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Introduction: ArvadaGuitar was a Thumbtack Top Pro for 2016, 2017 and 2018. I have been a full-time, professional musician for more than 25 years. I have a degree in Music Theory and Composition and have been teaching privately for over 15 years. I also own and operate a professional recording studio. I understand many different aspects of musicianship beyond simply playing or teaching guitar. But I am also a patient, caring teacher who communicates ideas and techniques to my students in a way they understand. I am not rigid in my approach to teaching and I treat each student like the unique individuals they are. My students often stay with me for 6,8, 10 years and former students return to me because I provide a resource to them that they cannot find anywhere else. I love helping people learn new things. I love seeing them grow. I have spent a lot of time struggling and learning things on my own and I absolutely love helping people who are struggling to overcome their limitations and boundaries.

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Michelle M.

Guitar Lessons (for adults)

I had been trying to teach myself guitar intermittently for the past few years through a variety of ways - instructional dvds, youtube videos, tablature sites, etc. While these resources are helpful, they haven’t taught me proper form or technique. I was really concerned that I’d be learning bad habits that would be hard to correct and slow my learning down. I’m fortunate to have a wonderful wife who, for my 45th birthday, bought me a month of free guitar lessons with Gene Crout. We started out with a few basic chords, a scale or two, and a few songs in the very first lesson. Taking lessons with Gene has been a really great experience. He’s friendly, patient, and extremely knowledgable about music. He’ll instruct me on whatever I’m interested in that week - it could be specific chords or techniques, guitar types, beginning music theory, how to change strings, etc. Nothing compares with having an instructor to give you real-time feedback on the fundamentals, to show you first hand what you're doing right or wrong, and when you're feeling stuck – to suggest the next step in the journey to become a better guitar player. I always look forward to lessons and I always leave feeling that I’ve made progress. I highly recommend Gene!
Feb 10, 2017
Anjanette S.

Singing Lessons (for adults)

Gene is a great voice instructor and a great person. He's taken me from never singing (except in the car, alone) to understanding the fundamentals -- and singing based on proper techniques. I've learned a lot from Gene and keep learning new things with every lesson. If you're new to singing, then Gene is a great person to help you learn singing overall then start to refine your skills. Step by step, you'll find you're singing songs sooner than you thought you would. He makes the learning process really fun and tailors it to how you learn and where you're at in the process.
Jun 13, 2016
Micah C.

Guitar Lessons (for adults)

This is my first experience with private lessons, but so far so good! Gene is easy to talk to and has a wealth of knowledge to share. Very comfortable practice space and fully equipped. If I had one complaint, it would be that as a beginner alot of his extensive knowledge goes over my head and I could use a more dumb downed explanation. Having said that, for those of you wanting a more in depth intermediate / advanced learning experience, Gene Crout has what your looking for! (Just being honest!) Thanx
Arvada Guitar's reply
Thanks much for those comments Micah. I am certainly not trying to "baffle anyone with my brilliance" (joke). I must admit that my excitement sometimes gets the best of me and I can move a little too quickly for some students. I will definitely make an effort to slow down and give students time to absorb. Thank you again for sharing!
Jun 2, 2016
Vickie B.

Guitar Lessons (for adults)

I spoke directly with Gene and he made me feel very at ease. This is my first time taking lessons since middle school, Gene answered all of my questions and where to even buy a guitar! Thanks and I look forward to my first lesson.
Feb 25, 2016
Laura B.

Guitar Lessons (for adults)

Gene has been a great teacher thus far for a first time guitar player at the age of 29. He structures his teachings to how I prefer to learn, and keeps the lessons and the students weekly practices fun and entertaining. Gene offers for his students to call him during the week between lessons to ask questions or seek help with something you may be struggling with. He expects and welcomes mistakes which helps facilitate a comfortable learning environment. And most importantly he emphasizes that playing guitar should be FUN!!
Nov 7, 2015
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Norman Crout


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Standard pricing is currently $45 dollars per hour. I ask students to pay for a block of 4 lessons at a time ($180) if at all possible. There is some limited availability for discounted pricing or payment flexibility for lower income students. Be sure to compare pricing from Thumbtack quotes! Many teachers are sending quotes with "introductory pricing". Students find out later that the regular pricing is way more than at Arvada Guitar! As high as $60/hr!

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    My students range from age 7 into their 70's and are all at different levels and abilities. Some students want to learn songs, some want to new techniques or to refine old ones, some want music theory, some want a combination of everything. The first step is to determine exactly what a student's goals are. Then we formulate a plan to address those particular needs. As we progress together in our lessons, we constantly review and revise those goals and plans. In this way, students are constantly challenged and growing.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Beyond simply being a musician for over 35 years, I have a degree in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. While pursuing my degree, I studied Classical Guitar under Rene Gonzales and Juan Mercadal, two highly regarded Classical Guitar Professors and Performers. I was employed on my church's Worship Team for over 13 years and performed weekly for 500-1000 people. Additionally I have performed on, recorded, mixed or mastered more than 50 Commercial CD releases.

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