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Guitar Lessons Hillside, NJ

Guitar Lessons in
Hillside, NJ

Musika has been offering Hillside Guitar Lessons since 2001. Our guitar teachers create customized lesson plans for each student, and help you bring music alive one note at a time!

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Featured Hillside Guitar Teachers

Craig G

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Acoustic & Electric Guitarist,Composer & Music Educator. Craig's early music influence came from his family; he grew up with Mom's jazz, R&B and soul records and his brother's  Rock & Roll albums. Craig started playing guitar at the age of 9. In high school Craig started performing live with his first rock & roll band. He attended Berklee College of Music and studied with private teachers and attended workshops with great musicians including. Dave Creamer, Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker and many more. For the next 25 plus years Craig has become one of the most versatile guitarists playing many styles including Jazz, Classical, Bluegrass, Latin, Jam band, rock and Pop music.  You can find him playing intimate solo gigs, with orchestras and band in all types of venues. He has toured in Europe, central America, the Caribbean, Asia and the USA. Besides performances in his original bands he also has performed or recorded with great musicians including  Jeff Andrews, Dave Creamer, Vince DelGato, Joe Deninzon, Mark Egan, Ian Froman, Hans Glawischnig, Craig Handy, Molly Holm, Carol  Lawrence, Donny McCaslin, Aaron Minsky, Danny  Paradise, Bill Rogers, Bobby  Rydell, Paul Simon, Ben Vereen Michael Wilcox, Creatrix, Hexbelt, Rural Free Delivery and others. Craig has also been a guitar instructor since the mid 80's                           

Jeff S

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As a professional guitarist, Jeff is a finger-style acoustic guitar specialist.  Some of his significant influences include James Taylor, Ry Cooder, Keb' Mo', John Martyyn, Eric Clapton, Marcel Dadi, and Jorma Kaukonen.As a music educator, Jeff created and instructed classes in pop songwriting, lyric writing, jingle writing and production that were offered at colleges, universities and private schools from coast to coast, including UCLA Extension, Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College and The Harrison School Of Music.As a songwriter and composer, Jeff's compositions have earned him over 35 awards from various national and international songwriting competitions including finalist selections in two national talent competitions: The Hottest New Artist Competition (in Virginia) and The Telluride Blues Festival's Acoustic Blues Competition (in Colorado).  Jeff is also a former staff songwriter for a long-standing NYC music publishing company and has had a number of his songs and compositions featured in film, TV and other media.A reporter from patch.com recently described Jeff as "a consummate songwriter".As a vocalist, Jeff has a versatile, high-baritone/low tenor able to effectively deliver songs and jingles in a variety of styles including pop, rock, blues, R&B, country, jazz, folk, children’s, etc.   His voice has been recorded and featured in a variety of projects for projects ranging from industrials, children’s television programming, film and jingles.As a live music performer, Jeff has appeared in clubs, coffeehouses, colleges, music and arts festivals coast to coast, mostly as a solo performer (acoustic guitar and vocals). Repertoire varies from all original songs to a combination of original and eclectic cover tunes (running the gamut from Duke Ellington to Elvis Costello to Shania Twain to Alicia Keys).            

Pete O

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In-demand NY session musician, teacher, and musical director Pete O has studied with many of the world’s top bass players. In addition to his independent studies at Berklee Music school, Pete has had the pleasure of studying with industry legends such as Victor Wooten, Chuck Rainey, Anthony Wellington, Adam Nitti, and Matt Garrison. Pete’s highlights include opening the Gathering of the Vibes festival in upstate New York, featuring James Brown, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Gov’t Mule, and the Allman Brothers. After his recent appearance on Fox Television's "Huckabee," Gov. Mike Huckabee, a bass player himself, remarked "You did such a great job. You should give me some lessons on the bass!"

Ron C

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Although most of my playing experience has been with rock bands, big bands and weddings, I have a B.A. in classical performance/music education from William Paterson University. Most of my private study has been with Dave Larson of the New Jersey Symphony and Dave Rogers, a William Paterson jazz adjunct. My classroom career began at the Passaic County Elks' Cerebral Palsy Center in Clifton, NJ, and in 2001 I moved to my present position as Elementary Music Teacher in Middlesex, NJ.  I love to play blues on my trumpet, but my latest passion is learning finger-picking on guitar. 

Anthony R

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Passionate about sharing my love of the guitar with students of all ages, I’ve been teaching for more than 30 years. A trained Flamenco guitarist, I found, at the tender age of 7, my passion when I heard the world-renowned Flamenco guitarist Sabicas. Studying Flamenco since then, I began, during my teens, performing professionally and have had the honor of performing with such nationally known musicians as Billy Bang (legendary fiddle player), Willy Calhoun (Living Colour), Vassar Clements Band, Tom Chapin, Stanley Jordan, Buddy Miles, and Michael Powers. In high school, I enrolled in an Honors Musicianship class at the RiverDell, NJ, Senior High where I learned to read scores, conduct and identify multiple instruments, sight read, orchestrate scores and compose music. Following my true passion, I enrolled in the American Institute of Guitar (AIG), studying under the most sought after Flamenco guitar teacher for the past 20 years, Dennis Koster (author of Keys to Flamenco Guitar) and met the legendary Sabicas in person. At the same time, I began training in the Blues, educating myself on various styles and from various teachers, eventually going all the way to the tracks.
 
 

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Convenient

People are busy these days, we get that. So we work around your schedule, giving you the option of taking lessons right in the comfort of your own home.

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No Hidden Fees

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More Information About Guitar Lessons

The easiest way for a guitar lessons student to find out what kind of guitar to buy is to ask their teacher. Your teacher will know what local shops have fair deals, and which shops do a good job of setting up the instrument. Young students and beginners may find an acoustic guitar easier to play on and handle, while teenagers will probably want the power of an electric guitar so they can jam with their friends in the garage.
Need to save time because of your busy schedule? Why not try in-home guitar lessons. A Musika teacher can travel to your home and provide excellent quality instruction in the comfort and convenience of your own home.
The most important thing is that students learn how to have fun when they are playing the guitar! It can be a challenge to master the basics, and it does take a lot of practice, but with the proper teacher, students can be playing their favorite songs without too much trouble. Topics covered during guitar lessons include: learning the notes, open chords, and barre chords, learning how to strum and pluck with the fingers and pick, and also sightreading techniques and music theory.
Whether your goal is to learn to play your favorite tunes, learn to compose your own music, develop a new technique or just to play for fun, our experienced teachers can help you make those goals a reality! Musika recommends that adult students begin lessons with a clear goal or two in mind, which can greatly help a teacher create a customized lesson plan just for your own lessons. By sticking to the teacher-™s lesson plan during your weekly practice sessions, you-™ll see faster results and have more fun while playing the guitar.
Students can start their guitar lessons as young as 6 years of age. We recommend that younger students begin by playing a half size classical guitar with nylon strings, as the smaller guitar and softer strings will be more comfortable to play. By the age of 7 or 8, most students are able to start forming chords, and can learn to play and sing along to their favorite songs. Around the ages of 10-12, most students are able to start playing a full sized guitar, and they generally become interested in learning to play rock music on an electric guitar.

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