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Joe B.

11 Reviews
Rockville, MD
Starting at $50
  • Speaks Portugues, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Music Theory / MpB Arrangements for Acoustic Guitar from Fundacao Carlos Gomes - Belem - PA Brazil
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Joe B.

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The Essentials:

RockSmith Sound Check
Tuning
Changing strings
Strapping up
How to hold a pick
Plucking strings
Accents
Chords
Power chords
Double stops
Barre chords
Arpeggios
Music Notation
RockSmith Major Scales (Rocksmith Strings)

Techniques:

Shifting
Fretting
Sustains
Palm mutes
Slides
Bends
Tremelos
Hammer-ons
Pull-offs
Natural harmonics
Strumming patterns
Unpitched slides
Fret hand mutes
Improvising and jamming
Vibrato
Scales and modes

About Joe

My method is a fun, energy-packed and safe environment where kids are encouraged to love God, music, their band members, and their electric guitar or bass. My desire is to partner with parents to teach kids (6 and up) basic music skills using technology, rock, blues and worship, and this to serv

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Rishi A.
Kids liked Joe a lot!
Sophie D.
Joe continues to work with my 7-year-old daughter, she loves his technique and style.
Praneel + Preeti K.
Joe is patient and is very flexible with schedule changes. My kids love his class.
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Dennis B.

17 Reviews
Bethesda, MD
Starting at $40
  • Teaching since 1987
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 12 and up
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Dennis B.

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I teach all levels of guitar in the areas of rock, blues and jazz, but I really focus more on the musical skills need to play guitar in any style. These include a thorough chord vocabulary, experience playing rhythm guitar, and a complete progressive study of scales and their use in improvisation (lead guitar) starting with pentatonic scales and progressing to major scales, different forms of minor scales and modes. All scales are learned in multiple positions and the student learns to perform with them in any key. In every lesson the student and I play exercises and study materials together to make actual music from the materials being studied.

About Dennis

I have been teaching guitar for 25 years in the Washington DC metro area. I work with students 12 years of age and up, but I am especially experienced at teaching adult students regardless of whether they are beginners or have previous guitar experience. I have performed in acoustic Celtic, new age

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Charese
Dennis is a fabulous teacher! I took lessons for 2 (?) years from him in high school, entering with decent knowledge of music from other instruments but only beginner-intermediate guitar skills from self-teaching and guitar class in school (what a joke). From the very start he adjusted to my level, asking me to play something I knew and identifying the chords that I had (unknowingly) played, and creating an exercise for me to practice new chords at home. Lessons were nothing but fun and informative; Dennis is a great conversationalist and incredibly knowledgeable about music theory. His lessons are full of variety: scales (different positions and modes), progressions (written on the spot by Dennis), improvisation (with live accompaniment), transcriptions (of your favorite songs), and learning from the book. Looking back, I progressed immensely under Dennis’s tutelage, from barely playing barre chords to writing my own music in different modes! It certainly doesn’t hurt that Dennis treats his students as equals, and that his home is always welcoming. He’s invested, not the type of teacher to chase you off once your “time’s up.” If I hadn’t gone off to college, I’d still be taking lessons from him for sure! Highly recommend to anyone who is looking for enjoyable, enriching guitar lessons.
Andrew H.
Dennis has a great comprehensive approach to teaching guitar. He helps you understand the nuances of the instrument, and provides specific instruction based on your individual needs. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge, and shares anecdotes about those experiences to help better understand topics relevant to your own personal pursuit of improved playing.

Even if you aren't sure exactly what you want to get out of lessons, Dennis is quick to provide material that will help you improve your skills. They are laid out in a clear way and act as a great resource to add to your collection of practice material.

I'm happy I took lessons with Dennis, and others should definitely work with him if looking for a laid back atmosphere and a steady pace of improvement and understanding.
Mike
Dennis was my instructor and is a bit modest about his experience. He taught me on my mom's crappy nylon stringed spanish acoustic guitar back in the 80s. I hope he reads this and remembers the little studios at Fox's Music in Falls Church. He patiently taught me Rick Springfield songs, probably against his taste and better judgment. Anyway, he got me started in my teens and I'm still playing some of the tunes he taught me (plus a few hundred others) on a slightly nicer guitar these days, in my 40s. Keep rockin', Dennis, and thanks for helping spark a hobby I still enjoy decades later!
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John N.

12 Reviews
Chantilly, VA
Starting at $39
  • Teaches students 10 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1993
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John N.

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Blues Guitar and Bass, Rock Guitar and Bass, Chords and Chord Progressions, Basic Music Theory, Performance, Vocals, Songwriting

About John

I have been playing guitar and bass for over 35 years and traveled the world playing concerts in Clubs and Stadiums. My band ESTUS was signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis, I played with the Eddie Kirkland Blues Band, formed Fat City in Woodstock NY, and played toured nationally with Quicksil

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Gregory M.
fun interesting & helpful. good start.
Matt
John is great to work with. Very laid back and has a natural feel for just what you need to learn.
Robert
John is extremely knowledgeable and the lessons are enjoyable.

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Elliot J.

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Starting at $30
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2001
  • Psychology, Minor in Music from University of Arizona
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Elliot J.

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My music education began 27 years ago with private lesson on clarinet. 5 years later, I began studying guitar, bass, theory and improvisation.

I am a professional musician who plays guitar for a local cover band. I also sub for local groups in the area and have been asked to perform as a guest musician. This is also my 4th year as musical director of a brass band in which I am responsible for selecting and arranging their music, as well as directing then during live performances.

Studying theory and multiple instruments at a young age allowed me to become quite diverse as I am able to play or teach any style. Lessons are customized to each student to ensure that the fundamentals are mastered as well as focusing on what interests the individual student.

I have taught music for 7 years and my students have ranged in age from 6-45 years old.

About Elliot

I believe that all students need to learn the fundamentals of their instrument, but lessons should be fun and geared toward the individual. My lessons are customized to each student and are the perfect combination of fundamentals and studying the styles, artists, and topics that interest YOU!

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Jordan F.

1 Review
Teaches Online
Starting at $42
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2011
  • Teaches Beginner
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Jordan F.

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I love teaching students of all ages and meeting each student where they are - my curriculum is tailored for each student individually. Want to play pop/rock music? No problem. Want to learn classical technique? We can do that too! Want to play worship music? No problem. I can teach you how to write and record your own music as well!

About Jordan

Hey! My name is Jordan Farris, and I’ve been a musician for most of my life, having started playing guitar at age 8. I play many instruments, but I’m excited to share my love of guitar with a new generation of students. I studied Classical Guitar at the University of Oklahoma, and I have 15 years o

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Kevin
Jordan’s lessons are customized to meet you where you are. I had no experience when we started, and within the first month I was playing simple songs. Great experience!

Henry A.

2 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Teaches students 8 and up
  • Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Northeastern Illinois University
  • Awarded NAMED Music Scholarship from Northeastern Illinois University
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Henry A.

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A clear step by step method to learning your favorite guitar songs.

About Henry

I love playing and teaching guitar and my goal is to help every one of my students gain the skills to make music that is fulfilling and fun. I teach Rock, Classical, Jazz, and many other styles of music which I’ve had to learn to play for my career as a session musician and guitar teacher i

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Otto
I send Henry students for guitar lessons. They come out looking like little george bensons .

Highly recommend.
Sarah
Henry taught my son how to play all his favorite songs on guitar and was always prompt, polite and interested in our needs. We couldn't have asked for a better teacher!

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Average Cost of Guitar Lessons in Arlington, VA

The average cost of 60-minute guitar lessons in Arlington is $65. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $24 and $276 per hour.
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"A great experience.

As an adult, beginner student I have nothing but good things to say about Ian. He has a very good demeanor during class and takes the time to find out what styles you are interested in.

He has the patience and communication skills that are found in superior instructors (I have been to a couple others and have stuck with Ian). His passion for music is infectious.

He challenges me to become better with each week and is good at instilling a sense of competition. I highly recommend him as an instructor."
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Andy is an amazing teacher and guitarist and has much experience in soloing, technique and basically anything you would want to learn."
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"Athena is amazing! My daughter is so happy that she helped her a lot and clearly even though it's an online class. She is the best! Def. I will recommend her and def. we will extend the class. Thanks Athena!"
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Took Guitar lessons from Athena M.
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"This instructor very good. Very patient and I learned a lot today.. very happy customer"
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"Great lessons, great guy

I've been taking lessons from Jason for about 8 months now, and they've been awesome. I've been playing for several years, but never took formal lessons--just checking tabs and playing along with songs. My main goal was to learn everything I missed: the basics, theory, technique... After just a lesson or two, Jason had figured out my skill level, set up relevant exercises, and began incorporating theory into what I already knew. I've seen huge improvements to my playing in such a short time, and I'm a bad student that barely practices.

What's impressed me the most is how well he incorporates the theory and exercises into actively learning songs you're interested in.. it keeps you exercising the theory while still having fun playing more than just scales. Definitely recommended for anyone wanting to dive into theory, improvisation, etc."
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Took Guitar lessons from Jason F.
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"Dan is a wonderful guitar teacher who is serious but also fun. He is passionate about his instrument and incredibly dedicated to his students. Young and relatable. Strong on theory, but also a performer, he brings a well rounded approach. He is also very reliable and prompt. We recommend him highly."
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Took Guitar lessons from Dan S.
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Great Guitar City

By Michael K. - Arlington Guitar Teacher

Love listening to guitar music? Want to take guitar lessons in Arlington, VA?

The Washington, DC metro area - which also includes Arlington, northern Virginia and southern Maryland - has some of the finest opportunities to get inspired and watch and hear great guitarists perform every week. From restaurants and small performance venues to large concert halls - from classical, bluegrass, jazz to rock - we have it all here!

Blues Alley, The Birchmere, The Hamilton, The Barns at Wolf Trap, The Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, 9:30 Club, U Street Music Hall, Bohemian Caverns, Black Cat, Howard Theatre, Gypsy Sally’s, Echostage, Hill Country Live, Artisphere, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, Patriot Center, Lisner Auditorium (I’m just getting warmed up here!); all these venues host guitarists and bands throughout the year. Washington, DC attracts regional and international artists.

If you live in Arlington, you are within 15 miles of all of the above venues. Here’s my little secret - I love the venues that don't have reserved seating (you will have to call each venue or check online to find out their policy). I arrive before the doors even open (the earlier the better) and then run to get a front row seat. I've been literally 10 feet away from watching some of the best guitarists in the world! I will always remember being just feet away from the great Larry Carlton - watching every guitar lick he was playing!!! Very cool! Kind of like a private guitar lesson in my living room (with a few strangers around)!

There are also many open mic nights right in Arlington - Cafe Montmartre, Northside Social, Epicure Cafe, and Front Page. I highly recommend checking out the open mic nights. It’s kind of like the tryouts for “American Idol” - anything goes! So, don’t be shy if you’re just a beginner. Getting in front of a live audience and playing “three string rock” is an excellent experience. I even have my own students participate. And, finally, the audience is usually really friendly and will hoot and howl (which is usually a greater reaction than you’ll get from your brother, sister, husband or wife)!

The City Paper (which is free at the metro station) is a great resource to find out who is playing, or you can check out the weekend section of the Washington Post. There are also many FREE concerts at places such as the Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art and many churches throughout the area. Yes, you will have to look for those guitar performances or groups with guitarists - but you will find them.

So, what does all of this have to do with taking guitar lessons in Arlington? Well, inspiration is key - and if you don’t get inspired by the guy or gal guitarist at the coffee house (or the neighbor next door), I can assure you that you will at these other venues. Plus, just watching and listening to a guitarist is a learning experience - regardless of how good they are. You might hear a new song, chord or guitar lick that you want to learn, and just getting to recognize “stage presence” and “entertainment” is priceless.

I have been teaching for many years - so just remember that when you're starting off, you won't start where the pros start; but, learning the guitar, learning to play some simple tunes, and having fun is what it's all about! Cheers!!

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