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The Joy of Teaching Guitar Lessons in Austin, the “Live Music Capitol of the World”

By Alan R. - Austin Guitar Teacher

As many of you know, and as the world learns more and more every year, Austin, Texas is an amazing place to be a musician. It has all the ingredients of a great up-and-coming American city: a strong entrepreneurial spirit, openness to newcomers, a thriving entertainment and arts scene, and that indescribable feeling of opportunity in the air. However, what sets Austin apart from other great American cities is the community’s unique embrace of the musical arts. Austin is one of the few remaining cities that still has a thriving nightlife based on the people’s love of live music performance.

The live music scene in Austin boasts countless rock groups, at least half a dozen major jazz big bands, and blues every night of the week. It also has an active and lively classical music scene, including the amazing Austin Symphony Orchestra. Folk, bluegrass, Latin music and countless other genres are performed and created here every day of the year.

As teachers and performers living in the midst of such creativity, we have the wonderful opportunity and responsibility to teach our students by example. With our specialized training and experience, those of us teaching guitar lessons in Austin can share a deep appreciation for the art of sound with our students by showing them that a lifetime of musical enjoyment begins with an uninhibited sense of curiosity.

My most influential teachers were always the ones that led by example. They played and recorded professionally, had worldwide compositional recognition, won Grammys, and published books, yet were still there on time for our lessons every week. They came ready to share new insights gained through a lifetime of professional musicianship. Through these experiences I learned that being a student does not end when one receives a degree or achieves a certain instrumental proficiency. Knowing that my teachers continually strove to practice and improve themselves as musicians still inspires me to this day.

I would like to encourage my fellow teachers to continue to lead our students by example as we teach guitar lessons in Austin. I hope to hear you all out there soon in this wonderful “Live Music Capitol of the World!”

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I offer private in-studio lessons tailored to your level and goals. Learn to play lead, rhythm, jam, and/or improvise. We can approach learning by using tab, standard notation, or by ear.

We'll focus on tunes you want to play, or take a broader approach incorporating reading music, ear training and theory.

If you’re just starting, we’ll begin with basic technique (holding the pick, strumming), playing chords and playing simple melodies.

About Max
I am a Berklee College of Music graduate in guitar & mandolin performance.

Lessons are tailored to your level and goals. We can focus on tunes you want to play, incorporating reading music, ear training and theory.

Learn by tab, music or by ear.Many students prefer to have notes or tab in front of them. I will provide the notes/tabs of songs we learn.

I want all students to come away from their lessons feeling successful.

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Bluegrass, Americana, Folk, Fiddle tunes
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Benjamin July 31, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Max is a great instructor and works really well with our 12 year old son. Our son looks forward to guitar lessons every week. Max's easy going attitude makes lessons fun and our son enjoys the jam sessions.
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Keith April 1, 2017
· Mandolin · In studio
Great instructor. Very knowledgable.
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Hal March 25, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Max is a superb guitar instructor! Each of his lessons are tailored to the individual needs and wants of his students. Tablatures are prepared in advance and available when you arrive at your next session. Strong emphasis is placed on playing technique, and Max is always willing to play each phrase or passage at a slower speed. For my money, there is no better guitar teacher, than Max.
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Max Z.

Austin, TX 78746
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I play and teach many styles and guide my students through the genre of music that they feel most excited about. I explain/demonstrate technical aspects of playing, musicality and theory and show each student the quickest path to success.

About Josh
Hi there! My name is Josh. I have been playing guitar for the majority of my life and have been teaching since 2010. I have a music degree with a focus on classical guitar and I play rock, blues, jazz, folk, pop, and just about anything you want to learn. Whether your goals are to strum and sing, improvise, learn classical guitar or rock, or understand music theory, I want to help you reach them. Music is my life and I love being able to share every bit of knowledge I have with my students. It is a blast to watch my students progress and get excited about guitar.

As a player, I learned what to avoid and what to utilize in order to accelerate my playing as quickly as possible and you will save time and limit frustration with my methods. I will teach you how to practice, which is the single most important part of learning. Effecti
ve practice yields great results for everyone. Often teachers will only explain the "how"; I teach the "how" and the "why" so you will have ample knowledge to grow and explore on your own.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will teach you to play the songs/styles that you love. I provide my own transcription of each song and explain and demonstrate each element. Learn how to read music, create rhythms for strumming, build your chord knowledge, improvise, train your ear and understand song structures. We will coordinate a lesson plan that will fit your schedule and accelerate your learning.

I keep my lessons fun, upbeat and with a focus on each student's goals. I ensure full comprehension of all subjects covered, and make sure that each student is challenged and learning constantly.

My main word of advice is "Be patient." Learning an instrument takes time, practice and is a gradual process that is rewarding beyond words. Acknowledge every little improvement in your playing because that is what we want. I recommend a minimum of 2-3 separate 30 minute practice sessions. There's no reason to put it off any longer. Let's get started!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Plenty of parking, music stands, amp, effects pedals, extra picks, tuners, a comfortable setting, great attitude, and seating for parents. Students only need to have their guitar and a notebook.

*** Specialties ***
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Darren A. July 13, 2015
· Rock Guitar · In studio
My experiences with Josh have been great. I have played guitar for many years, but my approach has always been lacking in relation to technique. Josh has helped me form a better mechanical understanding of my posture and movements. The adjustments he has helped me make have resulted in less stress on my fingers, wrist, and arms. He has always been thoroughly prepared for lessons. I would absolutely recommend Josh, especially for new musicians who want to learn their instrument in a fundamentally sound and detail oriented manner.
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Paul W. January 24, 2015
· Classical Guitar · In home
Been a student of Josh's for a few months now and feel very fortunate to have found him. His attention to detail, continuity between sessions, and obvious broad knowledge base are a few of the elements making this a very rewarding learning experience. I am learning to read music, understand music theory, and develop technique. I have very much looked forward to each lesson which Josh takes the time and effort to build upon with clear assignments and follow up. Josh is highly personable, professional and supportive. I highly recommend Josh.
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Mark J. September 19, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
Excellent, takes time to explain music so I can have a better understanding of the whole process.
I look forward to each class as I learn more.
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Josh G.

Austin, TX 78727
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Whether you want to learn the chords to your favorite song, brush up on your chord theory or improvise blazing solo's, I will teach you! I specialize in Rock,Blues, Jazz, Brazilian styles and Folk.

About David
As a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a Degree in Music Performance,I can teach you how to play your favorite songs, compose, theory,read music, and play lead guitar. I experienced in many styles of music and am particularly passionate about Rock,Blues,Jazz,Folk and Classical.
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Heather July 26, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
David is extremely versatile in his ability to teach a child, beginning adult musicians, to an advanced player. He is very aware of their potential and how far to set their goals at a time. His patience, passion of music and cheerfulness make learning fun, stress free and very rewarding.
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Amber July 25, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
David is a great teacher! He definitely knows his way around a guitar and is passionate about helping his students master the skill. I would strongly recommend David to anyone who wants to have a fun and informative guitar lesson!
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John O. March 22, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
David is not only a great guitar player but a great teacher! He encourages his students to learn the basics so that once you start learning the other songs and riffs it makes sense and is easier to learn.I just wish he didn't move to Texas!
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David H.

Austin, TX 78741
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I've been teaching guitar, acoustic and electric, for fifteen years. The first thing I like to do is get to know you, the music you enjoy and your goals. In a way, I like to begin by letting the student lead.

I believe anyone can play guitar. In most situations, we can learn the basics of playing some of your favorite songs in under a month. In the first few lessons we will learn open position chords and the basics of strumming and picking in 4/4 and 3/4 time. After you've memorized half a dozen or so songs this way, we can attempt barre chords and lead guitar playing.

About David
My name is David and I'm a professional musician who just moved to North Austin. I came from Cincinnati, where I went to the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, taught dozens of students at all levels and played regular gigs every weekend. I have been teaching for over fifteen years, and I'm looking to get a few new students.
I teach guitar, piano, bass guitar and even upright bass. If it's a tutor you are looking for I can also teach music theory and appreciation. I have a knack for teaching young people, probably because I was young when I started my musical journey. I've been very successful at inspiring a student's love of music and instilling the patience required to take on the challenge of playing an instrument.
The first thing I like to do is get to know you, the music you enjoy and your goals. In a way, I l
ike to begin by letting the student lead.
In addition to learning from you, I intend to present you with new information, to try and broaden your musical tastes and teach you how to be an active listener.
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Jane November 15, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Excellent first lesson today! Well focused on individual needs and goals. Very professional and encouraging. Looking forward to working hard and learning a great deal from this fine teacher.
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PT and Ken T. October 27, 2017
· Piano · In home
Mr. David L. is a wonderful music teacher for our daughter. He is on-time, kind, and make music fun, comprehensive with tips that boost my daughter's confidence in reading music. We are very glad to find David through TakeLessons! Thanks for all you do.
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Charu S. October 23, 2017
· Guitar · Online
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Austin, TX 78717
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Learn your favorite songs and traditional tunes of the genre of your choice. I can teach you to improvise and get a feel for how songs are written. We can work with written music or guitar tablature, your choice. I can show you important patterns for both hands and teach you some to tricks to really accentuate a normally dull guitar part

About Michael
I am a classically trained and professional musician who has worn many different musical hats over the years. I began playing drums when I was 14, in Houston, TX with Craig LeMay, and since then I have learned many different string and world instruments. I studied music theory and vocal performance at the Florence University of the Arts in Italy, taken sitar lessons from Mita Nag in Kolkatta, India, and jazz performance in Austin, TX with Joey Colarusso. I have played in many different bands over the years, such as accompanying Michael Kiwanuka with the musical saw, accompanying Katie Sachs with the musical saw, playing bass guitar with Halaska and DJing private events with Spacecraft Entertainment. I have been teaching music to special education students, in Austin public schools, and foster children with Kids in a New Groove. I have als
o built and modified many of my own instruments and ready to teach you some quirky musical production skills as well. I believe listening and being adaptable to an individual student's needs are the keys to teaching anyone to express themselves through music.

After studying Spanish for 2 years at the university level and extensive travel to Latin America I am fluent in Spanish in both the academic and conversational sides of the language.
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Alex Derzhi July 31, 2016
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Michael is doing a great job getting me started on my piano journey. The exercises and drills he is teaching me have helped me feel comfortable at the keyboard. I've even learned a song already, after just 2 lessons!

Highly recommended.
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Alaina ( Ally) Robertson June 17, 2016
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My 8 year old daughter took piano lessons from Michael and she really enjoyed learning the basics in fun ways. He was VERY patient and able to meet her where she was at, but still knew how to challenge her. I would recommend Michael to any beginner level piano player!
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Daniel Elsner April 9, 2016
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Really good teacher. I had never played piano before and Michael was great at instantly giving me things to work on and gave off the impression that lessons were tailored to what I was interested in and the direction I personally wanted to go with the piano. I'd definitely recommend him to anyone else looking for a good instructor in piano or any other musical instrument he works with.
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Michael L.

Austin, TX 78723
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Learn to play the music that you love!

About Trevor
Learn to play the music that you love!

I graduated with a Bachelor of Music in classical guitar from Webster University St. Louis and have performed in jazz, rock and pop bands as well as in musical theatre, opera, choral and orchestral productions. I've spent several years traveling and performing in a top 40 show band, and I pride myself on teaching my students using real life experience and battle tested methods. In addition, I've been teaching for 8+ years. During that time I've taught privately, through music studios and in the public school system as a high school music teacher and rock band director.

*** Lesson Details ***

During the first lesson, we will identify your goals and musical interests. This will allow me to design a program specifically for you.

Whether you are a student gearing up for music school auditi
ons or just looking to have fun in your spare time, I look forward to helping you.

*** Areas of Study ***

Performance
Songwriting & Composition
Recording
Ear Training & Transcribing
Music Theory
Technique
Improvisation
Reading (notation, TAB, charts)

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KRK Systems
Focusrite
M-Audio
Fractal Audio Axe-Fx II XL
Mesa Boogie & ENGL Amps
PRS, Fender, Taylor & Gitane guitars/basses
TC Electronics, JRockett, Wampler, Dunlop, Xotic & Ernie Ball effects
MXL, Shure & Sennheiser microphones
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Will April 3, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I've taken a couple of lessons from Trevor so far and they have been awesome. I've taken lessons from about 7 or 8 instructors in my lifetime and he is definitely one of, if not the best.
The thing that makes Trevor stand out to me is that he took the time to get to know what I wanted to learn and to figure out how I like to learn. He comes prepared to the lessons with material, answers any questions I have during the week by email and has worked with me to develop a specific education plan to meet my goals.
I suggest taking a trial lesson with this guy to see if you're on the same page. I am definitely not going anywhere else while I live in Austin.
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Reed Coleman March 28, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Trevor has been a great teacher! He is extremely knowledgeable and patient. He makes learning fun and is very flexible based on each individual students needs. I would highly recommend him to anyone whether they are a beginner or advanced player. He has the skill set to apply to all students.
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Trevor is an awesome teacher and mentor to my boys. He has been teaching them since they had him as a teacher in Middle School, when the first picked up the guitar. I consider him a friend and would highly recommend him as an instructor for any person who wishes to pursue music. He's awesome!!
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Trevor P.

Austin, TX 78753
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I'm a patient teacher with the ability to structure and pace lessons to meet the individual needs and ability levels of a wide variety of students. I am a professional performer, composer and recording artist with 20 years experience on stage and in the studio. I'm familiar with a wide variety of styles, and have studied blues, African, classical and Brazilian guitar at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music. I offer lessons on acoustic or electric guitar, depending on student preference.

About Adam
I'm a professional performer, composer and recording artist, now accepting guitar students. I play folk, rock, blues and finger style guitar and have studied with African guitar scholar Nathaniel Braddock. I've toured extensively in Europe and North America, opened for the band Wilco, and played at Chicago's well known music festival Lollapalooza.

I enjoy working with children and adults of any age. I can teach from my studio in Northwest Hills or travel to your preferred location.

My rates are-
$35/30 minutes
$40/45 minutes
$50/hr.

I look forward to meeting you!
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Jerry December 8, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
excellent teacher/mentor.. My Son, has enjoyed his lessons.
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Jo October 12, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Adam is helping me get back to playing guitar after some 40 years in which I did not play at all. With his help, I’m refreshing what I used to know (basic chords and notes on the staff), and extending my skills into new areas, like finger-picking, barre chords, and tablature-reading--plus learning a lot of new songs. He’s an excellent teacher.
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Jamie October 11, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
As a middle aged man trying to learn an instrument, it was a daunting task to find a teacher that would work with me to learn the basics of guitar without laughing at my inability to actually play the darn thing.

Adam has been a great teacher and exactly the sort of professional and understanding person I was looking for. While I don't think my mediocre (getting better every week) guitar skills are the best testament to Adam's ability as a teacher, I think the fact that he has encouraged me to stick with it and turn a crazy idea into a legitimate hobby is.
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Adam B.

Austin, TX 78757
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If you want to be a good guitar player, i'm your man! I will teach you concepts within seconds! The hardest part is having the motivation to practice. Are you motivated? If so, lets not waste any more days wanting to be able to play guitar. Let's learn!

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Hi, there! My name is Christian, I am 18 years old, and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2015 and have loved helping my students learn quickly, efficiently, and with fun. I am a high school graduate from Cedar Ridge High School and I have recently been accepted into Berklee College Of Music for a Bachelor's Degree in Music Production. I'm a hardworking and straightforward person and my teaching style is effective, fun, and friendly to beginners! I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Charles September 10, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great teacher, and he knows what he's talking about!.
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Sean W. April 21, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Christian was punctual, polite, and also an excellent guitar artist! He had lesson plans ready and my grandson took to him right away. Hope they have many more lessons.
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Kurt April 9, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In home
I always had a passion to learn to play the guitar but could never find an instructor who was patient or willing to have fun throughout the lessons, if you're looking to learn amazing guitar techniques and/or songs you've always loved listening to but could never figure out how to play them, Christian's the guitar instructor for you!! He taught me everything I needed to know to progress in my playing and because of him im still going strong 3 years later. Highly reccomend this instructor!
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Round Rock, TX 78665
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I attended the prestigious Berklee college of music, have been teaching guitar for 10 years and playing for 20. I create lesson plans before every lesson to make sure that my students progress efficiently. I realize that most of the students I gain from takelessons.com will be beginners. Starting off with simple, one finger open chords, and simple melodies is business as usual. I can also teach students their favorite songs using this method. Of course reading music is an option, and I assign a theory book for this based on the students current skill level. As students progress, I teach scales, chord strumming patterns and things of the like. I love teaching and always have fun with my students, it's great to see them excited about learning they're favorite songs. I've been doing this a long time and it doesn't feel like work to me, I'm enthusiastic and well prepared.

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Pat L.

Austin, TX 78704
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I've studied music for over 28 years and possess the experience, professionalism, great attitude, and enthusiastic teaching approach. I deliver results, help you develop the skills you need, and have you playing with confidence.

About Leo
My name is Leo. I've been a musician for 28 years and teaching for 14 years and I still continue to pursue all things concerning music with the same passion, perseverance, and love I had at the beginning of my music career.

I received my formal training at Texas State University where I studied Classical guitar and Music Education while also playing in Hard Rock bands in San Antonio. While still in college, I started teaching music privately to help pay for my education. I soon found myself with a successful business and decided to focus on it full time.

My goal is to produce quality music lessons available to anyone who's ever desired to learn the guitar, piano, music production, music theory, Pro Tools, songwriting & arranging, composing for film & video games, and all other important music skills in the comfort of their home.

The starting point of all achievement is desire, so if you desire to become a better musician then don't hesitate, get started now.
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Average Cost of Guitar Lessons in Austin, TX

The average cost of 60-minute guitar lessons in Austin is $54. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $22 and $85 per hour.

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