Learn Guitar PDX

Portland, OR

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

While some guitar teachers take a "one-size-fits-all" approach, I create custom lesson plans for each of my students. That way, they learn the things they want to learn, without missing out on important fundamentals.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I really love seeing my students grow into great musicians. That look of excitement on their faces when they master a tricky riff or finally "get" music theory is the best.

Location

Portland, OR 97206

Background check

Complete

Years in business

6

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

9

Reviews

4 Reviews
  • Paul R. Nov 25, 2015
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
  • Chris K. Aug 5, 2015
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I got hooked up with a great guitar teacher - very professional but also warm and encouraging.
    Rick K. Aug 20, 2015

    Chris, thanks so much for the review! It's great to have you as a student! See you soon :)

  • Devon C. Jun 15, 2015
    Guitar Lessons
    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!
    Rick K. Jun 28, 2015

    Devon, thanks for the review! You're really coming along nicely on the guitar, and I enjoy having you as a student! See you soon!

  • Dave P. Jan 29, 2014
    I'm a beginning guitarist and have thoroughly enjoyed Rick as a teacher. He has a straightforward and relaxed teaching style. Rick willingly incorporates any song, artist, or style I mention in the lessons. One particular element of his teaching that benefits my progression a lot is music theory. Even though I don't immediately understand all he teaches, the gradual addition of these theory lessons is paying off.
    Rick K. Jan 29, 2014

    Dave, thanks so much for the review. I'm really enjoying teaching you and seeing you progress. Keep up the good work!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Hour lessons are $40 ea, 30-minute lessons are $25. Students who pay for each month's lessons at the first lesson of the month only pay for 4 lessons, even if the month contains five lesson days.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
One of my favorite composers, Sergei Rachmaninov said. "Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music," and I firmly believe that to be true. There's always something new to discover, whether it be a new riff or technique, or a new band I've never heard of. That's one of the things I love about music; I'm always learning something new.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started giving guitar lessons right out of high school, after taking music lessons for years. I've always really enjoyed it.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Most of my students are guitar students, but I also teach bass and ukulele.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I'm proud of all of my students.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
You should definitely look for a teacher with plenty of experience. But more than that, you should choose someone who you get along with on a personal level, and who is patient and knows how to have fun.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Taking music lessons can be a blast, when you have the right teacher.