Guitar Lessons With Steve

Guitar Lessons With Steve

5.0(2 reviews)
Offers online services
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Customers should hire me because I understand that culminating a student's sense of excitement about the guitar is the best way to get results. That motivation is the main force that drives the desire to practice and hence get better. In addition to maintaining that sense of excitement I have always strived to organize and streamline the lesson material as much as possible without dumbing it down. I have roughly 15 years as a teacher in college, and I have seen how students can benefit from a clearly thought-out lesson plan. Sometimes they surprise themselves when they discover that they are actually good at these things!

I have always crafted my lessons with the student's goals in mind and include material related directly to those goals or to support the skills necessary. With beginners I try to get the student to the point of being able to play something early on so that they will be motivated to practice. I avoid assigning rote exercises that seem to have no relevance to the students' goals. I enjoy helping people understand and master a complicated topic such as playing guitar, when they understand that it is not out of their reach.

As your guitar instructor I will keep the lessons fun and relevant and will teach good practice habits. You can rest assured that you will get the music theory necessary to take your passion for guitar to the next level.


Hired 2 times
1 employee
2 years in business
Serves Salem , MA
Offers online services

Payment methods

Cash, Venmo

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Musical styles

Rock, Country, Blues, Folk, Recommendations available

Guitar style

Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar

Has instrument

Student who have a guitar

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Able to read music

Students who can read music staff, Students who can read guitar tabs, Students who cannot read music

Lesson length

30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

Photos and videos

  • I play Sultans of Swing

  • Reviews

    0 reviews


    tony D.

    His eagerness to make the learning experience my experience. He crafts custom agendas for every lesson and helps me work on the key things that will make me a better player and to help me enjoy my practice time.
    Plus he has a cute dog.
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    May 08, 2024


    Kira C.

    Steve took me from knowing nothing about guitar to being able to play simple songs in only a few lessons. He taught the fundamentals of notes and chords with equal emphasis on the fun of learning songs. Steve’s lessons are engaging and rewarding, he is prompt and keeps to schedule very well.
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    January 01, 2023

    Frequently asked questions

    1. Determine goals (eg "learn to play songs" or "learn to read music"). Some students may not know what exactly they want to learn, others have more specific goals. I can provide suggestions or a curriculum if desired.

    2. Depending on student's experience, develop lessons to help students get the skills necessary to achieve goals

    3. The first few lessons emphasize proper technique and some musical concepts related to the guitar.

    4. The first lesson should include a song and there will always be songs that demonstrate the concepts being taught.

    I began learning guitar at age 11 and have continued to learn new things all the time. In 2021 I completed the online Professional Guitar program at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In addition to formal training I have been playing in local band for the past 20 years and I believe I have some valuable lessons to share from this experience. My training was originally classical guitar, but I soon branched out into acoustic and electric guitar.
    My standard prices are 30 Minutes - $30 45 Minutes - $40 60 minutes - $50 New students can ask about a trial lesson, to determine if I am a good match for the student and to get a sense of what the student might like to learn.
    Ever since I have sat in front of a teacher I have evaluated whether I could have explained the subject more concisely or in a different spirit. My first experience teaching came when I was in high school to tutor match to elementary school children. My real experience teaching came about in graduate school teaching introductory math courses. I taught steadily for about 15 years. Two years ago I began teaching guitar to family friends or whoever wanted to learn, and last year I began getting paid to teach guitar from this website.
    I have had students as young as 8 years old, but mostly my teaching experience has been with adults who are working a main job and want to learn guitar as a hobby.
    The first thing I would try to help the student understand is that they will need to practice, and maybe change the way they think about practice, in order to make any progress. Learning an instrument is not a spectator sport. The other thing I would say is that you should feel that your teacher listens to you and knows what your goals are. The value of in-person lessons is that it allows for a two-way flow of information. Your teacher may be giving out good advice but they need to make sure the student is immersed in the experience.

    Services offered

    Music Theory