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Getting Inspired to Learn Guitar in El Paso

Vanity Fair has called El Paso “The Best Little Music City in Texas.” The local music scene has a rich history, and with musical influences from just over the border to the south, the El Paso sound is a unique blend of cultures, styles, and genres.

As a guitarist, your instrument is in demand! If you’re taking guitar lessons in El Paso, you have many opportunities to continue your studies outside of the studio. Listening to other players and networking are important parts of a thorough musical life. So, let’s explore some of what the city has to offer to the up-and-coming guitar student.

Listening to live music is a great way to gain an understanding of the possibilities of your instrument outside your guitar lessons in El Paso. The city offers music lovers the opportunity to hear all genres of music every night, including jazz, rock, pop, and Tejano music.

Speaking Rock Entertainment Center

Rock is a mainstay of the El Paso scene. Whether it’s local bands playing original music, or the best tribute acts in the South, they all have a home at the Speaking Rock Entertainment Center. This venue is home to several stages that feature the best tribute bands and local rock artists.

King's X

Another great venue for live blues, original rock, and Latin music is King’s X. A big supporter of the local scene, King’s X features jam sessions every Wednesday night and they alternate between blues jams (on the first and third Wednesdays) and straight up rock-and-roll jams (second and fourth Wednesdays). If you want to show your stuff after your guitar lessons in El Paso, stop by King’s X on a Wednesday night to get your jam on! Thursdays feature salsa, bachata, and merengue dancing to live Latin music, and, on Sunday nights, the best local and national blues artists grace the stage!

The Black Orchid

If your musical taste runs toward jazz, El Paso is home to several clubs that feature live jazz music. One of these is The Black Orchid Lounge. This modern speakeasy has a unique atmosphere, and it compliments the live jazz bands that it features.

Music Festivals and Local Colleges

With its moderate climate, El Paso hosts music festivals year round. Festivals are a great way to spend a day or a weekend, checking out amazing guitarists. Additionally, the El Paso Conservatory and UT El Paso both offer extensive music schedules, featuring performances by both music students and faculty.

 

This is just a sample of what El Paso has to offer to the local guitar student. While taking guitar lessons in El Paso, head out and experience the live music scene! You’ll be a better player for it.

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I have been playing guitar for ten years and teach acoustic or electric. For beginners and intermediates, I like to teach classical guitar out of the Suzuki method books before moving on to popular music or continued classical study.

About Mathew
Currently residing in Homewood, IL to play downtown with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, I am looking to continue my passion of teaching in this exciting new city. My wife and I have relocated from Bloomington Indiana, where I was an Associate Instructor for the Jacobs School of Music. I have always enjoyed learning new instruments to get new musical perspectives; I have studied String Bass, Electric Bass, Guitar, Piano, Voice, Drums/Percussion,
and even the Viol de Gamba (Google it!).
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Sally W. June 19, 2013
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Matt is an excellent guitar teacher. I highly recommend him.

Matt has been teaching guitar to my 12 year old son for several months now. My sons' guitar playing has improved greatly since his lessons with Matt. He's playing with a lot more confidence, thanks to Matt's influence.

Matt is always on time and has a wonderful way with people. My son feels very comfortable with him. They collaborate on songs together and it is important to Matt that Jude be engaged in his guitar practice.

We're thrilled with Matt and I highly recommend him as a teacher.
Any aspiring guitar player would be lucky to have Matt as a teacher!
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I have been playing guitar since I was 14, and have been performing and teaching for over 20 years.
I studied jazz guitar, composition, and theory at the Mannes Conservatory in NYC, NY., and also with several private teachers.
I teach many styles, including rock, pop, blues, folk, and jazz.
(I do NOT play classical or flamenco.)
I tailor my lessons to meet the interests and learning styles of my students. I teach playing by ear, music reading, tablature, and theory. I enjoy teaching students of all ages - children, teens, and adults.
I make lessons fun for young children, by including some musical games and activities. With teens and adults, I have the students choose the songs and styles they wish to work on, and go from there.

About Linda
*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not typically provide any equipment - but I am willing to select and purchase books for the students to learn from (cost of books to be reimbursed by the student/parent) when requested to do so.

I am also willing to provide stick-on note-names for the keyboard, for young children.

The students must have their own instruments, and provide a folder for sheet music and notes/instructions.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar, I specialize in the following styles: jazz, rock, blues, folk, bluegrass, and children's songs.
Piano: I prefer electronic keyboard to acoustic piano, but am happy to teach beginning students on a regular piano as well. I teach note-reading, playing by ear, and theory, with en emphasis on rock, pop, and folk music. I include arranging, chord theory, and use of the many features of an elec
tronic keyboard, in the lessons.
Bass Guitar: I teach rock, pop, funk, and country music on bass.
Banjo: I teach bluegrass, country, and some blues and rock music. I can also teach a bit of old-timey frailing/clawhammer style.
English and Reading: I am highly qualified, to tutor/teach English (spoken, written, and reading comprehension) to both native English speakers and to those learning it as a second language.
*** I am particularly good at working with children who have a.d.h.d. and other learning disabilities!
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Caleb M. February 4, 2018
· Banjo · In home
My first lesson was great! I'm already at home practicing the 5-6 rolls that Linds taught me in only 30 minutes. Look forward to learning more!
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Raye June 27, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Linda gave me a lot to work on for my first lesson. I am enthusiastic for the week ahead, practicing what she showed me. Great lesson!
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Joe G. January 16, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
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About Athena M.

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Experienced guitar teacher of 22 years available for eager beginner and intermediate students of all ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of rhythm, chords, knowledge of the instrument and proper hand skills. I specialize in pop and rock and typically use songs the students choose to help them develop their skills.

About Athena
About Me

If you can recognize your favorite song when you hear it, you already have what it takes to be a great musician!

MY PROMISE TO YOU:
1. Your lesson will always be geared toward what YOU want to learn, and if it seems like we are working on something that doesn't match that, I will always take the time to make clear why what we are doing will have you be able to play what you want.
2. You already have every skill you need to be a great performer, and my job is just to steer the ship in the right direction to have that happen. All I am ever doing in a lesson is making sure that we are moving you in the ultimate direction that you want to be going musically.
3. I will do everything I know how to do to make sure that what I have learned that will benefit you becomes something you have mastered. If I could take th
e "computer chip" in my head and put it in yours, we would do that. Study with me and you will get the next best thing!
4.If I say something that isn't clear, or isn't useful to you, I will ALWAYS re-explain, or say it a different way, until it is useful to you and something you know how to use for your benefit on your instrument.
5. If you have a practice schedule set up with me, and for any reason you do not have time to practice or get an assignment done, I GOT IT! You can always tell me, because I've been there and I know. Music Lessons are NOT school, and I will never act like they are.

OK, now for the credentials:

MY EDUCATION

I learned how to read music at 4 years old, before I had even learned to read English. If I can do that, anyone can do that given the right set of elements.
1. I started singing at three, piano lessons at nine, began teaching myself guitar at twelve and I have never stopped playing and learning since then.
2. I earned a B.A in Music from Towson University and graduated Magna cum Laude with a Major in Jazz/Commercial Piano Performance and a Minor in Opera.
3. I made my stage performing debut in a solo role at six, and I have never stopped performing since then. I wrote my first song, all by myself, at eleven and have composed over 1000 pieces since then.
4. I have studied brain science and practical neurology for fifteen years as part of my continuing education.

MY EXPERIENCE

In addition to my extensive study of the piano, I have had many other valuable experiences as a musician and teacher, including but not limited to the following:

1. I have been a choral singer for twenty three years, and during that time toured Italy, sang at St. Martin of Tours Church in Los Angeles for fifteen of those years, and worked on mastering just about every form of sacred choral and gospel music.

2. As a soloist, began performing professionally in 1988 and have done numerous performances of my own compositions around Southern California. I also have had songs of mine pitched to major artists in Nashville and currently compose both contemporary music and feature songs for film and television.

3. I developed a method of curing tone deafness, and authored a course that teaches this to anyone whether they are a trained singer or beginner. I also authored a second course specifically for karaoke singers to learn stage presence and better performance skills.

4. I have been teaching for twenty years, working with students from 3 to 78 years old at every level of musical experience. I have taught not only music performing and instrumental technique, but song-writing, arranging, and the tricky task of singing while playing an instrument to accompany one's self. Believe me, this is a skill that DOES take a separate set of lessons to master, but every student who studies it with me does!

In short, if it's music, or even music-related, I've done it and I can teach it and I can figure out the best method to have your brain master it!

My Specialties:
Working with kids and young people in a SAFE environment to learn their instrument
Rhythm, and understanding why it is your ticket to musical mastery
How to use your own brain to be your own best teacher (when I'm not there in a lesson with you!)
Pop, Classical, Gospel, Rock, Musical Theater,

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B. A. Music

Subjects Taught
piano, voice, guitar, music theory, song writing/composition, arranging

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Your BRAIN is your greatest musical asset, and I have spent the past twenty-five years learning how to make the musical brain easy for everyone.

I've been a musician since I was in the cradle, and I
learned to read music before I could read English! Over the past twenty years of teaching piano, voice and guitar I have learned how to use your brain, and the basic musical skills you ALREADY have to help you turn yourself into a great musician and performer.

If you can tap your foot along with a song, and you can recognize Mary Had a Little Lamb, you've got what it takes. My specialty is taking these simple skills you already have and using them to teach you EVERYTHING you want to know how to do on your instrument. I also teach combined
lessons so that you can learn more than one instrument in your course of study if that is what you choose.

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Student provides piano in their home for piano lessons. Voice students provide a recording device to record their lesson for their practice. Guitar students provide their guitar, any amps, cables, anything else they need for their rig. All students provide any CD's or mp3's they are working with during study. They pay for all books needed.

*** Specialties ***
Beginner level through advanced in kid songs, pop, rock, gospel, contemporary Christian, Broadway and classical. Emphasis on rhythm and technique. Lessons specialize in using knowledge of brain neuroscience practical applications in hearing, learning, reading, practicing and performing music.
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Rina P. February 9, 2018
· Piano · In home
My daughter loves Athena and thus loves playing the piano . Athena has a special way to relate to kids.. they listen to her . They laggy . They enjoy class. And they want to learn .
I am so grateful we have her as my daughters teacher .
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Stephanie January 8, 2018
· Singing · In home
very knowledgable about the voice and passionate about what she does
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Randy December 4, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Athena was very knowledgeable as well as a great listener very tuned into the areas I want to improve in. I went away very encouraged and looking forward to our next lesson.
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About Mark F.

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I teach Acoustic or electric guitar. Specialize in younger players. I believe in fostering a love of the instrument, and teach in a manner that is centered around enjoyment.

I use Mel Bay Guitar method in most cases.

About Mark
I am a lifelong lover of music and education. I will use my 41years of performance experience to show students how to play guitar, bass, or sing, but more importantly, how to enjoy those things!

I believe music is, first and foremost a source of joy, and my lessons are designed to bring that about. Whether you desire to be a full-time rock star, or just a hobbyist, playing in your church praise band, I can show you how to do it, and have a great time doing it!

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are individualized, based on the needs of the student. I teach all ages, all styles. For guitar, I prefer beginning, or intermediate students, although I think I can help the advanced player as well.

Bass- I teach all ages and skill levels.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pro Tools, Reason, cakewalk pro, Garage Band, and many other software p
rograms, Samsung laptop and two Dell PCs,

*** Specialties ***
Jazz improvisation, funk, pop/rock, recording techniques, rhythm section,
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Eric S. September 23, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Mark teaches from different perspectives, excellent first lesson and I'm looking forward to being his student for future lessons!
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Emily F. May 29, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Unfortunately, yesterday was my last lesson with Mark, as I am moving to Guam. I would definitely not be giving up my weekly lesson with him if that weren't the case! I've learned so much in the short couple months taking lessons from him. I would recommend him to anyone of any skill level. Very helpful and kind. :)
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Students will learn how to read music in standard notation. Depending on the style(s) of music the student is most interested in we will either work on developing a classical style technique or spend our time working on more popular styles of music.

About LeeLee
While I teach many styles of music, I emphasize foundations in classical technique and encourage all of my students to have a basic understanding of musical principles in order to strengthen their playing and comprehension of the music. I received my Bachelors and Masters of Music in Guitar Performance from the Peabody Conservatory and currently am working on my Doctorate at the University of Arizona; I also teach and perform throughout the Tucson area. All of my students are encouraged to participate in recitals and performances while they are taking lessons. I believe that sharing your musical talents is an important part of learning an instrument.
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Soha October 8, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
LeeLee is a really wonderful teacher. She’s calm, patient, knowledgeable, and flexible. She is able to offer insights that are allowing me to make much faster progress than I ever have on my own or with any other ukulele teacher, so I’m motivated to continue. With her instruction, I’m finally enjoying playing my instrument, and I see that proficiency is on the horizon. I’d recommend her to anyone.
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Lynnetta July 29, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
I started taking ukulele lessons with LeeLee as an adult. She was very encouraging, professional, and flexible. She focused on the basic musical elements, always explaining concepts. She was willing to explore the types of songs I wanted to learn to play. She made taking lessons again very fun. I would highly recommend her as a teacher.
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Chris July 29, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Amazing instructor. My son lived Leelee she always made lessons fun n exciting
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you can expect to learn many techniques that are used in rock guitar and learn any guitar song or solo by any band or artist note for note using tabs and my personal guidance in playing them exactly correctly during the lesson. you will learn scales and arpeggios and improvise over chord changes as your skills increase. with patience you can do it and it's FUN!

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Yo hablo Epanol y Ingles y puedo conducir los leciones en Espanol.

My name is Steve and I enjoy playing/teaching guitar. I am patient with students. All I ask is that you make sure you have the time to study and practice daily for it is a commitment. I teach beginning and intermediate classical finger style guitar as well as electric/rock/blues and chord/scale theory. We can learn songs in their entirety with all details present. Learn classical, blues, classic rock songs (Note: for beginners, after we have gotten through the blues a little) metal (If you have a locking tremolo, you might have to make adjustments on it to facilitate the lower tunings usually used in metal nowadays but I can definitely help you with that.) Give me a call I would love to hear from you. Thank you :)
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Hello everyone! I'm excited to be a part of this wonderful group of teachers from all around the country in order to teach students of all skill levels interested in furthering their education.

To be very brief about my knowledge and experience, virtually all of my music education has been "self taught", in the sense that I never had a formal teacher, ironic as that may be. I learned what I know from Guitar World magazine, books, experimentation, and playing with other musicians. Outside of this, I've taken many AP courses in high school in Latin, Social Studies, Music Theory, and English, with English being my planned major in college. I've tutored friends in school all my life in every school subject, and I've been teaching guitar formally for about two years now.

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The main thing that I tell all of my future students is that I design a whole curriculum based around their interests. This includes not only how to actually play that particular style ...

About Luke
Hello everyone! I'm excited to be a part of this wonderful group of teachers from all around the country in order to teach students of all skill levels interested in furthering their education.

To be very brief about my knowledge and experience, virtually all of my music education has been "self taught", in the sense that I never had a formal teacher, ironic as that may be. I learned what I know from Guitar World magazine, books, experimentation, and playing with other musicians. Outside of this, I've taken many AP courses in high school in Latin, Social Studies, Music Theory, and English, with English being my planned major in college. I've tutored friends in school all my life in every school subject, and I've been teaching guitar formally for about two years now.

Obviously if you're here for anything else besides music, most of
this description won't apply to you. However, I hope that by reading on, you'll understand that the enthusiasm I have for music is the same I have for literature as well as religious studies.

*** Lesson Details ***

The main thing that I tell all of my future students is that I design a whole curriculum based around their interests. This includes not only how to actually play that particular style with your instrument of choice (though the guitar is what I play), but often times includes at least some of the history of the genre, the music theory behind each style, gear recommendations, and ultimately how you can continue to learn without needing a teacher through the use of autonomous resources; it all depends on how far you want to go. I seek to deconstruct any genre for my students so that they can grasp the style easier and, hopefully and more importantly, use the fragments to create their own work of art.

My homework looks a little similar to the homework in the “School of Rock” movie; I'll make goals for each student that I expect them to meet or preferably exceed in time for our next lesson, and I'll usually give them recommended listening material as either a goal to achieve, as personal inspiration, or simply as more influence to absorb. How high of expectations I have for a student depends on what their personal goals are.
At the end of the day, however, the most important thing to me is making the learning process fun, exciting, and dare I say unpredictable, and I want each student walking away from my lessons excited for their own musical future, whatever that may look like.

*** Studio Equipment ***

Fender Aerodyne Stratocaster electric guitar
Fender CD140SCE BK steel-string acoustic guitar
Fender SP10 combo amp
Ibanez GA35TCE-DVS-3R-01 nylon-string acoustic guitar
Line 6 Spider III 15-watt amp

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With over 10 years of experience with students of all ages/levels, I am an expert in guitar, ukulele and bass education. I understand and care deeply about each students' needs and learning styles. My approach will vary with every student. I am able to asses beginners (of any age) to see if they are ready for guitar or ukulele and am able to help the most seasoned player prepare for any gig. I love working with anyone interested in music that would like to explore their talents and creativity!

About Lucas
I have a deep passion for music making and music education. I take pride in watching my students progress, develop and excel. I have helped all level of students, from early beginners getting over the beginner lessons hump, to students preparing to enter college and hobbyists or professionals trying to sharpen their skills. I am proud of the work that I have done and love to share my knowledge and experience with others!
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Brian November 30, 2016
· Pro Tools Software · In home
Lucas has always shown patience and a great attitude when it comes to teaching. he makes learning fun and even the more complicated ideas and lessons are engaging and free of frustration. highly recommended
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Alexis November 30, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
Lucas is an awesome teacher! He taught me ukulele and my son guitar. He is a pro and really cares.
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Ph.D., B.M. I have been teaching music lessons to students of all ages for over 15 years, including private lessons and undergraduate courses. I thoroughly explore all aspects of each exercise or song that I present to my students, highlighting the most important elements and takeaway points. Through a combination of playing songs, music theory, ear training, and personally tailored exercises to fit your needs, we will help you cultivate your instrumental "voice" and playing style.

About Timon
Hi! I am a professional musician, songwriter, and academic living in Nashville. I have a Ph.D. and have been teaching and playing music for nearly 20 years. I teach a wide variety of methods and find what works for each of my students. All of your lessons are personally tailored just for you and your musical or learning needs. Want to hear from my current and recent students? I'm happy to provide references upon request.

Whether you want to learn some of your favorite songs, learn how to keep up with your musical friends, or explore advanced concepts in music theory and ear training, I can help you! I teach all popular and folk styles, from the classics to present day hits and top 40.

About me: I am a touring and studio musician as well as a songwriter. As a writer for Terrorbird Media, I write for songs for television shows, commer
cials, movies, and other performing artists. I also co-own and co-operate an independent record label. I live in TN with my wife, a small wire-haired terrier that looks like a cartoon character, and an embarrassingly large collection of books and vinyl records.
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Molly October 6, 2017
· Mandolin · In studio
Timon is an amazing teacher! He takes the time to structure the lesson around exactly what I need. His easy-going approach makes learning fun and keeps me excited to continue to grow. His skills range past Mandolin. At times he will play guitar while I play mandolin which helps me learn how to work with other instruments! You will not regret lessons with Timon!
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Claudia August 3, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Timon is a really great guitar teacher. I am an older student who has had some previous musical education in other instruments. Timon is able to understand my goals and customize the learning plan and approach to meet me at my current level of skills and understanding. He has an incredible knowledge of music from both a theory POV as well as different genres, styles and music eras. He is really fun to work with and and is always supportive and encouraging. I look forward each week to the learning process. I definitely believe I will be a much better, more well-rounded guitar player working with Timon than I would be with other teachers that I have met.
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Meredith August 3, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Timon is great teacher who can teach a variety of music. He teaches fundamentals but also encourages students to focus on music selections they like. He explains clearly & is very positive.
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Equipped with over 6 years of teaching experience, I am excited to help you along your musical journey. I believe in teaching music in a fun way both from a theory side and practical side. Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate student, we will take a step by step approach to learning and building upon previous lessons. Your ear is one of your greatest tools as a guitarist and we will work on that as well. I look forward to hearing from you!

About Andre
I am a guitarist with over 15 years of playing experience and a lover of music. I have taken private music theory lessons as well as classes in undergrad. I believe music is one of the most beautiful things in the world. The element of personal expression makes it that much more meaningful.

I have learned over the years teaching causes you to truly know your craft in order to convey it to someone else. I enjoy sharing that joy of music with others looking to embark on their own musical journey. I have devised a system for teaching that has proven to be effective among my students.

I start off by gauging what the student knows musically to see what we need to focus on. After that, we work through principles and songs in a systematic and fun way. I give homework and material to work on every lesson to reinforce the work of the day.
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Manny January 19, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
If you're looking for a judgment-free zone to learn guitar, Andre is really the teacher for you. He wasn't my first guitar teacher, but he was the best one I'd ever had. I think that comes from the fact that he truly loves the music and takes pride in passing the skill on to future generations (despite the rise of looping music). He's great with kids too! I promise you will not be disappointed.
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New to the guitar? Getting the basics down - including proper positioning and guitar technique - is important from the very start. Here, Lowell, IN teacher Blake C. explains...    Over the years, many experienced guitarists have arrived at my studio doorstep asking for help to improve their playing. These guitarists didn’t understand why they were struggling, and merely thought they were stuck in some sort of a slump. However, the slump that these guitarists suffered was not cause
For Beginning Guitarists: Right- and Left-Hand Basics
Want to improve your coordination and guitar technique? Here, Goodyear, AZ guitar teacher David A. shares two simple guitar exercises to try out...    Do you love listening to guitar music and do you want to learn how to play? Well, in addition to having a passion for guitar, it is important for you as the aspiring guitarist to maintain a consistent practice routine that incorporates guitar exercises to improve your right and left hand coordination and timing, which will, in turn,
15 Struggles Only Left-Handed Guitarists Understand
Left-handed guitarists of the world unite! When it comes to guitar setup and style, you're kind of in your own world... 1. Some people try to change you... ...but you do your own, awesome, left-handed thing! There is a school of thought that lefties should conform to right-handed ways and learn to play a regular righty guitar. This works for some lefties, like Paul Simon and David Byrne. For other left-handed players, a right-handed guitar can be discouraging and difficult, and switchi
5 Easy Songs for Kids to Play On Guitar
Are your kids looking for easy songs to play on guitar? Get them started with these great suggestions from guitar teacher Willy M.... That first guitar lesson is critical for establishing a love of playing in our students, but most of the time teachers approach the instrument as though we need to prepare the student for the worst. "It will be difficult... You have to put in a lot of practice... Your fingers will hurt, etc." These things only serve to discourage the student and the parent, who

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