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  • Reverb Lessons

    Reverb Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Lana A.

    (4 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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  • Dallas Music Academy

    Dallas Music Academy

    Dallas, TX · Dallas Music Academy

    (3 reviews)

    We provide highly individualized lessons that are tailored specifically to each student's needs and goals and our teachers hold music degrees and maintain an active career as teachers and performers.

  • Mike Ellis Music Instruction

    Mike Ellis Music Instruction

    Dallas, TX · Mike Ellis

    (1 review)

    My teaching approach: Lessons are customized for each student. Beginners learn basic songs with easy chords to build coordination and timing, then students recommend songs THEY want to learn. Advanced songs, ear training, and music theory then go with the teaching of the songs they enjoy. Whether it is guitar, piano, bass, or banjo, we will have fun and you will learn to play. My influences are: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Joe Walsh, and MANY more. My lessons take place in: The teacher's studio All lessons with me take place in the following areas:
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  • Brooke Corcoran Guitar Lessons

    Brooke Corcoran Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Brooke Corcoran

    (1 review)

    My teaching approach: I tailor my lessons to fit the students goals. Beginner guitarists want to learn songs, not theory. So I get the student playing before I focus on scales and theory. I want to teach the student what they want to learn as well as giving them the skills to be a good musician. I have over 11 years teaching experience in guitar and voice. I've been performing locally and internationally for over 5 years. My influences are: The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Patty Griffin, Ray LaMontagne, 50's music, Motown, Damien Rice, Hillsongs, Paul Baloche, Darrell Evans, Rita Springer, Ramsie Shick
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  • Patrick Bohn Guitar Lessons

    Patrick Bohn Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Patrick Bohn

    My teaching approach: Every student is unique in their skillset as well as their learning style. Based on student selectionsof music, I form a method to teach them the rudiments of music. I have been playing professionally since 1985. I started teaching in 1987, I studied on a collegiate level from 1988 through 1994 emphasizing Classical Guitar and Music Theory. You WILL learn music. My guitar lessons take place in: In the teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: Arlington, Tx Guitar Techniques: Recording and Production, Song Writing, Scales and Exercis
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  • Jack Valen Guitar Lessons

    Jack Valen Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Jack Valen

    My teaching approach: I begin with how to choose & take care of instrument, how to string guitar & how to tune the guitar. I teach numbers, music theory, chord campatibility & key structure, beginning with 1st position. I play 5 different instruments including guitar. Major influences were Chet Atkins, Mel Bay & BB King. I had formal jazz lessons under John Perkins. I've open shows for big name acts & local bands. My guitar lessons take place in: Either location Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Fingerpicking, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Rea
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  • Graham Bower Guitar Lessons

    Graham Bower Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Graham Bower

    My teaching approach: I have been playing guitar for 13 years and have been teaching for 2 1/2. Most people who want to play guitar do so in order to learn to play a song. That is my main focus of lessons. All techniques, scales, chords, etc. are taught in order to use them in learning/playing a song. My influences are: In the order they come to my mind: Trey Anastasio (Phish), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Jimi Hendrix, Dave Matthews, Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger (Umphreys Mcgee), Claudio Sanchez and Travis Stever (Coheed and Cambria), John Frusciante (RHCP), Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier
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  • Jeff Shepherd Guitar Lessons

    Jeff Shepherd Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Jeff Shepherd

    My teaching approach: I do 2 things. The first is college prep for students preparing to enter a University Music Program. This puts students far ahead of their peers in college. The potential to test out of classes and apply for scholarships and grants is greatly enhanced as you progress through the material. The second course title is Personal Musician, for those who want to increase their enjoyment and mastery of music for their own personal enjoyment. Both courses include very specific instruction on improvisation. My influences are: Al Di Meola, Allman Brothers, Joe Santriani, Andy Timmo
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  • Steve Irwin Guitar Lessons

    Steve Irwin Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Steve Irwin

    My teaching approach: I have been playing guitar for 35 plus years. I am a self taught player and have many years experience performing in local area bands. In the 80’s and 90’s I was the cofounder and guitarist in a popular local band for approx. ten years playing blues, and classic rock. I have several years experience in recording both live and in the studio. I also have experience in running live sound for local bands. I am currently working with a Praise band in a large local church. My early influences were The Ventures, The Beatles, Travis Womack, Don Rich, SRV, and the late night tunes
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  • David Williams Guitar Lessons

    David Williams Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · David Williams

    My teaching approach: I teach and stress fundamentals. I use a series of books that act as a guide and let you learn at your pace. I interject my own additional ciricculum to help you execute and learn faster. My influences are: Jimmy Page, Randy Rhodes, Eric Clapton, Slash, and many more. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's home Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: I teach in my home which is in Lewisville Tx, or I offer online lessons using a web cam Guitar Techniques: Song Writing, Scales and Exercises, Music Theory, Reading Music,
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  • Terry Allan Hall Guitar Lessons

    Terry Allan Hall Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Terry Allan-Hall

    My teaching approach: My goal is to make learning music fun for the student, because if the student is having fun, they'll practise, and practice makes perfect! THerefore, I taylor the lesson plan to the individual student's interests and current ability/knowladge. My guitar lessons take place in: In the student's home Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: Student's homes in Tarrant, Denton, Wise and Parker counties Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerstyle, Slide Guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Music
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  • Jason King Guitar Lessons

    Jason King Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Jason King

    My teaching approach: I am a jazz player by trade, however, I am also church musician I have studied with some really good players ,and have played with some as well. Im not the best player ,but I believe I can show you how to be. I do have a B.A. in music performance from texas wesleyan university My guitar lessons take place in: In the teacher's studio Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerpicking, Slide Guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Recording and Producti
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  • Adam Stilwell Guitar Lessons

    Adam Stilwell Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Adam Stilwell

    My teaching approach: I don't like to teach anyone How to play the guitar, I just prefer to pass on abilities I've learned over a 7 year span, and then encourage the student to grow from what he/she learns and provide the tools to do so. I've been in a few bands, lead guitarist in all but one. Influences: Jimmy Page, Adam Jones, BB King, Santana, Chuck Berry, Hendrix, SRV, David Gilmour, and myself My guitar lessons take place in: In the teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: I mainly teach in my studio, but in certain situations I can travel up to 20 mile
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  • Chandon Valentich Guitar Lessons

    Chandon Valentich Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Chandon Valentich

    My teaching approach: I begin with tuning, strumming, rhythm, and then scales. Once mastered, I move to teaching songs followed by teaching song writing and structure with mixed music theory. Depending on the student, I will then move on to advanced techniques such as chromatic, pentatonic, and arpeggio scales. I even teach pinch harmonics and proper bending and sliding. My gear: B.C. Rich Masterpiece Bich BOSS Pedals: ML-2 Metal Core, DD-3 Delay, Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer, Phase Shifter, Chromatic Tuner Marshall Half Stack Fender Jam 75W amp My influences are: Ingwie Malmsteen The Human Abst
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  • Garrett Mucha Guitar Lessons

    Garrett Mucha Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Garrett Mucha

    My teaching approach: North Dallas Guitar is premium and professional guitar instruction that serves the greater Dallas area. With instructors that have been teaching for almost a decade, North Dallas Guitar welcomes the opportunity to teach any and all willing to explore guitar and music as a whole from classical to metal, blues to pop, and your favorite guitar solos. My guitar lessons take place in: In the student's home Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: We primarily teach in student's homes in Plano, Addison, Richardson, Carrollton, North Dallas. Guitar Techniques
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  • Kevin Couch Guitar Lessons

    Kevin Couch Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Kevin Couch

    My teaching approach: I teach from the students point of view considering what they want to accomplish. My Electric Guitar influences include more Southern/Classic Rock like ZZ Top, AC/DC, Eric Clapton, Led Zepplin, etc. and on Acoustic they would be James Taylor, Jim Croche, Paul Simon, Emerson Lake and Palmer, etc. However, I enjoy all styles of music. My guitar lessons take place in: Either location Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Fingerpicking, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing,
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  • Adam Long Guitar Lessons

    Adam Long Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Adam Long

    My teaching approach: I believe in learning what my students want, helping them organize their goals and providing a stratagey to reach those goals. My influences are: I have many influences Angus young, SRV, BB King, Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen, James Taylor, and many more My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: Fort Worth Area Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerstyle, Slide Guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Ex
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  • Jason Cole Guitar Lessons

    Jason Cole Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Jason Cole

    My teaching approach: 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. You only pay for lessons you like. You tell me what's important to you, and I will help you achieve your goals. I've been doing this for 31 years, and if the lessons aren't geared to the student's goals, the student won't practice. Life's too short for music lessons that you don't like. Give me a call and let's talk about your goals. I care about what I do, I care about people, and I'll do my best to help you achieve your goals with the guitar. My influences are: My musical inspirations range from Bach to Buck Owens, from Clapton to Carcas
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  • Dave Corley Guitar Lessons

    Dave Corley Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Dave Corley

    My teaching approach: I have many years of performance and touring experience. I teach you what you want to learn. Playing guitar should be fun and that's the approach I take. My guitar lessons take place in: in the teacher's studio or student's home Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: My studio in Arlington, and nearby areas at your place. Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Recording and Production, Guidance In Equipment Selection
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  • Jordan McGehee Guitar Lessons

    Jordan McGehee Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Jordan McGehee

    My teaching approach: I Teach students not only how to play, but what they are playing, so they can be independent and write and figure out songs on their own. My guitar lessons take place in: In the teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: At my church in Ft Worth, TX Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerpicking, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing
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  • Dan Schwein Guitar Lessons

    Dan Schwein Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Dan Schwein

    My teaching approach: I offer affordable basic lessons for kids and I will provide the guitar if one is not owned. I have been playing guitar for 15+ years and I currently play in the Worship Band at Lifepoint Church. I still remember the frustration when I was first learning to play as a teenager. If it was not for the love of music, I would have quit. That is exactly why I decided to start "Fun With Guitars". Learning to play the guitar should be enjoyable, rewarding, and most of all fun! I use a basic teaching method geared around getting the student to play recognizable music almost immedi
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  • SPF Music & Lessons

    SPF Music & Lessons

    Old East Dallas, TX · Seth Falkner

    Hi There! My name is Seth Falkner! I firmly believe that ANYONE can learn to play an instrument or sing confidently. At a very early age I became obsessed with music of all kinds. I can’t tell you how many times my father walked in on me singing Boyz II Men or Boston songs. At the age of 13, I saved my money, bought a guitar and started hanging out with “the older guys” that knew how to play way better than I did. I was hooked from then on. Led Zeppelin and Etta James helped as well. In 2006 I completed my degree in audio engineering, started an 8 person funk/rock band and began my career
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  • Cody Skinner Guitar Lessons

    Cody Skinner Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Cody Skinner

    My teaching approach: I customize my lessons for each student to ensure proper technique is learned, and so that the student enjoys themselves. I teach primarily classical guitar/fingerstyle, but can also teach electric guitar (rock, metal, etc.). The equipment I use includes: a non-amplified classical guitar, a piano keyboard for accompaniment, sometimes a violin, and a small home recording setup which can be used to analyze playing. My influences are: John Williams, Andres Segovia, John Dowland, Josquin des Prez, Nicolas Valet, Joan Ambrosio Dalza, Carcassi, Mauro Giuliani, J.S. Bach My
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  • Kellen Ross Guitar Lessons

    Kellen Ross Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Kellen Ross

    My teaching approach: Ross Guitar Lessons is a group of professional musicians in Dallas Texas that love to teach Children and Adults guitar lessons, bass lessons, drum lessons and vocal lessons in-home or in our studio. Our approach is to take any musician, at any level, and provide him/her with a complete understanding of the guitar. Our students are known for moving very quickly, and becoming independent players with the skills Ross Guitar Lessons provide. My influences are: Modern Rock, Blues, Jazz, Folk, and classical musicians. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio o
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  • Gavin Audagnotti Guitar Lessons

    Gavin Audagnotti Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Gavin Audagnotti

    My teaching approach: I custom create lessons for each student. Everyone is unique and has a unique way that they learn music. I show you how music works specifically on the guitar. Lessons quickly move you to play songs and music that you like and enjoy. I have taught many people over the last 20 years and take pride in the results I get - the only condition is that you are motivated to take lessons seriously. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: My home studio in Rockwall, Texas Guitar Techniques: Song Writing,
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  • Johnny Philp Guitar Lessons

    Johnny Philp Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Johnny Philp

    My teaching approach: I feel a since of interest is one of the most important things, so my main goal is to make sure the student is always interested. I will teach what you want to learn basically. I have access to a recording studio so I can even record you playing (FOR FREE) so you can hear your self. My guitar lessons take place in: in the teacher's studio or student's home Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: I'm located in Keller, TX. I prefer to teach in my studio but do make exceptions occasionally. Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fin
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  • Beau MacDougall Guitar Lessons

    Beau MacDougall Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Beau MacDougall

    My teaching approach: I am approached mostly by "Intermediate" to "Pro" guitarists. Many of them feel "stuck" in their ideas and want to "break out of the box" or the rut their in! One of my specialties is to help guitarists think outside of the box, both in improvisation and chords! My influences are: Many guitarists... Eric Clapton, B.B. King, John Mayer, Buzz Feiten, James Burton, Albert Lee, George Benson, Taj Mahal, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Mike Bloomfield, ect.. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's home Guitar Lessons with me take place in the followi
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  • Hans Grumbein Guitar Lessons

    Hans Grumbein Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Hans Grumbein

    My teaching approach: I am a guitarist for the professional band Hendrick (http://www.hendrickmusic.com). I have played music for 18 years. This course offers lessons for guitar using my own and original approach to music. It is the best method for learning guitar that I have ever known. It is the greatest for those who wish to really understand music and create original works. My influences are: Gurdjieff, Arvo Part, John Cage, Sun Ra, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Robert Fripp, Brian Eno My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following ar
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  • Micah Stephens Guitar Lessons

    Micah Stephens Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Micah Stephens

    My teaching approach: My teaching approach is to teach the things students want to learn, by breaking things down for the student, and making it as easy as possible to understand, making the hard things easy, and giving each student what I would want from a teacher... My guitar lessons take place in: In the student's home Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerpicking, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Recording and Production
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  • Lisa Hanks Guitar Lessons

    Lisa Hanks Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Lisa Hanks

    My teaching approach: I teach through songs with light theory My influences are: Dave Murray, Thomas Youngblood, Tony Iommi and Emppu Vuiorien. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: I am centrally located in Ft. Worth close to Keller, Roanoke and Haslet areas. Guitar Techniques: Guidance In Equipment Selection, Jamming Skills, Performance, Fingerstyle, Rhythm guitar, Lead guitar, Scales and Exercises, Music Theory, Reading Music
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  • Philippe Bertaud Guitar Lessons

    Philippe Bertaud Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Philippe Bertaud

    My teaching approach: Have you always wanted to learn to play the guitar? Perhaps you’ve already begun, but you have encountered obstacles. Or maybe you’ve taken some guitar lessons that lead nowhere. You’re discouraged. You can imagine all of the sounds you’d like to play, but somehow you can’t find the right notes. Your fingers won’t obey you…? Philippe’s Guitar lessons and personalized. With more than 20 years of experience he will help you fix all problems in a fun and friendly environment. My influences are: From Wes Montgomery to Paco de Lucia My guitar lessons take pla
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  • Derek Neece Guitar Lessons

    Derek Neece Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Derek Neece

    My teaching approach: My name is Derek Neece. I teach Private Guitar lessons in my home studio which resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. I have been playing 25 years and professionally for 15 years. I have had the experience of playing in bands ranging in styles from Rock, Metal, Blues, Jazz, Fusion, Top 40 and Country . I have had the fortunate opportunity to work in top professional music studios and with award winning producers including Sterling Winfield of Pantera fame and Mitch Marine from Smash Mouth and Dwight Yokum. I have had my music played on 97.1 KEGL and 102.1 the EDGE. As of
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  • Rachel Loss-Cutler-Hull Guitar Lessons

    Rachel Loss-Cutler-Hull Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Rachel Loss-Cutler-Hull

    My teaching approach: My goal is to help each of my students become the best musician possible. I'll provide technical and interpretive instruction, as well as instruction in reading music (as necessary) and in music theory (as desired). I'll teach you not just what to do, but why to do it; I believe technique exists to serve the music, not the other way around. I've played guitar since 1989, and taught at Eastfield College in Texas 2005-2015. I have earned an MM in Guitar Performance. I also write music from time to time. I've played with string players, wind players, vocalists, and other gui
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  • Mehdi Vaselali Guitar Lessons

    Mehdi Vaselali Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Mehdi Vaselali

    My teaching approach: my style is i have to introduce student that how to read note after some information i am gonna start book 1 and after that accompaniment and...... My guitar lessons take place in: The student's home Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: dallas .plano.frisco.richardson Guitar Techniques: Improvisation, Reading Music Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following: note,and how true put finger on guitar A guitar lesson with me might entail the following: melbay
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  • Kale Good Guitar Lessons

    Kale Good Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Kale Good

    My teaching approach: Start realizing your musical vision with Guitar Lessons! Located in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, Kale is a helpful, easy-to-understand teacher who focuses on helping students reach their goals. My influences are: David Russell, Keith Jarrett, Andres Segovia, etc etc. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: Philadelphia Guitar Techniques: Fingerstyle, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Guidance In Equipment Selection
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  • Inkwell Music

    Inkwell Music

    Dallas, TX · Kristen Landrum

    From private lessons in your own home, to yearly programs in our fully equipped studio, Inkwell Music provides music lessons that equip students to find their creative voice. Piano lessons are with Kristen Landrum, a nationally certified teacher of music with her Masters in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from SMU. Guitar lessons are with sought after worship guitarist, Brett Landrum. 

  • Magic Music

    Magic Music

    Dallas, TX · Magic Music

    Magic Music was the first organization to match music Teachers of ALL different types of instruments with students for private in-your-home lessons! Our Teachers are experienced teaching ALL ages and ALL skill levels, beginners to advanced! Magic Music selects only the most masterful and professional Music Teachers for our music program. Our Teachers are some of the most fun, caring, patient, and educated in town, and have extensive teaching and performance experience. Most of Magic Music’s Teachers have Bachelor, Master, or PhD Degrees in music, and are recipients of numerous prestigious awa
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  • Cody Marriott Guitar Lessons

    Cody Marriott Guitar Lessons

    Dallas, TX · Cody Marriott

    My teaching approach: I teach fiddle and guitar. I am the Texas State Fiddle Champion of 2007 and Five Time Missouri State Fiddle Champion. I teach breakdowns, swing fiddle, guitar lessons and tenor guitar lessons. My guitar lessons take place in: Either location Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Fingerpicking, Jamming Skills

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Dallas Guitar Lessons

(9 reviews)

Dallas Guitar Instruction

Brandon Richardson · Dallas, TX


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Riley Wilson is a guitarist, singer, performer, guitar teacher, as well as writer and, in this interview with Lessons.com, it’s clear that Riley is passionate and accomplished in all of the above. He offers guitar lessons in the Dallas – Fort Worth neighboring city of Frisco, as well as Skype guitar lessons, and you can check out the Riley Wilson Guitar Teacher Page today to watch the interview. Here’s what Riley had to say about his approach to guitar teaching.

Riley Wilson Dallas Guitar Teacher

Lessons.com: We’re here today with Riley Wilson. Welcome, Riley, and thanks for taking the time today to talk to us about your guitar teaching.

Riley Wilson: Thank you very much for having me. This will be fun.

Lessons.com: It will be fun. I’m looking forward to hearing more about your teaching. Can you tell us first, where you teach? What city and what state are you in?

Riley Wilson: We’re in a town called Frisco, Texas. We’re twenty-seven miles, straight north of downtown Dallas, and if folks that are not from this area would know where Plano, Texas is, we’re the immediate town north of Plano.

Lessons.com: Okay. And do you teach guitar at your own location, or do you travel to guitar students’ homes?

Riley Wilson: I do. I teach here at the house because we have a lot of electronic gear that I use; I use that during my guitar teaching, and we can talk about that. I use a lot of software; I use a lot of things that would make it very difficult for me to take what I have elsewhere.

Lessons.com: So, people travel to you, and can you please say the name of the town again where you are?

Riley Wilson: Sure. We’re in Frisco, Texas. Everyone that’s not from this area will understand about it shortly because the Dallas Cowboys are moving their practice facility here, and Toyota International has just relocated their international headquarters – or their American headquarters – from Torrence, California, here. They’ll be here in a year, so … Frisco – we moved here in July of ’96 – had about eighteen thousand people. It’s now over a hundred-forty-thousand people, and by the time it’s done, it’ll probably be half-a-million people, so it’s been a really good place for us to be. I can tell you that.

Riley Discusses What It’s Like To Teach Guitar in Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex Lessons.com: That’s what I was just thinking. I was going to ask you what the guitar lesson climate there in Frisco, Texas and in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. It sounds like, with the growth, it would be a great place to be a guitar teacher.

Riley Wilson: It’s a really good place. It’s always been a good place. I’m originally from Shreveport, Louisiana; I’ve lived all over the United States, attended GIT (Guitar Institute of Technology) in Los Angeles in ’83 and ’84 and, after ten years in North Carolina, we moved here in July of ’96, as I said. It was a very small town at the time, but Texas has always been interested in guitar and guitar music … so many guitar heroes from this area: Eric Johnson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Steve Miller … all of these people are from Texas, so, because of that, there’s always been a tremendous interest in guitar. Frisco’s been a great place for us, because, as I said, I’m conveniently located to Dallas or Arlington, or Fort Worth, Grand Prairie. We’ve got, you know, probably three million people in the metroplex plus. So, it’s a great place to be.

Lessons.com: It sounds like it. And, what styles of music are your guitar students most often interested in learning?

Riley Wilson: Well, I would say, probably, the vast majority of folks are probably interested in rock. Country, of course, is huge here in Texas, and then, of course, you’ve got blues – a lot of older adults are interested in that. I’ve got a lot more students that are interested in jazz these days, which has been kind of fun, because I happen to love jazz. But, we do a little bit of everything. I teach classical guitar, as I said, because I attended GIT; I’ve been through all of that curriculum, and we’ve got all of that here.

Riley’s Book: “Guitar Made Simpler” and Why He Uses It To Teach Guitar What I typically will do is I’ll typically start people off with a guitar method that we wrote and published back in 2006 called “Guitar Made Simpler – An Intelligent Approach” – I’ll put up a shameless plug for it. (Riley holds up a copy of the book for viewers to see.)

The reason that I did the book is, like a lot of guitar teachers, when I graduated from GIT and moved back to Raleigh, North Carolina, I wanted to teach guitar, and I wanted to share with people what I had learned in my experience at GIT. In fact, that the way I learned, which was basically by ear, and very slow, very inefficient, wasn’t a good way. I made everybody do Mel Bay for about nine or ten months, and that was kind of a dry text, and I kept going through all these books, and they didn’t do what I wanted to do, which was present material in a really slow, easy-to-understand fashion. And that’s why we call the book “An Intelligent Approach”. I’ve been through several of them that I thought were less intelligent.

So, we put the material in the book in a way that people can learn guitar, almost from the very beginning, and it makes sense. It doesn’t go too quickly; we don’t have, what I call speed bumps in the book. If you’re learning the notes – three notes on the first string. Now, when we go to the second string, now you have six notes. well, you’ve just increased exponentially how much somebody is supposed to retain. The book gives a combination of notation and tablature. We have not one, but two audio CD’s, because we weren’t able to get all the instruction and information on one CD.

Riley Discusses The Art Of Giving Guitar Lessons

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

Riley Wilson: Absolutely, absolutely. In fact, it’s interesting … I’ve had guitar students probably as young as eight or nine years-of-age, probably for the thirty years – almost thirty years – we’ve been teaching guitar. I feel that nine-and-a-half or ten is the magic age to start. After that, it doesn’t matter; you can go as long as you want, and I’ve got plenty of adults in their forties and fifties and sixties that do guitar lessons. So, it’s a wide cross spectrum.

Guitar Lesson Fees and Scheduling Lessons.com: Two questions: What are your guitar lesson fees? And what is your scheduling format – how often do you work with students?

Riley Wilson: That’s a great question. We typically do thirty minute guitar instruction, and lessons are a hundred-four dollars a month, so that’s a twenty-six dollar per half-hour lesson. We typically do that once a week. I’ve been through forty-five minute and hour long guitar lessons, and I found for myself that with our students, unless it’s a tremendously motivated person that’s working two or three hours a day in practice time, that they’re generally not going to get as much out of a high powered thirty minute lesson – and we try to do a high-powered thirty minute lesson here. So, that’s typically how we do it.

Skype Guitar Lessons with Riley Wilson

I do have some folks, for example, that will do lessons via Skype. We’ve got a lot of students that travel. Dallas Fort Worth is a very big business center worldwide. So, we’ve got people from all over the world that work here. Many of them travel, so there’s often times, I end up doing a Skype guitar lesson with students, because they can’t make it physically here. And that’s worked out really well, and so I think that video guitar instruction and doing Skype and all that is a wonderful way to help people to get an opportunity to play with a guitar instructor, in front of a guitar instructor, at least once a week, so they reinforce the good habits and don’t get into bad ones!

Lessons.com: And, do you help your students learn how to use recording equipment?

Riley Wilson: Absolutely! In fact, in addition to teaching guitar, I also do gigs. I’ve got a pretty successful one- man band in this part of the United States, and so I use Pro Tools to create backing tracks that I use for gigs – in fact I’ve got two shows on Saturday where I’ll use those. So … We use Garage Band, I’ve used Pro Tools with students. We definitely use Transcribe and Guitar Pro. I’ve always been a real big believer in using electronic tools to help us. In the old days – when I started playing guitar in 1966, you would get an album or a forty-five and slow it down and scratch up the record … and many of the older folks would relate to that. And then in the seventies – if you were lucky – you had a tape deck that could slowly in the eighties … and so … Now we use digital audio – it makes the whole process so much better. If I’m playing along with, for example, a Van Halen or a Kiss record, we don’t have to tune down, you just speed up the recording a half step … we can play along with that, so that works really well.

Lessons.com: And, when you’re teaching, what guitars do you use? Do you teach guitar with both acoustic and electric?

Riley Wilson: Absolutely. For example, if I’m teaching classical, I’ve got an Alvarez nylon string that I’ll use for that. I’ve got a rotating cast of characters that I’m often using. I love to launder instruments, so … I have a Variax that I use on my gigs, that allows me to get electric and acoustic sounds. I’ve recently been doing a lot stuff with acoustic guitars, so I’ll typically play an Ovation for that. I have a bass guitar; I even have a pedal steel. I don’t teach pedal steel. I do teach, by the way, electric and acoustic guitar, and bass guitar … occasionally will do voice lessons under duress. (Riley smiles warmly and knowingly.)

Voice lessons – I work a lot harder than I do when I teach guitar or bass, generally … so, I do mostly those, and probably, in the future will ramp up and be able to do pedal steel lessons, because it’s a great instrument. I’ve learned it enough to play it mediocrely … but, of course, I could teach what we do, so that may be an option in the future.

Lessons.com: Of course. You teach what you know, and then you move forward from there.

Riley Wilson: Absolutely. Absolutely.

Lessons.com: Well, one last question before we stop for today: Do you offer guidance to your guitar students about what guitar to look for and what to look for in a guitar?

Riley Wilson: Absolutely. Absolutely. You know, my background, in addition to not only being a guitar teacher, and a voice talent – a performer – I’m also a writer. I did a column for twelve years in Vintage Guitar called “The Gigmeister”, and I’ve also written for Gig Magazine back in the eighties. I have a solo blogger column that I do with the L2P.com, which is basically the folks from Gig Magazine, that’s online … so, I’ve been doing equipment reviews and gear reviews, and all that kind of thing, generally for magazines, since the mid-eighties, and so I have a lot of opinions about that. One of my big things is to get try to get students to get the correct scale length for their guitar. For example a lot of students will end up with a 25.5″ scale guitar, and they’ve got small hands. And it just doesn’t work very well. So I suggest that they do that … yeah, absolutely. I enjoy shopping on Craigslist … in fact, that’s sort of a guilty pleasure of mine – In fact, I’ll often buy them (guitars) that way.

Yeah, absolutely. What I always tell people is, in terms of my guitar teaching philosophy, if you learn anything from the ground up, be it scuba diving or driving a car or a foreign language, you have to start small, and you have to start with the basics, and sort of go step-by-step-by-step. And, that’s the reason that we wrote Guitar Made Simpler, is that I wanted people to be able to succeed with guitar. I’ve been playing guitar for over forty years – almost fifty, in fact, so I wanted to do something for people that wanted to learn guitar, that didn’t want to pull their hair out, and wanted to have success from the very beginning.