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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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Nicole C.

Clearwater, FL

During lessons, students will learn every aspect of guitar. Beginners will learn how to tune using multiple methods, string your guitar, reading guitar notation and tablatures. In-studio students can use acoustic/electric guitar and amp if needed.

About Nicole

Nicole began her musical journey in Long Island, New York when she began piano lessons at age five. While receiving training on piano, she joined her elementary school orchestra in the 3rd grade and quickly soared with violin. During this period, Nicole began learning music theory and the art of reading music. As a fourth grader, Nicole would go on to conduct and tune every instrument in her orchestra during rehearsal. She always competed and won many NYSMA competitions for violin while attending music seminars and workshops. It was then that her teacher realized she had a gift. Nicole c
ontinued with piano lessons and began teaching herself guitar. Later, after college, she bought herself a drum set and began to teach herself drums.
As an adult, Nicole studied to become an elementary teacher and worked in the New York State School Districts for over five years. Shortly after receiving her master€™s degree for Literacy Education, Nicole decided to attempt to share her passion for music. In 2007, Nicole opened a music studio in Holbrook, New York. Here, she refined her music teaching skills while establishing Nicolex Inc. Music Island as a leading source of quality music education. Her summer traveling music program allowed her students to experience live performances as well as create music groups with peers with the same passion for music.
Nicole now resides in Clearwater, Florida with hopes to spread her business as well as the joy of music to children and adults. She currently is the drummer for a local original rock band. In this band, Nicole writes songs, sings, plays piano, and drums (not all at the same time). Needless to say, she understands the importance that music has had in her life and wishes to ignite that passion in other music lovers.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is best labeled as kind but firm. I take my job very seriously and want wholeheartedly for my students to have music as a part of their life, not just a part of their day. I love to laugh and have fun but I will definitely expect my students to practice and complete any homework I assign and be prepared for the following lesson. Simply stated, music is fun and the love of my life, but if I still practice, you will as well. Otherwise, I always believe in teaching songs my students are interested in and will expand their musical skills. My experience as a public school teacher had enhanced my sense of finding individual needs of every student. Therefore, I always differentiate lessons to suit my students interest while teaching them the foundations every musician needs in order to be successful. My specialty is teaching a variety of instruments. I play drums, guitar, bass, piano, and sing as well. So, if one instrument is not for you, I can teach you something different without a problem. Long story short, friends, you are in good hands.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Service music room: Keyboard, Full drum kit, Electric Guitar with 30 watts Amp and Microphone/ vocal monitor.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a 61 key Casio Keyboard for household to use for lessons for a small monthly rental fee. I have an Epiphone Electric Guitar with 30w amplifier. Can also bring microphone and monitor for vocal lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I have taught mostly Rock, Blues, and Classical genres for Piano, Guitar, Drums. Vocally, I specialize in R&B, Broadway, Pop, Top 100 and alternative/Hard Rock. I will adapt to your needs.
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Monica Jenniges March 2, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My daughter looks forward to her lessons with Nicole all week! She loves her and has gained so much confidence with her singing!
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Lori Ludick February 29, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
So far I have had a handful of lessons and I think Nicole is excellent. Before we started I told her that I have no vocal training or skills. After a handful of lessons I was signing without the lyrics to carry me.

She makes it fun and relaxing with good pointers for improvement.

I highly recommend her to anyone - especially a novice like myself.
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MArtin February 29, 2016
Guitar · In studio
very patient and knows a great deal about music in general. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to learn or expand their knowledge of music theory and playing abilities.
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Nicole C.

Nicole C.

Clearwater, FL 33760
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Norman T.

Lutz, FL

I have been teaching guitar for 23 years. I emphasize the details of good technique and reading music skills. You will learn and develop the basics so that you can progress to any style of music you would like to play. Picking and finger style guitar are both offered. Begin making music on the guitar today!

About Norman

I have recently located to the Tampa, Florida area and I live in Lutz. I have enjoyed teaching and helping students of all ages for 24 years in achieving their goals in learning to play their instruments. Educated at Columbus State University with a Music Education degree, I teach many instruments including piano, guitar, including Classical style, banjo, saxophone and clarinet. If you would like to start on the trumpet or trombone, I can help you as well. I specialize in working with the first time beginner, giving them a solid foundation in instrumental technique and musical knowledge, as
well as helping those who have some experience on their instruments and who are looking to advance.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal for every student is to experience learning their instrument in an environment that is both encouraging and rewarding. I exhibit patience with the student knowing what it takes to develop new skills and I work hard in helping each student feel at ease in expressing themselves. I have used many different materials over the years, depending on the individual student's needs and desires to play their music. I do stress learning to read music notation so that you can approach with confidence any piece of music that you would like to play. With the proper dedication, every student can enjoy making music in a short period of time, getting better and better along their musical journey.

*** Specialties ***
I have used many of the published methods for all of the instruments over the years. I am always open to any approach that will work for any given student.
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Jennifer L. May 4, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Extreme professional and kind. I can't wait for my next one. Respectfully Jennifer
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Bob P. September 22, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
very detailed/structrered and patient...! very pleased with the manner in which Norman is delivering the lessons. Bob
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Paul D. July 14, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Norman is a great teacher. Not only is he able to teach how to play piano, but he also teaches enough theory to understand the music.
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Norman T.

Norman T.

Lutz, FL 33559
(5)
starting at
$30 / 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

Chrissy is available for in-home guitar lessons. Chrissy has been a professional touring guitarist for over 15 years and teaching music since 1998. Chrissy teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and as well as artists that are signed to labels.

Chrissy developed her own method of teaching to positively enhance the student€™s strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. Her goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician.

Artists and genres that Chrissy has experience with range from Metallica,
Adele,Bruno Mars, Ellie Goulding, Fall Out Boy, Guns N' Roses, Aerosmith, The Cure, Radiohead, Elle King, The Killers, Kings Of Leon, P!nk, Twenty One Pilots,Hozier Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Paramore, Nirvana, Demi Lavato, Prince, Damian Rice, Lil Wayne, Coldplay ,Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Bush, , The White Stripes, Green Day, Arctic Monkeys, Taylor Swift, Cage The Elephant, Miranda Lambert, Band Perry, Taylor Swift, Alanis Morrisette and more.

Chrissy was Lead Guitarist Co-Writer for the Rock band Someday Souvenir (Winner of MTV Takes The Stage contest), American Idol Finalist Melissa McGhee (Season 5) She currently plays in a Top 40 cover band as well as an original Rock band. Chrissy has been in Billboard Magazine, Creative Loafing, Tampa Tribune and TBO online. Clips of Chrissy playing guitar with different artist have been on CNN, MTV, FOX News, ABC, NBC and VH1.

Chrissy is constantly continuing her education with music theory books, video’s, guitar music, as well as private guitar instruction. She has attended guitar workshops and seminars by artists such as Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson) Gary Hoey, Joe Satriani and more

Another nice feature that you might enjoy from one on one sessions with Chrissy is learning the ability to craft and record your own songs using technology that caters to your own unique personality. There are no limits! Chrissy’s students advance quickly and some have released albums, been in Guitar World Magazine, and won awards for their music.

Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the student'€™s schedule when possible.

Students can contact Chrissy anytime with question regarding their lesson through email or text. Chrissy is a very patient instructor and understands that students learn at a different pace, after all everyone is an individual!

*** Software / gear used to enhance lesson ***

Rocksmith software

Riff Station for guitar

Laptop with Garage Band/Backtrack, Guitar Pro Tab & iTunes

M13 Line 6 effects and looper

Roland Amp

Various guitars depending on project

PRIVATE STUDENT REVIEWS :
Here's what my personal students & clients have to say:

Slader P."By far the most outstanding teacher I took lessons from. I took lessons from Chrissy for over 7 years and I can truly say she's an incredible teacher. She's fun to work with, very patient with both new and intermediate players, and has a background knowledge on a many genres of music. I would recommend Chrissy to anyone! "​

Sam F.Chrissy is a talented musician and a gifted teacher. We are very happy to have her teaching our daughter.She is responsible, accessible and responsive. Rate A+++"​

Matt R. (St Petersburg Police Officer)Excellent!

MJ K."Chrissy Derado is a wonderful teacher. She is a patient and kind. She gives exercises to work on during the week and has explained that by practicing just a little each day she will improve. My daughter looks forward to lessons each week. "​

Susan F."Chrissy taught my teenage son for several years in my home. She is very talented, has a flexible teaching style and does a great job with different personalities. She always kept my son engaged and was very encouraging. She is reliable, timely and communicates well. I highly recommend her!"​

TS K."Chrissy taught both of my boys ages 10 and 11 to play the guitar. She was awesome and they couldn't wait until their lesson each week. Chrissy was always punctual and full of spunk. They learned very cool tunes that were current so they really enjoyed it!"​

Dana Jim L."We have really enjoyed our daughter having lessons with Chrissy. She is great with kids and in only a few lessons, our child can play the guitar! Amazing!"
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Brad February 24, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great first step. Supportive, positive, and focused.
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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.

Chrissy D.

Tampa, FL 33606
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Rob R.

Safety Harbor, FL

I am here to combine my academic teaching background with my guitar/music background. I have been playing for many years and I enjoy almost all types of music. I use many resources depending on what the student wants to learn. I can teach all ages and all learning backgrounds, I will adapt the instruction to what your strengths are.

About Rob

I am a state certified special needs teacher. I have a strong math and history background but enjoy all subjects. Before teaching I played billiards for many years and also softball. I specialize in adapting to the student and focusing on the goals that they want to achieve. I have a wide variety of interests and enjoying making the learning process fun.
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Diane March 12, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Recently I have wanted to play the guitar and went to Rob for help. I am very much a beginner but I like the progress that I have made so far. Some of the chords were difficult for my small hands to produce so Rob showed me alternate finger positions from what I saw online that helped me produce the chord to play some simple songs after just a few hours of practice. Rob also showed me why some musicians hold their fingers a certain way that made sense to me. He really understands the "logic" behind why the different strings produce a certain note and related it back to the piano for me since I knew a little about that. He helped me get started plucking individual strings as I play certain chords. Rob has been patient with me as I struggle to remember which finger. He is patient, kind and very logical in his approach to music.
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Maria February 6, 2016
Guitar · In home
Rob is the best guitar teacher! He works with you on your level and makes it fun and challenging!
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Andreas February 6, 2016
Guitar · In home
Rob is a great teacher! He makes learning fun and he has a real passion for music!
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Rob R.

Rob R.

Safety Harbor, FL 34695
(4)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Marissa K.

Emeryville, CA

I've been teaching guitar for 2 years and my students have gone on to perform at local shows. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to learn your first chords and as time goes on you'll be able to learn picking techniques and rhythm. I specialize in folk and rock, typically use Hal Leonard books, and have the following tools available for your lessons: guitar, capo, tuner. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Marissa

I am a singer/songwriter/guitarist and I have been playing and singing for over 10 years. I have played many high-profile gigs including the St. Petersburg Pride Fest and Tampa Gasparilla Festival. I am very excited to teach and work with many different learning styles. If you want a dedicated guitar teacher with lessons that work with your style and pace of learning, hit me up!
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Brie April 29, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Very effective teacher, knowledgeable and patient. Highly recommend!
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Kate April 6, 2016
Guitar · In home
We are very satisified with the lessons Marissa is providing our child. She is very patient, very clear and thorough in instruction. Our son actually practices and looks forward to lessons for the first time. Marissa has a wide range of music stylings, so our son is learning other genres he wouldn't have discovered on his own. So very happy we found Marissa!
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Marissa K.

Marissa K.

Tampa, FL 33602
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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