is creating lifelong musicians, not “one trick ponies”.
Rachel has been flexible with her time, allowing us to reschedule lessons when needed. We feel very fortunate to have found such a fantastic teacher for our children to learn from!
--- Shawn and Robert

“When we have trouble, she helps us practice it until we nail it!”
--- Tristyn, age 9 (guitar)

“Rachel is super nice and I love the way she treats me and my sister!”
--- Akira, age 5 (drums)

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General Manager
Jun 2005 - Aug 2013
Guitar Center

I spent several years as a manager of GC's management team for multiple stores in the greater Houston area!

Education

Finance
Aug 2000 - May 2001
San Jacinto College - North

Affiliations

Girls Rock Camp Houston
Jul 2010

Girls Rock Camp Houston is a one-week summer day camp formed in October 2009 to offer girls (ages 8-18 years old) music and art based workshops. Targeted areas include: musical development, self-esteem enhancement, creation of their own music, friendship and community building, and nurturing individual talents within a cooperative atmosphere. Additionally, girls will benefit from physical & artistic activities that complement their music instruction.

Goals for the program include empowerment of girls & women though music and providing the opportunity for all definitions of girls & women to succeed in any music-related venture. Girls of all backgrounds and musical levels are encouraged to apply, since a limited number of scholarships will be provided.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Rachel H.

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We have fun!

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Photo by Rachel H.

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Live Acoustic Performance
Helping a student pick out a Hollowbody @ Fullers Guitars. Wow... this Gibson was DREAMY.

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This video is an acoustic track from my band, The Western Civilization. We recorded this video earlier this month.
On tour , Photo Taken in 2009 - Arkansas

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Studio / Lesson Space - Students can try out a variety of guitars during their lesson time!

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Studio Drums
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30 Reviews

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Gunnar Oct 16, 2017
Drum · In studio

Awesome teacher! Our son's first lesson, made it fun and inspired him to want more. He cant wait to go back!

Chuck Oct 11, 2017
Guitar · Online

She was very helpful and genuinely passionate about wanting to get me excited about learning.

Kaylee Oct 10, 2017
Guitar · In studio

My daughter loved her lesson and is finally enjoying guitar again!

Daniel L. Sep 19, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Rachel was excellent. She was very patient and ensured I understood the lesson. Very knowledgeable and able to explain what I was learning.

Also she helped me make a decision on what type of guitar to purchase.

Brian Jul 12, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

Super impressed with Rachel!! She really took the time in my first lesson to explain the ukulele to me and has tailored my lessons around my music interests. Can't wait for my next lesson!!

sam Jul 5, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

My daughter had an awesome time with Rachel she a great instructor patient, and easy to talk too, I hope that we get to have more lessons in the future. Highly recommend!

Rachel Jun 14, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

First lesson went very well!

Greg Jun 6, 2017
Classical Guitar · In home

Rachel is outstanding! Very enjoyable experience to date.

Charln S. May 29, 2017
Guitar · In home

Rachel is great! She's knowledgeable and patient. She knows how to get you to work to your potential.

Prabhakar P. May 14, 2016
Piano · In studio

Very good and patient instructor

Alistair M. Apr 29, 2016
Singing · In studio

Rachel is truly a professional and an inspiration. Her instructions are clear and she is great at making people feel comfortable. I can't wait to see how we progress over a few weeks.

Greg G. Apr 26, 2016
Singing · In studio

Bomb.com

Danny H. Apr 3, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Rachel is a great guitar instructor. I just met her for the first time and I got lot of lessons cover. I understand much faster because of the way she analyzed her materials. Rachel knows how to make a person loves playing guitar, not just learning. I highly recommend anyone who is thinking about guitar lesson should give Rachel a try.

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Robert F. Mar 12, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio

Rachel's hands-on approach is great!! I'm super excited and looking forward to my future lessons.

Stephanie M. Feb 23, 2016
Piano · In studio

Rachel is great! She is patient and is willing to experiment with various teaching styles to ensure you are getting the most out of each lesson.

Abed K. Jan 31, 2016
Guitar · In studio

That was my first guitar lesson in houston and I am not going to bother myself looking for guitar tutors anymore, I really enjoyed it. Rachel is an awesome tutor, she gives everything from inside her that makes you feel every single chord on guitar. Ofcourse i recommend everybody to take guitar lessons with Rachel

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Gordon W. Jan 13, 2016
Percussion · In studio

Puts lesson in easy to understand terms, concepts and exercises.

Tyre Dec 23, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Great lesson! I can't wait for my next one!

Charln S. Dec 10, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Awesome! Easy to work with and very knowledgeable.

Dylan S. Dec 2, 2015
Piano · In studio

Fun, great pace, and informative session!

Romnii Nov 24, 2015
Drum · In studio

Great first lesson! I can see myself continuing lessons with Rachel.

Waylan T. Nov 17, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

Lots of info she gives in detail....very awesome....

Dylan S. Nov 11, 2015
Piano · In studio

Fun, great pace, and informative session!

Halle C. Oct 12, 2015
Singing · In studio

Great experience and so excited to continue working with her!

Sash S. Oct 11, 2015
Guitar · In studio

So far it's been good with Rachel. She has been very patient and my son has been picking up well.

Zoeieann T. Oct 5, 2015
Singing · In studio

Great knowledge, terrific personality and goal oriented. Im so confident that i will grow and develop vocally with this instructor. Very comfortable yet professional and knowledgeable.

Bob Jackson Sep 17, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home

Rachel is one awesome teacher. There is no one else that I would take my lesson from. I plan on getting back to lesson in about 12 weeks.

Sarah M. Aug 5, 2015
Ukulele · In home

Rachel was really easy to get along with. She gave a lot of good tips and tricks in regards to practicing. Really knowledgeable about instrument and passionate about her job. She makes the lessons very enjoyable. Absolutely recommend!

Sam G. Jul 27, 2015
Ukulele · In studio

Great for beginners. Looking forward to the next lessons.

Bob Jackson Jun 24, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home

Excellent teacher!

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