Scott Sadler

Scott S.

McKinney, TX
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Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Through my 20+ years of playing guitar, I have learned the most effective ways to practice and get the best results. And as a working musician I can bring a degree of performance to every lesson. I love what I do and I love seeing my students progress into the players they have always wanted to be.

About Scott S.

Scott S.
I started playing guitar while in high school. Then, I furthered my studies in guitar at the Atlanta Institute of Music (2 Years) and Georgia Perimeter College (2 Years) where I studied Music Theory and Jazz. It was during these few years when I played in several rock, Bluegrass and Jazz improvisational bands, that played out regularly in Metro-Atlanta. I have also run several "Open Mic Nights" in several restaurants and bars. I have studied with Trey Wright at Kennesaw State University and graduated with a B.A. in Jazz Guitar (Summer 2011), with a concentration in Jazz Performance. While at Kennesaw State, I spent 3 years performing in the KSU Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Guitar Ensemble, and Jazz Combo Bands.
I have been teaching guitar and music since 1999. I have had extensive experience teaching Guitar, Bass, and Mandolin.
I am currently working with my own Jazz Quartet (Fuze) and I am currently performing every Sunday with my brother in the house jazz band at Einstine's Atlanta. I really enjoy the group musical experience. Additionally, I am working on my own solo album.
I believe in a strict observance of “musical etiquette” that requires each player to critically listen to others, as well as listening to themselves.
My influences include: Jimi Hendrix, George Benson, Trey Anastasio and Phish, Led Zeppelin, Jon Scofield, Grateful Dead, Sting, Pat Matheny, Pat Martino, Horace Silver, Sam Bush, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Miles Davis.

Favorite musical quotes: 

 "The music exists in the universe, and if you’re lucky enough, or strong enough, to get your ego out of the way, the music comes through you." - Trey Anastasio 

"You do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best. You want to be considered the only ones who do what you do."
-Jerry Garcia

"Don't play what's there, play what's not there." - Miles Davis

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a fairly laid back teacher who is extremely excited and passionate about music. While teaching a lesson, I tailor lesson plans for the individual student as well as combining the basic techniques necessary for playing. I use a very efficient self designed practice routine that focuses on the quality of practice and not the quantity. Consistent practice in small increments is the quickest path to mastery.

A beginning student can expect to learn within the first 3 months of lessons: their first one or two songs (of my choosing and student's), basic workings of the guitar, how to tune their instrument, universal strumming patterns and techniques, reading tablature, concepts in playing with other musicians, Basic Music Theory and the most common chords.

Beginner song examples: "Good Riddance Time of Your Life"- Greenday, "Wish You Were Here"- Pink Floyd, "You Belong With Me"- Taylor Swift, "Knocking on Heavens Door"- Bob Dylan

An intermediate student can expect to learn within the first 3 months: one or two more advanced songs, several guitar solos, movable Barre Chords, 5 positions of the Pentatonic and Major Scales, Arpeggios for the most common chords, improvisation concepts, Chord Harmony and Lead Sheet reading, and Power Chords.

Intermediate song examples: "Over the Hills and Far Away"- Led Zeppelin, "Johnny Be Good"- Chuck Berry, "The Ocean"- Led Zeppelin, "Red House"- Jimi Hendrix, "Freddie the Freeloader"- Miles Davis, "Hotel California"- The Eagles

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full basement: studio recording area, Jam Room, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide the learning material. I expect the student to provide (2) 3 ring binders with sheet protectors.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in a specific practicing style/routine that accelerates the learning process. I am well versed in all styles of music, but I Really get excited about teaching Jazz, Blues, and improvisational concepts


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8 Reviews
Profile-location-home Student's Home

At 37 I assumed I had missed the boat on ever learning the guitar but Scott is doing a great job of proving me wrong. He presents the material in a way that is both fun and engaging. After the first lesson, only knowing some absolute basics, he has you playing notes and making actual music. Quantifiable progress.

Posted Apr 4, 2021
Tim R.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Scott is an excellent teacher. Lessons are fun and informative, help me take my playing to the next level. Highly recommend.

Posted Mar 15, 2021
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Scott is a very patient teacher. He adapts his lessons based on the students understanding music theory and what student wants to achieve on a personal level. Personally, I was very shy and with little understanding of theory but was willing learn and apply Scott's teachings. What I didn't expect, is a life long friendship. I would highly recommend anyone who from a beginner to experienced player to Scott Sadler to expand their knowledge in music.

Posted Feb 1, 2020
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I took weekly in-home lessons with Scott from (roughly) age 6 to age 13 and I could not recommend him more highly. Though I should be reviewing Scott as a teacher and musician, I feel that I should first mention Scott as a person; Learning from such a young age and through an incredibly formative time of my life, Scott became for me a sort of mentor as well as a teacher. He encouraged me to do what I cared about, allow myself to be creative, and get over the fear of making mistakes and owning my own work. Scott listens to what his students have to say, whether it’s feedback, goals, or concerns, guitar and life related alike. Easygoing, positive, and never judgmental, he creates a space where a student feels genuinely heard, and for me this was very important.

When it comes to lessons, it is impossible to miss how passionate Scott is for what he does; Scott is always full of ideas for each student and how they can use their strengths and interests, and he puts time and energy into personalizing each student’s lessons instead of simply going by the book. He does this because he is genuinely passionate about each of his students. For me, this meant turning to song-writing when I « just can’t do Taylor Swift » as I remember a 6-year-old me sighing one day, helping me learn to craft my own solos, or teaching me to write my own tabs for songs I couldn’t find yet online. Scott introduced me to blues and jazz at a young age and showed me so much about music I would never have otherwise found, and he always taught me the theory behind what we did so I understood what I was doing and could apply it on my own. I’ll never forget learning Georgia On My Mind, learning how to solo over it on my own (and do it well), and the pride of seeing what I was capable of after all that work; even 4 years later, I still know the song by heart.

In terms of capability, Scott is highly proficient and can handle just about anything you throw at him. Because he seriously knows what he is doing, he can improvise and tailor lessons to teach you what you want to learn. While I was learning, I always looked to Scott to play a piece I was struggling with to see how it could be improved, as he always played it beautifully. Listening to Scott play, I was always re-inspired or re-motivated to learn and to improve.

I’m sure I’ve been rambling for far too long at this point and I could honestly continue for a while, but I’ll spare you and simply leave it at this: I am endlessly grateful to Scott for what and how he taught and cannot recommend him more highly to anyone who wants to really learn how to play. No matter your age, experience, interests or other concerns, Scott can teach you, and teach you well.

Posted Jan 26, 2020
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Scott taught my son for 4 years before he married and moved away. Heart breaking for my son bc Scott encouraged my son creatively while teaching him fundamentals and theory. In the end Scott was teaching my son how to compose songs that my son had written. Scott is honest and great with kids.

Posted Jan 24, 2020
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Scott taught my daughter for maybe 6 or 7 years in our home. He always had an approach that included her voice in what and how she wanted to learn. I believe it was Scott's patience and kindness that helped her to stick with guitar for so long. She not only became an excellent guitarist, she was able to apply much of her learning to broader music theory and picked up other instruments including the drums. Scott feels like a family member now and we are all so grateful we found him!

Posted Jan 23, 2020
Steve N.

Highly recommended teacher

I am in my mid-30s and picking up Mandolin for the first time without much background in music. Scott has been really great to learn from, teaching me not only the basics of scales and chords but he also has me working on songs and solos which I never thought I'd be able to do so early. I would highly recommend Scott.

Posted Apr 13, 2014
Ana S.

Amazing teacher

My son has been taking guitar lessons from Scott for the last year. Scott has been amazing with him. Scott finds music that challenges and teaches my son while keeping his attention. My son loves the lesson each week. He looks forward to it. Scott has become more than a Guitar Teacher he has become a family friend.

Posted Apr 6, 2014

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May 2011 - Present

S. Jazz Music

I cofounded this Entertainment Group to provide Jazz Entertainment to Metro Atlanta. We provide private and commercial Jazz Entertainment. We can perform as a Solo, Duo, Quartet, or Quintet.


B.A. In Jazz Guitar
Aug 2008 - May 2011

Kennesaw State University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Guitar Instruction
Jun 2001

Atlanta Institute of Music

Spent 2 years studying scales, harmony and theory, rock and jazz performance, sight-reading, music production and recording


Most improved Jazz Guitarist
Apr 2006

Georgia Perimeter College

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