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New York Guitar Lessons

East Village Guitar Salon

East Village Guitar Salon

5.0 8 Reviews
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 ... View Profile
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Assaf Kehati Guitar Lessons

Assaf Kehati Guitar Lessons

5.0 6 Reviews
* 18 years of teaching experience privately and in colleges * 7 years of teaching experience privately via Skype * 5 star reviews on Google * Active musician performing nationwide and worldwide * Masters in Music (Jazz Perfromance) * Fun lessons and fast progress * Very personal, each student gets a tailored program that matches his goals, skills, and personality * Unique exercises * Detailed homework every lesson * Teaching in Brooklyn or worldwide via Skype * Happy students from NYC, L.A., D.C., Idaho, Boston, Denmark, Sweden, Hong Kong, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan, and more. * Improvisation, chord progressions, theory, composition, rhyth ... View Profile
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DJ

DJ

5.0 5 Reviews
Education: · Piano course at Institute for musicians “Tom Jobim” –Sao Paulo – Brazil · Intensive Drums practice at Conservatory “Souza Lima” – Sao Paulo – Brazil · Clarinet and Saxophone lessons at Sao Paulo state music conservatory · Guitar (acoustic and electric) at institute of guitar and technology · Intensive piano class in VA with Maestro James Westerhouse · Guitar Classes at NOVA (North Virginia University College) Manassas VA · Piano Certified at Juilliard school – NY · Jazz classes at Mannes - NY · Musician include on ... View Profile
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Frank's Music School

Frank's Music School

5.0 5 Reviews
Hello students my name is Frank. I've played guitar for 9 years now and want to enter students into my journey with the Guitar. If you listen to my advice and techniques It'll get you rocking out in no time!
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Jamie Fox Guitar Lessons

Jamie Fox Guitar Lessons

5.0 5 Reviews
Jamie Fox, originally from California, has performed world wide, in concert and on television, including the Montreaux Jazz Festival. A semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz competition in 1995, he has workedwith artists as diverse as Brother Jack Mc Duff, Dr. John, Ernie Watts, Gene Harris, Tiger Okoshi, Carla Thomas, Otis Clay and The Shirelles. He played guitar and served as Musical Director for the Joan Baez World Tour (1989-1991), filming a popular PBS television special with Baez and Jackson Browne. He was lead guitarist for Blood, Sweat, & Tears (1998-2000), touring the USA and Canada. In addition to per ... View Profile
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Lincoln

Lincoln

5.0 4 Reviews
Working like a guitar instructor is my passion my students and I have a wonderful relationship about the guitar secrets to play. They always enjoy the lesson. 
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Brazilian, Jazz And Classical  Guitar Playing/composing/arranging/theory

Brazilian, Jazz And Classical Guitar Playing/composing/arranging/theory

5.0 4 Reviews
I offer a unique approach to guitar and lessons in general.  I don't believe in a linear process in my method of teaching, however I do believe that learning fundamentals such as sight reading, music theory and understanding/learning about chord structures and harmony are very helpful tools to better express yourself as an artist. I will focus on your goals and helping you reach them. Whether you are looking to write your own music, arrange for different instruments, play songs you love on guitar, learn solos, develop your own sound/voice. I'm dedicated to helping you express yourself and your story better.    I have been play ... View Profile
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Littman Guitar Studio

Littman Guitar Studio

5.0 4 Reviews
My teaching approach: I truly enjoy teaching guitar as well as all aspects of performing and composing music. I believe that learning to play the guitar or bass should be fun and rewarding, and I have developed an exciting, multi-faceted approach to teaching. My influences are: call for details My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: North Haledon, Wycoff, Franklin Lakes Guitar Techniques: Guidance In Equipment Selection, Recording and Production, Song Writing, Scales and Exercises, Music Theory, Reading Music, Jamming Skills, Improvisation, Performance, Slide Guitar, Fin ... View Profile
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SPIROS SOUKIS  Guitar- Bass  &  Music Theory Lessons.

SPIROS SOUKIS Guitar- Bass & Music Theory Lessons.

5.0 4 Reviews
My teaching approach: I customize the lessons to fit my students level and indiviual musical taste. My influences are: Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Robin Trower, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Carlos Santana, John McLaughlin, Lee Ritenour, Sonny Landreth, Robben Ford. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's home Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tunings, Fingerstyle, Slide Guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Recording and Production, Guidance In Equipment Selection Your first guitar lesson ... View Profile
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Guitarscool

Guitarscool

5.0 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.
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Guitar Lessons 101

Guitar Lessons 101

5.0 4 Reviews
My service  is to provide music Lessons that will allow you to grow musically. I believe in the capacity to transfer every bit of knowledge i have accumulated in these 10 years of experience. I promise to shape you into a musician rather than just a guitar player.
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Nicholas Jozwiak

Nicholas Jozwiak

5.0 3 Reviews
Hi! My name is Nicholas. I am a highly-trained, multi-instrumental musician. I graduated the New School of Jazz in 2012. I play classical, jazz and pretty much every genre. I make the lessons fun and engaging for all students. My yoga teaching style is very slow and personal, not a sweaty vinyasa style that most beginners are familiar with (think Yoga to the People). I aim to teach you skills that you can utilize daily at home, with our weekly lesson checking in and building on that. We will work with healing any specific concerns and building an internal physical and mental strength that will go on to serve your daily life. I have a shared s ... View Profile
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Reverb Lessons

Reverb Lessons

5.0 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, ensuring that only the best instructors help you learn t ... View Profile
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Take Note Lessons

Take Note Lessons

5.0 2 Reviews
I have been teaching for over 10 years. I teach privately full-time and run my own company. I personally hire other enthusiastic and experienced music teachers to work with me. I believe learning music should be fun. While it also takes hard work and dedication, a student must first enjoy music in order to continue and progress. My teachers and I incorporate well-known songs into lessons so that students can relate to what they are learning. We also use many of our own games and worksheets to keep students engaged at all times. We offer many different types of lessons including voice, piano, guitar, and songwriting.  ... View Profile
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Howie's Guitar School

Howie's Guitar School

5.0 2 Reviews
My service stands out because I have successfully taught people who previously failed with other teachers. For example, my plumber came to fix a leak while I was finishing up a lesson. I asked him if he ever thought of playing guitar. He said he actually took guitar lessons from two teachers but he failed. He quit and he decided guitar wasn't a thing he could do. So I said take some lessons with me. I'll give you a free lesson right now. He took the lesson and he came back for many more and he got really good. He could play many complicated songs and solos too. So the teacher really does make a big difference. ... View Profile
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Eric Jayk Teaching Studio

Eric Jayk Teaching Studio

5.0 2 Reviews
I'm lead vocalist, lead guitarist & songwriter for a well-known touring rock band with a worldwide fan base and over 3 million youtube views. I graduated from New York University with Bachelor's of Music in jazz guitar, and am currently teaching around 50 lessons a week to students ranging in ability from beginner to professional. My versatility, experience and formal training helps me to make the learning experience easy, stress free and fun.Currently, I play in 3 active bands gigging regularly & produce artists for their own projects. I spent much of the past 15 years touring, writing and recording for my bands and with internationa ... View Profile
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Dave Crum Music Lessons

Dave Crum Music Lessons

5.0 2 Reviews
I've been performing and teaching professionally for over 20 years. While the guitar is my main instrument, I have a degree in Music Education from NJCU, where I learned to play and teach multiple brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. I have been an elementary  public school band director in North Jersey for 17 years. I have been honored with the Governors' Teacher of the Year Award in 2008 and have won several awards with my school ensembles. I can teach beginning through intermediate levels on most instruments, and advanced/professional lessons on all styles of the guitar. Please check out my website for more information: www.dav ... View Profile
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Tripp Dudley Lessons

Tripp Dudley Lessons

5.0 2 Reviews
My teaching approach: My teaching approach really depends on the student. I don't know what they need until we meet. But some things are across the board. I feel that technical skills are necessary tools for getting you where you want to go. Scales, chord shapes and arpeggios are very important to being able to get around on a guitar. I also like to teach students to apply Indian vocal rhythms (tala) to guitar. My guitar lessons take place in: either your home or my studio Guitar Techniques: Rhythm guitar, Fingerpicking, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Recording and Production, ... View Profile
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Forever Music Lessons And Recording Studios

Forever Music Lessons And Recording Studios

5.0 1 Review
We provide our students with the opportunity to join one of the most effective and comprehensive music instruction and audio engineering programs available on Long Island. We also offer NYSSMA coaching, band coaching, studio time and more!
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Guitar By Anthony Music School

Guitar By Anthony Music School

5.0 1 Review
Teaching for over 25 years I have developed a proven program that will advance any student on any level.All the while keeping the joy and fun intact. Real life applications to obtain tools that last a lifetime. I myself am a working musician from live to studio experience so I will instill necessary tools and skills to meet any goals.  Extensive experience with all levels and ages.Check out the website for more info. www.GuitarbyAnthony.com    212 532-3620 ... View Profile
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Mr. Tony Rivera Guitar Lessons

Mr. Tony Rivera Guitar Lessons

5.0 1 Review
My teaching approach: I’m a firm believer in thoroughly covering all subject matter, including music theory and staff and chord chart reading. Learned in acoustic, electric and bass guitar and piano instruction, I incorporate computer-aided teaching techniques to capture students’ attention and maintain a logbook of student progress, supplementing reports with digital images of each student’s technique. I’ve developed a chord specific teaching methodology and created my own teaching curriculum. I Offer points of motivation and obtainable objectives to encourage each student’s growth and developed a teaching system for challenging, attention d ... View Profile
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Antoine Guitar Lessons

Antoine Guitar Lessons

5.0 1 Review
I chose music in the first place because of the relationship I had with my childhood teacher. I believe that music lessons are about more than just the music, they are also about building a strong personal relationship between teacher and student.
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Rebel Rose Music Studio

Rebel Rose Music Studio

5.0 1 Review
Elaine (Mary) Akins is a Graduate of CUNY with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Music, Elaine is a professional Pianist, Vocalist, Guitarist Music Teacher as well as a Songwriter and Performer. Elaine has taught at New York City Public Schools and La Guardia College, studied Music Performance at CW Post College, Greenvale Long Island as well as at Touro College for a Master’s degree for Special Education. Elaine has been teaching privately for twenty five years of piano, guitar and vocal lessons children and adults from age 4 and up. Elaine believes in inspiring and motivation of her student’s creativity to train them to be ... View Profile
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Justin Thompson Guitar Lessons

Justin Thompson Guitar Lessons

5.0 1 Review
My teaching approach: 23 years of teaching experience Berklee College of Music graduate Author of six transcription books for Mel Bay W.O. Smith teacher of the Year -- Nashville's non-profit music school Best Jazz Musician of Nashville Two-time winner of Nashville's Starving Artist Award Top pick from the NY Times, NPR, USA Today, and 4 stars from Down Beat for Django Bells My guitar lessons take place in: either your home or my studio Guitar Techniques: Guidance In Equipment Selection, Recording and Production, Song Writing, Scales and Exercises, Music Theory, Reading Music, Jamming Skills, Improvisation, Performance, Vocal Accompaniment, ... View Profile
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Guitar Instructor At Van Martin Entertainment

Guitar Instructor At Van Martin Entertainment

5.0 1 Review
Productions. A full-scale entertainment company providing talent worldwide, we represent top name artists, character actors, variety acts, musical groups, stage shows and revues. In addition, we always have fresh new acts, illusionists, hypnotists, contortionists, fire-eaters and more. For parties and corporate events, please check out our custom written Murder Mystery package or the incredible team building event, the Treasure Hunt, the perfect tool for special corporate needs ... View Profile
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Jayjay Lozano Music Lessons

Jayjay Lozano Music Lessons

4.0 1 Review
My service aims to make the student versatile and musically fluent in communication. I've been teaching privately for 10 years now.
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John Blevins Music

John Blevins Music

5.0 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. My influences are: Most of my favorite music is ... View Profile
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Music Is Life

Music Is Life

4.0 1 Review
I love teaching guitar  and I'm  a music lover anyone who interested to learn guitar,I can teach you 20$ dollars an hour of lessons. I know many people want to learn to play an instrument  I live in Brooklyn. I teach you to play music in weeks try me and you won't regret it.
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Kelly Guitar & Ukulele

Kelly Guitar & Ukulele

5.0 1 Review
I offer both guitar and ukulele lessons in one sitting. Ukulele is a stepping stone to guitar and I find going from beginner to guitar is infinitely easier when you're playing a full ukulele song in the first 20 minutes. I provide both instruments for my unique strategy that yields faster results. 
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Ricky Pistone Guitar Lessons

Ricky Pistone Guitar Lessons

5.0 1 Review
I teach guitar with a different angle. I let the student choose what they want to learn, and we go from there. I have been playing for eleven years and my last gig was performing on a cruise ship. I have my Bachelors of Music from James Madison University. I compose, record, perform, and teach. Guitar is my life and I would love to keep teaching others how to play. I began teaching in University with high school students. I then moved on to beginners while working on a cruise ship. I have experience with all types of guitarists whether it be people who want to improvise or those who want to sing and strum chords. ... View Profile
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Frequently asked questions

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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New York Guitar Lessons

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New York Guitar Instruction


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.
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