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Rose City Guitar Company
Rose City Guitar Company

Rose City Guitar Company

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Offers remote services
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Introduction: Rose City Guitar Company is run by electric guitarist/bassist Samantha Holmes and acoustic fingerstyle guitarist Amber Russell. We are patient instructors who want to see you succeed with the goals you have set for yourself. We want you to see real results with your playing because this will ultimately make playing more fun! We both take pride in our continued work to improve ourselves as instructors. We regularly meet with other instructors and discuss ways to get the best results for our students. We are career instructors and are passionate about what we do. We are also experienced and established performers and can give our students interested in that route the tools they need to succeed. We love being able to coach and help our students bypass many of the struggles we experienced when first learning to play. We cannot wait to help you fulfill your dreams to become the guitar player YOU have always wanted to be!

Hired 6 times

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2 employees

1 year in business

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

Exceptional 5.0

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Sanjay V.

I have been taking guitar classes from Rose City Guitar Company since February 2021 and the experience so far has been outstanding. I have the opportunity to learn under both the teachers - Amber and Samantha and both of them are exceptional. All my classes have been remote since I live in CA and classes over zoom have been really smooth and well organized. The curriculum they have structured suits ones experience level. The material is provided through dropbox/one note to allow students to keep track of progress. But the biggest positive I must say are the teachers. Amber and Samantha, are both very mindful of what students are doing during the class and make sure they are on the right path. They constantly provide feedback and tips that can really help students improve and fast track their learning. They also adapt the teaching structure to suit the student and the style they would want to learn. Would highly recommend to anyone at any level willing to learn guitar.
Rose City Guitar Company's reply
Sanjay - thanks so much for the review!!
Jun 16, 2021
Sriram J.

Sam has been my teacher for about 5 years now. I have been self taught before I met her for the major part of the last 15 years and felt the need to learn highly specific techniques for my style and genre of playing (Metal- tech death/progressive/speed). She is the best teacher someone at my experience level(Intermediate) can ask for! I have enjoyed every session with her and have learnt things from her that I could not have otherwise, by watching youtube. I like the methodical approach provided by Sam to learning and approaching guitar technicalities and I finally have a structure to my musical journey as a guitarist. If you are a beginner/have been playing guitar for a few years and want to push your boundaries/play in band/an upcoming artist or just want to learn to play guitar the right way, Sam is your gal. 10/10 would recommend!!
Rose City Guitar Company's reply
Sriram - you're awesome! Thanks so much for the review!
May 30, 2021
Tim H.

I can't say enough good things about Sam! Her knowledge of guitar, songwriting, and music production mean I've hd an active partner in my own musical journey. She backs up her low-key, friendly teaching style with tons of inventive pedagogical techniques for improving your rate of learning. She is also incredibly passionate about music performance and furthering her own knowledge and skill of the guitar. It's an incredibly effective approach!
Rose City Guitar Company's reply
Thanks so much for the wonderful review Tim!
Apr 24, 2021
Max S.

Sam is the best guitar teacher in Portland! She has an amazing grasp on musical theory as well as technical proficiency and is excellent at conveying both in a way that is easy to grasp for someone learning. As someone previously experienced with guitar, I was able to learn a variety of new skills under Sam's guidance, including getting the hang of sweep arpeggios in a pretty short time span. If you want to truly master the fundamentals of playing guitar, Rose City Guitar is the place to go.
Rose City Guitar Company's reply
Wow, what a great review - thanks Max!
Apr 19, 2021
Anna M.

Sam was my guitar teacher for 5 years. She is by far the best music teacher I've ever had! She can teach you anything for any genre of music. If you want to learn about music theory and go the more traditional route, she can do that. If you are looking to sharpen skills or just understand how to grow as an artist but are not concerned about the technical side of things, she has you covered. I will always recommend her for learning anything and everything about guitar. She even helped me through my first real performances. I would not be able to pursue a career in music if it wasn't for her teaching me. I recommend her to anyone!
Rose City Guitar Company's reply
Thank you so much for the kind words, Anna!
Apr 8, 2021
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Samantha Holmes


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    There are a handful of packages available for students to purchase. These are based on each student's interests/goals, skill level, and budget. You will not pay by the hour but rather a monthly package. In order to learn which fits best, we offer a free introductory session to meet with you and see which would be the best fit.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    We prefer new students to meet with us for a free introductory session to learn about your goals and experience to figure out what would be the best fit. We cannot recommend the best format and curriculum before we have gotten to know you.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    The combined education we have is widely diversified. Samantha has studied with world-renowned rock/metal-based guitar players over the last decade and has been performing in bands since she was a teen. She also formally studied classical guitar at the University of Arizona as well as Jazz Performance at Portland State University. For the last 7 years, Samantha has been involved in an international guitar instruction community that hosts conferences every year. She regularly attends these to receive the best and most up-to-date teaching methods and in 2018 she was awarded the guitar player of the year. Amber has more than a decade worth of experience performing across the nation as well as internationally. She is a world-renowned fingerstyle guitar artist and has played alongside players such as Kaki King and Muriel Andersen. Amber also has experience with teaching and has taken part in several fingerstyle educational bootcamps such as the Thomas Leeb percussive guitar bootcamp. She also has a successful program released on Jamplay and is partnered with Truefire and will be releasing content into the new year. She has many endorsements including businesses such as Ibanez, Halland Guitars, G7 Capos, Dimarzio, Music Area China, Elite Acoustics, Thalia Capos, and Right On Guitar Straps. Samantha and Amber have an extensive background in education as well as performance and will be able to help you to become a professional player yourself if you have that goal. We can help with any goal from just wanting to be a casual hobbyist to a professional recording musician.

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