Lynda Marks Kraar - Guitar and Bass Instruction

Teaneck, NJ

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About this pro

I am accepting beginners through intermediate players ($60/hr.) in a variety of musical styles. I will help develop the students' love of music, while nurturing their desire to learn.

My specialties include:

- Acoustic guitar
- Electric guitar
- Electric bass

I will include some theory, reading, and harmony and work on ear training, enabling students to listen and reproduce what they are hearing.

In addition to the pure joy of playing our instrument, I use a variety of other resources, including my wealth of hand-picked "favorites" on YouTube and other sites. I'm user-friendly; my students can always email me, send me links, and ask my assistance between lessons.

New this year: In celebration of guitar great Django Reinhardt, and for those students who would like to learn the Gypsy jazz style, I will be teaching authentic comping chords, patterns and scales.

Whenever possible, I will host a special workshop or master class that will feature noted musicians.

Also new this year:

I am very excited to announce that I can accommodate one student who would like to learn how to play Renaissance lute ($90/hr). The student will use one of my Hieber 8-course lutes and will learn to read the musical notation that was used in the 1500s. Learn the music that Shakespeare heard, and find out firsthand why Sting loves the lute!

My prices are affordable (Renaissance lute is higher due to instrument maintenance), and my hours are flexible. Evenings and weekend hours are available and some mornings.

Play guitar like a pro!


Teaneck, NJ 07666


How did you get started doing this type of work?
Music was my calling. My dad bought me my first guitar when I was 8 years old, because he realized it was the only way to stop the nagging!
What types of customers have you worked with?
It used to be that I was mostly doing club dates, larger performances and private functions. Today my musical life is even more diverse. I perform with my daughter, sing with a large chorus in New York City, play for hospitalized patients in NYC as part of Musicians On Call, and take a variety of gigs that have me singing and/or playing. I also study music all the time. I am also president of International Masters Series, a production company that brings top-flight international talent to the American stage. It takes up a lot of my time. Whether it's through others or with me onstage, I really enjoy imparting knowledge. It is very fulfilling to know I am helping to usher in a new generation of enthusiastic musicians.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Find a teacher who loves to teach and who is experienced at what they are teaching. It is harder than it appears. Many great musicians are NOT teachers!