Pat Shelby Guitar Studio

Northfield, MN

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How does your business stand out?

I tailor my lessons to fit each student's personal learning style and music preference.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I get a kick out of seeing my students accomplish what at one time seemed impossible!


Northfield, MN 55057

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9 Reviews
  • Julie S. Apr 12, 2015
    Pat Shelby is in the NOW! His unique approach to teaching guitar is second to none, starting his students out with simple techniques and gradually enhancing that technique as the lessons progress. Where Pat really makes it interesting is when he plays backup guitar with his student and then adds a complete ensemble with the help of Garage Band making your child sound like a "rock star"! Words cannot describe the positive energy that a child exudes when they hear themselves for the first time, not to mention the pride in a parent's heart when they hear it. I know, because I am that parent. Pat makes my daughter's lessons exciting and fun. For us parents, an email, Lesson Notes Added, is sent, and a link so you can review what needs be worked on for the week. So, if anyone is looking for an excellent guitar teacher, I highly recommend Pat Shelby.
  • Mary K. Jan 18, 2015
    Pat Shelby, Guitar Teacher January 18, 2015 Do you dream of playing the guitar or improving your skills? Please allow me tell you about my experience taking guitar lessons from Pat Shelby. Pat is personable, approachable, and creates such a fun, safe, energetic, yet focused atmosphere, that it is simply a pleasure to practice, try new skills, and look forward to the next step of proficiency. He is a professional musician with awards, CD’s and years and years of experience not only with acoustic guitar, which is what I’m learning, but with bass and electric, as well. He assessed my level, then personalized my lessons to help me achieve my goals, offered up music theory that I could understand, and patiently worked with a learning disability that I have. He used technology to enrich the experience, providing chord charts printed out specific to my songs, arranging guitar music to suit my vocal range so I could sing with it. He sent follow-up lesson notes to me via e-mail, and tracked my progress to keep me moving forward. He also sent Youtube links with lessons targeted to my current skills. I enjoy every lesson with Pat, and also enjoy seeing and hearing his other students at recitals where the students, ranging in age from 6 or 7 years old to retired, perform everything from folk to rock to blues to classical music with the guidance and encouragement of this gifted teacher. Add in flexible scheduling and reasonably-priced lessons, and you may find that your dream of playing or improving at the guitar is about to come true.
  • Kristy Y. Dec 8, 2014
    My son has been taking guitar lessons with Pat for a few years and I could not be more pleased with our overall experience. Pat really understands the learning style of the student and caters his teaching to match.
  • Amy A. Aug 13, 2014
    We highly recommend Pat Shelby for guitar lessons, because he is excellent at teaching guitar skills and technique. In addition, he motivates our son by discovering his musical interests. When students are both motivated and taught fundamentals well, they make outstanding progress. Our community is fortunate to have such a talented guitarist who is willing to share his gift of music.
  • Katy S. Jul 7, 2014
    Pat is an amazing teacher! He takes the time to get to know his students and find out what kind of music interests them. He shares his own love of music with students and my son loves the time he spends learning and enjoying music with Pat. He has learned a great deal in a short time and enjoys his lesson time each week.
  • Beth F. Jul 6, 2014
    My son thoroughly enjoys the time spent with Pat learning new music and strengthening his skills on the bass guitar. Pat adjusts the content of his teaching, based upon each student's personality and goals as well as their style and genre of music.
  • Brenda H. Jul 5, 2014
    Joel really enjoyed his guitar lessons. He both learned a lot and had a lot of fun. He appreciated your willingness to allow him to have some say in what he wanted to learn but at the same time give direction on what would be good for him to know. Thank you!
  • Paul W. Jul 3, 2014
    I first started working with Pat 9 years ago. Before working with Pat, I didn't know how to strum a guitar. After 1 half hour lesson, Pat had me strumming confidently. Over the course of several years, Pat worked with me to continue to develop my skills. I now lead worship for a church of 500+ people, and am continuing to grow in my ability. I would not be able to do what I do today if hadn't been for Pat and his incredible kindness and patience. I have worked with 3 different guitar teachers since I got my first guitar, and Pat is hands down the best I have ever taken lessons from. You will not regret a moment you spend with Pat!
  • Freeman T. Jul 3, 2014
    I am a self-taught guitarist who plays in a church worship band. I’ve been taking lesson from Pat for about a year now and have nothing but praise for Pat. His instruction has been outstanding and I couldn’t be happier. Pat has the ability to stretch my playing to areas I never thought where possible. Yet he does it in ways that are fun and exciting. Pat has given me the incentive and desire to practice again. My worship leader should be the one making writing this testimonial, as he has seen a marked improvement in my playing. He is now actually giving me a more active role in our Sunday worship. I strongly recommend Pat to any guitarist looking to improve his/hers playing.


What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
4th or 5th grade is the earliest I recommend students start guitar. I've had students that were younger but they were very enthusiastic about playing. When students reach 10 or eleven years old, their hands are big enough to handle a full size guitar in most cases.