Virgil Mandanici's Guitar Lessons

Virgil Mandanici's Guitar Lessons

5.0 (13)
Best of 2020
7 hires on
1 employee

About this pro

I have amazing printed materials and digital files that help students attain their goals much more quickly on guitar. I also have a very well-organized and structured curriculum that has worked for so many guitarists here in Tampa Bay over the past 20 years. Although I have been playing guitar now for 40 years, teaching is a bit different than just being good on the guitar and I have a relationship with all of my students where I have a good understanding as to how they learn things. I build on this to push them as far and as fast as possible while keeping the fun in it. My excitement is there for each and every student, no matter if they have been playing for 10 years or have never picked up an instrument in their life!

Watching a student who progresses to the point where they are thoroughly enjoying the sounds coming out of the guitar is priceless. I love seeing this payoff after they put the time in and seeing their enjoyment is my goal.

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Tampa, FL 33613
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13 Reviews


  • Lorraine Alvarado

    He teaches his students eveything about the guitar and how to play and doesn't cut corners ....he is a straight forward person and we like that about him grandson has been with him for four years and Virgil teaches him something new all the time . he also will listen to what his students say and what they are interested in...yes he is quite an excellent teacher

  • Dominic L. Bonaventura

    Virgil was basically my second father throughout all my guitar lessons and throughout the tedious and complex art of luthier lessons as well. He has a great lesson structure, unlike any others. Taught me many life lessons and secrets that I still use and consider to this day. Miss you uncle V, 33

  • Chris Smith

    After taking lessons for a few months with another teacher, and not really progressing, my wife surprised me by purchasing lessons with Virgil. What a huge difference. Virgil always has a new lesson prepared just for me with printouts to take home for practice. Truly makes the learning challenging and fun. And he's a nice guy as well.

  • Richard Allen

    VirgI'll was great for me not knowing anything about a guitar now a little each class more and more knowledge plus with my physical movement he helping me overcome it my 1st class great looking forward to next

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I start with basic chords, followed by rhythm techniques. We then move into a basic song we can disect and get the student to play an intire song that requires practice and adding techniques, covering timing, dynamics, how to hold the pick correctly, etc.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

40 years as a working guitarist in bands, 20+ years of recording, composition, studying music theory, composition, etc.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

1/2 hour weekly: $100/month

45 minutes weekly: $150/month

1 hour weekly: $200/month

How did you get started teaching?

Several guitarists I had met along my travels had suggested it. I had experience in teaching in the US Navy back in the 80's!

What types of students have you worked with?

From people who have never picked up an instrument in their lives to guitarists who have been playing for several years.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I was featured last week on Tampa Bay's Fox 13 for a feature on my guitar -building business (I've been building electric guitars for the past 6 years, alongside of my teaching career)

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

I get LOTS of students who complain about previous teachers that are reeeeealy great on guitar, but lack in teaching capabilities. So when looking for a teacher, ask them if they have an outlined curriculum for your specific needs. Ask them if they are going to be providing custom-made printouts of common lessons or if they are going to be handwriting things out during the lessons (And eating up your money). See if they will be providing digital files of lessons in the GuitarPro format or MP3's for you to practice when you are home trying to figure things out.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Try to figure out your *specific* goals, as opposed to "I just want to play guitar". Think a little more deeply, like "I want to play in a band eventually" or "I want to be a singer/songwriter". Give examples of who inspires you (Guitar-wise).