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Learning to Play Guitar in Tampa

By Billy W. - Tampa Guitar Teacher

The first few months of your Tampa guitar lessons are no doubt exciting. Yet as the weeks progress, it will dawn on you that playing the guitar is not as easy as playing Guitar Hero. Your amount of practice time will begin to dwindle and as the weekly assignments get harder, you become less prepared for lessons. So, what can you expect after a few months of Tampa guitar lessons?

A new student should be able to play 3 chords, switch between chords, play/make up simple grooves, make up melodies, jam with the instructor, and play one or two songs from start to finish. Having said that, keep in mind that it takes time to master new skills and build the muscles needed to play the guitar. Setting a foundation of time will help keep you from getting frustrated when a challenge seems to slow you down. Challenges will confront us, but they are also signs that we are growing.

Stop fearing mistakes - mistakes will happen, but it’s all part of the learning process. The difference between you and Jack White is that he doesn’t dwell on the mistakes and keeps playing. He is so good at playing the guitar that we think he never makes mistakes. If we cultivate an attitude of not caring about making mistakes, we will find ourselves making fewer. Like my teacher once told me, “Play the mistake two more times and everyone will think you did it on purpose.” This should give you an idea of what to expect from your Tampa guitar lessons. I hope you find this article useful and encouraging, and that you continue to grow as a guitar student.

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Lisa P.

Brandon, FL

I have been teaching guitar for many years and studied with many great teachers. I started guitar at 10 years old. I teach note reading, chords and tab.

About Lisa

My Background in Music:

My inspiration first started when I was seven years old and in second grade. I was pondering if I wanted to dedicate myself to the music field. A substitute piano teacher came in that day and played and my admiration decided me to pursue this ambition for my life work.

I studied and played guitar and auto-harp as a child because of our lack of piano. The guitar was a gift and I played it for years and studied vocal music throughout school.

When I was a young teenager I started playing with a group that I met in a barn and I was thrilled. Many other musicians
have been part of my story and as a young person I studied privately with such greats as Michelle Barone Horsefield as well as with with studio musicians such as the Scott Steeleman Studio and John Sayer.

Education:

When I was a little older I started studying at the Community Music School at Capital University in Columbus Ohio. I studied with Joan Hall Huet and enjoyed her style and training as well as Steve Caricciola out of Capitol who played organ and taught me composition. Those are only two of the wonderful teachers with whom I trained.

As I was studying, there came an opportunity for me to study and work with the founding member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He was Mr. Robert Buchsbaum of Coronet Recording Studio. I came into his studio to make a demo tape and he offered me a job.

He was a fantastic engineer as well as the finest of oboists. We talked music for nine years together. He changed my life in so many countless ways that it would take a book to explain what was brought to me musically at that time.

I continued to play as well as help in the studio wherever and whenever I was needed. I recorded and wrote many original pieces and became copyrighted as well as a member of BMI and ASCAP.

I won the USO talent show in 1985 and was offered the possibility of travel, but I chose to stay in Columbus. I was very blessed to have met and worked with many of the finest professors in the country as they were a part of our Artist-In-Residence Series in the studio.

People such as Rosemary Platt, a professor of Ohio State University, Paul Droste, TBDBITL and retired OSU marching band director. I came to Florida in 2001 and have expanded my musical adventures. I continue to play musically with a few local musicians and write music. I plan to continue to be an active force in the music field as well as teach other people how to be fine musicians.

Credits:

I have been involved within the music industry for many years. My credits include working almost ten years in a classical recording studio of high reputation. I have trained with many fine teachers and have grown to love the music field more and more. My goal is to expand your knowledge into a lifetime love for the music field and not to frustrate you with seemingly impossible tasks.

Children and Adults:

I love children and have worked many years with all age groups as well as with adults. I have the patience and good disposition necessary to help you enjoy the musical experience.

The methods that I use while on a steady course with an accredited system will also include learning how to enjoy music, write music and read music. I have people who are devoted to music and who will have it in their lives always because of my guidance.

A Personal Note

My skills include many years of teaching and helping students become stronger and better equipped to face the best future that they can possibly reach. I have devoted my life to teaching people to read, study, write and perform well.

I have researched the many students that I have trained and I have developed quick and efficient ways to reach needed goals. I have tutored children in reading, writing and comprehension skills as well as contest preparation and test taking.

I have also been involved in many public speaking and performance opportunities. When I was a young child I had the privilege of training in phonics and in eighth grade was reading at a college level.

When my family moved to another community while I was in the ninth grade I was placed in twelfth grade classes and while I did not have the emotional maturity I did have the intellectual ability. I have been concentrating on teaching music for the last few years and have also addressed a need in raising the skill levels in other subjects.

I have also spent time teaching children to prepare for tests. That led me into training others how to develop study skills to help them in lifelong pursuits. I am a writer and love to use stories with a good solid moral point.

I have devoted myself to helping children and young people as well as adults and have many references and connections to my community. I have been published in syndicated newspapers and I am currently a member of the American College of Musicians.

I have been listed in various Who's Who Publications such as Who's Who for Entrepreneurs and have even been listed in European publications. I believe that I have changed lives for the better and this gives me a strong drive and purpose to equip and strengthen others.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach online with much success. You can stay in the comfort of your own home and I can teach your student as if I am right there. Give online a try and see if your student continues to grow musically.

My usual goal in a lesson is to promote thought and a natural interest in personal development.

1. I require that the students have the materials needed to get the best possible results I can suggest which ones are the best for the student. Materials are usually of minimal cost unless a student wants to do very serious training.

2. The first few minutes we go over their homework and decide if they need another week or if they are ready to move on. Most of the students can move on so I am going to give that scenario.

3. I then present a concept that will usually take some practice to master.

4. The last section is spent in going over what will be done in their own time.

I'll do my best to make sure that the student understands everything that is being presented to the best of their capacity.

Practice time is age appropriate and I am sensitive to the time constraints that are part of our society today.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha keyboard, bel canto vocal set up, computer, Luna acoustic guitar, classical guitar, lesson books.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a guitar but students need their own instrument and will need books.

*** Specialties ***
I use touch therapy and associations as well as help people overcome stage fright. I also use Bel Canto in vocal training. In guitar I can teach up to early advanced. On piano and vocal I can take children 7 and up male or female. I use positive reinforcement. I have innovative programs that stimulate and rejuvenate.
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Sabe H. July 28, 2015
Music Theory · In home
Verified Student
My daughter first time experience was ok, nothing spectacular
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Glenn P. July 25, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Lisa has such a passion for teaching her students piano as well as life lessons. She is extremely talented in many areas of life. My family is blessed to have found such a gifted musician and teacher. My daughter has learned so much in a short amount of time and looks forward to her piano lessons each week!
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Stephanie P. September 29, 2014
Songwriting · In studio
Lisa is an exceptional person, let alone teacher. I have had the privilege of having her as my Aunt, and writing and playing piano with her has always been a fond memory for me. She made it fun, and even when I struggled, she was able to lift my spirits with her positivity and her passion for music. As a teacher, she's able to explain things in different ways and cater to the individuality of the student, which I think is key to building a solid foundation when learning a new skill, and developing said skill over time. She has incredible drive, and I think any student who gets to work with her will excel, while having a good role model to aspire to!
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Lisa P.

Brandon, FL 33511
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Joel J.

Tampa, FL

I earned my B.A. in music performance on guitar. I am classically trained. I believe very strongly that classical technique enhances all areas of guitar playing, therefore I embrace all areas of guitar playing. I have been playing for 13 years.

About Joel

Hi! I have been teaching for over seven years and am no stranger to the stage. While majoring in music performance at the University of West Georgia, I performed with jazz ensembles, guitar quartets, and percussion ensembles. I also performed many solo classical guitar recitals. The only thing I love more than performing, is teaching and sharing music.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons generally include three parts with content depending on your level of experience: technique, repertoire, and theory. I am an enthusiastic although laid back teacher, however I do push my students in order
for them to realize themselves as a musician. I like to have fun with lessons because music is fun and I enjoy it. I hope you do too!

Literature used in lessons:

New Dimensions in Classical Guitar for Children, By Sonia Michelson

The Christopher Parkening Guitar Method

Diatonic Major and Minor Scales, By Andres Segovia

Guitar Aerobics, By Troy Nelson

John Brimhall's Complete Theory Notebook, by of course John Brimhall

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in the living room with 3 guitars, 1 bass, and an amp. Seating available. No pets.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide everything needed during the first lessons. After which the student shall provide a music stand, tuner, guitar, and all literature.

*** Specialties ***
Specialty in classical guitar, improvisation, and music theory.
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Reviews

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Anthony D. July 29, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Very patient and wiling to explain the details and reasons behind what you are learning.
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Kolton D. July 15, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I am so impressed with Joel. My son loves him. He is so patient, laid-back and easy going. But he is also very knowledgable and motivated. Great guy. Great teacher. We're very happy.
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Austin L. May 15, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I've had several different musical teachers throughout my life and I must say that I never really enjoyed any of them. Classes always seemed boring, far too structured, and like work instead of play. Once I started meeting with Joel though, my perception was greatly changed.

I love learning from Joel because he is enthusiastic and excellent at communicating music theory and technique. It never really feels like we have an exact structure that we have to follow but he always manages to keep me progressing. Regardless if I come in one day and just feel like jamming or if I want to raddle my brain with music theory all lesson, Joel is prepared and happy to do either.

I will highly recommend anyone to Joel that would like to learn to play in the classical style. He keeps the fire alive, truly loves his music, and is very passionate about it. These are the keys that bring beauty, creativity, and fun to the part of music, studying it proficiently, that can be frustrating or boring.

After a decade of failed teachers and being solely self taught, I couldn't be happier that I found a great teacher like Joel.
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Joel J.

Tampa, FL 33635
(11)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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William W.

Tampa, FL

About William

Professional musician in the 434th Army Band, ten years teaching private lessons for guitar, bass, and mandolin (ages 5 to adult), ten years teaching music focusing on Elementary education, facilitated reading and music workshops for Hillsborough County, presented for MENC pre-conference 2007 and participated in the Hillsborough County Music Education Grant for Professional Development, lead teacher on the Guitar team at Florida Virtual School.

*** Lesson Details ***
A typical lesson starts with a warm up time, followed by a review, which is where the student gets to show off what they
have accomplished from the previous week. Then a new concept or skill is introduced and we wrap up the lesson playing a student picked song.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Den, TV, couch, table, chairs no arms for lessons, piano, only room for parents is in room

*** Specialties ***
Classical Guitar, Bluegrass, Flatpicking, basic jazz, Latin, country, what ever is needed.
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Nicholas R. June 17, 2015
Guitar · In studio
He offers all the right instructions to give you peace of mind and trust in yourself in order to really understand the guitar. He exemplifies the kind of qualities that I find most admirable in a person, and I really can't speak highly enough about him. He is incredibly experienced, and he is always learning and passing that on. He is so reliable, and I always look forward to my lessons! I highly recommend him as a teacher!
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DebrorahT May 15, 2011
feedback on lessons and teacher

Any time one takes up something new in later life it is a challenge to stay with it and not sink back into comfy life. i have enjoyed my singing lessons with William though it took me a couple to get past my self-conscousness. It helped that he moved the lessons to a church--from his home. Better setting for singing practice. And william has done a great job of matching our lessons to how i want to develop my voice.
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BerniceM February 28, 2011
I walked into the first lesson having absolutely no knowledge of guitar. It was nice to have a teacher that not only taught me how to play chords but also gave me a little bit of history of the guitar. Now, only three months later, I can proudly say that I know enough to play whatever song I want! He's very patient and encouraging. I would recommend him to anyone.
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William W.

Tampa, FL 33618
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Phil H.

Brandon, FL

About Phil

I have my degree from The Eastman School of Music and have played rock and roll for decades. My joy is bringing people to music and music playing. As Music is an infinite language it has always been an eternal joy to teach and relate to my beloved students what music can say to them and what they can convey to others.

*** Lesson Details ***
"If music is not fun it is useless" I urge my students to play their instruments not practice! I will teach music theory as I teach you any style or all styles. Patience is the key and I am constantly filled with it. You will progress as you learn the ins
and outs of your instrument and music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Room setup for lessons, with small keyboard and instruments. Ample parking available, parents can sit in on lessons and waiting area available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student is expected to provide the instrument including full keyboard or piano.

*** Specialties ***
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Shulamit G. May 19, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
great teacher

my son has really been enjoying hand drum lessons with phil. he's courteous and kind, and is good at engaging my almost-six year old and keeping him on task. he also is laid back and creates an atmosphere of fun, letting my son take the lead at times and being very collaborative.
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Phil H.

Brandon, FL 33511
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Chrissy D.

Tampa, FL

My Guitar lessons are modern and fun. I use many different tools to teach guitar... books by Hal Leonard, authentic guitar tab song book, Rock & Pop music written for guitar. I also use the latest music gear, software/programs like Rocksmith, Garageband, Slash Amplitude,iRig, Line 6, Fender, Roland and more
I've been teaching for over 15 years. I teach all ages. Some of my students are successful working musicians on tour. Most just play for fun. No matter what your goal I can help you along the way.
I teach each student differently and provide a custom lesson based on the student. I want you to play the guitar and have fun while learning! I stay current and up to date on all new music. I play lead guitar for 3 different bands/artist including a former American Idol Finalist from season 5. I play shows almost every weekend and sometimes travel out of state to play concerts. I am mainly a Rock guitarist I do cross over to pop and modern country.

About Chrissy

I have had a great deal of experience teaching guitar to kids and adults, both individually and in groups. I have given 1000's of guitar lessons. I also have real world playing experience I've toured all over the USA with different bands/artists. I am lead guitarist for American Idol Finalist Melissa McGhee. I use many different tools to teach guitar. I teach each student differently and provide a custom lesson based on the student. I want you to play the guitar and have fun while learning!

*** Lesson Details ***
I will go over your goals and work out a plan that works for you!
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Amanda Y. October 8, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Chrissy is always punctual and professional. After just three lessons I am seeing great improvements not only in my daughters guitar skills, but her confidence as well. She is also working with my husband. He is enjoying the lessons and is inspired by observing her rip out some rock tunes.
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Liz B. August 16, 2014
Guitar · In home
She was very good at explaining everything to me. It was a very great experience and I recommend if you want to start learning. You really get your money's worth.
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Chrissy D.

Tampa, FL 33618
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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