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How San Antonio Guitar Students Can Transform Into Musicians

By Jim B. - San Antonio Guitar Teacher

When a student decides to take guitar lessons in San Antonio, they want to see how they will do at playing the instrument. Typically, the student wants to learn enough to see how much potential they have to become a guitarist. They need to acquire the basics in a short period of time to see how they like playing the guitar.

As someone who is passionate about teaching, I realize that most of my students have a desire to get results quickly. For this reason, I focus on each student’s musical background and natural abilities, and then clearly explain the basics of playing the guitar. I have found that students excel and become self-inspired when they are learning at their own pace and not following books or programs. This way they can learn as quickly as they want to learn during their guitar lessons in San Antonio.

Once each student realizes their potential, we can focus together on how to improve their guitar playing skills. We can then add more structured learning to ensure that the student can both play the guitar and reach a level of musical understanding, which means they know what they are doing and why. In this way, they become independent life-long learners, maturing musicians, and proficient guitarists all at the same time. I really enjoy my job as a professional guitar teacher in San Antonio, and I would love to work with you. Sign up for guitar lessons in San Antonio today!

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Jim B.

San Antonio, TX

We will start with your skill level and build from there.

Cover standard, intermediate, barre, and power Chords.
Standard strumming, introductions, vamps, and finger picking.
Our work is in the framework of popular guitar songs from charts.

About Jim

My name is Jim-B. I am a guitarist and vocalist.
When I am not playing a guitar; I like to shoot video,
record music, hike, workout, read, watch movies,
travel, and hang with my wife and family.

YOU ARE NEVER 'too young' or 'too old' TO LEARN guitar.

I love taking the gift of music - give it on to others – then watch them come alive.

MY FOCUS IS TO TEACH YOU AS MUCH ABOUT MUSIC AS I CAN.

So, I’m HERE for YOU, When YOU are ready TO LEARN.

*** Skills that YOU will Develop ***

We will follow a Guitar lesson plan, use practice journals, show you the basics, and you
can then learn songs of your choice. You will learn the rhythm Guitar standard chords, advanced chords, power chords, barre chords, string techniques, music theory, music dynamics, picking/strumming, and alternate chord positions for sound/variety using transitions with chord progressions. I can teach popular music styles from 1920's to Current hits in your chosen styles and genre. 

****About Me****

I love music - so if you love music - we’ll get along great.

I believe every lesson you take gets you closer to being a guitarist.

I know that every time you pick up the guitar, you improve your talent.

I have promoted many concerts.

I was a music DJ on a radio station and am presently a radio Senior Manager.

I taught myself to play guitar. I have gone to school for music.

I have been a teacher all my life.

I have played guitar and vocals in 3 bands and have played in coffee houses, schools and churches for years. I am college trained in voice, performance, music theory, composition, and have played most instruments. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music & Communications.

I love to learn as much as I love to teach.
I am a web developer.
I am also doing video production.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a tuner, cords, guitar amplifier, on-line computer, and a sitting area if you come with a friend or family. You need to bring your guitar, practice sheets, music journal books, and digital recorder (if you want to record a session).
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Bernice C. September 10, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Jim is very patient and kind. He helps me with different techniques and positions for holding the guitar for my fingers on the harder cords.
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ErnieO March 2, 2012
Fitness Trainer

Jim is a great guy and excellent teacher, but was not up to date on the oldies instrumentals and that was my main profile request. I did learn things from him in other areas that will help me with other songs. Thank you
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JoyceW January 6, 2012
New student

Very patient instructor! Love that he read my student questionnaire and formatted sessions based on my experience (just a little) and likes/dislikes. I can't wait for class each week; definitely recommend Jim to any student.
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Jim B.

Jim B.

San Antonio, TX 78209
(16)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Rick P.

San Antonio, TX

I design my guitar lessons around each individual student and strive to keep the lesson light and enjoyable while also aiming for a high standard of education. Whether you are looking to play for pleasure at home,around the campfire,or want to learn practical music theory for composition and/or improvisation. I have instruction programs for all levels and styles from beginner to advanced and from ages 7 years on up.

About Rick

I been playing the guitar professionally for over 20 years. In that time I had the good fortune to perform and record with some really good musicians. I've played in various bands ranging from rock to jazz and flamenco. I received my bachelor's degree in recording engineer and record producer from LBCC.

I'm currently a Guitar Teacher for different music schools and have a number of private students as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
NEW :GUITAR LAB PLUS MUSIC CREATOR 6 SOFTWARE; Learn how to use GUITAR PRO 6,Basic PRO TOOLS RECORDING and FL STUDIO 10 (Fruit Loops)I will show you ho
w to do things the best way from the start. We will pick up the best book for your level, there are too many to list just one. Also: alternate picking, sweep picking, tapping, two hand tapping, tremolo picking, finger picking, arpeggios, string skipping, modes, drop "D", drop "C" tunings and more... styles include: Neoclassical, metal, rock, blues, jazz, gypsy jazz, acoustic, classical, flamenco and more...

*** Studio Equipment ***
NEW JUST ADDED: GUITAR LAB AND MUSIC CREATOR 6 SOFTWARE: M-AUDIO PRO TOOLS,GUITAR PRO6 AND FL STUDIO 10 (FRUIT LOOPS) . Located in Specious one room of a three bedroom condo, Marshall amps, Jackson, Dean, ESP,Takamine, Epiphone and Ovation guitars, use a plasma TV, guitar pro software, keyboard, recording.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar and amps. books.
Student: metronome and tuner.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching: 7 & 8 string guitar, neoclassical, metal, blues, jazz , gypsy jazz, acoustic, flamenco and classical. Music Theory and recording.
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Leonard Sgarlata August 24, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Rick is a wonderful teacher. I already have some previous music experience, so he is working with me at my level instead of starting me from the beginning. I would definitely recommend him as a teacher.
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Jasen W. August 4, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I've been taking lessons from Rick for over 1.5 years and have shown steady improvement thanks to him. He is always prepared and gears the lessons toward the style of music I enjoy playing. He is patient and keeps the lessons at a comfortable pace while also making sure to push me to progress my abilities.
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Chris H. August 4, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I'm a mid 40's guy who's wanted to play guitar since I was a kid. After a failed attempt in my teens, I hadn't revisited it (unless air-guitar counts) until this year. Fortunately for me, through Take Lessons, I found Rick. He is so very patient, friendly and flexible. The one thing I most enjoy about our lessons is that it's like visiting with a friend for an hour each week - whether we talk about music theory, new guitars or just about our lives, he always is engaged and accessible.

I can't say enough about Rick, he is a very knowledgeable musician, he genuinely cares that you reach your goal and is a really, really pleasant person. If your dream is just to play some of your favorite songs, or to go on to be a professional musician - Rick is definitely who I would recommend.
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Rick P.

San Antonio, TX 78259
(15)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Michael K.

San Antonio, TX

Whether you want to grow as a classical/jazz guitarist or become the next Bob Dylan, I can help! I love writing original songs and lyrics, learning new challenging classical pieces, and gigging with guitar anytime I have a chance!

About Michael

Hello! I'm Michael. Music has been 'my thing' since I found a guitar in my Mom's closet at age 9 and didn't move until figured out "Mary Had A Little Lamb". That's the curiosity I try to instill in my students! Although I started playing trumpet and guitar in elementary school, my music education at University of Texas in SA opened up musical doors I never knew existed! Currently I teach trumpet, guitar, piano, drums and saxophone, ages 6 to 45, as well as play trumpet around town when the sun goes down. I passionately emphasize music reading ability, improv techniques through jazz studies, an
d a solid music theory foundation- no matter what age you are!!!

LESSONS DETAILS
Every lesson, concepts are reviewed and emphasized, then we crawl forward through new music, discussing the technique and theory of every piece we play. I've accumulated an expansive library of teaching material to create a very diverse path when exploring the wonderful world of music. I always try to include a classical piece and a jazz piece in the repertoire. Popular music and original compositions are fun encouraged too!
Whatever your idea of music is, we will build on it, playing pieces you want to play!

THE INSTRUMENTS
A variety of instruments are at our disposal here in the studio, including...

Piano & electric keyboard, acoustic and electric guitars, trumpet & cornet, clarinet, flute, upright acoustic bass, 7-piece drum set & auxiliary percussion.

THE HOUSE
The house is very friendly and comfortable, great with children and families. Lots of natural light! There's a large front porch patio to relax on while you wait with a good book, or you can hang out inside with the siblings watching something on Netflix. I'll even give you the Wifi password ;)
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Yuko N. October 8, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
He is so enthusiastic tearching piano. He answers me anything I asked and try to not overwhelming me too. So nice.
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Joe H. May 19, 2015
Music Theory · In studio
I recently began taking lessons with Michael on understanding more about music theory with the objective of becoming a better guitarist and song writer. Not only the knowledge I have gained, but the overall improvement of my musicianship in such a short amount of time has greatly surpassed my expectations. I would highly recommend Michael to any musician looking to take their craft to the next level.
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Kyle K. October 18, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
After just a few lessons with Michael I could see instant improvements in my guitar playing and truly started to understand more and more about my instrument, and just music in general. My lessons are always a good time with Michael and i look forward to each one every week. He's a great teacher and musician and I definitely recommend him to everyone.
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Michael K.

San Antonio, TX 78212
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Andrew F.

San Antonio, TX

After understanding a student's level and what their interests with guitar are, we pick out suitable music to use for lessons, as the student progresses. After a student gains a good understanding of playing a song, I like to go over various ways of playing the song to explore other kinds of expression through the guitar. With this approach, my students may learn to bring logic (technique, scales, theory) and feeling (how music is played) together.

I go over beginning lead guitar with students. My students begin by exploring the use of the major and minor scale using one position, then we explore alternate positions, then we combine them. After a student obtains a good understanding of the above, we explore the use of other scales through the same process. We also consult with method books and recordings of appreciated artists for inspiration and ideas of licks of desired styles. If desired, Lastly, I can include singing- solo and harmony- in the lessons!

About Andrew

I have experience working with people individually and in groups, as an undergrad Psychology intern, a cognitive skills trainer, and a counseling student. As an undergrad intern, I worked with elementary school children as a tutor and a mentor. As a counseling student, I have worked with various populations, from grade school students (grades 4-8; making healthier choices) to adults (stress, anxiety, career decisions, bereavement, etc.) to older adults in hospice care. I have facilitated groups with individuals suffering from a mental illness as well. Lastly, I worked with college students at
a local university as an academic coach. In this role, I helped students process concerns and create goals regarding developing time management skills, coping strategies for anxiety, study skills, information processing and motivation.

I hold education to such a high, passionate regard. It is what promotes a healthy, well-informed society. As an auto-didactic learner, I believe that everyone has their own way of learning. Therefore, my approach is one that is peculiar to each of my students. With so many possible goals, I strive to be as flexible as possible to work with ones specific to each individual I work with. I present concepts with the idea that the combination of experience, discourse and meaning-making is the key to learning. With an aversion towards cookie-cutter approaches, I maintain an open mind to my invariably evolving approach of sharing knowledge and insight with others. This comes with my continual seeking of growth in the art of teaching with consideration of the process of learning.

Further, I strive to create a warm, positive atmosphere that allows one to feel comfortable with making mistakes, with making progress and with being themselves. Fundamentally, this is my approach to working with people. I believe everyone should do what they love- nothing short of that. It is an absolute pleasure to be a part of one's process of pursuing any of the areas of interest in which I offer insight and guidance.

Personal Development Coaching: Using my insight gained as a counseling student, I am happy to offer my personal development coaching service. It focuses on providing a judgment-free and understanding atmosphere for one to reflect, process and work towards making personal changes (e.g. self-actualization, career, anxiety management, lifestyle) from an existential perspective. I believe such a space should be available for everyone, so I am especially happy to provide it.

My approach to personal development coaching is based on my therapeutic orientation called Gestalt Therapy (GT). The underlying idea of GT is that awareness is the key initiator of change. Awareness allows one to discern where such things as anxiety, unhappiness, ambivalence, etc. stem from. I believe that it is important for every human being to go through such a process so that peace and awareness within brings peace and awareness to the outer world. I am inspired by and influenced by the ideas of Carl Jung (Analytical Psychology- specifically the Psychological Types) and Carl Rogers (Client-Centered Therapy). I help facilitate the process in a genuinely humane, empathic and professional manner. If interested, please, see the details I have provided under Life Coaching. I work with grade school students and adults. I am absolutely loyal to the idea of confidentiality; therefore, I ensure that information of anybody I work with is not at risk of being shared with a third party.

Music: My experience during the pursuit of my minor in Music helped me build a foundation of knowledge of music theory and music pedagogy. During two semesters, I took private guitar lessons. Then, I took private piano lessons for three semesters. I took the opportunity to perform during weekly recitals throughout each semester. Taking private lessons with a few instructors was beneficial towards helping me to see various approaches to teaching music. Further, I was in choir for five semesters. Aside from giving private lessons, I presently teach a beginner ukulele class at a community education center. During lessons, I like to have jams with students to apply concepts, to promote creativity and to encourage performance.

Writing: As a lover of reading and writing, I know the value of expressing ideas. My focus in writing is creative writing (mostly short stories presently) and essays. Given my undergraduate and postgraduate experiences, I have written many academic papers, mostly in APA style. At the minimum, I help other aspiring writers develop their voice, develop their ideas, maintain consistency with writing and provide genuine feedback. Beyond that, my help with writing is limited to the goals of the aspiring writer.

Two important things: I strive to maintain a positive collaboration with those I work with. I believe this is one of the most important parts of the process. Also, I promote the idea of Soul. To me, Soul is any sincere display of passion. With Soul, we perform in a most genuine and graceful way. I personally believe that whether one is playing the piano, writing an essay, living life, singing, giving a speech or anything (necessarily peaceful), one should do it with Soul.

Lastly, I am open to: Going beyond my travel radius, at an agreed-upon adjusted rate; working with multiple students, at an agreed-upon adjusted rate; meeting at a public place that is convenient, if it is preferred; and meeting at a student's location, depending on the preferred time and the distance.

I mentioned everything that is above so that it may be known and understood. Feel free to send me a message if you have questions about any services I provide, my approach or anything!

A TakeLessons blog I have published:

http://takelessons.com/blog/find-the-right-piano-teacher

Peace be within you.
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Katherine Booth January 5, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Andrew is very patient and friendly
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Ryan Ragels December 28, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I have to give Andrew 5 stars for the first lesson. He really cares about meeting goals specific to the person he is teaching. He started out with some basic exorcises that I can do at home and then we talked about how the lessons can be structured in the future for what I think I need to improve. He was very nice and I highly recommend him!
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Antoinette H. September 28, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Andrew is a great teacher. He really makes my daughter feel comfortable while learning and makes the whole experience fun and relaxed. She is learning a lot with Andrew and I would recommend him to anyone.
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Andrew F.

San Antonio, TX 78209
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Ariana C.

San Antonio, TX

Ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar but never have the time to or patience to? Well look no further! I will teach you how to finally play guitar. You will be on your way playing rock shows you've always dreamed of! Or let's say you just wanted to be that person that knew how to play a song around the campfire because no one else knew how to... Well now you can be the one that knows how to!

About Ariana

Hello! My name is Ariana! I am a student at the University of the Incarnate Word and I am studying to be a Music Therapist. I am so passionate about music and everything that has to do with it. I would love to help you be passionate about it as well! I have been playing the clarinet and guitar for about 10 years now and piano for about 3 years. I really want to help others learn these instruments as well because I know how important music is for your brain. :)
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Tommy Stuchell January 12, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Since I am slightly more skilled than a beginner (i.e. I can play some chords), we spent our first lesson assessing my skill level, working on some finger exercises and developing a game plan for future lessons. I can tell she will be patient and knows her way around a guitar. If Ariana can get me to the next level, and show me some blues guitar, I would be more than happy to give her that 5th star!
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aleyna August 9, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My daughter said she was very nice and patient. She really enjoyed her lesson. Im glad shes her teacher
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Sherry M. June 18, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Ariana was professional and kind. I'm older and a little slower but she was patient with me. On my first lesson I felt like I learned some chords. And even if I find that I'm not naturally mucical inclined, I feel that I could still learn to play the guitar because of the way she teaches.
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Ariana C.

Ariana C.

San Antonio, TX 78216
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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