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  • Scott Lawson Kirkland Guitar Lessons

    Scott Lawson Kirkland Guitar Lessons

    Kirkland, WA 98034

    5.0 (2)

    Playing in various bands and projects for 30 years and a graduate of Musicians Institute, I have enjoyed the privilege of teaching full time on the east side of the Seattle area for the past 16 years to all ages and levels, helping my students reach their goals and become the musicians they want to be. In addition to offering private lessons as well as traveling for in-home lessons, I also have been teaching group classes at the North Kirkland Community Center since 2004 to present as well as Guitar Center in Redmond currently on weekends. My lessons are fun, engaging and geared towards ea
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  • Brian Lally, Guitar & Bass Lessons

    Brian Lally, Guitar & Bass Lessons

    Seattle, WA 98116

    5.0 (1)

    My past engagements have included a live on-air performance on 102.5 KZOK FM, in-concert performances at the Seattle Arts in Nature Festival, the Northwest Faerie Festival, and the Seattle Museum of the Mysteries, and weekly performances at the 4th & Madison Building in downtown Seattle for over four years. I have more than 25 years of experience, a BA in Classical Guitar from Western Washington University, and have studied in master classes with the Falla Guitar Trio and Larry Coryell.  I am also a member of the American Federation of Musicians. As a teacher, I strive to be patient
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  • Amir C. Suleiman Guitar Lessons

    Amir C. Suleiman Guitar Lessons

    Pike Place Market, WA 98111

    My teaching approach: I have developed a method that allows you to understand scale placement in a very simple manor. Many students that have come from other teachers and text like my quick and concise way of expressing the fundamentals of lead playing. I will train your ears and introduce you to music theory so that you may begin to build your own chords for personal expression. Give me a call today. My guitar lessons take place in: In the teacher's studio Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerpicking, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skil
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  • Acknowledge Music

    Acknowledge Music

    Seattle, WA 98107

    Hello! I've been teaching guitar and piano in the Seattle area for about ten years now. I specialize in beginner students, but I am also available to help hone your technique if you're already off and running. I am classically trained, but I can teach any genre. I generally like to get to know what kind of music my student likes, and base the lessons off of that material. That way, everyone is having fun! Music is and should be fun, but practice is definitely the key to learning! I earned a BA in Music in 2002 and more recently completed a Masters in Teaching and Learning in 2015. I look forwa
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  • Terrence Rosnagle Guitar Lessons

    Terrence Rosnagle Guitar Lessons

    Seattle, WA 98102

    My teaching approach: I've played and taught guitar professionally for over 15 years. I work hard and patiently to keep students inspired. I specialize in Flamenco, Classical, Brazilian and Latin music. But also play and teach Rock and Blues. I love all music. 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: Irvine, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Foothill Ranch, Laguna Niguel, South Orange County Guitar Techniques: Guidance In Equipment Selection, Scales and Exercises, Music Theory, Reading Music,
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  • David Hillman Guitar Lessons

    David Hillman Guitar Lessons

    Seattle, WA 98109

    My teaching approach: I feel that learning the guitar should be a fun experience no matter how serious you are about it. I also like to show you how much you already naturally know about music. I've developed a great curriculum which I tailor around how you learn & what you want to know. Please read reviews written about me by students and parents here: My influences are: The Beatles, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townsend, Jack White, Angus Young, David Gilmore, Keith Richards, Marc Ribot, Tom Waits, and tons more, too many to list. My guita
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  • Bob Crow Guitar Lessons

    Bob Crow Guitar Lessons

    Seattle, WA 98107

    My teaching approach: My name is Bob Crow, and I've been teaching in Seattle full time since 2005. My lesson studio is in the Ballard neighborhood. Learn the techniques and theory needed to make the music you want to make, whatever that may be. My job is to help guide you through that process, and help you make the most of your practice time. Once you are making music, I like to introduce new possibilities to keep you growing as a musician, but student input is always greatly encouraged. My influences are: They change from year to year. Sometimes from day to day. Rock 60's to present day, 70
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  • Seattle Guitar Mentor

    Seattle Guitar Mentor

    Seattle, WA 98103

    Start getting real results in your guitar playing today with the most effective guitar lessons in Seattle Washington. We've helped many students at all levels to expereince breakthrough after breakthrough in their guitar playing, songwriting, and imrovising. Start reaching your goals no matter how big or small. Contact us today at 206-512-4144 or head over to our website to find out more and view loads of student testimonials
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  • JT Phillips Guitar Lessons

    JT Phillips Guitar Lessons

    Seattle, WA 98103

    My teaching approach: Guitar Lessons are designed to fit each student's individual needs and goals to help guide them successfully down the musical journey that is learning to play the guitar. For any guitar players at any level of ability, we will work to unlock your potential on the guitar while enhancing knowledge of the guitar, music theory and a general appreciation of music. My influences are: Keith Wright, Tony Abreu, Slash, Les Paul, Joe Perry... And anyone one who makes music... My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar lessons typically take place on these days
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  • Peter Spencer Guitar Lessons

    Peter Spencer Guitar Lessons

    Seattle, WA 98103

    My teaching approach: My course of study is designed with the individual student in mind and I solicit maximum input from students, especially when it comes to the styles to be studied. I do not use European music notation and seldom use tablature. I teach the guitar as an "ear" instrument. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: Dusty Strings Music Store in Seattle Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerstyle, Slide Guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Musi
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  • Curt Golden Guitar Lessons

    Curt Golden Guitar Lessons

    Seattle, WA 98107

    My teaching approach: The primary focus of the approach I use is HOW to play, rather than WHAT to play, with an emphasis on mechanics, fretboard knowledge and ear training. My aim is for you to develop the skills to play anything you wish, and not simply the things I show you. With the guitar, the best thing we can do for ourselves is learn how to learn. Then, no teacher and no method can hold us back. Whether you are a beginner just thinking about getting some guidance, or you've been playing for some time and feel you are ready to kick it up a notch, I can help. My influences are: If they
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  • Chris Weyers Guitar Lessons

    Chris Weyers Guitar Lessons

    Kirkland, WA 98033

    My teaching approach: All of my students receive an individual lesson plan and strategy designed to get the best results in the shortest amount of time based on their own individual goals. My influences are: There are far too many to name, and they range from nearly all genres, from rock to classical, metal to jazz, and everything in between. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: Totem Lake, Kirkland, Kingsgate, Inglewood-Finn Hill, Woodinville, Bellevue, Overlake, Bothell Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guita
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  • Clark Grogan Guitar Lessons

    Clark Grogan Guitar Lessons

    West Bellevue, WA 98015

    My teaching approach: I teach the student everything they need to know about music by helping them learn the music that they want to play. My approach is student driven. Every thing you need to know about me is at the myspace adress or website. this includes influences and recorded music. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: Issaquah (Home Studio), Bellevue (Musicworks Northwest) Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Fingerstyle, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music,
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  • Phil Hansen Guitar Lessons

    Phil Hansen Guitar Lessons

    West Bellevue, WA 98015

    My teaching approach: Phil Hansen has been a full time music teacher since 1973 and has taught at 2 colleges, 3 high schools, and in many music stores since that time. He currently teaches private lessons on Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, and Bass in Auburn on Mondays and Tuesdays at Green River Music, on Thursday in Issaquah at Mills Music, on Fridays in Redmond at Mills music, and on Wednesdays in Enumclaw. My guitar lessons take place in: In the teacher's studio Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Fingerpicking, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales an
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  • Roberts Music Institute

    Roberts Music Institute

    West Bellevue, WA 98015

    Description about my music education organization's philosophy, experience, community, curriculum, and faculty: RMI is a one of a kind music school and is designed to open the door to the artistic, creative and technical side of contemporary musicianship. The Roberts Music Institute is a performance oriented music school located in Bellevue, WA. With a focus on accelerated learning techniques, RMI offers an individualized curriculum through private lessons. Students also have opportunities to meet and play with other musicians in our classes and player’s clubs. We have students of all ages
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  • Music Works Northwest

    Music Works Northwest

    Bellevue, WA 98005

    Music Works Northwest is a non-profit community music school offering music lessons, music therapy and performance experiences for all ages, conveniently located minutes from downtown Bellevue. Our mission is to change lives through accessible music education and experiences.

  • Steven Pontius Guitar Lessons

    Steven Pontius Guitar Lessons

    Pike Place Market, WA 98111

    My teaching approach: My approach to teaching is simple, I teach you in the direction you would like to go, I try to make you the guitar player you want to be. I will show you how to read and write music, learn scales, chords, and how to construct and improvise a solo properly. I will use books i think fit you best. I will have you get 'music theory for guitar' by tom kolb to start you off. My influences are: Tosin Abasi, Scale the Summit, Animals as leaders, Dream Theater, Jeff Loomis, Rusty Cooley, John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert, Yngwie Malmsteen, Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Alexi L
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  • Jamie Barrows Guitar Lessons

    Jamie Barrows Guitar Lessons

    Pike Place Market, WA 98111

    My teaching approach: I teach from a series of books myself and a fellow guitar instructor consider to be some of the best and most informative books on the market. The books can be purchased on or through the shop. My influences are: Yngwie Malmsteen, Rusty Cooley, Darrel Abbot, John 5, Mark Morton, Willie Addler, Stevie Ray Vaughn. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: I currently teach out of Tommy's Guitar Shop in Everett Wa. Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Improvisation, Jamming Skills
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  • Laurie Miller Guitar Lessons

    Laurie Miller Guitar Lessons

    Pike Place Market, WA 98111

    My teaching approach: I play bass for a living. Recently I was playing with Goldy McJohn (Steppenwolf's keyboardist). I have hung with some heavy jazz cats in LA - Sal Marquez - (trumpet - Zappa, Leno show, etc.). I like to teach from a basic theory - learning the 12 bar blues, and scales, so that the student can play with other people. I am currently finishing an e-book on Full Range scales for the Bass. My guitar lessons take place in: Either location Guitar Techniques: Rhythm guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and E
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  • Jim Fitzpatrick Guitar Lessons

    Jim Fitzpatrick Guitar Lessons

    Pike Place Market, WA 98111

    My teaching approach: I've been playing for over 35 years, & teaching professionaly for 25 years - at various local music stores, EdCC community college, on cable television, and privately at my home studio. My father was a college music teacher, and I myself have attended 3 colleges studying guitar, music theory, piano, woodwinds, digital elect. music, & jazz improvisation. I specialize in rock, blues, jazz, & theory. My guitar lessons take place in: In the teacher's studio Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerpicking, Slide Guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performa
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  • Luke Olver Guitar Lessons

    Luke Olver Guitar Lessons

    Pike Place Market, WA 98111

    My teaching approach: I give students a great, fun learning experience to make sure they are getting their money\'s worth and attaining or surpassing their personal goals. Learning any instrument should be a fun process while still challenging, so I ensure my students are understanding what they\'re playing and achieving satisfaction in meeting those challenges, My influences are: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, Lindsey Buckingham, Mike McCready, Joe Bonamassa, Alex Lifeson, Django Rinehardt, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's h
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  • Musical Mind Piano Studio

    Musical Mind Piano Studio

    Mercer Island, WA 98040

    Connie Wible is the Owner of Musical Mind Piano Studio and Store and the Founder of MI Music Technology Camp located on Mercer Island, Washington between Seattle and Bellevue. She has worked with young musicians for over 35 years, teaching, accompanying and performing and composing. Connie started lessons at age 4 and began accompanying soloists and choirs and church services starting at age 10. Undergraduate studies were at Boise State University and Seattle Pacific University majoring in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy, with an emphasis in Abnormal Psychology. She is a public speaker
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  • Cody DeLaney Guitar Lessons

    Cody DeLaney Guitar Lessons

    Redmond, WA 98052

    My teaching approach: First, I listen to what the student's goals are. I fit lessons to the individual student. I am 17 but have been playing guitar for most of my life. I understand how students struggle when learning guitar and I will keep them confident while teaching them how to accomplish the goals that they will set for themselves. Students will learn theory, improv, scales, great songs, and have fun learning! My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: I teach in my home in Graham. Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Fin
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  • Chris Lund Guitar Lessons

    Chris Lund Guitar Lessons

    Redmond, WA 98052

    My teaching approach: I have been providing pro quality guitar instruction in the Tacoma are since 1997. In the beginning stages my job is to guide the student in building a strong fundamental foundation upon which to build. As the student becomes more advanced then we can specialize in the various style of their choice be it Rock, Jazz, Classical, Blues, etc. Over time, it is desired that students will achieve proficiency in several styles in order to become well-rounded players. I have a degree from the University of Washington and currently am lead guitarist, singer and songwriter in my ban
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  • Robert (Joey) Stofle Guitar Lessons

    Robert (Joey) Stofle Guitar Lessons

    Redmond, WA 98052

    My teaching approach: All my teaching is done on a individual basis I try not to use a cookie cutter approach I really want to help the student meet their own personal goals. Some students need lots of structure and some don't. I can usually tell what their needs are from giving over 320 lessons per month for the past twelve years. All my students can expect to learn allot, and have fun doing it. My influences are: My latest influence is Jeff Beck he is unbeliveable. Also Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, Steve Howe, Steve Lukather, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Phil Keaggy. I have so many other influences I rea
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  • Chad Cassady Guitar Lessons

    Chad Cassady Guitar Lessons

    Redmond, WA 98052

    My teaching approach: Music theory is essential, but it's only part of being a musician. I start by helping you learn to play the instrument and develop a voice. As you're ready for it, I'll teach you all the theory. My biggest goal is to teach you how to grow as a musician. Once you've learned how to approach it, you can discover your potential as a musician for the rest of your life. I will "teach you to fish" and work myself out of a job. When we're done, I want us to be peers. My influences are: Jerry Cantrell, Jonny Greenwood, Sonny Landreth, John Frusciante, Explosions in the Sky, Steve
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  • Marcel Suter Guitar Lessons

    Marcel Suter Guitar Lessons

    Redmond, WA 98052

    My teaching approach: My influences are: My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: Tacoma, WA. Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Fingerstyle, Improvisation, Music Theory Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following: .A guitar lesson with me might entail the following: The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following:
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  • Cody Plaiss Guitar Lessons

    Cody Plaiss Guitar Lessons

    Seattle, WA 98122

    My teaching approach: I teach from the ground up, making sure not to overlook the small stuff that can become a problem later. I begin by teaching chords, rhythm, and scales and most importantly fluidity between those things. I love all types of music but i am most proficient in classic rock, alternative, indie, and acoustic music. 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 teach anywhere in Las Vegas. I prefer to teach from my house but will travel if need be. Guitar Techniques: Guidance In Equipment S
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  • Seattle Guitar Coach

    Seattle Guitar Coach

    Seattle, WA 98177

    I am a patient, professional teacher with over 20 years of experience working with students of all ages, from beginner to advanced. If you are a beginner, I will get you off to a great start and you be surprised at how much you wil be able to play after only one lesson. If you've already been playing for a while, I can make suggestions that will immediately improve your playing. I customize your lessons to match your learning style, so you can learn faster. The lessons are enjoyable and challenging enough to edge you to the next level of your playing. Your first session with me is risk-free. Y
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  • Guitar, Ukulele And Music Theory Lessons

    Guitar, Ukulele And Music Theory Lessons

    Seattle, WA 98121

    Are you looking to add that little something to your life? Well perhaps your answer is to pick up the guitar. Maybe you already play the guitar and just want to learn new things to add to your playing. You could also play a different instrument altogether and want to bring your playing to the next level. If any of this is you then I'm your man. I teach Guitar for the Hobbiest to the Professional. As well as applied music theory for any and all instruments. Now accepting Ukulele students as well.
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  • Music Lessons For All Ages & All Levels  At The Music Factory

    Music Lessons For All Ages & All Levels At The Music Factory

    Seattle, WA 98112

    I encourage students to find their goals and together we make a pathway to success. In my studio we teach every instrument. Which is great.  I can refer folks to who best suits them this also helps with scheduling. You always get the time slot you need. My studio is in Capital Hill area or just west of there by the Arboreetum. we do recitals at a local venue every month or two and kids and adults love it!  We we have taught over 3000 lessons and have only had one or two complaints EVER!!!  We are all professional working artists! Fun to hang with and I meet all my students where
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  • Travis Bowman Guitar Lessons

    Travis Bowman Guitar Lessons

    Downtown, WA 98139

    Hi. I'm Travis. Quick info: 15 years of experience teaching guitar full time degree from Berklee College of Music I'm very professional and friendly accepting students from 9 - 100 I will teach you the basic and advanced skills that will allow you to play whatever genre you wish to play.

  • Music With Elena

    Music With Elena

    Seattle, WA 98155

    Elena DeLisle-Perry absolutely loves to teach and play music and plays any chance she gets. With guitar as her main instrument she has studied several acoustic styles, including Calentano (the music of Tierra Caliente, Mexico), Old Time, Country Blues, Flamenco, Classical, Bluegrass, Cajun, Jazz/Swing, and Jugband music. She also plays old time banjo and loves to sing. In addition to playing, Elena teaches private lessons and group classes to all ages. Her journey into playing acoustic music started with a bang when, in 1999, she found herself at “Sweetsmill”, an infamous C
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  • 206 Music Lessons

    206 Music Lessons

    Seattle, WA 98115

    We teach you what you want to play, how you want to play it We teach because we want to offer lessons on all instruments to all interest levels, all ability levels, and all ages, anywhere in the Seattle area. We teach because we believe experienced music professionals deserve to be matched with bright and interested students. We teach because we see the typical music lesson, in a cramped studio with an overworked teacher using decades-old materials to teach a single style of a single instrument, and we think we can offer more—and do better. We teach music to make learning more
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  • Mercer Island Music

    Mercer Island Music

    Mercer Island, WA 98040

    Mercer Island Music is a collaboration of fine musicians from around the Mercer Island and Seattle area. Led by Connie Wible, our goal is to provide all youth and adults music instruction and therapy that works, and create programs that stimulate the musical mind and bring out everyone's inner musician. Mercer Island Music Programs this year include: Lessons, Workshops, Piano Keys for Autism, live events and Much More! Please check out our website and contact us with any questions!
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  • Private Guitar Instruction

    Private Guitar Instruction

    Kirkland, WA 98034

    Get started learning chords & guitar tabs to your favorite songs today.I teach all levels. Will come to you.My specialty is getting my students to be able to play songs of their choice in a matter of weeks.I keep it interesting and fun. You will learn scales and all your favorite guitar riffs.Recording is also available. My rates are fair & I offer discounted prices for referrals.* I have been teaching for 10 years and I have very happy students. I can also provide a list of references if necessary.
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  • The Mike Keeney Guitar School

    The Mike Keeney Guitar School

    Seattle, WA 98103

    Mike Keeney has been teaching guitar lessons in a private and group setting for over 11 years. This Berklee College of Music alumnus specializes in all styles. He brings a unique and custom-fit approach for each student. It could be Rock, Blues, Classical, Jazz, Country, Folk, Shredding, Bluegrass, Ragtime, or Metal. He does it all! Each lesson with Mike has substance while also being fun and engaging. Learn to play the guitar and schedule your free, no-pressure trial lesson today! Beginners are welcome!
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  • School Of Rock

    School Of Rock

    Seattle, WA 98103

    Welcome to School of Rock Seattle, where students learn to rock their worlds. A fixture in Seattle that has served crowds of aspiring young rockers since 2008, School of Rock Seattle is all about curating a new generation of music-minded students who get to balance education with all the fun and awesomeness of a great jam session.Whether our students are killing it on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or vocals, School of Rock Seattle equips everyone with the right gear: experienced teachers, seriously awesome music fundamentals, and spectacular bands of friends and fellow musicians. Our performance
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  • Ali.J Guitar Lessons

    Ali.J Guitar Lessons

    Seattle, WA 98115

    Hi , this is AJ , and I've been playing around with music since I was 4 . I started on the piano , when I was 9 I started playing the violin . When I got to 15 , that's when my interests towards rock and progressive rock music took me to Guitar . Been playing non-stop ever since . Music's been my passion , my hobby , and my best friend in my roughest of times . I've tough guitar for 5 years now , and have more than just a couple of recordings . I was even accepted to Berklee College of Music with a 40% scholarship because of one of my recording , the instrumental composition : Megaphonia (you
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Seattle Guitar Lessons

(3 reviews)

Seattle Guitar Instruction

Joe Walker · Seattle, WA

Featured Instructor

It was our pleasure to speak via Skype with Seattle guitar teacher, Joe Walker, recently, as we continue to be inspired by the level of sincerity and passion for teaching guitar that each guitar teacher we’ve interviewed has demonstrated. You can watch the interview in its entirety on Joe’s guitar teacher page.

Learn Guitar in Seattle with Guitar Teacher Joe Walker We’re here today talking with guitar teacher Joe Walker, who has a profile on Hello, Joe, and thanks for taking the time to talk with us today about your guitar teaching.

Joe Walker: Hi, James. Thank you very much for inviting me. It’s a pleasure to be here with you, and I look forward to hearing about your teaching. First off, can you tell us where you teach – what city you’re in and what state?

Joe Walker: I’m in Seattle, Washington. And do you teach in your guitar students’ homes or do they come to you?

Joe Walker: I teach primarily right here in this room. This is my home studio. I used to teach guitar in students’ homes, but I don’t currently offer that. I do also teach Skype guitar lessons, so I do that right here on the webcam, and I can teach pretty much any student all over the world. And if someone wanted to contact you about Skype lessons, how would they do so?

Joe Walker: They can contact me through my website, which is, or, obviously, my profile. Very cool. And can you tell us about the guitar lesson climate there in Seattle – do you find that there are a lot of people there that want to learn guitar?

Joe Walker: Yeah, I do. It’s pretty fun. It’s a very musical city, and there’s people learning all kinds of different instruments. I find that guitar is a really popular one, and I’ve got several students ranging from age five all the way up to retired adults and just across the board – it’s a very popular instrument. And what styles of music do you find your students most often interested in learning?

Joe Walker: The most popular styles, I’d say, would probably be classic rock or modern pop music. A lot of the younger kids are really into whatever they hear on the radio, so they want to learn how to play the latest Calvin Harris tune on guitar … or something like that. So yeah, those would be the main … the most popular genres, and I do several others as well. And in simple terms could you describe your guitar teaching approach? What’s your focus with each individual guitar student?

Joe Walker: The focus is always what gets the student the most excited about practicing and playing and progressing on guitar. So, most of the time, that means finding out what their favorite music to listen to is, and see if we can find a way to put that on the guitar. Even if they’re a total beginner, find a way to adapt it in a way that’s easy for them to play, and they can get really excited about playing guitar and practicing. So, it’s a very individual approach for every different guitar student. That sounds great, Joe, so that type of approach – kind of get people playing songs as quickly as possible – especially songs that they enjoy.

Joe Walker: Absolutely! And then go … dig into the theory and the technique from there – whatever theory they need to apply for their own music that they’re pursuing. And how long are your guitar lessons?

Joe Walker: My lessons are all fifty minutes long. That leaves me a little buffer between lessons to make sure that I’m never running late, so lessons always start on the hour, and then I’ve got that extra ten minutes where we can go overtime when we need to. And tell us a little bit about your fees and your scheduling format. How often do you work with your guitar students?

Joe Walker: I encourage all my students to do weekly lessons – find a time that they can reserve to come every week, and they can cancel and reschedule those lessons as they see fit. For fees, I charge $80 for a guitar lesson, and then, if you can lock down a time where you’re coming every week, I discount it to seventy per lesson. And do you find that students make more progress when they’re meeting with you at a regular time?

Joe Walker: Absolutely – especially the younger guitar students, because if they go too long between guitar lessons, they either end up building some bad habits that could have been weeded out with a more regular lesson, or they end up getting bored with something that they’re practicing too often. So weekly lessons … even if it’s … sometimes I have a couple guitar students who split that fifty minutes, like siblings or a father and son or something like that … if they can come in every single week, then that’s usually what gets the best results. That sounds very good, Joe. And tell us a little bit about your equipment. When you’re teaching guitar, what guitars do you use? Are there particular acoustic or electric guitars that you find you teach with more often?

Joe Walker: I find that I teach with my acoustic guitar a lot more often than I used to play it before I was in lessons, both because many of my students play acoustic, probably more acoustic than electric guitar, and because it’s convenient to not have all the extra gear. But, I also use this one a lot – this is my Les Paul, and I have it plugged into a gaggle of pedals behind me, and I have several amps – I also teach bass lessons – and a couple of guitar amps in here. Very cool … and I noticed on the wall, behind you – behind your right shoulder- there’s a banjo. Do you also play the banjo?

Joe Walker: A tiny bit. That’s my dad’s banjo; I’m borrowing it from him right now. I’m learning it right now. Very cool to see it there in the room with you. And, do you offer guidance to your guitar students about purchasing a guitar?

Joe Walker: Of course – especially for the starting-from-scratch beginners, who often have no idea what kind of guitar to get, so depending on what kind of music they’re into, and how old they are, how big their hands are, I can provide advice on where to go to get a guitar, or what kind to look for, and what to ask the sales people. That’s wonderful, Joe, and we’ll be finishing the interview in a minute, but I wanted to ask you if you’d like to play something for viewers of the video. It doesn’t need to be something that you would show a student … more something maybe that you would enjoy playing when you sit down with the guitar … maybe a segment of a song – it would be great to hear.

Joe Walker: Of course. There’s something I’ve been working on recently – it’s part of the solo from Back In Black. So let’s see what happens when I try that right now. Great!

(Editor’s note: At this point in the interview, Joe demos some of his guitar playing skills with a little of AC DC’s Back In Black guitar solo, and if you can see and hear Joe playing the solo on his Les Paul by visiting the Joe Walker guitar teacher page.) That sounds great, Joe.

Joe Walker: Thank you.

Always a good song to hear. It never gets old.

Joe Walker: Yeah! So thank you again for taking the time to be in this interview; it’s wonderful to learn more about your guitar teaching, and I want to wish you the best of luck in your guitar teaching in the future.

Joe Walker: Thank you very much. Alright, Joe. Take care and good luck again.

Joe Walker: Thanks, James.