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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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Ryan B. Saint Louis, MO

I have received two years of private instruction on electric and acoustic guitar. some of my favorite players are Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and B.B. King. i also love Chicago blues and Mississippi delta blues!

About Ryan

Hello, my name is Ryan B. I appreciate the responsibility, dedication and hard work that comes along with being a music teacher. To me nothing is more rewarding than the students improvement and their personal feelings of success. Since I have learned how to play a variety of instruments over the course of several years, I have learned how to gather and utilize skills and techniques that I have learned from many great musicians. That means I can take these diverse skills and pass them on to my students! And I am very good at finding just what the student needs to expand their musical horizons. Training: -I have been playing a variety of musical instruments (examples are guitar, piano, trombone, saxophone, trumpet, flute, and many more) for seven years -I am very familiar with ...

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Roger H. June 20, 2014
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Ryan is a very good teacher, easy to work with, explains music and the instrument in details with patience. I highly recommend Ryan as a teacher.
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Matt O. October 18, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Very friendly and knowledgeable

Ryan is great to work with. He is very friendly, patient, and knowledgeable. He was able to help me improve my singing in all aspects and geared his teaching method to my learning style. I highly recommend Ryan as an instructor!
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Kayla T. May 30, 2013
Saxophone
Enthusiasm that spreads! His excitement and passion for music truly inspired me.

Ryan is personable, eclectic and respectful. I met him while performing at a show with my old band. He had along his flute and saxophone. Excellent with any ability level and of all ages of students! He is well-versed in many different genres and on many different instruments, although he taught me saxophone. His enthusiasm and passion is contagious!
Joseph S. Saint Louis, MO

I've been teaching guitar since 2003.
We will focus proper technique and posture. Chord structures, music theory: reading music as well as reading guitar tablature.

About Joseph

I've been teaching piano, voice, and guitar lessons since 2003. For the past 3 years I have been a singing member of the Ambassadors of Harmony, 3-time International Gold Medal Champion a Cappella Barbershop Chorus. I am continually challenged to perfect the craft of making beautiful music through the constant dedication to technique and mechanics, as well as heart and soul. I also have over 6 years of experience in the classroom, teaching music in Kindergarten through 12th grade. I've also spent the last 30 years as a Liturgical Music Director here in St. Louis as well as in Ohio. *** Travel Equipment *** Mostly supplemental materials. I would expect my students to have their own instruments, and based on my recommendation any books we may use.... *** Specialties *** I don't ...

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 Louis 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 ...

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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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MikeS March 6, 2014
Teaching Musicianship

Richie and I have been playing, performing, arranging, and writing together for 3 years. Richie is a highly skilled musician with wide ranging tastes and talents. He is well versed in many styles of music; rock, classic rock, country, blues, classical, and jazz. He knows well how to break down a piece of music and explain and teach it. I have been a professional musician for years, and Richie has taught me much. He can teach you too.
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 Kim 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 ...

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Martin F. October 24, 2014
Songwriting · In studio
Verified Student
I've been learning songwriting and music theory from David and it couldn't be any better. He's very professional and personable, and he makes sure to work with you, not above you. He shows a genuine enthusiasm for his students' musical interests and formulates instruction around them. David encourages questions, which creates a comfortable and effective teacher-student interaction. Between my weekly lessons, I find myself impatiently counting down the days until my next scheduled lesson. While the genre of songwriting that I've been working on with David's guidance has been contemporary Christian, I'm sure that he would be an effective teacher in any genre, whether the student were writing songs or playing them.
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Geralyn P. July 1, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
After the initial panic of trying to learn something at such a ripe old age I was reassured by other reviews that David would be the best bet. They were correct and I recommend him to any age group. After a welcome at the front door assuring me that I was at the right location, he excels in making you feel comfortable. He listens to questions and told me no question was stupid. Takes everything at your speed and recaps from the week before. Is thorough and stops you when finger placement is not correct so you don't begin bad habits. Looks up and acquaints himself with the songs that you want to learn and will stop covering a certain area if you do not want to learn it. He sends you home with just the right amount of practice work and after 3 lessons I feel like I'm getting all of what he's teaching and am improving and adding on more lessons. So happy that I chose David.
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Don D. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
My Outstanding Journey

I can't say enough about what I have learned over the past year. To be able to play the gift of music and understand the foundation of it's existence, is truly an edifying experience. My instructor has been absolutely fabulous. His patience, knowledge and his keen ability to translate his knowledge to the specific level of understanding of his students, is nothing short of great. Kudos to you all for having the resident talent to make my, and others, dreams of learning to play music a reality.

Best of wishes to all this upcoming New Year.
Ross W. Saint Louis, MO

I teach primarily through Mel Bay books for beginners, and through songs chosen in conjunction with the student for intermediate and advanced students. I also use my own exercises for technique and finger strength. My goal is to make learning fun and for my students to develop as musicians, not just players. I teach skills that are necessary both for playing with others, and as a solo performer. I am an honors student at St. Louis Community College at Meramec seeking a career in music education.

About Ross

I have been playing guitar for 25 years and feel that music is a universal language. I am well versed in blues, folk and rock, as well as having played traditional country, ska, and pop. I emphasize music theory with my lessons because I think it is important for the student to know why a song works. I teach using a combination of standard notation and tablature (a guitar-specific shorthand that is more useful for technique) and am comfortable with students of all ages and skill levels.

Victor Y. Saint Louis, MO

I have been playing guitar for eight years with a few years of teaching experience under my belt. Every student will have an individualized lesson plan. I am adaptable and patient and I enjoy inspiring and sharing my knowledge with others. Students will learn guitar anatomy, proper technique and tools to build their skill set and reach their goals.

About Victor

I have eight years of experience playing guitar. I specialize in rock and metal guitar. My teaching style is laid back, versatile and I am very patient. I enjoy working with kids as well as teens and adults. Some of my favorite bands include: Metallica, ACDC, Soundgarden, and Stone Temple Pilots. If you're ready to rock, I'm ready to help!

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Tom C. March 3, 2015
Metal Guitar · In studio
Victor is a great teacher. I have been taking lessons with him for a year now, and I have learned a lot. He is very patient and I can tell he genuinely enjoys teaching. I highly recommend Victor if you are looking for rock or metal guitar lessons or even if you are a beginner looking to learn just the basics.
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Paisley E. March 3, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Victor is an amazing teacher. He is patient, kind and fun. I learned the basics of guitar and even how to 'shred'! If you're looking for a rocker, he's your guy.

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