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Portland Beginner Guitar Instructors

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Portland Guitar Academy
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Mariko C.
Verified review

I have been taking electric guitar lessons for a 18 months and Samantha is an excellent teacher for players from any level. She has a depth of technical knowledge, different styles of playing and most importantly, she makes it fun and interesting. It is rare to find a skilled guitar player who is also a skilled teacher, and Samantha is both.

Foundation Guitar
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Marcus T.
Verified review

Max is an excellent teacher. He is patient and supportive and is able to tailor my guitar lessons to my interests. I had almost no experience with guitar, but I think I have progressed a lot in a short time with his help. I also really appreciate that he is able to come out to St. Johns for my lessons. If you are an adult looking for guitar lessons, I definitely recommend Max.

Kyle Shipp's Music Studio
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Seika K.
Verified review

I started taking his piano lessons only about a month ago, but it''s been such a great joy to work with him. He constantly assesses my weaknesses and strengths, and plans my lessons accordingly. He also listens carefully to what I like and what I want to do, too. I live a bit far from his studio, but it's totally worth it. I highly recommend him!

Jason Moore Studio
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Sergio G.
Verified review

Jason Moore is an outstanding guitar player and teacher. I have started lessons with Jason two years ago and feel very confident about my skills with the electric guitar. I highly recommend Jason as guitar teacher at any level from beginner to pro guitar player. Jason teaches across many different styles from rhythm to lead guitar. Learning a new instrument requires discipline and hard work. Jason makes guitar playing looks very easy. I highly recommend Jason Moore.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Dane M.
Verified review

Zach is a phenomenal bass player and teacher. He has a wide variety of expertise, and his skill and teaching style were both very conducive to a great learning experience. He definitely helped me to develop a lot as a player. He also promotes a really great learning environment, where it's easy to feel relaxed and have fun while learning to improve your playing. If you're considering taking bass lessons at any skill level, you can't go wrong with Zach!

Beginning Piano Lessons
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Jack M.
Verified review

Very polite, and got back to us promptly, however we feel that the quote is too high for beginner lessons.

Park Place Music Academy
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Lindsey H.
Verified review

When I was 16 I took guitar beginner guitar lessons with Elisa and absolutely loved it! I definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a music teacher. She was and is very supportive of my dream in music.

Versatile Guitar Education
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Deanna R.
Verified review

The amount of time and effort Austin dedicates to his music is truly inspiring! Just watching him talk and teach others about the guitar is amazing. He’s patience and truly enjoys explaining the different techniques and notes. Regardless of the amount of experience you have with guitar, I can bet after working with him you’ll have a greater appreciation for music in general!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kevin G.
Verified review

I have taken lessons with guitar instructor Manny Martinez. He is very knowledgeable, friendly and very encouraging. He makes learning fun. Northwest School of Music is great!

Guitar & Bass Lessons
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Mark B.
Verified review

Our son has been taking bass lessons with Don for a few months now (he is 14). He's making terrific progress and is very enthused with how it's going. We credit Don for being a terrific and patient teacher.

Learn Guitar PDX
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Devon C.
Verified review

Learning from rick has been great. As a beginner adult with a full time job life can get busy. Rick helps me to stay on track and motivates me to keep learning. He attentive and detailed. I look forward to my weekly lessons. It's worth the drive across town. Thanks rick!

  • 3 years in business
Emily M.
Verified review

I originally went to Ky for harmonica lessons in Flagstaff after playing around with the instrument by myself for a couple of years. I wanted to learn how to play music with others. Ky tailored my lessons to me and taught me the basics. He played guitar along with me so I could get used to playing with people. Soon after, I picked up guitar and decided to see him for that as well. He was a great instructor for guitar too! Even for a complete beginner like me. He was very patient and helped me pick songs to master and skills to work on in areas where I needed improvement. Most of all, the lessons were fun and not frustrating! I walked out of each lesson feeling challenged, but accomplished and excited by the music we played. Ky is a very talented musician, teacher, and just a really cool, down to earth guy. Check him out!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Mona L.
Verified review

I have been taking guitar lessons from Priscilla for about 1 1/2 years and could not be more pleased. She is a wonderful teacher and an extremely knowledgeable and talented musician. Her lesson plans are designed to be motivating and enjoyable for me while also moving me steadily forward in becoming a better musician. I love her enthusiasm! I believe she truly enjoys teaching.

Hailstone Music
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 18 years in business
Bill T.
Verified review

Picking the right teacher is a critical step in your development as a guitar player no matter what level you’re at. I’ve had several teachers over the years, some more helpful than others. Here are some reasons why Erick Hailstone is the right guitar teacher for me. • The biggest value-add for me is Erick’s ability to arrange a song, any song, from standard boring arrangement out of a book to a unbelievably cool song with a Jazz or Blues twist with alt-chords throughout. No other teach I’ve encountered in the Portland Metro area does this. And he’s fast at it. He uses great tools in the process, so we can share files and collaborate. The alt-chords are seriously a differentiator how a song sounds and come with a bit of a wow factor. • Erick has the ability to take any complex problem and break it down into smaller issues to work on. He completely gets it when it comes to figuring out “okay, I’m at this level of playing but I’d like to get over here.” He’s got the roadmap to take me there. • As a player, Erick has every single characteristic that I’ve dreamt of having since I was a kid. Great tone/sound. Flawless playing. Shreds when the song calls for it. Steely Dan to Wes Montgomery and everything in between. He makes it look so easy. From the first time I saw him play 20 years ago until today I walk away shaking my head thinking how I’d love to play like that. It’s absolutely incredible. • Some of my most valuable takeaways have been nuggets of advice that have nothing to do with guitar technique. I can’t stress how meaningful this has been at times. Things like “Rule #1 for a guitar player: Never get in the way of the singer.” • Studying with Erick has helped me build up a rich library of exercises to practice with. Arpeggios, Scales, and licks. Right hand technique (which is much more important and much more difficult than I ever imagined), tasty chords and of course, songs. • Erick truly understands the theory behind every bar in a song and can articulate what is going on there. His understanding of music theory is vast. • One of the things I’m into is recording and often times my lessons are around problem solving with the recording process. My recordings have improved dramatically since I started collaborating with Erick on them. By my own choice, I’ve spent entire lessons just learning the ins and outs of some of the tools like Pro Logic. I can’t tell you how much time this has save me from fishing around on you-tube. • Lastly, we’ve been collaborating remotely via a program called zoom so I never even leave the house. This has a huge convenience factor and saves a bunch of commute time. It works pretty well to use zoom plus I have the added benefit of being able to record the sessions and review them later on. As I said earlier, picking the right teacher is a fork in the road critical decision to your development. I’ve had no regrets and am seriously loving the results. Bill Toner Tualatin, OR

About

For the past 20 years, I have been developing my craft as a musician. I have been formally trained in voice, piano, drums, and guitar. During college, many people approached me and asked if I would teach their daughter or son guitar. I naturally became a guitar teacher. Many of my guitar students have gone on to create their own original songs. With my experience of writing over 100 songs for many different genres, I am able to draw out the songwriting abilities of my students. Outside of teaching, I have been the music director of a church, written music for film producers, and performed all around North America. I look forward to helping you or your child learn guitar.

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I am a professional guitarist, songwriter and commercial music artist, residing in Portland Oregon. I have had a bachelor's degree in music from U of O, and I've been playing guitar and writing songs for over 15 years. I've performed on stages in front of thousands across the US and Canada, and I know what it's like to live on the road. I've worked with several distinguished producers and performed with platinum selling artists. I've recorded two studio albums with my band and have composed and recorded commercial music pieces for Fortune 500 companies. I love to teach people the art of creativity.

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I can teach skills for guitar and bass that will allow one to play music, bridging many genres. I can help people learn songs but specialize in teaching improvisational/computational skills.

About

Lessons on upright bass or bass guitar. All ages, all styles. Beginners welcome. I'm good with kids, and have forty years of experience. Rock, jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, country, swing. Flexible hours, reasonable rates.

  • 5 years in business
About

I am a Portland based guitar instructor. My teaching career began in NY, where I am originally from. I have had students from ages 6-60. I specialize in classical guitar, but I have plenty of experience in teaching and performing various styles, including rock, jazz, and folk. I believe that a good technique is essential, and an understanding of music theory is essential. However, these things are only one side of the coin. In addition to teaching you what to practice, I will teach you how to practice and how it ties in to what you love.

About

I am a classically trained guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. I offer music lessons to the general public at competitive rates. I combine the best aspects of a classical training, including music theory, sight-reading and aural skills with the sensibility of a self-taught musician, stressing the importance to learn to play by ear and improvise in jams. With my extensive background in musical styles ranging from classical to jazz, rock and folk, I have the knowledge to help you take your playing to the next level. I am easygoing and fun to work with, and lessons will be catered to each individual.

  • 4 years in business
About

I provide all-ages guitar lessons for the serious musician or hobbyist, either beginner or intermediate, and on any or no genre. I offer competitive rates! All lessons are at $30. Length will vary depending on age.

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