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  • Guitarscool

    Guitarscool

    New York, NY · Tony Salvatore

    (4 reviews)

    You don't work a guitar! Learning to play should be fun. Strum through the songs you love while mastering Guitar Technique & Music Theory. Full time pro musician with over a decade of teaching experience will motivate you & take the time to get you where you want to be on your instrument.

  • Reverb Lessons

    Reverb Lessons

    New York, NY · Lana A.

    (3 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, ensuri
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  • John Blevins Music

    John Blevins Music

    Brooklyn, NY · John Blevins

    (1 review)

    My teaching approach: I like to tailor my teaching towards both students' interests and needs. I've found that the best way to keep students engaged and excited about practicing is to learn music and songs they enjoy, and I try to incorporate the necessary technical and theoretical instruction within that framework. I have experience teaching students of all ages and abilities, and I've taught with a variety of NYC teaching programs including Creative Play for Kids, Feed Your Mind Music, and The New York Pops. I've also served as an adjunct guitar and trumpet professor at New York University.
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  • Bobby Kendes Guitar Lessons

    Bobby Kendes Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Bobby Kendes

    My teaching approach: The Peace Guitar Method When we write songs, they must come from a place of truth, of realness. An equation might be: Your Song = Your Truth The Peace Guitar Method will assist you in touching that truth, by becoming one with your source emotion. Through well-thought-out exercises, the PGM will help you connect to your heart, thereby "feeling" a song, as opposed to "thinking" it. Good luck! My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's home Guitar Techniques: Song Writing, Rhythm guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance
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  • Edwin Velazquez Guitar Lessons

    Edwin Velazquez Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Edwin Velazquez

    My teaching approach: I customize my approach according to my students requests and needs My guitar lessons take place in: either your home or my studio Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Fingerpicking, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Recording and Production, Guidance In Equipment Selection

  • Stephanie Greig Guitar Lessons

    Stephanie Greig Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Stephanie Greig

    My teaching approach: I can help you make this most fascinating and mysterious instrument your own! When you feel comfortable playing, you practice more, learn more, and have more fun. I have played guitar from the age of 8. My father was a professional bassist; I also play jazz and orchestral double bass (for which guitar was excellent preparation.) I play and teach both acoustic and electric guitar. I studied classical harmony, music history and composition at Smith College, and continue to study guitar with private teachers. I am currently studying with the legendary jazz player Gene Berton
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  • Max Hodes Guitar Lessons

    Max Hodes Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Max Hodes

    My teaching approach: My approach is fun first! Playing the guitar can be really challenging, but all the hard work of learning to play doesn't have to frustrate. All the great players have one thing in common: joy. Joy of playing and joy of learning. The ultimate goal of my lessons is better music for all. I teach with the utmost respect for my students' tastes and desires: to be the teacher I always wanted. My influences are: I started playing when I heard Hendrix play the "Star-Spangled Banner." A short list of influences: Jimi Hendrix, Sonny Sharrock, Eddie Hazel, Eric Johnson, Bill Fris
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  • Dmitry Savchuk Guitar Lessons

    Dmitry Savchuk Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Dmitry Savchuk

    My teaching approach: I've been playing guitar for over 10 years with instruction on both a private and college level. Have had constant playing experience in bands and studios. Beginners will learn the basics - open chords, scales, etc.As the students progress the material becomes more challenging and throughout, I teach through example - relating songs to techniques and theory that I teach My guitar lessons take place in: The student's home Guitar Techniques: Recording and Production, Song Writing, Reading Music, Jamming Skills, Improvisation, Performance, Fingerstyle, Rhythm guitar, Lead
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  • Steve Marks Guitar Lessons

    Steve Marks Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Steve Marks

    My teaching approach: i play and teach jazz, rock, blues and r&b styles on electric and upright bass. i also teach reading music theory and technique. i teach at the bass collective and in my apartment My influences are: the usual suspects. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's home Guitar Techniques: Scales and Exercises, Music Theory, Reading Music, Jamming Skills, Performance

  • Pat Bianculli Guitar Lessons

    Pat Bianculli Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Pat Bianculli

    My teaching approach: Pasquale Bianculli - has been heard in concert across the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. In 1983, he made his New York solo debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Tim Page, of the New York Times, describing the performance said, "...a sensitive musician...he juxtaposed workmanlike playing with passages of real inspiration". Of his Nocturnal by Benjamin Britten..."{He} was true t My guitar lessons take place in: In the teacher's studio Guitar Techniques: Fingerstyle, Performance, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises
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  • John Henry Guitar Lessons

    John Henry Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · John Henry

    My teaching approach: I aim to create a synergy with the student so that we can each grow and expand through our lessons together. I respect that each individual has his or her own path and therefore I try to create the direction of the lessons through mutual participation When a student lacks direction, then of course I will choose what I feel to be the best direction to go in at that time. My influences are: From Metallica and Iron Maiden, to Billy Joel & the Cure. I used to listen to a lot of heavy metal. I've also listened to and learned from a lot of folk artists such as Simon & G
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  • Future Relative's Brand Of Electronica

    Future Relative's Brand Of Electronica

    Brooklyn, NY · Armand Aviram

    My teaching approach: Hi there, my name is Armand Aviram, I'm currently the music director of a school in Port Washington, Long Island and I teach private guitar lessons at my studio in Brooklyn. My studio location is right near the L train and very convenient for anyone coming from Manhattan or living in Brooklyn. I've been teaching for 10 years now and I'm very confident in my style and methods. I tailor my lessons to students' individual preferences while making sure to provide each student with a solid foundation in reading music and basic technique. Looking forward to hearing from you!
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  • Angelo Branford Guitar Lessons

    Angelo Branford Guitar Lessons

    New York, NY · Angelo Branford

    My teaching approach: I start with what the student is interested in as an entry point to the instrument. Using that we learn basic techniques of the guitar (how to hold it, how to finger the notes, how to hold the pick and/or position the fingers, etc.). I teach reading music but only if the student desires it. The student will receive a comprehensive knowledge of the instrument and of music in general. My influences are: Chuck Berry, BB King, George Harrison, Frank Zappa, George Benson, Emily Remler, Robert Fripp, Sonny Sharrock, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Jimmy Page, Larry Coryell, etc
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  • Steven Ferrara Guitar Lessons

    Steven Ferrara Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Steven Ferrara

    My teaching approach: Having been a high school, elementary, and college music teacher there is one, most important, thing I have learned. There is no one proven method of teaching that guarantees success for every student. Knowing this I have developed countless teaching methods to help students through their various obstacles with learning. I have both a BFA and Masters Degree from the Purchase Conservatory of Music. I am kind hearted, responsible and very patient. I have taught hundreds of happy students in my life and can provide references upon request. I am also a professionally performi
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  • Alex Walker Guitar Lessons

    Alex Walker Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Alex Walker

    My teaching approach: I tailor each lesson to the needs of the student. Combining technique, musicality, and fretboard knowledge, we journey through the universe that is the guitar. I've taught at university level and beginner level, both in the U.S. and Europe, as well as write and produce music for network television. I also perform in different musical settings in the rock, classical, folk,and experimental styles. My guitar lessons take place in: Either location Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Fingerpicking, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music T
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  • Pete Pidgeon Guitar Lessons

    Pete Pidgeon Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Pete Pidgeon

    My teaching approach: My mission as an instructor is to build confidence and excitement with my students by creating a personalized curriculum (not a 1-size fits all method) where my students feels like their specific needs are being met at each lesson. I have a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies from SUNY New Paltz and studied Classical Theory at Mason Gross Collge of the Arts at Rutgers College. My guitar lessons take place in: Either location Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales an
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  • Matthew Haseltine Guitar Lessons

    Matthew Haseltine Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Matthew Haseltine

    My teaching approach: I will help you discover your own voice/language through acoustic guitar. I'm not going to turn you into a copy-cat player and teach you the same old jazz, rock, blues and folk riffs. You are your best influence. You will become an artistic, technically proficient, interesting player. Not burdoned by the useless theory that neuters concervitory players from being able to play anything interesting. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's home Guitar Techniques: Recording and Production, Fingerstyle, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvi
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  • Brandon Kaaren Guitar Lessons

    Brandon Kaaren Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Brandon Kaaren

    My teaching approach: We'll start off with fingering techniques and progress to blues patterns (which are the basis for most types of popular music today) and the theory behind them, so you'll be able to modify them and make them your own - not just play them note for note. I'll also do extensive rhythm exercises with you playing along to a drum machine, and show you how you can build your own basslines step by step. My guitar lessons take place in: Either location Guitar Techniques: Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Guidance In E
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  • Jonathan Kahanovitch Guitar Lessons

    Jonathan Kahanovitch Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Jonathan Kahanovitch

    My teaching approach: Expert guitar and drum teacher in all styles. Available for all ages and flexible schedule. I have an advantage in teaching guitar, for I also teach drums. I can teach you how to keep time properly and play more musically. Teacher's focus includes: Body coordination and developing speed, reading, holding the guitar properly... holding drum sticks, swinging, countingplaying with others (the teacher as a start), ear training, theory. My influences are: Jimi Hendrix, Rush, Slash, George Benson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and more. Neil Peart, Steve Gadd, Kenny Aranof, and more. My
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  • Ryan Pearson Guitar Lessons

    Ryan Pearson Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Ryan Pearson

    My teaching approach: Playing guitar since age 7, I am comfortable sitting in with jazz, rock, and funk bands. I studied classical and jazz guitar at the University of Northern Iowa (2011), and music production and engineering at the SAE Institute of New York (2014). I also compose and write my own songs and love to sing as well. As a music theory nerd I love to share as much of my formal music knowledge as the the student is comfortable with. However, teaching guitar is more about instilling a life long passion for the instrument. Every lesson is tailored individually with the hope of being f
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  • Christopher Jentsch Guitar Lessons

    Christopher Jentsch Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Christopher Jentsch

    My teaching approach: I teach all styles, specializing in all forms of rock and jazz. Lessons are always tailored to the need of the individual. I have bachelor's and masters degrees in jazz guitar (NEC and Eastman), and a doctorate in jazz composition (U. Miami). My guitar lessons take place in: in the teacher's studio or student's home Guitar Techniques: Guidance In Equipment Selection, Recording and Production, Song Writing, Scales and Exercises, Music Theory, Reading Music, Jamming Skills, Improvisation, Performance, Vocal Accompaniment, Rhythm guitar, Lead guitar.
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  • Guitarwise

    Guitarwise

    New York, NY · Adam Smale

    Adam has been a professional musician for 36 years. With experience playing nearly every style of music out there, Adam can pass on his experience and knowledge to you. There ar no shortcuts, but with a modicum of practice, Adam can guide you to reach your goals much, much quicker than you could do on your own. Individual Attention No cookie cutter approach here. Each student is coached to get to the next level based on their current level and their goals. With an approach to teaching a strong base of fundamentals, the student can start a journey in any direction or style they wish. Experie
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  • Guitar Lessons - 20+ Years Teaching Professionally

    Guitar Lessons - 20+ Years Teaching Professionally

    New York, NY · Sean Potter

    I have been a professional guitar instructor for more than 25 years. I teach beginner to advanced students -- acoustic & electric. I have taught HUNDREDS of students over the past 25 years and have developed methods over the years to get students progressing quickly and understanding and visualizing the theory and lay-out of the guitar. I gigged professionally full-time for a living for a number of years during which time I had an artist endorsement from Seagull acoustic guitars. I do guitar tech work and teach guitar lessons FULL-TIME. (This is not a "hobby" , or "side job" to earn extra
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  • David Colucci Guitar Lessons

    David Colucci Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · David Colucci

    My teaching approach: David is a professional musician in NYC. He has persued music for 23 years in many different facets. He studied at the University of Pittsburgh and then privately with Bruce Arnold (head of the guitar department at NYU and Princeton). David's teaching style is specialized to accommodate each students' specific goals, while providing a solid foundation in music theory and ear training. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's home Guitar Techniques: Guidance In Equipment Selection, Recording and Production, Song Writing, Scales and Exercises
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  • Aaron Mendelsohn Guitar Lessons

    Aaron Mendelsohn Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Aaron Mendelsohn

    My teaching approach: I tailor my lessons to the student's ability and interests. I find that a few scales are an important foundation for learning the geography of the guitar. Beyond that, I typically spend most of the lesson on songs and improvisation, but also keep the repetition of scales and a slight emphasis on ear training to help the student understand the working of harmony on the guitar. I find iPhone voice memos to be useful in documenting progress, and suggest each student purchase a manuscript notebook to keep all the notes in one place. My influences are: Radiohead, The Beatles
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  • Your Guitar Coach

    Your Guitar Coach

    Brooklyn, NY · Alex Rivers

    My teaching approach: The "Your Guitar Coach" approach is to tailor lessons to each individual students learning style. I look to find how a person learns guitar and shape the lessons to work towards their strengths. Guitar Lessons are taught online via webcam. Private in home lessons area available in the NYC area. My influences are: I am a blues/rock guitarist at heart. Having taught guitar for 10 years. I have been exposed to all styles of music and influenced by them. My students influence me the most because they are a continuous source of new music and musical styles to delve into. As M
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  • John Janetatos Guitar Lessons

    John Janetatos Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · John Janetatos

    My teaching approach: I went to Berklee and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree. I play jazz, rock, Brazilian, R&B, hiphop and many other styles. I teach each student as an individual, and lessons are custom-tailored to the individual's needs. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's home Guitar Techniques: Recording and Production, Song Writing, Scales and Exercises, Music Theory, Reading Music, Jamming Skills, Improvisation, Performance, Vocal Accompaniment, Slide Guitar, Fingerstyle, Open tuning, Rhythm guitar, Lead guitar, Guidance In Equipment Selecti
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  • Andrew S Guitar Lessons

    Andrew S Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Andrew S

    My teaching approach: One-on-one lessons for TOTAL BEGINNERS (Chords, Scales, Fingerpicking, Modes, Phrasing, Interval Relationships, Fingerboard Logic, Picking Techniques, Open tuning, etc.), INTERMEDIATE LEVEL (Learning Songs And Compositions Students Want, Soloing, Tapping, Two-Handed Techniques, Whammy Bar Maneuvers, etc.), ADVANCED LEVEL (Enhanced Speed, Fluidity, Jamming, Bom-Diving Stuff and more) My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's home Guitar Techniques: Guidance In Equipment Selection, Recording and Production, Song Writing, Scales and Exercises,
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  • Richard Espinal Guitar Lessons

    Richard Espinal Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Richard Espinal

    My teaching approach: Richard here, Looking for Guitar students in the New York area who want to learn the ways of this awesome instrument. Whether it's impressing that special someone, creating your own compositions, or learning that song you really like, there's something here for everyone. I personally play Bass, Guitar, Warr Guitar, Drums and Piano, but Guitar and Bass are my specialty. I teach from ages 5 and up, and have experience with all levels of guitar expertise. My influences are: For teaching? Artists. Artists from all corners of the earth. Whether it's painting, poetry, music,
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  • Jeff Taylor Guitar Lessons

    Jeff Taylor Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Jeff Taylor

    My teaching approach: I hold a degree in Jazz Performance from William Paterson University in New Jersey. In addition to teaching the mechanics and method of guitar playing, I like the student to understand the musical theory behind the song. "You're playing a G7 chord, which is made up of the notes G, B, D, and F. Notice that 'blues' quality? All "7" chords convey that feeling." My guitar lessons take place in: The student's home Guitar Techniques: Guidance In Equipment Selection, Recording and Production, Song Writing, Scales and Exercises, Music Theory, Reading Music, Jamming Skills, Impr
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  • Richard Schaefer Guitar Lessons

    Richard Schaefer Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Richard Schaefer

    My teaching approach: YOUR music is a personal journey and I'm simply your guide, helping you on your way. I challenge my students, I get them to come out of the comfort zone and bloom into what they are supposed to be as a guitar player, as a musician. ABOUT ME: I have been playing guitar since the age of 9, taking private lessons as a youth here in NY with a Berklee Grad. I also studied advanced playing techniques and Music Theory with my friend Mike Campese of Trans-Siberian Orchestra. My influences are: Frank Zappa, Vernon Reid, Jimi Hendrix, Nuno Bettencourt, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Pri
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  • Stan Pyrzanowski Guitar Lessons

    Stan Pyrzanowski Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Stan Pyrzanowski

    My teaching approach: Lessons are based on the students interests. Students learn to play what they like to listen to My influences are: Jimi Hendrix, Terry Kath, Slash, David Gilmour My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Techniques: Song Writing, Guidance In Equipment Selection, Scales and Exercises, Music Theory, Reading Music, Jamming Skills, Improvisation, Performance, Rhythm guitar, Lead guitar Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following: The student would be asked to show any previous knowledge of the guitar i.e, any chords or scales. If the st
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  • Derek VanScoten Guitar Lessons

    Derek VanScoten Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Derek VanScoten

    My teaching approach: "if you can make music part of your social life, then it won't go away." As an up and coming string wizard, teacher and music producer in the New York City Music Scene private studio includes a dozen different types of electric and acoustic guitars, mandolins, a banjo, and a bass. His fluid command of his instruments and recording equipment allows him to build any students repertoire and technique with ease. My influences are: Jimi Hendrix, John Scofield, Tony Rice, Joni Mitchell, David Grisman, Solas, Robert Johnson, Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Dirty Projectors, Flying Lotu
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  • Total Control Music Systems

    Total Control Music Systems

    Brooklyn, NY · Michael Wolfsohn

    Guitar Techniques: Recording and Production, Guidance In Equipment Selection, Song Writing, Slide Guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Fingerstyle, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Lead guitar.

  • FRETTED INSTRUMENTS

    FRETTED INSTRUMENTS

    Manhattan, NY · JACK BAKER

    My teaching approach: I offer Fingerstyle Acoustic Folk Guitar & Bluegrass Banjo lessons. Theory and Reading is included. I've published many articles on Bluegrass Banjo and Fingerstyle Guitar and have recorded banjo and guitar sound tracks for many Sesame Street programs. I contribute articles and banjo tabs regularly to BNL (Banjo Newsletter) and have also contributed several "Teach In" articles to Sing Out My influences are: Chet Atkins, My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar lessons typically take place on these days and hours: I teach from Monday - Friday from 2p
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  • Jimmy Paragallo Guitar Lessons

    Jimmy Paragallo Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Jimmy Paragallo

    My teaching approach: My teaching style is a low pressure one. It is my intention to allow the the student to gain their own enjoyment out of playing guitar. That is the whole purpose of playing music - to have fun. I teach with the purpose of helping a student learn the song or music of their choosing. I do assign exercises based on current progress and ability. Professionally: I've been teaching for the last 6 years. I've been performing for the last 5 years. I've been writing and recording for the last 3 years with a dubut original album just released. http://www.thesmoothbrothers.com Jimm
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  • Guitar Lessons By Jeff Bird

    Guitar Lessons By Jeff Bird

    Manhattan, NY · Jeffrey Bird

    Guitarist with 30+ years of real world and academic experience--- composing, performing, teaching Seeking students with dedication, drive and desire Make the music you've always wanted to hear Limited session spaces available, morning through evening, for 1 on 1 instruction All ages welcomed--- All levels accepted--- All styles encouraged Saturday sessions available--- contact me for details Music is a blessing--- Make a joyful noise Thanks so much and hope to hear from you soon Jeff
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  • Mr. Dan's Music Lessons

    Mr. Dan's Music Lessons

    Jersey City, NJ · Daniel Erdahl

    I have a music degree from Florida State University. I've been playing guitar for 27 years. I've been teaching for 20 years. I've taught well over 20,000 music lessons! I play and teach most styles: including Rock, Pop, Classical, Country, Blues, Bluegrass, Metal and even Polka! Electric, Acoustic, Pick & Fingerstyle. I believe music lessons should be fun, and all the learning will follow naturally.

  • East Village Guitar Salon

    East Village Guitar Salon

    New York, NY · East Village Guitar Salon

    The East Village Guitar Salon offers a comfortable and professional home studio for focused lessons in classical guitar and blues and jazz studies. The East Village Guitar Salon does not teach 'general' guitar lessons. Students of all levels are accepted but not under 12 years of age. For advancing students, studies in music theory and improvisation may be requested. The East Village Guitar Salon is conveniently located in the heart of the East Village, just off Tompkins Square. For more information, please visit: Manta.com/East Village Guitar Salon
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  • Dave Chiappetta Guitar Lessons

    Dave Chiappetta Guitar Lessons

    Brooklyn, NY · Dave Chiappetta

    My teaching approach: I am a professional musician living in Carroll Gardens. I am 37 years old and have been the staff arranger for American Idol for the past 5 seasons, have played with Sting, Maceo Parker, Dave Mathews, and many others. I have also played, arranged, and composed for many broadway shows and numerous rock, jazz, funk, and pop bands all over the world. I have a bachelors in jazz guitar and a masters in composition and arranging from USC. I taught all through my 20's and I have recently realized how much I miss it. I am a VERY good teacher, I really know how to keep a students
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The Best way to take guitar lessons New York City
There is something intriguing about the music of the city of New York. With such a diverse and wide range of music, the populated and dense city has had a massive impact on music of the world. If you are a guitarist in new york city, a teacher in new york city, or somebody interested in taking lessons in New York City, you have an incredible amount of talent to learn from and a great deal of fun experiences to be had.

First Steps to finding Guitar Lessons
The first step finding guitar lessons in New York City is to figure out what type of guitar lessons you want to learn. Outside of acoustic and electric guitar, there is a wide range of types of learning you want to consider. The trick is to find what style works best for you. Some of the main styles include rock and metal, pop music, indie guitar playing, classical guitar playing, you can learn blues guitar and you can learn jazz guitar. Searching through the many instructors on lessons.com will be able to help you with this.

Styles and Techniques
After you have selected a style, you will want to figure out what techniques will work best for you. Most guitar teachers and guitar instructors will be able to help you with this. Fingerstyle and flatpicking are sometimes called styles but they are moreso techniques you will use to learn the genre of music. So pick your style, or just decide whether you are a beginner or an intermediate player. Find a teacher who might be able to offer your style. Or just pick a teacher and ask them if they are right for you. The guitar instructors on lessons.com will be able to provide you with an incredible experience of learning and before long you will find yourself inspired.


Featured Guitar Instructor: Matt Patrick Walsh

Learning guitar in New York City? Manhattan guitar teacher Matt Patrick Walsh talks to Lessons.com about how he will teach you to play guitar and be the guitarist you want to be. Check out our interview with Matthew to find out about his guitar teaching approach and the experience of taking guitar lessons with him. You can read Matt’s interview below, but you can also hear what he has to say, as well as hear a little bit of his playing style by visiting the Matt Patrick Walsh guitar teacher page.New York City Guitar Teacher Matt Patrick Walsh

Lessons.com: So, we’re here today talking with Matt Patrick Walsh about his guitar teaching. He is a guitar teacher on Lessons.com. Matt, thank you so much for joining us.

Matt Patrick Walsh: Thanks for having me.

Lessons.com: Absolutely. So tell us, first – where are you located? What city and state do you teach guitar in?

Matt Patrick Walsh: I’m in New York State, primarily Manhattan. That’s where I teach guitar.

Lessons.com: Great. Understood. And, tell us about the guitar lesson climate in Manhattan. Do you find that there are a lot of people who want to learn to play guitar?

Matt Patrick Walsh: Oh yeah … definitely. Everyone wants to be in a band; everyone wants to play their favorite song. Everyone’s child wants to play their favorite song. So, it’s a great climate.

Lessons.com: That’s wonderful. What do find are the kinds of styles of guitar that people are most interested in?

Matt Patrick Walsh: I think primarily classic rock, a lot of The Beatles, some blues, jazz, and, every once in a while, I’ll get a metal student, and we’ll do the whole lesson in drop D.

Lessons.com: Got it! Drop D tuning? Right. That’s cool. And, I assume you offer other styles of music that you like to teach.

Matt Patrick Walsh: Yeah. I personally like funk, and I try to put some funk elements into it. If a person is interested, I try to put some funk aspects in. I definitely like the acoustic singer/songwriter type of vibe.

Lessons.com: Do you teach a lot of fingerpicking style guitar?

Matt Patrick Walsh: Yeah, I definitely do. I’m a big fan of trying to put a bass line into a guitar part. You have a one-five type of thing, when you’re playing. It’s good. It makes it so you’re not just part of a band. You can actually be a one-man band with your guitar.

Lessons.com: That’s the thing about playing guitar – you can be totally independent if you wanna be.

Matt Patrick Walsh: Exactly, and that’s what a lot of people want. A lot of people want to accompany themselves.

Lessons.com: Of course. And, can you give us a sense, just in simple terms, about your overall approach to guitar teaching? What do you tend to focus on?

Matt Patrick Walsh: Well, I usually like to take one-half of the lesson and try to dedicate it to some kind of a guitar method book, like a Hal Leonard or a Mel Bay book … maybe not even half, but just like a portion of the guitar lesson. And the other half, just make sure we’re learning songs and playing songs. Learning a tune is really important, and it feels like you’ve accomplished something. If you can learn a tune in the first two or three lessons, it really shows that you’re making progress. I mean, I think that’s what’s important. You just gotta dive in – learning guitar chords right away. I do think, in general, learning a little bit of sight reading is always important, so you know what you’re doing.

Lessons.com: Got it. Can you tell us a little bit about the types of guitar students that you teach? Do you find that you teach guitar to more children? Or more adults? Is it kind of an even mix?

Matt Patrick Walsh: It varies. Sometimes I’ll have more adult students. Sometimes I’ll have young children. Right now I’m teaching … my newest student is … I think he’s almost ten years old. So, that’s always a bit of a challenge when they’re younger; that’s a good age though .. ten is a good starting age. I have some friends that are actors. I actually got my friend a callback for “Once”. I taught him some basic guitar chords – he’s an adult. My oldest guitar student was sixty. It’s a fifty-fifty split – right down the middle.

Lessons.com: Understood. Can you tell us a little bit about your guitar lesson fees and your scheduling options?

Matt Patrick Walsh: Sure. I actually have a studio that I work in on the Upper East Side, and for a half-hour guitar lesson, I charge thirty-five there, and for an hour, I charge sixty. If I go to your apartment, it’s usually only an hour, just because of traveling, and I charge seventy.And over Skype, I’ll do twenty for half-an-hour and thirty for forty-five minutes.

Lessons.com: And so, have you been doing Skype guitar lessons for a long time now? (Editor’s note: Check out Lessons.com's Skype Guitar Lessons Page.)

Matt Patrick Walsh: I’ve only done two, and, actually, I did one for coaching once for an audition, where they had to play guitar. It was pretty helpful because I couldn’t get there in time. They had to learn it pretty quick. It’s not good for beginners though – Skype …

Lessons.com: How so?

Matt Patrick Walsh: Just because there’ s a lot of technical things. You can’t see … if you have a student, whose thumb is coming over the fret board, you’d want to correct it and put their thumb there (Matt demonstrates), but once it starts inching back … on Skype … “You gotta put your thumb back” … you don’t want to be too persistent online. It’s more of a hands-on thing, when you’re starting, I think.

Lessons.com: Makes sense. Understood. So, can you tell us a little bit about your background?

Matt Patrick Walsh: I’m actually a music theater composer. So, I’m constantly working with lots of different instruments, as you can see (Matt gestures to a keyboard and assorted instruments behind him.). I’m a pianist, and I also play bass. I offer bass lessons, but I always start people on guitar before bass. I’m very familiar with playing in different bands, different genres … folk, funk, all kinds of rock bands …

Lessons.com: It sounds like you have a lot of experience that you can offer people. Cool. You mentioned the equipment behind you. Can you tell us a little bit about your equipment, like the guitar that you’re playing there?

Matt Patrick Walsh: Yeah, this is actually a Martin guitar. This was my father’s guitar in college, and he kind of got out of the habit of playing it, so he gave it to me, and I’m really grateful for that. I have a Jay Turser hollow body guitar that I play for guitar lessons with the electric guitar, and I play a Schecter four string bass.

Lessons.com: Great! And, do you ever get into any recording with your guitar students? Do you use any kind of recording programs?

Matt Patrick Walsh: Where I teach out of, I don’t have a rig setup or anything like that, but if I go to a student’s apartment, and they want to record on Garage Band, I can certainly bring over some equipment, and we can work on Garage Band. I usually don’t jump into anything like Logic – while I use it – because it can get a little complicated to teach in a guitar lesson.

Lessons.com: Is Logic the program you use to record when you record yourself?

Matt Patrick Walsh: Yeah, I use Logic. It just seems the best when you’re using a Mac.

Lessons.com: Sure. Makes sense. Well, we’d love to hear you play something – either a song, or if you want to show us some lead … whatever you’d like to show us.

Matt Patrick Walsh: Sure. Actually, I have two little things. When I work with students that want to do some lead, I usually teach them a song called Black Dog by Led Zeppelin. It has a nice little pattern in the key of E. So, I can play a little of that. (To listen to Matt play his rendition of “Black Dog” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, referenced below, please visit the Matt Patrick Walsh guitar teacher page.) Some simple fingerpicking too. It’s fun to play. You know, you use a little distortion on it.

Lessons.com: Yeah, it sounds cool on an acoustic too!

Matt Patrick Walsh: Thanks. My big thing is I get a lot of guitar students that really wanna learn how to accompany themselves, and so the first song I ever learned was “I Want To Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles, and I’ve been switching how I play it for a while …I try different chord formations. So, actually I’ll try that … I’ll do a little segment to it, if that’s cool.

Lessons.com: Yeah, please. Please go ahead.

(Matt sings and plays The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand”)

Lessons.com: That was cool. So, kind of an alternate version – a little mellower in a way, right?

Matt Patrick Walsh: Yeah. More “Across The Universe-y”

Lessons.com: Yeah. I like it! So, one last question: Do you offer your guitar students advice about buying their buying their own equipment?

Matt Patrick Walsh: Oh, definitely! I’ve gone with students to Guitar Center before. I even went down to the downtown location to help pick out a half-size guitar for a younger student, which is always good if you go with a parent. But yeah, I’m totally down with going and giving any advice, offering links. It’s hard to pick your first one (first guitar).

Lessons.com: It is. It can be an overwhelming process. It’s great that you offer your students so much advice about it.

Matt Patrick Walsh: Thanks.

Lessons.com: Well, listen, Matt, thanks so much for joining us. It’s been great to hear about your guitar teaching, and we look forward to seeing you on Lessons.com in the future.

Matt Patrick Walsh: I’m looking forward too. Thank you so much.