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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 teach guitar lessons face-to-face without sheet music. This is my adaptation of Japanese instruction (involving a call-and-response method). I begin by teaching the student the major scale in first position (the first three frets above the head) in the key of C. Once this has been learned (backwards and forwards), the student is ready to learn first-position chords. Barre chords, the blues scale, as well as jazz-flavored triads are taught once first position chords have been mastered.

About Samuel
I've been a performing singer-songwriter since 1993. My influences include Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Richie Havens. I've been teaching private lessons since 2011 and I tailor my lessons according to the individual needs of my students. Everyone learns at a different pace and in a different way. My objective is to provide instruction that both challenges as well as respects your rate of progress.

I'm a primarily self-taught musician. Although I impart knowledge of scales (the major and the blues ones specifically) and the theory behind them (both of which I learned from formal instruction) as a central component of my curriculum, the bulk of my knowledge came from listening to and imitating delta blues artists such as Robert Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt both of whom displayed
remarkable intricacies in their art.

We'll begin with the major scale in the key of C (as seen in the video) which you'll hear me indicate as being the white keys on the piano. Afterwards, you'll learn a spiritual and an American standard with just the three major chords comprising that key (C, F, and G7). The key of D will be taught in a very similar manner (a scale and then three chords) before the blues is introduced.

Though you will have learned to play campfire standards in fewer than eight lessons, I'm a believer in imparting the roots of the form and not just its recognizable elements. The blues (particularly the form originating from the Mississippi Delta) is the foundation of ALL American music. Therefore, I consider it essential to the curriculum.

I've always found E to be the most blues-friendly of all the keys. We'll be spending more than twice the amount of time we will have spent in C or D learning multiple progressions and chord formations in E. Afterwards, you'll be introduced to the blues scale and receive the basis for playing lead (solos). You'll learn some rudimentary jazz within this segment of the process as well.

For more information about my curriculum, you may review my published articles on TakeLesson's Teacher Blog:

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http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-guitar-styles
http://takelessons.com/blog/expand-your-guitar-solos
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NOTE: I travel strictly by bicycle and bus. Any in-home lessons must be within a three-mile radius of my home in Zilker/Barton Hills.
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Allan Brandt April 5, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Samuel has been a top notch teacher and is very patient with my son. My son always tells me that he's inspired after every lesson. So much so that another one of my other sons has observed these lessons and is interested in taking lessons from Samuel as well.
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Ron A. April 9, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Over the past 20 years I have taken guitar lessons twice. The episodes were separated by 15 years. I was engaged and even intense about learning. Both times ended in frustration and more important, failure. After only 5 lessons with Samuel Bean, I have learned to strum chords in time, learned several scales, 12 bar and 8 bar patterns and a bit of music theory. The result is playing to a level that provides personal satisfaction. I look forward to playing. So for you beginners and frustrated musicians out there, you know who you are, give it a try. I predict success.
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Ted D. January 23, 2015
· Guitar · In home
I have had known Sam for many years. I am friends with his parents and his sister Emmy, also a very talented musician.
Although I don't live near him, unfortunately, when he visits NYC I make it a point to check in with him and ask for his his advice on my rather limited guitar skills. I always come away from our sessions feeling much better about my playing and can see what an improvement he has made for me. He is very patient and so eager to help, even a beginner like myself. i just wish he lived closer!
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Samuel B.

Samuel B.

Austin, TX 78704
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Individually catered guitar lessons in pop, rock, country, blues, etc.

All in-home lessons are an hour minimum.

About Aimee
Aimee's Teaching Mission:
To provide an inspiring environment for students to learn their favorite songs and to encourage creativity through exploring songwriting. Aimee demonstrates a clear self-awareness…revisionary”–Austin Chronicle

“Nothing short of a work of art”–Performing Songwriter

*Over ten years experience as a professional performing and touring musician
*Five years teaching private and group classes in guitar, piano, bass, songwriting
(over 100 private students)
*Three years instructing Rock Camp USA Austin (children band camp)
*Selected as a “Top 10 Band” by Austin Monthly
*Featured in Austin’s premiere photo journal, Sound of Austin
*Charted co-written songs in Europe
*Songs commissioned and licensed to film
*Performances with Dr. John, Ian McClagan (The Faces, Rolling Stones),
Alejandro Escovedo, Ian Moore
, Freedy Johnston, Thao and The Get Down Stay Down and more

Aimee''s Music Studio is a privately operated studio for music instruction hosted by award winning and international touring songwriter/performer, Aimee, in downtown Austin, TX. Both private and group lessons are available in guitar, piano, electric bass, and songwriting. Students vary in age from 5 years to 60 + years and are of a beginner and intermediate level. Lessons are conducted in 30 to 60 minute intervals. Styles studied are in the popular music genre (rock, pop, country, blues and fingerpicking techniques). Music fundamentals in reading, tablature, scales, and ear training are stressed and all lessons are supplemented with audio and visual reference material recorded during lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Upright Piano
Recording Gear to Record Lesson to E-mail Student
Music Stand
Copier/Paper/Scanner

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my instrument, stand, music and charts.
The student provides their instrument and a quiet, undisturbed working space.

*** Specialties ***
Performance:
As a professional performing artist I help intermediate students adapt songs for performance and explore performance from a background in acting. From the moment you walk on stage the performance has begun. We discuss how to introduce a song, talk on the mic between songs, and how to deliver an energetic engaging performance.

Songwriting/Recording:
I work directly with students wanting to compose and write their own songs. We look a different techniques to help you get "un-stuck" and to widen your chord range and feel in songs.
Co-writing is included upon request.
I have with both beginner and intermediate students arranged recording sessions with professional studios to document songs in a professional environment complete with band and all!

Young Students:
I combine a both classical note reading/theory with learning by ear. I simplify chords to get students playing quickly and to reap fulfillment from the very first lesson.

Adult Students:
I provide you with the basics in the first three lessons and resources online to help you get moving quickly. We discuss your specific performance goals and track your progress weekly.
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Dennis June 15, 2017
· Songwriting · In studio
Came in there and learned exactly what I wanted to learn. Was ultra stuck at moving past 8 bars and Aimee helped me get past that. Now I'm finishing full arangements all thanks to her.
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Edward February 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
Fantastic teacher. Amazing lesson plans. Really really happy with it
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MARY E. July 21, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
We got right to work on a song I selected. Aimee gave me a range of interlocking to work on which was just enough of a challenge. I've really enjoyed p.o. king up my guitar and practicing. Can't wait for the next lesson.
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Aimee B.

Austin, TX 78703
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I've been playing guitar for 25 years, and teaching guitar for 10 years. I can teach a beginner from step one, or a jaded advanced guitarist looking for inspiration.

About Derek
TEACHING MISSION: Capture the joy of playing music. Inspire continual playing and/or practice, regardless of student's lifestyle/career choices.
I start the first lesson with a student wish list (songs, goals, etc) and every lesson we take significant steps towards the goals.

Skills: Guitar/Mandolin/Piano/Bass/Banjo/Recording/DJ Technology

Education: B.M. Classical/ Jazz Guitar Performance, University of Colorado, 2003
B.S. Audio Engineering/ Production, Middle Tennessee State University, 1997

Teaching Experience:
-The Musicians Woodshed (Austin) Sept 2013- Present
-Brooklyn Music Lessons (NYC) 2010-2013
-University of Colorado (Boulder) 2000-2010
-Naropa University (Boulder) 2007-2010
-The Lesson Studio (Boulder) 2005-2009

Performance Experience:
Freelance Musician/ Arranger/ Composer 2000-Present
I have played guita
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Rollin May 26, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
As an adult learning to play an instrument for the first time, very little has come naturally. I had tried two other instructors prior to Derek and felt as though I made little progress with them. Derek's approach is much more intuitive and the progress more obvious. great teacher with a sound approach.
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David November 10, 2016
· Banjo · Online
Great teacher, very clear, patient communication. Can't wait for the next lesson!
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John White October 30, 2016
· Mandolin · In studio
Talented guy, easy to understand and very patient!
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Derek V.

Derek V.

Austin, TX 78748
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Electric, acoustic, classical, Spanish, bass

About Darrell
Why these lessons are different:
- Formally trained conductor/composer/producer
- Individual or group session options including full band production
- A long roster of satisfied clients
- Broad base of musical styles (rock, classical, jazz, blues, metal, bluegrass, folk, theater, big band, symphonic, pop, punk, country, march, gospel, avant-garde...)
- Over 20 yrs teaching experience and work with recognized professionals including work in some of the top-rated private schools in the United States
- Over 30 years performing experience

Instrument-specific instruction:
- Voice
- Guitar [Spanish, acoustic, electric]
- Electric Bass
- Piano/Keyboard
- Woodwinds [specializing in saxophones]
- Percussion
- Brass & Bowed Strings [performance preparation only]

My process is based on (but does not adhere strictly to
) the Classical approach to Western tonal harmony and asks that the students develop certain fundamentals of technique and theory. In my experience, this structure creates the strongest foundation for pupils to build the rest of their musical lives on, whether professionally or solely for personal enjoyment. All of my students are on the fast track to studying music theory. Whatever level they are at when I start with them, I guide their efforts into bringing the students up to a certain level of comprehension regarding the mathematical aspects of music and how it relates to their instruments. This understanding of theoretical principles of sound allows the students to play any style of music they wish, no matter how their tastes may change throughout their lives.

Curriculum Gradation:
Elements of rhythm
Elements of pitch
Elements of dynamics
Elements of articulation
Reading/Writing notation
Tone development
Finding/Expanding your range
Dexterity, speed, and accuracy
How to project
How to advance to the next level
Music theory
Playing by ear
Improvisational techniques
Finding your signature style
Expression/Lyricism
Composition/Arrangement
Project Management
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Dulcie C. December 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
My 16 year old son loves his lessons with Darrell and looks forward to them every week. He'd been taking guitar lessons elsewhere that were okay-ish, but this is so much more. Darrell is great, not only does he get along with and make my son want to learn, but at the same time they are working on voice, he is also teaching keyboard and working on the guitar! We really couldn't have asked for a better instructor.
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Clark W. October 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
First lesson. So far, so good!
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Kamili O. September 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
Good first lesson! Enthusiastic....
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Darrell V.

Austin, TX 78759
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In our lessons, we can cover anything you'd like (your enjoyment of guitar is my top priority), ranging from basic technique all the way to advanced fretboard maneuvers. I can teach you anything from simple strum patterns or fun classic riffs all the way to the technical mastery of great guitarists like Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. I'm well versed in music theory and can give you insight on how and why ideas work and how they can easily apply to your playing (such as scales, arpeggios, etc.)

About Austin
Hello there, I'm Austin. I've been playing guitar since I was a kid. I've been performing live for the better part of the last decade, and have taken various college level music courses as well. In fact, I still study with a great jazz guitar teacher; Guitar is an instrument where there is always more to learn. I can help you learn anything from strumming along to a Bob Dylan song all the way through the ins and outs of the brilliant technique of Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai. I can also teach you music theory as it applies to the guitar; such as how to read music, build and name chords (and why they work), scales and arpeggios (and how to use them in your playing), as well as an understanding of rhythm and time (a shortcoming of many aspiring guitarists!). I look forward to working with you!
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Austin L.

Dripping Springs, TX 78620
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About Brian C.

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Learn what you want to learn! Don't waste time with generic music books. I've been helping students of all ages enjoy playing music since 2003. All styles and skill levels are welcome. All lessons are tailored to each students individual wants and needs. Learning guitar can be a great challenge, but keeping it fun and interesting will get you there in no time.

About Brian
Since graduation from McNally School of Music (BA in music theory and performance) in 2002, Brian has been helping students of all ages make the most of their guitar playing. Whether you're just starting or need some brushing up on music theory, Brian keep you on track to becoming a great performer/writer. Learn what you want, all styles are welcome. Just want to learn Beatles songs? No prob. Want to lean the process of songwriting? You're covered. The number one priority is that you are having FUN playing your instrument!
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Lexi January 9, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Brian did wonders to help my songwriting, opening up new ideas that I would've never discovered. I never realized how much basic theory understanding could help me find the sounds that I was looking for!
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Brian C.

Austin, TX 78704
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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)

*** Studio Equipment ***

Mac
Pro Tools
Logic
Band in a Box
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Sibelius
Superior Drummer
East West Quantum Leap
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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About Adam B.

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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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From my past, I have 15 years of experience on the big stage. My course will allow you to master the instrument in a short time period, so that within 3 months you will be able to play your favorite songs. My classes take place in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.

About Tim
I have fifteen years of experience playing on stage. I play guitar, bass, drums and percussion at a professional level. I have performed on the big stages of Spain, Italy, Germany, France, England, and many others. I participated in many different music festivals, playing on one stage with Lenny Kravitz, Sting and other well-known musicians. I also have professional experience in music production and remixing. I've been composing, arranging and recording for many years. I have worked in studios as a session musician for many years. I am currently living in Houston and teaching guitar and drums. I love working with kids and I'm great at catching interest and finding the right approach for each individual. My students say my lessons are fun and the time goes by quickly. I am responsible, punctual, dedicated, inspired, easy going. I have
been in love with playing music since early age and I would love the opportunity to help the students find inspiration and fulfillment thru music.
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Kate July 10, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Tim is an amazing teacher! My 8-year old son likes to go to his lessons. Tim is very organized and systematic in his teaching.
Highly recommend !
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Alex July 6, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Tim has a very good sense of rhythm and is good at teaching riffs and solos
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Elizabeth July 4, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I have had a great experience working with him. Tim makes learning guitar fun, and it is always exciting to be able to learn new material.
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Tim T.

Austin, TX 78730
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About Andrew K.

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Having trouble staying consistent with your practices? Do you know your potential but haven't been able to reach it? I can guide you to achievement, and this is how.

I believe a successful and prosperous person has 3 hobbies.
One to keep them healthy.
One to make them money.
And one to keep them creative.

My approach to these 3 activities is the same. HAVE FUN.
If you enjoy something, the consistent practicing will become secondhand. I will teach you your favorite songs, improvisational techniques, and music theory all in a way that will make you forget to check the time. What are we waiting for? Let's jam!

About Andrew
My ultimate goal with teaching is to help other people find their voice in their guitar. BUT I work for you! I will cater our lessons to your goals. I can teach you your favorite songs, improvisational techniques, and music theory. I love playing guitar and hope I can inspire you to pass on the knowledge that was passed down to me.
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Blake E. January 16, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Fun, insightful, loves to keep it fun
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Andrew K.

Austin, TX 78754
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Average Cost of Guitar Lessons in Austin, TX

The average cost of 60-minute guitar lessons in Austin is $51. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $17 and $85 per hour.

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$32 average
$50
45-min $15
 
$44 average
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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute guitar lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute guitar lessons are 14% less expensive at $44, and 30-minute lessons cost 38% less at $32.

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A Look Back: 6 Major Milestones in Guitar History [Infographic]

A Look Back: 6 Major Milestones in Guitar History [Infographic]

When you're learning guitar it's important to learn a little bit about the instrument's origins. From the early designs to amplification and the story of rock "n" roll, here's a look back at guitar history from Denver, CO instructor Kirk R... Guitar History: The First Guitar The old origins of the guitar are rarely talked about. Many people believe that it’s a newly-invented instrument for folk and pop music, however, there were guitars and similar instruments long before familiar in … Read More

A Look Back: 6 Major Milestones in Guitar History [Infographic]
When you're learning guitar it's important to learn a little bit about the instrument's origins. From the early designs to amplification and the story of rock "n" roll, here's a look back at guitar history from Denver, CO instructor Kirk R... Guitar History: The First Guitar The old origins of the guitar are rarely talked about. Many people believe that it’s a newly-invented instrument for folk and pop music, however, there were guitars and similar instruments long before familiar in
The Best YouTube Videos to Learn Country Guitar
When you're learning guitar, it's fun to explore different types of music. Playing country guitar is fun and relatively easy to learn when you focus on easy country songs. Great county songs generally have a slow, easy pace and a memorable melody and chorus. This makes it easy for you to understand how the songs are supposed to sound, and helps you to play them correctly. Basic Song Structure Whether you're playing country music or another style of music, you will learn the same basic song str
What is Guitar Technique? And Why Does it Matter?
What's the deal with guitar technique anyway? Guitar teacher Alexander A. explains a few of the fundamentals and why they are so important... If your teacher is cracking the whip every lesson because your hands aren’t in the proper position you may be asking yourself, “Does my guitar teacher hate me?” The answer is “no” – at least, I certainly hope not! More than likely, your teacher is trying to make you a better player by guiding you to play with good technique. We’ll be looking at e
Gamification in Education: It’s Time Education Leveled Up [Infographic]
Explore the exciting world of education through gamification. See how and why it works on kids and adults for improved retention, knowledge, and more in this guest post from our friends at JoyTunes... How many students have been scolded by parents to put their video game away and get their homework done? It’s been a common household quarrel for decades, but kids across the globe are finally celebrating the new data that supports gamification as a means of advanced education and learning.
Blues Guitar Basics: How to Play a Blues Shuffle
Ready to learn to play blues guitar? This lesson from guitar teacher James W. is the perfect place to start... What is a shuffle, anyway? A shuffle is a rhythm of 8th notes played in triplets, essentially playing 3/4 time over a 4/4 beat to make the music swing. Blues, pop, jazz, and rock musicians all use the shuffle. The blues shuffle is a fun pattern that is simple to absorb into your playing across many genres of music. Think of pop, rock, big band, and blues as being a part of the sam

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