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Guitar Lessons in Saint Louis

Saint Louis is renowned for its musical heritage and especially for blues and jazz music. That makes the Gateway City one of the best places in the country to learn how to play guitar. If you’re considering taking guitar lessons in Saint Louis, you will do so in a city that absolutely embraces musical talent and will help you to get the most out of your guitar.

What You’ll Need to Get Started

Before you take guitar lessons in Saint Louis, you will need some essential equipment, starting with a good guitar that will stay in tune. In fact, it’s better if you have at least two guitars on which to practice, because, sooner or later, you will need to take one in for maintenance, and having a spare guitar will allow you to continue practicing. If you are playing an electric guitar, you will need a good practice amp. You also will want a guitar stand for each of your guitars to ensure you keep it stored properly when not in use and to avoid leaning it against a wall or other place where it could tip over and suffer damage.

A music stand will help you to comfortably look over your guitar tablature or sheet music while practicing, and you will want an assortment of guitar picks to help you find the type the best suits your playing style. One or two packs of spare guitar strings should help you to replace any strings that might break while practicing. You also will need either a good gig bag or, preferably, a guitar case for each of your guitars to help protect them from damage while traveling to and from your guitar lessons in Saint Louis.

Where to Buy Guitars in Saint Louis

When you take guitar lessons in Saint Louis, you will want to ensure you have a quality instrument that will stay in tune, be more playable and make your practice time more productive and fun. Fortunately, Saint Louis has many great local guitar stores where you can examine your potential instrument, get a feel for it, and ensure it is a good fit as your musical companion. J. Gravity Guitar Strings on South Broadway Street in Saint Louis has several new and a very wide variety of popular used guitars (http://www.gravitystrings.com/). Finding a good one that will fit your budget should be easy here.

Eddie’s Guitars on Manchester Road in nearby Maplewood is a very popular local guitar store that features many popular brands, such as Fender and Gibson, as well as its own custom guitars and a variety of quality used guitars (http://eddiesguitars.com/). Another good local guitar store is Acme Guitars on Clayton Avenue. Acme offers new and used electric and acoustic guitars and specializes in vintage guitars. Finding a great deal on a good new or used instrument for your guitar lessons in Saint Louis will prove to be a fun experience.

Best Places for Guitar Setup and Repairs

No matter how good your guitar is initially, eventually it will need maintenance and possibly repairs. You should have your guitar setup and maintained at least once per year, but every six months is preferred in order to keep it in top playing form. One of the best places to get your guitar maintained or repaired is Goez Instrument Repair on Sutton Boulevard in Maplewood. Goez is a top-rated guitar maintenance and repair shop with years of experience. Midwest Guitar Luthier & Repair on Cherokee Street in Saint Louis is another highly regarded repair shop, and so is Fazio’s Frets & Friends on Manchester Road in nearby Ellisville.

Fun Venues and Events

Finally, checking out fantastic guitarists and staying inspired to keep taking guitar lessons in Saint Louis is a cinch with all the great venues and events in the area. BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups on South Broadway offers live music seven nights a week and features many of the best local guitarists as well as top touring artists (http://bbsjazzbluessoups.com/). The Old Rock House on South 7th Street is a popular place for checking out bands playing many musical genres (http://oldrockhouse.com/), and Off Broadway on Lemp Avenue is noted for featuring many of the best local guitarists and bands in Saint Louis (http://www.offbroadwaystl.com/).

Good luck in your guitar lessons in Saint Louis, and have fun as you embark on your musical journey!

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Barbara A.

Saint Louis, MO

About Barbara

Hi, there! My name is Barbara and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1965 and have loved helping my students read notes, memorize and perform I went to Fontbonne university] and earned a degree in piano performance] in 1965. I'm a people person] and lover or music person and my teaching style is fun, inspirational, and complete. I look forward to helping you reach your goals
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Roxane February 2, 2016
Piano · In studio
Barbara is a wonderful teacher. My children have been taking lessons from her for 5 year and I am so proud of their growth. Her style is positive, upbeat and encouraging. Both of my children are becoming wonderful musicians due to Barbara's careful attention. Not only do they learn the technical fundamentals of the instrument, but she also is able to guide them as they develop their artistry on the piano. In addition, I appreciate they way Barbara integrates music theory into each lesson, reviewing past elements as they build understanding of new concepts.
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Charles February 1, 2016
Piano · In studio
I am an adult who took piano lessons as a child and decided to start lessons again. Miss Altman has been an excellent teacher, guiding me through the fundamentals and insuring that I am well grounded in technical skills. She has great insight into what I need both musically and emotionally. She has been patient and encouraging. I knew she would be, because she taught my two children and they had a very good experience with her.
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Sue January 23, 2016
Piano · In studio
I'm a 59 year old life-long flute player who always wanted to play piano! While I know quite a bit of music already, there's an entire bass line which was totally foreign to me. Barbara has shown great patience and skill in helping me read that bass line and organize these stubborn fingers into playing 2 lines of music. In the last 5 months time, I've made great progress and can honestly thank Barbara for her experience and insight into choosing the right pieces for my level and kindly but firmly insisting I play the music correctly and as-written! I value her years of experience and can highly recommend her as a piano teacher for adults.
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Barbara A.

Saint Louis, MO 63119
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Richard D.

Saint Louis, MO

I teach guitar from a wide background in many genres. You can expect to learn chord and scale theory, as well as mechanics, tone control, note and key identification, and ear training. We can explore any genre of interest, however my specialties are in blues, rock, classic rock, bluegrass, and country.

About Richard

Music is my life. Since the age of 16, I have studied the guitar extensively. During my high-school years I was involved in band, marching band, choir, and independent music theory. I started my first band when I was 19 in the U.S. Army, and my life has never been the same since. I played music professionally in local bands while attending UMSL and have been teaching guitar and musical performance to many students privately for the last 7 years while developing and exploring my own musical goals. Recently I have written, produced, and performed on 5 original music albums, toured from St L
ouis to Texas and Colorado, and have learned many things about humanity and our culture's relationship to music. Those who share a passion for music form an extraordinary community. Come take the first step toward your potential...

*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect professional, expert advise from a working performance artist. One of my main philosophies is a focus on fun. If music is fun, then students will practice more - which leads to accelerating returns. My students can expect lessons tailored to their specific goals. First I will discuss with the student musical influences and genre preferences, then I will assess the student's current abilities and we will begin designing a weekly regimen of practice and study. As a product of the Internet generation, I recommend using all the tools available to my students including the Internet to further their goals. My students will also learn to perform with other musicians, so we will typically have a segment of each lesson dedicated to jam time. Whether my students aspire to be professional performance artists, impress their love interests, or just rock out in their bedrooms, I work with my students so that they can do exactly that.

*** Studio Equipment ***
one bedroom apt...hardwood floor...central room for studio...music stands, room parents to sit, chairs...

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a music stand, an acoustic guitar, my handout literature, and any other equipment (mic, stand, vocal amp, electric guitar, guitar amp) based on what my students want to learn. I expect my students to own whatever instruments they want to learn.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching acoustic and electric guitar and stage performance. I teach using handouts that I customize for students and have lessons made up around different concepts such as - learning to identify what key a song is in - how to use 3 chord combinations - learning scales and when to use them - these type of things. I usually teach based on how I learned, which includes - using the Internet to learn songs - how to figure out how a particular song is played - getting into good practice habits - etc. My genres of specialty are Blues, Rock/Classic Rock/Southern Rock, and Acoustic Singer/Songwriter. What I like to do is ask a student what kind of music or songs they would like to learn, then build them up to the level they need to be to play those songs or that style of interest.
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Tracy B. February 2, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable, encouraging, and let's you learn at your own pace.
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Noresheca M. October 5, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My 16 year old son has been taking guitar lesson with Richard D. for a few months now. First I must say Richard is a extremely nice person. My son think he is a cool guy and looks up to him. My son never played the guitar prior to lesson with Richard, now I can actually hear a song when my son play his guitar. Thank you Richard::::
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Lynne Z. March 7, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Perfect fit for my daughter

My 17 year old daughter recently began taking lessons with Richard D., and we couldn't be happier. He is patient and encouraging, and he makes learning fun. She really appreciates the fact that he encourages her to work on music that she likes rather than telling her what songs to learn. He obviously knows his instrument, and clearly enjoys passing on his knowledge. A+ for this teacher!
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Richard D.

Saint Louis, MO 63104
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David M.

Saint Louis, MO

Acoustic Guitar, Blues Guitar, Jazz, Rock, Metal.

About David

Composer and guitarist David began formal music training at the age of 5 on the drums. He taught himself guitar as a teenager and began playing in local rock bands. Initially entering college as a Journalism major, his passion for music led him to Meramec College where he studied Music Theory with Robert C. Howard and classical guitar with Larry Bolles. From 1990 through 1993, he attended Webster University, and became only the second composer in the school's history to receive the BM/MM Scholarship. While at Webster, he studied composition with Dr. Kendall Stallings, Robert Chamberlin, and K
im Portnoy, Jazz History with Paul Demarinis, and 18th Century Counterpoint with Dr. Eloise Jarvis. During his education, he performed with many student ensembles and sat in on master classes by the great sitarist and surbaharist, Imrat Khan and jazz guitarist Peter Leitch.

In 1993 he started St. Louis SoundWorks with Grammy nominated Adam Long and Mark McClanahan that specialized in mobile recording, and composing music for films and commercials.

As a musician, David has composed over 200 pieces for various instruments and combinations from small chamber ensembles to full orchestra. He was bandleader of two creative ensembles that focused on alternative notation compositions and improvised music, and later co-founded the avant-garde influenced rock band Diverted Course which released two CD's.

As a teacher, David has taught classical guitar and musicianship as an adjunct faculty member at Meramec College and Webster University. He has given seminars on the music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Anthony Braxton. He has been teaching privately for 23 years and many of his students have gone on to successful music careers and performed all over the world.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students of all ages in a fun and positive manner. I am flexible and will tailor the lessons to satisfy your own individual goals. Whether you are a beginner that wants to gain a foundation in technique, sight reading, and basic theory or an intermediate or more advanced player that wants to increase their knowledge and polish their skills, I will devise a plan to meet your needs. I encourage regular practice and like my students to keep a journal to monitor their progress.

I teach a variety of styles including classical guitar, blues, rock, jazz, and avant-garde.

Ultimately, I believe everyone needs a creative outlet, a way to express themselves, and has something unique to say, and I aim to help those students find their own voice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Extra guitars and amps at both places. Mixing board at the studio. Only has a upright piano at his home address but has a keyboard at studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
Expect my students to provide the guitar. Amplification is optional.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz, rock, blues, and avant-garde.
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Paula P. January 21, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Dave is very patient & very encouraging which is exactly the type of teacher I needed since I've never played guitar or any other musical instrument. His can-do attitude is infectious.
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Yash P. October 4, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
David is very knowledgable and thorough, introduced my son to first principles of guitar in his own studio in a relaxed way. Modes of education (reading guitar notes, music,etc) were introduced and explained. Extremely satisfied.
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Christina J. October 3, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He explains things in a way that I understand. I can tell he really loves music and teaching. He's great!
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David M.

Saint Louis, MO 63128
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Alex B.

Saint Louis, MO

My teaching philosophy is one based off a concept of education that is more than just fact memorization and regurgitation. I do not want to just teach my students how to play different songs and chords; rather, my goal is to help them foster their own intimate relationship with the instrument so they can develop their own unique playing style and let their music take on a life of its own. The guitar is very versatile and I want to help students cultivate a style that suites them.

About Alex

Hi! My name is Alex and I am a recent graduate of Saint Louis University. I have been working as an independent tutor for about 1 year now and I specialize in guitar performance, French, and Philosophy. I have had numerous students of all ages and absolutely love teaching others. I am planning on going to graduate school to get a degree in Philosophy and I also play in a local band as the lead guitarist/vocalist. I enjoy a wide range of activities including: soccer, rock climbing, songwriting, video games, movies, reading, and more. I enjoy teaching and fostering a good relationship with my s
tudents as a teacher should also be a mentor and a role model.
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Julie V. November 5, 2015
French · In home
Verified Student
Alex was prompt, courteous, and knowledgable in the language and culture. I have only had 1 lesson, but know that he will be a delight to work with.
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Alex B.

Saint Louis, MO 63108
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Matthew K.

Saint Louis, MO

I teach on three principles, Theory, Technique, application to song. So you learn how to play, why you play something and what you can with what you learned. I structure all my lessons around these three principles no matter the skill level of the student.

About Matthew

Matt Klose is native to St. Louis and a graduate of Webster University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. He has played music in the past in contemporary church band settings, Jazz, singer song writer and rock trio's and quartets. Bands He has worked with include Shotgun Abbey, The Klose Encounters, and currently writes songs for and fronts the trio Oddsoul and The Sound.
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Matthew K.

Matthew K.

Saint Louis, MO 63110
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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