Arvada Guitar

Arvada, CO

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I have been a musician my whole life and therefore 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.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

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.

Location

Arvada, CO 80004

Background check

Complete

Years in business

20

Times hired on Thumbtack

29

Reviews

19 Reviews
  • Melissa F. Jun 21, 2017
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Gene is alot of fun to work with and makes someone who hasn't played guitar in a long time comfortable.
  • Andrew W. Jun 19, 2017
    Bass Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Gene from Arvada Guitar has been a tremendous help for me in learning bass guitar. He's very approachable and flexible, and let's you learn what you want to learn, while showing you some cool stuff along the way. He also gives great feedback and encouragement. Highly recommended.
  • Thumbtack Customer May 20, 2017
    Great teacher, Just nto my teacher.
    Gene C. May 20, 2017

    Hmm, well I guess I should say thanks, but since I have no idea who posted this, it feels kind of hard to address..

  • Michelle M. Feb 10, 2017
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    A really great experience.
    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!
  • Jeffrey S. Jan 29, 2017
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Excellent!
    Client oriented. Personable, professional - very qualified and experienced. Patient and takes time to give plenty of instruction and explanation.
  • Jeff W. Sep 11, 2016
    Highly Recommended
    My interest in playing guitar started in my early teens. I set it aside in my 20's and picked it back up in my mid 30's. I was self taught and could play but never really caught on to modes, scales and theory. So, at the age of 55 I decided it was finally time to take lessons! I got online and started researching teachers. After looking thru and reading many guitar teachers resumes I came across Gene on craigslist. He has a fantastic background in music and guitars and is an outstanding teacher. He is easy to talk to and got my issues right away. I've learned more in 5 months from Gene than I had in my 20 plus previous years of playing. Gene can teach anyone at any level! I usually get to my lesson a little early and have been able to hear the student before me. This student is a beginner and the progress in the past few months is amazing. I would highly recommend Gene to anyone at any level who wants to learn or improve their playing ability.
  • David C. Jul 7, 2016
    I take guitar lessons with Gene and he is absolutely awesome and has a ton of experience. He's a great teacher and has a wealth of knowledge to share. He let's the student lead and he'll teach you anything you want to learn from music theory to technique to learning any song you want to play.
  • Anjanette S. Jun 13, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    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.
  • Micah C. Jun 2, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    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
    Gene C. Jun 3, 2016

    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!

  • Shannon K. Apr 15, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I have really enjoyed working with Gene. He has a wealth of knowledge and makes learning fun. I would highly recommend him to anyone at any level of experience.
  • Kenneth L. Mar 8, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Gene is a great teacher! He makes the lessons around your ability and his knowledge.
  • Vickie B. Feb 25, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    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.
  • Laura B. Nov 7, 2015
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    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!!
  • Gene T. Sep 7, 2015
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Gene C. Jun 13, 2016

    So I asked Gene, "Gene, why only 4 stars?" He replied, "Well, I guess there's always room for improvement right?" Fair enough!

  • Jansen Y. Aug 27, 2015
    I have always wanted to learn guitar but never had the opportunity, finally when I was 16 I bought my first guitar. I realized how hard guitar was, and almost felt embarrassed to learn. The guitar collected dust for almost 6 years, until September 2014, when I found Gene on Craiglist. I was very nervous as I had never played a day in my life and I was scared I would be terrible.. well I was! but Gene immediately made me feel comfortable with learning a new skill as an adult. He has been so patient through this long learning process and always encourages me to keep going and is good at pointing out my progress when I think I have not made any. Gene is just awesome, he is super caring and understanding. He has become more than just a guitar teacher, he is a friend. Whenever I am having a bad day I love that I can go to guitar, learn some awesome stuff and get out some much needed venting. He's like my guitar therapist! I honestly believe I wasn't meant to learn till I could learn from him! :D he's great and I would recommend him to anyone!!!
  • Justin H. Jun 24, 2015
    I’ve taken guitar lessons with Gene for over 5 years. My guitar experience prior to meeting Gene was very limited. So limited that I didn’t even own a guitar pic nor how to properly hold/use one. I never felt that I needed guitar lessons as I had taught myself many other hobbies in the past. “Practice makes perfect” was a motivational phrase I often told myself. It wasn’t till a failed audition at my local church that I realized my practicing wasn’t producing the results I had wanted/expected. I started working with Gene and immediately identified that a majority of my current abilities were based upon improper techniques. I didn’t fully appreciate or understand proper technique as its affects were not always apparent in my playing. As my lessons progressed and technique improved, I realized that my motivational slogan wasn’t complete. I now say; “proper practice makes perfect”. Working with Gene got me back on track with learning to play guitar. I have confidence when practicing knowing that the time I’m investing is not being wasted on bad habits. A lot has changed since starting lessons with Gene. I re-auditioned at church and made the worship team! I regularly played lead guitar at my church and was content with my playing ability. I decided to stop lessons as I now had a solid foundation and figured that I could pick up anything I didn’t know from online videos. This was one of biggest mistakes I’ve made. Quickly after being on my own, I began to realize the lacking quality and musicianship in the countless “tutorial” videos found on YouTube. It’s easy finding online song lesson, however, it’s very rare to find someone teaching it correctly or true to the album. I remembered working with Gene and not only learning the EXACT riffs and leads to a song, but also the artist’s style, tone and effects used. Over the years I became accustom to learning and sounding just like the artist I was trying to replicate. This quality of instruction I have only been able to find while working with Gene. I noticed that my interested in playing guitar faded after I ended lessons. I just didn’t have the excitement to learn new songs or challenge myself to play better on the ones I did know. After a long sabbatical I decided to start back up lessons with Gene. Fast forward a few years; I now look forward to practicing nightly and regularly play with multiple churches within the Denver Metro area. I would not be where I am musically today without Gene’s guidance and inspiration. He’s a great mentor and continues to challenge me to be a better musician. Looking back, if I could change anything about my experience with Gene, it would be starting lessons with him sooner and never taken a break.
  • Catherine P. Jun 10, 2015
    Gene is a very gifted musician, player, and teacher. He takes into account my musical background, yet is very patient with my progress as a guitar student. I also like his lighthearted attitude which puts me at ease. We work on music of many different genres, but He always has learning a guitar technique in mind. He also is a master sound technician. He owns his own recording studio and has used his expertise on many projects. I would recommend his studio who is trying to do recording on a reasonable budget. Gene is the best!
  • Amy S. Jun 10, 2015
    Gene is both an excellent guitar player and is able to communicate concepts, both beginner and advanced, in a way any student can understand. Couldn't recommend him highly enough!
  • Anthony C. Oct 18, 2014
    Gene is a mad genius, whose absolute control over the recording process is overshadowed only by his pledge to getting the sound the artists wants. We have gotten many gigs as a result of his work, thank you!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Standard pricing is currently $45 dollars per hour and students are asked to pay for a block of 4 lessons at a time ($180). There is some limited availability for discounted pricing for lower income students.
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.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
It became obvious to me, over the course of time, that my most true talent was as a teacher.
What types of customers have you worked with?
All kinds. Really, just about every kind of student one can imagine. Children, teens, young adults, older adults, seniors. Students, professionals, moms, dads, you name it. All styles of music, all levels of experience. I work with anyone who wants to learn!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I have had a couple students who just progressed so slowly that we each thought they might "never get it". But with continued effort, lots of patience, and multiple approaches to learning, we have made great progress and now those students are playing the songs they want, and in some cases, even performing on stage with bands. Then there is this little 7 year old girl who just blows me away ever time she comes in. Super self motivated, super duper determined. I think she just might be a rock star someday!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Do your homework. Read real testimonials from real students. Listen to audio samples of different studios.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
For music students, I wish that you knew there are many different types of teachers in the world. Find the teacher that suits you, your personality and your playing style. Don't just settle for the first teacher you find or the one that seems most convenient. For recording clients, I wish you understood that all Pro Tools systems are not the same. There is a big difference between a $500 Pro Tools system and a $30K professional system like I run at Audio Digital.