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Best Places For Guitar Lessons In Pittsburgh

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You don't have to string along and watch others learn to play the guitar. That first chord will be handled by a teacher to guide you step by step. Don't be concerned about your level of ability, as each instructor can start you in a progression of skills and techniques. Classes in Pittsburgh are available for kids, teens and adults, and there is even an opportunity to buy or lease a guitar for a practice-makes-perfect progress. Learning to play the guitar is beneficial for confidence, stress, discipline, creativity and just plain fun. All you need is to find a great teacher, choose the right guitar, practice and move on in stages of technique and you won't be a beginner anymore.

Pittsburgh Guitars
1305 E.Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 431- 0700

It doesn't matter if this is your first time to learn to play a guitar or if you're a veteran needing a bit more polish, Pittsburgh Guitars will guide you in the right direction. What makes that process easier is that the teachers will instruct you according to your skill level and the type of music of your interest. The teachers are all highly experienced, with music degrees from esteemed institutions, and are professionally trained in a variety of musical genres. A trip to the southside of Pittsburgh is the place for either individual or private lessons. If you are in need of accessories, guitars or repairs, the staff will make sure you get the attention and satisfaction you need.

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Sunburst School Of Music
5843 Forbes Ave., Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 475-8280

The Sunburst School of Music offers a unique opportunity in their lesson arrangement, and it can be in the form of private lessons or working together in a group with the Sunburst Rocks for ages 6-17. All new and aspiring guitar players are given an incentive of a free lesson, and the experienced teachers, who have performed in bands, sold albums and played in festivals and shows in the Pittsburgh area, will provide lessons in a sequential manner that makes for a relaxed learning procedure. This makes a myriad of musical tastes available to new participants with a direction for lessons in a comfortable atmosphere. Have no fear if you don't possess a guitar, as there is a rental program to get you started. Sunburst is a great place for all ages and skills levels, and the enigma of a rock or pop type of music just might be right for you.

U Rock Music Center
3903 Washington Ave., Suite 5
McMurray, PA
(724) 941-1435

Don't fret if you don't own a guitar, as the rental program will be well-suited for the private or group lessons. The staff has experience, from work as band directors to public school music programs, and an enthusiasm for teaching. If you're looking for that perfect instrument, then U Rock Music Center will set you up with all the accessories and a guitar with a perfect fit. You can find U Rock at Donaldson Crossroads Shopping Center and even before you start they will provide a counseling session to check if the guitar and lessons work together for you.

Lawrence Music
985 Castle Shannon Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
(412) 563-2264

Guitar students of all ages will be taught to play according to their interests and style by teachers with a wealth of experience and music degrees. The teachers use a musical methodology with technology and by using Internet programs make the lessons more enjoyable. Taking the first step with a free first lesson can pave the road for a lifetime of music, fun and the pleasure of learning a new craft. It doesn't matter if you are taking lessons, purchasing or repairing a guitar, Lawrence Music has a  professional and capable staff that makes them a top notch customer service department for all your needs.

Lyons Guitar And String Lesson Studio
1665 Washington Rd., Suite 5
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
(412) 833-2111

Brannon Lyons is a unique and dynamic teacher, and that brings the kids flowing into his studio for a comfortable destination to,learn how to play a guitar. Brannon's extensive resume and 23 years of experience of teaching in the Pittsburgh region are testimony to his popularity with parents. There is a group lesson for the kids and for adults who have experience. The best part is that the lessons are in a studio with a relaxed atmosphere, and all the while the students are strung up with learning the Suzuki method. That support of parents, teacher and child working together will provide a stimulus for respect and interaction with others, especially in the group setting.

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Gerry Cernicky is a retired health and physical education teacher with 36 years of experience. He is a former teacher of the year and a sports writer for the Vandergrift News. He delivers podcasts, and maintains a website and blog. He currently resides in Pittsburgh. His work can be found at

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