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The Note Factory

The Note Factory

5.0 13 Reviews
My name is Mike Zampi and I teach music instruction via ZOOM and in Columbia and Severna Park MD in Acoustic, Electric, Instrumental, Folk, Open Tunings, Jazz, Lead, Blues, and Rock guitar. During the Covid-19 virus I will be teaching lessons virtually via Zoom only. Please ask me about senior citizen group lesson rates. Retirement is a great time to try something new! 😄 I also teach bass, drums, percussion, steel drums, ukele, vocals, lyric writing, production, engineering, and songwriting.I've been teaching music instruction for 30 years and my goal is turn each student into a musician by reading music, understanding note values, and learn ... View Profile
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Music Lessons With Gio

Music Lessons With Gio

5.0 11 Reviews
Welcome to my lessons page! Trained in classical and jazz, I teach piano and guitar, as well as music theory and composition. I value proper technique, but also encourage musical exercises that require the participation of imagination, because that is where I believe the best music comes from. From a musical family, I've played music for over twenty-two years, classically trained on piano at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire, and studied Jazz Piano at Metropolitan State University of Denver. I've played guitar for 15 years, in blues, rock, and flamenco groups, as a solo artist, and also studied jazz on the instrument. I've studied voice wi ... View Profile
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Reverb Lessons

Reverb Lessons

5.0 11 Reviews
Reverb Lessons is on a mission to make learning to play, sing or create music as easy as possible. Unlike a traditional music lesson company, Reverb Lessons has designed its customer experience around you: simply sign up online, book a time with your instructor and explore your creative side. You have the choice of taking lessons online, at the instructor's location, or at your place — whatever works best for you. All payment is taken care of head of time, so no need to worry about having cash for your lesson. Reverb Lessons puts all of its teachers through a rigorous interview process, ensuring that only the best instructors help you learn t ... View Profile
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Jim Steed Music

Jim Steed Music

5.0 10 Reviews
The Best In-Home Music Lesson Experience in the DC Metro Area! I Teach Guitar, Vocals, Ukulele, Bass Guitar, and Songwriting and Production....At YOUR Home! I teach students of all ages, but I specialize in teaching kids!
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Austinteachesmusic.com

Austinteachesmusic.com

5.0 10 Reviews
ONLINE LESSONS only due to health situation - I have a lot of experience setting people up for online lessons, so don't hesitate to inquire! check out my video at austinteachesmusic.com I have a wider perspective and understanding from teaching multiple instruments and styles that allow me to connect the dots with students in unique ways. I love teaching kids, but I specialize in teachings adults. I've been making music since I started piano lessons at 6 years old. I love teaching and have been doing so privately and in classroom settings throughout my career. My wife and are empty nesters of three children but no grandchildren yet... & ... View Profile
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Ottley Music School, Inc.

Ottley Music School, Inc.

5.0 6 Reviews
Ottley Music School (OMS) is a multi-faceted, Better Business Bureau A+ rated business accredited, musical learning institution established in the Washington, D.C. area in 1973. Its motto is "Excellence and Passion in Music Making.   Founder Nevilla E. Ottley has earned B.Mus. (music ed. and piano)., M.A. (music history and organ performance), M.Mus. (choral and orchestral conducting), and has received about a dozen awards for her work in the DMV. A full biography is found at http://www.iamaonline.com/Bio/Nevilla_Eloise_Ottley-Adjahoe.htm . OMS offers private lessons during the COVID-19 time VIRTUALLY Monday through Friday.  We ... View Profile
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Seidenman's Guitar

Seidenman's Guitar

5.0 6 Reviews
I have been performing as a professional classical guitarist for over 30 years. I have at least 15 years of experience teaching guitar, including teaching at Dale Music Co. and Montgomery College Music Department as an adjunct guitar instructor. I am currently on the faculty of the Maryland Music Academy in Columbia, Maryland and B & B Music, Washington, D.C. I started guitar lessons when I was 8 years old, and have studied with a few well known concert guitarists. I have performed in master classes with internationally recognized guitarists, have given solo guitar recitals in several concert halls, as well as performed in international g ... View Profile
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Hunter O'Neill Music And Language Lessons

Hunter O'Neill Music And Language Lessons

4.8 6 Reviews
I stand out from the competition in one way in that I'm able to answer any questions my student has throughout the week/s betweeen lessons by being only a phone call, text or email away so that they are not stuck on a particular issue preventing them from progressing between lessons. I bring value from my various musical experiences ranging  from being a classically-trained concert pianist, songwriter, and guitarist in a performing band. I'm able to teach my students the basics of their instrument extending to intermediate and more advanced concepts ... View Profile
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Morgan Henry Guitar Lessons

Morgan Henry Guitar Lessons

5.0 5 Reviews
My teaching approach: I teach popular styles except classical, hiphop, ethnic and flamenco. Guitar playing is FUN. My teaching style is to find songs you want to play, and inject necessary concepts into the process of learning it. Includes music theory and technique. I use ear training, chord diagrams, tab, even standard notation. Bring songs or use my library. My background is in bands, in living rooms, and in the studio. So I can teach you to play by yourself, with others or in bands. My influences are: The British Invasion and folkies got me going in the last 60's - but I've been in bands since then, learning whatever was popular in each d ... View Profile
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E Carter Enterprises

E Carter Enterprises

5.0 4 Reviews
With more than forty years of experience, Earl has performed with quite a few well known artists including many grammy-nominated celebrities. My performance and recording resume includes Freddie Jackson, Regina Belle, Mya, Syleena Johnson, Coolio, EU, Tony Terry, Angela Bofill, Alyson Williams, Marion Meadows, Nick Colionne, Mike Phillips, Gerald Veasley, Michael Lington, Bobby Lyle, Marcus Johnson, Bob Baldwin, Bobby Humphrey, Miles Jaye, Pamela Williams and many others. In addition, He has released eight solo recording projects and worked as the music director for overseas projects, television shows and more. His influences are: Jimi Hendri ... View Profile
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Deffenbaugh House Of Music

Deffenbaugh House Of Music

5.0 3 Reviews
The Deffenbaugh House Of music offers professional music instruction in a safe and comfortable environment. With over twenty years of experience as a highly sot after teacher and professional musician  Mark Deffenbaugh provides music instruction that is both fun and highly educational. Each lesson is geared to the individual students needs and taste. Weather you are interested in Classical Music Jazz Improvisation or you want to learn to play your favorite Popular Songs you will find this studio to be a wonderful experience. You will learn to play on a world class hand built German Piano surrounded by t ... View Profile
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Pavlovich Music

Pavlovich Music

5.0 3 Reviews
I strive to help my students develop a practice that they enjoy.  When you love practicing your instrument, even when the exercises get tough, you still enjoy it.  I work hard to ensure that my students are enjoying their practice while getting better at the same time. I like to teach not only technical and theoretical approaches to guitar and music, but also philosophical approaches so that my students can take the skills they learn in my lessons and apply them to all aspects of their lives.  What does this mean?  It means that some lessons we will focus mostly on technique and playing your instrument effectively, and ot ... View Profile
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Larry Hoffman Music

Larry Hoffman Music

5.0 3 Reviews
I teach all Levels and Styles of folk, blues, and jazz guitar as well as all levels of music theory. My fees are $60 an hour / $35 a half-hour Details of my program: I teach students to understand the instrument --and music --in such a way as to prepare them for whatever styles of music they choose to play. I will teach you how to play and improvise over songs of all styles, as well as how to create your own arrangements of songs that you choose, in any idiom, as well as creating your own songs. SONGS -- students choose the songs that they most want to play, and I coach them as they create individual arrangements. Songwriting and arranging is ... View Profile
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Apex Music

Apex Music

5.0 3 Reviews
I stand out by being able to answer your questions,Teaching you every aspect of guitar playing. This includes Reading,Improvisation,Songwriting,Music Theory,Soloing and Accompanying Singers or playing in a band in every idiom of Music from Rock, Metal, Blues, Country & Jazz. I have taught Guitar over 25 years with students from all ages and backgrounds and experience levels, whether Beginner or Experienced. If you are serious about learning to play Guitar,I will take you Seriously! I have the teaching ability and patience to guide you on your journey as a Musician. I have a Bachelors in Music Education. I am an Alumni of Berklee College o ... View Profile
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Music Spectrum School For The Arts

Music Spectrum School For The Arts

5.0 2 Reviews
Best value in the highest quality music, art and dance instruction
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Mendez Guitar

Mendez Guitar

5.0 2 Reviews
I am flexible and in-depth, figuring out what makes each student have that  'aha' learning moment. I execute and am interested in a variety of styles including Rock, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Latin, Classical, Folk and Country.
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Play Like A Pro Music Studio

Play Like A Pro Music Studio

3.0 2 Reviews
I'm a professional guitar instructor performer. I teach lead and bass guitar lessons. I have performed all over the East Coast. I study music at Berklee College.
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The Music Loft

The Music Loft

5.0 1 Review
Founded in 2010 outside the Nation’s Capital, The Music Loft is a premier center of excellence, focusing on music education. As we continue to set the standard for musical study, we are pleased to introduce our Online Academy, which includes extensive offerings for all ages and abilities. Our programs include the following areas of study: Standards of Learning Program The Royal Conservatory Certificate Program WunderKeys™ Adult Lessons Sacred Music Studies Online Classes Whether you’ve been playing an instrument for years or are just getting started, we invite you to become part of our tradition of excellence, either ... View Profile
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Sweet Spot School

Sweet Spot School

5.0 1 Review
What we value most is transmitting the joy of growing, of acquiring new skills, of improving, and loving music more and more. There is no better way to get this feeling than working in a professional recording studio with a team of people who do this for a living. This is how the Sweet Spot School is different from most other place that teach.  We understand music theory and we understand the music industry and the business of music. ... View Profile
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Herndon Guitar Lessons

Herndon Guitar Lessons

4.0 1 Review
 My business stands out because of great prices, great customer service, experience and the use of advanced technology.  I've been teaching students from five years old and up for over 20 years. Many of  The guitarists I've trained are playing professionally now. I have studied music all the way through college and have played professionally for many years.  I am also on the preferred independent guitarist instructor teacher list for the Herndon high school guitar program. I know what it takes to train guitarist to play music and achieve their goals.  Please visit my website. www.herndonguitar lessons.com  ... View Profile
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Christian Arts Studio

Christian Arts Studio

4.0 1 Review
I am very experienced and can accommodate and customize lessons according to students needs. I fell in love with music at an early age, and was attracted to guitar music at age 15.   Since then, I've been collecting guitars, learning all about the different brands.  I also began to explore different playing styles.   I played electric bass guitar in my first band
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Shane's Guitar Lessons

Shane's Guitar Lessons

5.0 1 Review
I like to use your favorite music to teach you how it all works! I have taken private guitar lessons since I was fifteen years old, and worked with some amazing instructors. While I attended Shenandoah University's Conservatory of Music, I was fortunate to study with Dr. Glenn Caluda, Rick Whitehead, and John Arnold. I have over twenty years of experience teaching, performing, and recording guitar. I grew up in Hampton Roads, on the peninsula, and have lived here most of my life. I offer lessons at a store location in Williamsburg, online, and by in home appointment.  ... View Profile
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Guitar With Leo

Guitar With Leo

5.0 1 Review
Here at guitar with Leo we (I) believe any student can learn to play guitar as long as they are motivated! My goal is to help you find the resources that will help you stick with it, learn how to play the music you want to play, and set you up with habits that will help you teach yourself to make music.
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MMP Records Studios Academy

MMP Records Studios Academy

5.0 1 Review
MMP Academy is the leading music production, audio engineering, and instrument lesson academy in the Washington DC Metro Area.
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Kwesi Lee Music

Kwesi Lee Music

5.0 1 Review
I am a full time multi-instrumentalist session/touring musician, producer, songwriter, and artist who is classically trained but proficient in many genres including, but not limited to jazz, funk, rock, metal, and pop. I teach piano, guitar, bass, music production, mixing/mastering, songwriting, and more. My teaching style is specific to your level and goals do there is no one size fits all approach. I teach using a mixture of exercises, ear training, music theory, song performance, and improvisation and I believe the most important thing when learning music is being able to internalize what it is that you are playing, whether that be through ... View Profile
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Brian White Guitar Lessons

Brian White Guitar Lessons

5.0 1 Review
My teaching approach: I find teaching to be the most rewarding field of music. I have been playing bass for 20 years and spent the majority in studio production of the bass. I spent the last 6 years touring trough Europe,Canada. and the United States. My musical background and influences ranga from classical to hard rock with a lot in the middle. I have a vast knowledge of not just music theory,but of the bass guitar. My guitar lessons take place in: Either location Guitar Techniques: Fingerpicking, Improvisation, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Recording and Production, Guidance In Equipment Selection ... View Profile
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Xu Strings

Xu Strings

5.0 1 Review
Guitar: I've been playing guitar since 15, and was playing in bands in front of people three months after that. My specialization is in teaching beginners and CCM-style playing. I have tons of experience with many different church bands, and if that is the focus, I can help you learn to listen and play useful parts for the band as a whole. I've also been a bedroom rocker since I started playing, and can certainly help other players take a journey from pop-punk and classic rock to 80's metal. My focus is on learning songs, and learning to improvise. I do NOT teach how to read lined sheet music. However, I do get into theory. I've had many stud ... View Profile
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Greggory Hammond Guitar Lessons

Greggory Hammond Guitar Lessons

5.0 1 Review
My teaching approach: Each student has their own way of learning. My experience as a teacher and player helps me determine the best way for each student to learn, resulting in the most progress in the least amount of time. I blend many methods to custom fit the needs and desires of each student. Students leave each lesson with a set of exercises to practice until the next lesson -- the amount of time the student dedicates at home is directly related to their progress. My influences are: Eric Clapton, Alex Lifeson, Jack Johnson, Tony Iommi, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Joe Satriani, Trey Anastasio, Don Felder, David Gilmour. My guitar lessons take ... View Profile
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Dan Lamaestra - One Step Up Studio

Dan Lamaestra - One Step Up Studio

I have played music for my entire adult life, and started on guitar at the age of 16. The US NavyBand is my main job, where I work as a classical and jazz pianist, and occasionally play guitar and bass as required for the job. I have been there for 13 years, and hold the position of presidential support pianist, for the White House and other official VIP functions. I am a student of music history and music theory, and believe every music student should have a well rounded approach to playing music. If you play by ear, I can help you read and understand what you are playing. If you are a reader mainly, I can help you improvise and use you ... View Profile
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Aaron Thaul Piano And Guitar Lessons

Aaron Thaul Piano And Guitar Lessons

I am a piano and guitar player with many years of teaching experience both privately and at Bach 2 Rock Music School in Bethesda. I studied Jazz at Emory University and spent 3 years playing in Jazz Combos there. I love Rock n' Roll, Classic Rock, Blues, Jazz, Classical, Showtunes and I enjoy learning to play new pop songs as well as writing some of my own music. My greatest strengths as a teacher, I'm told, are that I'm fun, easy to get along with and good at simplifying complicated pieces. Looking forward to meeting you and getting started! ... View Profile
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Guitar Lessons for Beginners

Guitar Lessons for Beginners

Want to learn how to play the guitar? Go from knowing nothing about the guitar and learn to play songs everbody loves with this free course.
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Learn the best guitar chords, how to read guitar chords, and how to play guitar chords. Easy step-by-step lessons for beginners. Want to check out the lessons?
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How much do guitar lessons cost?

The average cost for guitar lessons is $40 per hour. Available for all ages and all skill levels of guitar playing, the pricing of individual or group guitar lessons can start as low as $20/hour. Teachers charge based on their location, years of teaching, levels of knowledge and expertise, and travel time (if applicable). Lessons can last from half an hour to a full hour, and are priced accordingly.


How long does it take to learn guitar?

If you just want to learn a few chords to strum along to some songs, then learning to play the guitar really isn't that hard for most people. Many students are able to learn a few chords and get a decent strumming pattern going after a few weeks. If you've had prior experience playing an instrument, you can expect to pick it up after just a few lessons.


Should I take guitar lessons online or in person lessons?

Private in person guitar lessons with a skilled instructor that is focused on you, your interests, and your progress is the most sought after experience and hard to replicate online. Plus, you tend to learn faster in person. On the other hand, online guitar lessons are quickly becoming popular. The selection of teachers is not limited to those in your geographical area and you can communicate via video in real time with your teacher in the comfort of your home. When filling out your request on Lessons.com, we recommend you select both online and local options, then compare your options and see what works best for you.


How old should children be before starting guitar lessons?

A child as young as 4 can begin to learn if they are really motivated and have a patient, creative, and devoted teacher. However, we've found almost all kids under six are too young to benefit from formal guitar lessons, as they require dexterity and levels of concentration children their age can't provide. That being said, lessons do not need to be formal right off the bat, and can just provide a fun introduction. Also, your child may benefit from using a ukulele to start, as it's smaller and easier to learn, but very similar instrument.

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Washington Guitar Lessons

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Washington DC Guitar Instruction

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Guitar Lessons with Larry Rice in Falls Church VA. Find Out More About Larry’s Guitar Teaching Thanks for visiting Lessons.com, where we’re continuing with our popular video profile feature, and Larry Rice is a guitar teacher in Washington DC who recently stopped by Lessons.com to talk about his guitar lessons and his guitar teaching approach. Check out how Larry could help you evolve with your guitar playing through either in-person guitar lessons or via Skype guitar lessons.

Washington DC Guitar Teacher Larry Rice

Lessons.com: We’re here today with Larry Rice, who teaches guitar and who has a profile on Lessons.com. Welcome, Larry. Thanks for being with us today.

Larry Rice: My pleasure.

Lessons.com: It’s a pleasure to be here with you, and maybe you could tell us first where you teach. What city and what state are you in?

Larry Rice: I’m in Washington DC, and, of course, I also teach via Skype Lessons, as well.

Lessons.com: And do you teach both adults and children?

Larry Rice: Yes. Right now I have students from five to sixty-five.

Lessons.com: Excellent. Can you tell us about the guitar lesson climate there in Washington DC? Do you find that there are a lot of people that want to learn guitar?

Larry Rice Discusses The Benefits of Playing Guitar Larry Rice: Oh, yes. I mean it’s such a great instrument – you know, it’s a band in a box. You’ve got (slaps a beat on his guitar) rhythm and melody; you got chords to support your singing. And, in this area, most, at least my students, because I teach both acoustic and electric, I probably get more call for country, bluegrass, and, of course, there’ll always be rock. You know, boys want to play rock, although I do have some girl students – I’m happy about that.

Lessons.com: Excellent! And, do you also teach other instruments?

Larry Rice: I do. I teach fiddle, slack guitar, banjo, mandolin, electric bass, and ukulele.

Lessons.com: That’s wonderful. So, people in the area, who are interested in learning music, they can come to you for pretty much any instrument out there … any of the stringed instruments out there.

Larry Rice: Yeah. “Things with strings” – that’s what I teach.

Lessons.com: That’s wonderful. And, can you tell us – you mentioned a little bit about the styles of guitar that you teach – country and bluegrass and some rock … Are there other styles that you offer as well?

Larry Rice: Well, I guess the easiest way … I teach all styles, but probably the easiest way would be to be specific to what I don’t teach. I don’t teach classical guitar. I don’t teach flamenco. And, I wouldn’t feel qualified to teach jazz guitar either, but everything else … cajun blues, you know, rock, bluegrass, country. You name it, I teach it.

Lessons.com: That’s wonderful, and I notice you have a guitar. Would you like to play something, so that people watching the interview could get a feel for your guitar playing?

Various Guitar Techniques Taught by Larry: Hand Muting, Flat-picking, and Fingerpicking Larry Rice: Sure, and maybe I could use it as the way I teach. I like to focus on … there’s three areas that I think are important to playing the guitar. One is chords and strumming. You gotta know the chord shapes and then being able to change chords. And then there’s another thing I like to teach – constant strumming, which is where you get the rhythm … where your right hand is going constantly. (Editor: Larry demonstrates for us what he’s talking about here, and to get the full effect, we suggest that you view the interview on the Larry Rice guitar teacher page.) And then you get the rhythm by doing palm muting and missing certain strums … You notice my hand is going like this; I’m missing certain strums; I’m accenting others; I got me a left hand moving …And then, the other thing is, for flat-picking – that’s where you’re playing single notes on things like blues and rock. And then, the last thing I like to cover is fingerpicking. So those are the three main areas I focus on.

Lessons.com: Well, that’s very cool, and the three of those are very valuable to see in terms of helping guitar students understand how you approach teaching them guitar. And, I also wanted to say that what you mentioned first about the steady strumming with the right hand and the left hand giving a lot of the rhythm to what you’re playing is something that a lot of guitar students don’t realize at first. So, I think it’s great that you mention that as the first thing, when you were demonstrating the different guitar styles that you teach.

Larry Rice: Yeah, a whole bunch of songs … that’s just the way you play them. You know, it doesn’t have to be like a clock … and then you get alternate rhythm and everything else by doing other things with this hand and with your left hand.

Lessons.com: Of course, and can you tell us a little bit about your fees and your guitar lesson scheduling format? How often do you work with your guitar students?

Larry Rice: Typically, it’s a half-hour lesson each week, and I charge forty dollars for a half-hour.

Lessons.com: Do you work with students once a week or do you ever work with them more than that?

Larry Rice: No, once a week I think is it. Any more than that … you know, it’s really more about the student practicing. You know, I’ll show them and coach them, when they’re here … when we have our lesson, but it’s really about them practicing what we’ve gone over. So, if there’s two lessons a week, there’s not enough time … really … for them to practice.

Lessons.com: And, I would imagine a lot of your guitar students who come to you, at some point, if they’re beginning guitar students, or even if they’ve been playing for a while, there’d be a point where they’re looking for a new guitar. Do you offer guidance to them about what guitar to buy?

The Influence of a Guitar Teacher on Making a Guitar Purchase Larry Rice: Sure. I know a lot about gear. I got … A lot of people, particularly my age, are into collecting lotsa guitars, and I’m not really that into gear. I get things that I like, and I use the heck out of them, but I know a lot about guitars, and if there’s something I don’t know, I have a lot of contacts – especially in this area to, you know, help them find the right instrument and get the right deal on it, as well.

Lessons.com: Excellent. Well, we’ll be wrapping up the interview in a minute or so, and you were playing a couple of snippets of things before of things you teach. Would you like to end the interview by maybe playing something a little more extended? Say, if you were sitting down with the guitar, what might you play? Maybe a segment of a song, like twenty or thirty seconds – something like that … just to give a little more feel for your guitar playing.

Larry Demonstrates His Impressive Songwriting and Guitar Playing Skills on “I’d Rather Be Fishing” Larry Rice: Sure. This is a song I just wrote with my daughter, Lee, and it’s called “I’d Rather Be Fishing”. This is … it has a couple of neat things in it – I think. Goes like this … (Editor: Larry plays his song and demonstrates his guitar playing skills, his singing ability, and his obvious feel for songwriting.)

Lessons.com: That’s very cool, Larry. Thank you for playing that. That’s a wonderful song. Would you ever teach that to one of your guitar students?

Larry Rice: I have already. I mean I like the lick. Yes, I have taught that as a way to teach them flat picking … a lick.

Lessons.com: Exactly. And also how one riff can lead into the various chords of a song.

Larry Rice: Right. Exactly. You know, notice how one note led into the root note of each chord, and, of course, there’s the harmonic thing, which is always fun.

Lessons.com: It’s always fun to play, and its always something that, I found, will make a guitar student’s eyes light up.

Well, Larry, thank you very much for sharing that song and for taking the time to talk with us about your guitar teaching. It’s great to hear more about your guitar playing, and we look forward to seeing you very soon on Lessons.com.

Larry Rice: Alright. Thanks very much, James. I appreciate it.
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