Rick Klaras

Rick K.

Portland, OR

Lesson Details



Rick delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
July 2001

Hi. My name is Rick, I'd love to teach you to play the guitar. I have 15 years teaching experience and offer lessons tailor-made to your individual musical goals and interests. You'll be surprised at how easy and fun learning the guitar can be.


Guitarist / Vocalist
Jul 2014 - Present
Golden Octagon

Golden Octagon is my current band. We're currently working on putting together a great set list for our next show!

Guitar Teacher
Oct 2012 - Present
Learn Guitar PDX

I teach students of all ages to to play guitar. I love music more than just about anything in this world, and I bring that enthusiasm to every lesson I teach. I'm just getting started with TakeLessons


Live Performance and Musical Composition
Jul 1998 - Present
The School of Hard Knocks
Jul 2001 - Jul 2002
Yavapai College


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


2013 Best of Portland Award for Guitar Instructors
Jul 2013
Portland Award Program


Broadcast Music Inc.
Oct 2014

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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6 Reviews

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Dwayne M. Mar 6, 2016
Ukulele · In home

Rick makes me feel comfortable. Very patient. Enjoy learning the Ukulele from Rick.

Susan McCormack Feb 12, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

Rick is quick to see where I am struggling. He is easy to work with and gives me some structure which I need in order to learn. Makes the time very comfortable.

Cathy C. Jun 5, 2015
Ukulele · In studio

I was excited and nervous to start ukulele lessons. Rick quickly makes you feel at ease-greeting me for the intro lessons playing his guitar! With an incredible ability to encourage and motivate he is the ideal instructor. It is very apparent that he loves music and sharing that love with students (of all levels!)

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Kelly L. Jun 5, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Rick is a fantastic guitar instructor! I knew absolutely nothing about playing guitar when I first started taking lessons, and now I can read music and play songs. He takes the time to make sure I actually understand what I'm doing, instead of just going through the motions. He's patient and encouraging when I struggle. I'd highly recommend him to anyone interested in beginning lessons, or anyone looking to sharpen their skills and add to their repertoire!

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Dave P. Jun 5, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I've been working with Rick for a while now. He's professional, laid back, and fun to learn from. If you have an interest in a particular style of music, a specific song, or music theory, Rick will incorporate your interests into the lessons. If life gets hectic and you don't practice as much as you should, Rick won't guilt trip you for slacking. (Not that I'd ever do this...) Rick clearly wants you to improve and enjoy learning to play music at whatever pace works best for you.

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Daniel R. Jun 4, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Rick is an amazing guitar teacher. He designs each lessons specifically for what I'm interested in learning and the results are impressive. My guitar playing has improved faster with Rick than any other teacher. I highly recommend him!

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