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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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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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Susan W. February 7, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
This was my first lesson ever! Richard was very professional, knowledgeable yet patient and kind!! He made this a great experience for me. I felt as if I were part of something...not just a first time student. Can't wait til the next lesson!
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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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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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Scott April 11, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome instructor!
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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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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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Davis W.

Saint Charles, MO

Whether you are wanting to learn your favorite artists' songs, the basics of music theory, or what it takes to write your own songs, I am here to help you enrich your life by playing the guitar! My home studio is equipped with all the tools necessary help make our lessons fun and exciting. Students can expect to receive dedicated one on one attention and to think about the guitar in ways that an instructional book simply cannot offer. Along with the basics of guitar playing technique and music theory, students will receive a lesson plan that is created specifically to suit their goals as a musician. At the end of the day I am here to work for you and to help you get what you want out of this amazing instrument!

About Davis

Hello fellow guitarist! My name is Davis and I have been playing guitar for eleven years! I have received both classical and modern training and I still take lessons to this day (I never want to stop learning!). I created my first band when I was Junior in highschool and have played in a number of bands since then spanning over multiple genres including rock, funk, metal, and folk. I now have my own solo project and I am learning more and more about performing and communicating musical ideas with other musicians. Currently I am focusing on working with beginner and intermediate players.
Lessons will be conducted out of my home studio or over Skype. Whether you are looking to learn your favorite songs, get a grip on music theory, or learn what it takes to write your own songs, I am your guy!

*** Lesson Details ***

One of the first questions I ask a new student is "what do you want to get out of learning the guitar?" Every student is unique in that every student wants to learn different things about the instrument and learns in different ways. I implicate a goal based approach to teaching/learning the guitar so that every student gets the most they can out of every lesson and has a good time doing so. That being said there are fundamentals in guitar playing technique that I make sure every student learns including knowing the "anatomy" of the guitar, strumming, note names on the fretboard, basic rhythms, etc. I like to use every resource available to me that I can including the internet, guitar books, handouts that I have created, as well as digital audio workstations for creating backing tracks to jam over. I often encourage younger students to take 30-45 minute lessons and students over the age of 14 to take 45 minute lessons at a minimum.

*** Studio Equipment ***

My studio is located in the finished basement of my home in St. Charles, MO. I have electric and acoustic guitars that students are welcome to play on during our lessons if they do not want to bring their own. I also have amplifiers, guitar pedals (so much fun!), an interface, DAW's, music stands, metronome, and more that are incorporated into most lessons. Parents of students are welcome to relax in the lounge area located right next to my studio (don't hesitate to ask for coffee or tea!). I also have basic supplies for creating a custom guitar binder/folder for every student to take home and practice with. All handouts are available in digital format for those wishing to take lessons over Skype.

*** Specialties ***

I specialize in teaching modern techniques for both electric and acoustic guitar. My introduction to learning the guitar came in the form of classical guitar lessons so I can also teach the basics of sight reading and classical guitar playing technique, though most lesson will focus on more modern styles of playing. I am well versed in rock, funk, blues, and traditional acoustic playing styles. I also specialize in songwriting and improvisation/jamming.
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Ben March 31, 2016
Guitar · In home
I came in for my first lesson with Davis about 2 months ago and I have learned more from him in that time than I did in 2 years of trying to learn on my own! I like that he provides an inspiring and fun learning environment and he really takes the time to figure out what I want to get out of playing the instrument. Can't wait for my next lesson!
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Richard March 10, 2016
Guitar · In studio
I've taken guitar and other instrument lessons from several music stores in the area and the only thing to show for it is a few dusty lesson books. Davis is the first instructor I've taken lessons from that really is a master of his instrument and can take the session beyond any lesson book. Davis's relaxed professional approach combined with his passion and enthusiasm for teaching the guitar make him an invaluable resource.
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Kristen March 7, 2016
Guitar · In home
Davis is a very kind, smart, patient and talented individual. I believe he has been playing guitar for about 15 years now and has so much knowledge to share. I took guitar lessons with him a few years ago and he taught me so much! Whether you are just starting out or have been playing for awhile he will always be willing to go the extra mile to make sure you understand. He not only has a passion for playing but he also has a passion for teaching. He does a really great job to help his students achieve results and makes every lesson as enjoyable as possible.
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Saint Charles, MO 63301
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Charlie A.

Saint Louis, MO

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I teach all levels of guitar specializing in classical, jazz and modern styles. My primary goal is to fit the needs of the student while ensuring that they understand the fundamentals of rhythm and harmony, sight reading, improvisation and music theory where applicable.

About Charlie

Hello!

I am looking forward to advancing your knowledge and understanding of music and how it applies to what you are hoping to achieve in your studies, be it for work or pleasure. I have personally been playing and studying music for 12 years, privately for 10 years and 2 years at the university level.
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Charlie A.

Charlie A.

Saint Louis, MO 63121
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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