Portland Guitar Academy

Portland, OR

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I am a patient instructor who wants you grow your skill level and confidence while having fun (at your own pace because every student is different). I want you to see real results with your playing because this will ultimately make playing more fun! I take pride in my continued work in improving myself as an instructor. I regularly meet with other instructors and discuss ways to get the best results for my students. I am a career instructor (not just a guitar player) teaching is a passion for me.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

It is a great feeling being able to watch as a student's dreams of playing guitar turn into a reality for them. I love being able to coach and help my students bypass many of the struggles I experienced when I was learning to play

Location

Portland, OR 97214

Background check

Complete

Times hired on Thumbtack

51

Reviews

27 Reviews
  • Steven H. Jun 7, 2017
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    It's been amazing. :D
  • Ron B. May 5, 2017
    Guitar Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Our first lesson begins with Sam and my son is excited. Sam has made the process very easy and she is accommodating to busy schedules. Thanks, Ron
  • Katherine H. Mar 4, 2017
    Guitar Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Happy 11 year old!
    My daughter says her hour lessons are too short and wants more time with her teacher, Sam! It's the highlight of my daughter's week and she's learned so much in such a short time.
  • Fred S. Nov 23, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Excellent
    It's all good!
  • Chris P. Aug 12, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I was happy to learn that the styles of music I like and she likes to play match up so well. Samantha wants to know you and what your goals, skills, etc. are so she can understand what you need. I look forward to learning with her. Parking was not the best but eventually found street parking after a couple loops around the block.
  • Terry M. Aug 6, 2016
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    This place is the best. My instructor Samantha make every lesson fun yet interesting. She makes learning the guitar fun and easy.and always available to answer questions.
  • Tim H. May 4, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Sam is an amazing teacher. She's methodical, patient (which is supremely important when teaching young children), and thoughtful. My daughter is having an wonderful first experience with an instrument.
  • Karin M. Apr 15, 2016
    Sam has been an excellent instructor. She is knowledgeable, encouraging, supportive, patient, adaptable, innovative, and a very pleasant person to spend time with. Sam has an approach for every obstacle at her fingertips. Without hesitation she shares her ideas that will encourage any student to make progress.
  • Jae C. Apr 5, 2016
    Sam does a great job with our family. She takes on three of us across the continuum of "beginner-hood", and does it with such humor and a positive attitude. Every week she adds something new but still manages to make sure everyone understands and is keeping up enough to move forward. We highly recommend Sam.
  • Addison B. Apr 4, 2016
    Despite my love of music, I could never commit to music lessons. I'd always feel like it drained me of my passion instead of allowing me to hone it. This time around was made a lot easier by having a teacher who is patient, understanding, funny and quite simply just really easy to learn from and with. Sam has a ton of experience with music and is very talented. You'll see this, but all the while she'll strike you as humble. This was very important to me because I feel super vulnerable learning music. On top of her being an excellent teacher personality-wise, she also offers equipment to record, and will teach you the ins-and-outs of GuitarPro so that you can play around with it at home. Beyond Sam though, the space itself, the Portland Guitar Academy, is very comfortable, it's a nice studio with lots of equipment, is easy to access via Trimet(the 10&14 get me there,) and has lots of parking. ((I'm pretty sure there's another location, but I go to the one in Southeast.)) Anyways, if you're looking for a humble, yet talented individual to help you out with guitar, by all means consider Sam. If you'd like to know anything else about my experience, feel free to reach out. Best, Addison
  • Sai M. Apr 4, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Samantha is a very talented guitar teacher. I would definitely recommend her as a guitar teacher. She is also my guitar hero, period.
  • Bridget S. Mar 31, 2016
    When my 8 year old daughter told me the only thing she wanted for Christmas was guitar lessons, I began to shop around for options. We checked out a few local places and ended up having a really good intro meeting with Samantha from Portland Guitar Academy. Their experience, schedule, flexibility, and cost was just what I was looking for, and you could easily tell that Samantha would be fun to learn from. Lessons started from there and my daughter continues to be excited to go every week. Samantha has made it easy for her to learn, and has even adapted some of her favorite songs into chords that she can play along with. Samantha is so positive with my daughter that she continues to be motivated without me having to nag her to practice. I couldn't be happier with her progress, and am so glad we found Portland Guitar Academy!
  • Mariko C. Mar 31, 2016
    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.
  • Brenda H. Mar 30, 2016
    Bass Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    All I have to say is if you are looking for a guitar instructor, stop searching and just hire Sam! After coming to her to learn how to play the bass, with no prior experience, I have learned so much (and continue to do so!). She makes each lesson really fun and makes you want to practice what you just learned right after!
  • Eduardo S. Mar 28, 2016
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Samantha is very personable and petient.
  • Jamie G. Feb 29, 2016
    I take guitar lessons from Sam and she is phenomenal! When I first came to her, I didn't even know how to hold a guitar and was VERY nervous...nervous I wouldn't be good, nervous I wouldn't progress fast enough as was expected...just nervous! Sam put me completely at ease from the very beginning. She still continues to make it clear that the most important thing about my lessons is that I am having fun...that and learning, of course! Sam is a brilliant guitar player who has studied under some of the best, but she is very humble and makes me feel like we are "equals." I absolutely could not have taken lessons from anyone better! Check her out. You will NOT be disappointed.
  • Gabrielle Y. Feb 24, 2016
    Our daughter Zoe has been studying with Sam for almost 6 months and playing for over 3 years. Sam is awesome! Zoe has progressed tremendously since she started with Sam. She really enjoys going to her lesson each week and finds it fun and technically challenging! We highly recommend Sam and Portland Guitar Academy!!
  • Abigail M. Nov 4, 2015
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Samantha is SO fantastic. I would recommend her to a friend without doubt. I've progressed faster than expected at her guidance. She is very flexible and tailors the lessons to my desires, and her talent/knowledge is obvious.
  • Lara M. Oct 28, 2015
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Samantha has been nothing short of wonderful with my daughter. Samantha not only builds a quick rapport with her students, she really encourages her students to find their passion in music and teaches them to play music they love. I can't say enough great things about Samantha, I would refer her to anyone looking to learn or strengthen their guitar skills.
  • Dalena B. Oct 25, 2015
    Samantha has been my 13-year-old daughter's guitar instructor for the past 6 months. Samantha immediately made my daughter, a novice, feel very comfortable--she has a great sense of humor and quickly developed a nice rapport. Samantha's love of guitar is infectious, and she will adapt her approach and songs to appeal to each individual student. I know others who have been lucky enough to have discovered Samantha, and they're also very happy. I highly recommend her!
  • Libby V. Aug 1, 2015
    Guitar Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
  • Jacen D. Jul 21, 2015
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Adam B. Jun 18, 2015
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Sam has been of tremendous help getting me to overcome some of the bad habits I picked up while trying to teach myself how to play. She has given me a great foundation of fundamentals on which to progress. The progression of the content taught has been great and I am given excellent exercises to practice with between sessions.
  • Lesley B. Jun 10, 2015
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Working with Samantha is both fun and easy. She is very encouraging and genuinely interested in my progress. She has helped me understand music theory in a way that I can apply it to my guitar playing which has made the experience very worthwhile!
  • Shant'e H. May 28, 2015
    My daughter started working with Sam about 7months ago. She came in with absolutely no knowledge of guitars, songwriting or reading music. Now my daughter is doing all of these things pretty well. She looks forward to guitar lessons every week. Samantha is thorough, patient and super sweet. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a great musical mentor.
  • June K. May 28, 2015
    Sam is an amazing guitar teacher. Initially I started lessons hoping to learn just a few songs, now with her support and encouragement I'm starting to write my own music! She tailors each lesson to fit your needs and skill level, it's been awesome!
  • Greg D. May 8, 2015
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    She is doing great with my son. He wants to play all the time. He has a guitar in his hand all the time. It's actually driving me crazy but he is definatly progressing quickly.