Rachel Elisabeth

Rachel E.

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Beginner, Intermediate
Guitar lessons that are easy to understand, fun, and enriching. Learn at your own pace with no pressure:
- The best form and technique to protect your body, fingers, and joints from wear
- Read any guitar chord, tab, and sheet music
- Play multiple genres with ease and confidence
- Play solos and jam on the spot
- And much more

Customize your lessons by learning songs you know and love! This also helps you apply what you study in a real way. Not only will you learn your favorite songs; but you'll also touch on songs, theory, and techniques in Latin jazz, funk, reggae, blues, jazz, pop, rock, and country.

The lessons can even be tailored to build on the skills that you've developed through previous beginner lessons and programs. These are for absolute beginners to advanced beginners and everyone in between.

Learn guitar at your own pace and skill level; in an encouraging and fun environment! Together, we'll learn what you should and shouldn’t be spending your time on so when you're finished with lessons, you'll be able to approach anything new comfortably.

Whether you're 12 or 62, guitar lessons will enhance your life! All you need is a guitar, a little bit of time, practice, and dedication. If you just want to learn the basics or you want to become the best in the world, sign up for lessons today!

Each lesson comes with:
- Lesson packets that I provide to you, with all necessary done-for-you resources and guitar tabs
- Customized lessons by learning songs, genres and techniques you love in the appropriate lesson
- Video examples for all exercises and songs taught to use during practice
- Private text/email/call help in between lessons (Mon-Fri from 8 AM-1 PM est)
- Lifetime access to a private Facebook Student’s Group to learn even more (even if you finish lessons)
- Invitations to play at open mics and other events
- Grades, performance sheets and attendance records for homeschooled students

Let me know if you have any questions by sending me a message.


FAQ

What does an actual lesson look like?
I’ll have a lesson packet prepared for you that I’ll email to you 3-5 days before your lesson. The lesson packet will contain everything you’ll need for the next lesson plus video examples of the exercises/songs.

If we had a previous lesson, the first half of the lesson would be a review of the previous lesson to make sure you understand what you just learned so you can move on. Everything you learn will be built on the previous idea or ideas.

Wait...so I get personal help outside of class?
That's right! I talk with people 1-on-1 to help clear up any questions or confusion that come with learning guitar. During reasonable hours and with patience, of course!

What do I need to start lessons?
The 3 main things you'll need is a guitar, guitar picks, and a guitar tuner or app. I can help you pick out some awesome equipment if needed! Later on, you'll need a guitar capo and extra strings.

Can someone take the class with me?
Yes! I can teach groups of 2-5 people and would offer $5-$15 off per person per lesson, depending on the number of people.

What if I can't make a class?
That's ok! If you let me know within 24 hours of the class we can easily reschedule and you won't get charged. If you cancel less than 24 hours before the lesson, you’ll still be charged for the lesson. In certain emergencies, less than 24 hours would be ok.

Can kids take your lessons?
Yes, ages 10 and up. They'll learn the guitar and eventually play the songs they love in a fun, supportive, and comfortable atmosphere.

How long will it take me or my child to be good at guitar?
With steady practice, playing for others, and weekly private guitar lessons, kids to adults can play with basic proficiency in as little as 6 months. Some students reach the level of advanced guitarists in as few as 3-5 years, but it will vary.

The bottom line is that it's not the songs you practice, but that you spend time playing the guitar. To see the best results, I recommend practice 5-6 days a week, 30-min a day.

What happens after I purchase lessons?
I'll send you a New Student Packet (as soon as I can) that will include a detailed syllabus, an equipment suggestions slide PDF w/ specific brand recommendations (that fits every budget), and the private lessons agreement.

What if I want to stop lessons?
No biggie! If you pay through Take Lessons, the class credits you have remaining will be returned to you and they will handle your refund.

Am I too old to learn guitar?
Determination and heart are stronger factors than age when learning guitar.

Do you teach electric guitar or just acoustic?
I can teach you how to play guitar on an electric guitar and know a little about working the amp with pedals/effects. I AM NOT an electric guitarist though and can only go so far in that area.

What happens when I go through all the beginner lessons but want to keep taking lessons?
You will take a Beginners Test which has a written portion and a practical portion. The test covers important topics from each lesson packet and important chords you'll need to have memorized. If you get 80% or higher, you can then move on to the Intermediate lessons.

About Rachel E.

I started playing guitar and singing when I was 13 (I'm 35 now) when I got a Christmas present from my father. Learning covers for a few years, I eventually started writing my own music around age 16. I also competed in talent shows and sang at church during high school. When I was 18, my friends and I started a jam band.

Since then, I’ve been playing as a solo musician but also playing in various bands and at different types of events. I also have had opportunities to duet with people live sporadically. From 2011-2012, I recorded an album entitled “Wouldlawn, Couldlawn, Shouldlawn.”

This was all in my spare time, I was a waitress since age 19. I didn’t start playing music full time until late 2013. Playing mostly in small bars, coffeehouses, and private events/parties. And in August 2016, I started teaching guitar. Took a total break from playing music.

To get back into the groove of things, I started my own by doing online concerts. I also started recording music videos for and doing social media lives.

I also:

> Absolutely love salsa and could eat it at every meal
> Really despise being tickled
> Was born, raised and still reside in Maryland
> Love animals more than people
> Like the color "pillager purple"
> Love rose gold
> Still have the same guitar tuner from when I was 13 (and it still works)

My style is indie folk; and I play a mix of originals and covers. My main singing influences are Gwen Stefani, Karen O from The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Erykah Badu and Fiona Apple. My main music influences are Death Cab for Cutie, The White Stripes & Modest Mouse.

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Tony W.
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I have only had one lesson with Rachel so far but I can already tell I made the best decision in selecting her as my instructor. She is very organized and has a clear plan for progression, starting with a deep understanding of the basics - posture, hand position, reading music, and music theory - then goes deeper into topics as you progress. What I also like that Rachel provides clear practice goals and exercises. Rachel is a top notch instructor.

Posted Sep 7, 2018
Derek
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Got my headstrong 10 year old daughter to love learning the guitar and look forward to her lessons. Adapted to a crazy schedule that allowed my daughter to continue her lessons online all the way in Tennessee. Rachel is amazing.

Posted Aug 27, 2018
Karl
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First lesson, but I have high expectations for the future. Rachel is well prepared and easy going. I'm excited to be doing this and I'm confident I'll achieve my goals with Rachel's guidance/instruction.

Posted May 8, 2018
Brad F.
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The lessons are broken down in easily manageable parts and very easy to understand the concepts. Rachel is very patient and knowledgeable!

Posted Feb 14, 2018
Mike
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Rachel does an amazing job preparing each lessons material and uses a variety of media to make the weeks class easily understandable and accessible. Ours are completed online and I find it easy to learn and enjoy regardless of not being conducted in person. Rachel also finds ways to make the lessons fun and enjoyable through interaction. Highly recommended!

Posted Jul 7, 2017
Kristen P.
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Rachel is very nice and patient. She teaches in a way that keeps me interested and excited about learning!

Posted Mar 27, 2017
Jessica
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She connected right away with my 11 year old daughter. Very professional and personable.

Posted Mar 22, 2017

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Experience

Company Owner
Aug 2013 - Present

Rachel Elisabeth

Musician and Guitar Teacher https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXJ3moqt_Fhu3Ym6U7-nT0g https://www.soundcloud.com/RachelElisabethMusic https://www.rachelelisabeth.bandcamp.com/

Musician
Jun 2003 - Present

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Over the years, I've performed in bands and solo. I've done special events and church services. I also successfully recorded my own album. I've played in many different venues and for a great variety of people. I currently still partake in these activities. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXJ3moqt_Fhu3Ym6U7-nT0g https://www.soundcloud.com/RachelElisabethMusic https://www.rachelelisabeth.bandcamp.com/

Education

Entrepreneurship
Feb 2010 - May 2010

Community College of Baltimore County

History
Feb 2008 - May 2008

Frederick Community College

Music
Feb 2007 - May 2007

Anne Arundel Community College

Journalism
Sep 2003 - Oct 2006

College of Southern Maryland

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Affiliations

BMI
Nov 2017
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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