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Discover your inner rockstar with guitar classes in NYC. Learn to strum, pick, and play your favorite songs while gaining confidence and musical skills.

9 classes in-person in NYC have spots left, and 3 classes live online are available.

Beginners 1: Guitar for Absolute Beginners

New York City Guitar School @ 251 W 30th St, New York, NY

Unlock your musical potential with a guitar course designed for absolute beginners. Students will learn basic chords, practice with real songs, and connect with classmates at the New York City Guitar School. Guitars are provided, so all you need to bring is your desire to rock!

(60) Beginner 18 and older
$357

12 sessions

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Flamenco / Spanish Guitar (1 Hour Private Lessons)

Diego Campo's Guitar Lessons @ 770 Herkimer street, Brooklyn, NY

Master the art of Flamenco and Spanish guitar with personalized private lessons. Develop your technique, learn traditional pieces, and gain a deeper understanding of the instrument's history and theory. Whether you're a beginner or looking to enhance your skills, these flexible and tailored lessons will help you become a great guitarist.

(1) All levels 5 and older

Guitar 3: Guitar for Near Beginners

Brooklyn Guitar School @ 78 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Take your guitar playing to the next level with a focus on rhythm! Master bass strums, palm mutes, scratches, and sixteenth notes to play with confidence and expression. Prerequisites: completion of Guitar 1 and 2 or comfort with basic open chords and strumming patterns.

(14) Beginner 18 and older
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Guitar 1: Guitar for Absolute Beginners

Brooklyn Guitar School @ 81 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Start your guitar journey from scratch and learn basic chords and songs by popular artists like John Legend and Taylor Swift at Brooklyn Guitar School. This course is designed specifically for absolute beginners, providing step-by-step explanations and comprehensive video tutorials to help you master the guitar. Join now and discover your hidden talent!

(14) Beginner 18 and older

Guitar 2: Strums for Absolute Beginners

Brooklyn Guitar School @ 78 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Take your guitar playing to the next level with mixed strums and confidence! Learn to play entire songs using basic and best strums in this inspiring class at Brooklyn Guitar School. Build on your knowledge of basic chords and become comfortable changing between them while playing songs by artists like Adele, Bill Withers, Jason Mraz, Ed Sheeran, and more.

(14) Beginner 18 and older

Tuesday Morning Music

The Jalopy Theatre and School of Music @ 315 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY

We'll be sharing songs with folks of all ages in this cross-generational singalong.  Come down to Jalopy to sing, dance, or even just to hang out and listen. We'll keep things easy-going as we slowly get the music flowing again. 

(41) All levels 15 and older

Adult Beginner Guitar

Williamsburg School of Music @ 400 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the joy of playing guitar and learn to confidently strum iconic songs by legendary artists like the Beatles, Green Day, and Johnny Cash. Develop essential skills and habits to become a skilled guitarist, without the need for prior music experience or the ability to read sheet music. Join us at the Williamsburg School of Music and unleash your inner musician.

(24) Beginner 18 and older
$350

8 sessions

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Spring Jazz Intensives

New York Jazz Academy @ 15 W 39 St, New York, NY

Experience the vibrant world of jazz in the heart of New York City with immersive music camps that offer practical playing experience, visits to iconic venues, and interaction with influential players. Elevate your understanding of harmony and gain invaluable insight into jazz styles in these popular intensives for musicians of all ages.

(2) All levels 13 and older
$1,395

5 sessions

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Summer Jazz Intensives

New York Jazz Academy @ 15 W 39 St, New York, NY

Take your jazz skills to the next level this summer with the highly sought-after summer music camps at the New York Jazz Academy. Immerse yourself in a week of practical playing experience, collaborative music-making, and jazz exploration alongside talented musicians from all over. Elevate your musicality and leave with a deeper understanding of harmony, melody, and jazz styles.

(2) All levels 13 and older
$1,395

5 sessions

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Beginners 1: Guitar for Absolute Beginners

New York City Guitar School @ Virtual Classroom

Embark on a musical journey from scratch and master basic chords on the guitar. Learn step-by-step with real songs by renowned artists. Unleash your inner rockstar at the New York City Guitar School.

(60) Beginner 18 and older
$357

12 sessions

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Guitar I: Introduction

Irish Arts Center @ Virtual Classroom

Embark on your guitar journey with this introductory class, where you'll master basic chords, develop proper technique, and learn essential skills like tuning and using a capo. From pop to traditional Irish music, explore versatile chord progressions to elevate your playing in various contexts. Join us as we lay the foundation for your musical exploration with expert instruction and hands-on learning.

(51) Beginner 18 and older
$204

8 sessions

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Guitar II: Accompaniment for Traditional Irish Music

Irish Arts Center @ Virtual Classroom

Elevate your guitar skills in this specialized class, focusing on accompanying traditional Irish tunes in session settings. Explore strumming patterns, chord shapes, and melody playing techniques while learning to identify appropriate chords by ear. Whether you're a Guitar I graduate or have basic guitar knowledge, join us as we delve into the rich tradition of Irish music with expert guidance and hands-on practice.

(51) Intermediate 18 and older
$234

8 sessions

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Guitar (Beginner)

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Learn the basics of guitar in a fun and supportive group setting! Beginning with the fundamentals, students will learn how to tune the guitar, hold the pick and read chord diagrams, progressing to finger exercises and technique including open chords. Students will be introduced to strumming patterns, bass riffs, and progress to playing along with recordings. Please note: Students must provide their own guitar.

(1068) Beginner 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$705

20 sessions

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Cello (Continuing Beginner/Intermediate)

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Expand upon the basics of cello playing in a supportive group setting! Students will continue their work on the basics of cello playing; focusing on proper hand position, note reading, basic theory, tone production, and other fundamentals. Please note: Students must provide their own cello. Other required materials: bow, case, endpin strap or stopper, music stand, and rosin. Prerequisite: For adult students who have already taken a beginning...

(1068) Beginner 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$625

20 sessions

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Guitar (Intermediate)

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

This group class is ideal for intermediate students, who have previously taken the continuing beginner course or have the equivalent experience. This course covers picking bass notes out of chords, advanced strumming techniques, barre chords, finger picking (Travis picking), and an exploration of blues chord progressions with an explanation of blues soloing. Songs are taught to exemplify the different techniques being demonstrated. Prerequisite:...

(1068) Intermediate 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$705

20 sessions

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Ukulele (Beginner)

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Discover the joy of playing the ukulele with this beginner-friendly course at 92nd Street Y. From learning basic chords to strumming and fingerpicking, you'll be strumming your favorite songs in no time. Join us and bring your own ukulele to get started on your musical journey!

(1068) Beginner 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$375

11 sessions

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Camp 1: Let’s Be A Singer-Songwriter (Ages 10 - 15)

Willan Academy of Music @ 2067 Broadway, New York, NY

This week long summer day camp will help aspiring young musicians to become a singer-songwriter on guitar. Participants will have 3 different workshops throughout the camp. In addition to guitar workshops to improve his/her techniques and music theories, participants will have singing workshops to learn how to singing skills.  Furthermore, song writing workshops will help them understanding how to express their...

(1) All levels 10 - 15 years old
No upcoming schedules
$625

5 sessions

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Ukulele For Absolute Beginners

New York City Guitar School @ 251 W 30th St, New York, NY

Have you ever seen anyone frowning while holding a ukulele?  Absolutely not! It's like trying to be sad while water skiing. It just can't be done. The truth is, that just the sound of this beautiful instrument has been giving people that warm and happy feeling for over eighty years in the mainland U.S. and now you can take that feeling with you everywhere you go!  Ukulele Basics is a ten-week course which will have you playing classic...

(60) Beginner 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$375

12 sessions

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Guitar Crash Course (Beginner)

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Beginner guitar students learn the basics of the instrument, including strumming, chord structures and reading tabs. Students must provide their own guitars.

(1068) Beginner 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$165

4 sessions

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Blues Guitar Weekly Workshop

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Covering styles from acoustic country and folk Blues to electric Chicago Blues, we’ll explore the various techniques such as slide guitar, open tunings, minor pentatonic scale, as well as different blues forms and blues-based material. If you have some background in guitar but have little or no blues/jazz experience, this is the class for you!

(1068) All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$199

7 sessions

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Discover the Best Guitar Classes in NYC

The guitar is one of the most popular instruments in the world. It’s used heavily in just about every style of music, including country, rock, heavy metal, punk, classical, jazz, and even pop. It’s particularly heavily played in New York City, which has an extensive rock scene with many up-and-coming bands. Even if you’re not interested in joining a group, guitar classes in NYC can provide many benefits that make them worth considering.

Why You Should Learn Guitar in NYC

Have you ever been to a club in NYC to watch a band play? Wouldn’t it be fun to have the skills to perform like that? Well, learning guitar in New York City gives you that opportunity. You’ll practice scales, chords, soloing techniques, and other skills necessary when playing for fun or profit, depending on your ambition and expertise.

Performing on guitar is not only a fun side hustle or full-time job (if you get good enough) but a great way to relax. Sitting around your apartment with friends and playing some songs together can help relieve stress and manage your anxiety. It can also improve your overall emotional stability and provide other long-term health benefits.

In-Person Guitar Classes & Schools in NYC

If you’re interested in learning guitar in NYC, in-person courses provide many advantages. First, they’re designed for specific skill levels, meaning you can pick and choose lessons that suit your abilities. Secondly, they include hands-on training with a professor who can help you better understand your skills and play guitar more effectively. 

Thankfully, there are many in-person guitar classes and schools in NYC that may suit your needs. These courses cover many different subjects, including basic guitar techniques, advanced strumming patterns, and songwriting. You’ll get strong, in-person support with a live teacher who can help you better understand these lessons and implement them properly. 

Read through each listing here to find a program that suits your needs. These include beginner-level classes and more advanced courses that strengthen your existing skills. Choose carefully by reading through each listing and picking any that interest you. Don’t forget: check the pricing to ensure that you pick a class that’s within your budget.

Guitar 1: Guitar for Absolute Beginners 

Guitar 1: Guitar for Absolute Beginners is a Brooklyn Guitar School course on 4th Avenue in Brooklyn. It’s designed for people who know nothing about guitar and will guide you towards basic understanding. You’ll learn important elementary chords, practice scale diagrams, learn the string names, and even master songs by some of your favorite artists.

As you learn, you’ll get to know other guitar players and can even form a band outside of class. All course materials are provided, including guitars and sheet music. Practice at home with video tutorials and graduate from the course to progress to the next. These guided classes help you master guitar and transition to more advanced lessons, like soloing.

Guitar 2: Strums for Absolute Beginners

Guitar 2: Strums for Absolute Beginners is a Brooklyn Guitar School class that builds on the techniques learned in their previous course. It covers different strumming patterns, including the basic folksy strum you hear in many pop hits. You’ll also learn how to alternate your strumming to change-up the rhythm and how to move quickly between each chord on your guitar. 

Like the previous class, you’ll also practice basic chording and playing methods, including picking and rudimentary soloing. These simple lessons help you prepare for the demands of future classes. After graduating, you can move on to other courses offered by the Brooklyn Guitar School to ensure that you play more effectively.

Guitar 3: Guitar for Near Beginners

Guitar 3: Guitar for Near Beginners is the next Brooklyn Guitar School course available on their guided learning path. It covers more advanced rhythmic concepts, proper guitar tone, and playing with expression. You’ll learn bass-strums, guitar scratches, muting, and sixteenth notes. It typically takes about 8-12 sessions before you finish this class. 

After graduating, you should feel comfortable playing rhythm guitar in multiple genres, including country, rock, jazz, and blues. You can then move on to playing more advanced rhythms in different styles, including syncopating the beat to play funk-based guitar. Later, you can move on to soloing based on chord progressions and other important skills.

Adult Beginner Guitar 

Adult Beginner Guitar is a Williamsburg School of Music class on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. It’s designed to teach adults with little experience how to play guitar. You’ll not only learn basic chords and strumming but proper practicing techniques. All materials beyond a guitar are provided to ensure that you can learn effectively. 

As you practice, you can choose from several songs to master, including favorites by Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Green Day, and even contemporary artists like Taylor Swift. All tastes are welcome and your professor will help you master each song with hands-on support. This process includes adjusting your strumming techniques and tweaking errors in your playing.

Flamenco/Spanish Guitar Private Lessons 

Flamenco/Spanish Guitar Private Lessons is a Diego Campo’s Guitar Lessons course on Herkimer Street in Brooklyn. It covers advanced flamenco guitar methods, including fast strumming, chording techniques, and efficient soloing. You’ll not only learn about these methods but also practice writing your own music. 

This class works best for someone with a little experience in guitar playing because flamenco music requires more efficient and fast strumming methods. That said, it welcomes people of all levels and will adapt based on your needs. For example, it teaches right- and left-hand techniques that improve your playing and produce more attractively played music.

Guitar Lessons: Acoustic/Electric 

Guitar Lessons: Acoustic/Electric is a City Music Schools class on West 42nd Street in Manhattan. This music school pairs you with a private tutor who can set up regular weekly visits. Between classes, you’ll practice your lessons to improve your skills. As you get better, your instructor will tweak your classes to cover more advanced concepts.

Note that you must bring your own guitar to each lesson practice between classes to master any skill it covers. Most teachers in this school ask students for at least one hour of playing every day, though you can adjust your schedule however you see fit. Each class is just one-hour long and includes hands-on support, such as fingering practice and chording lessons.

Beatles Harmony

Beatles Harmony is a Jalopy Theater and School of Music program in Brooklyn for up to seven beginner players. It focuses on teaching you how to play guitar like the Beatles. Practice open and barre chords as well as various strumming patterns to become a better player. Then, pair each strum with an appropriate Beatles song to play it effectively.

You’ll also learn some of the most popular songs by the Beatles, including Yesterday, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, and Help. Your professor will help teach you unique chording methods and simplify your playing to ensure you can play as smoothly as George, John, and Paul when practicing these tunes. Now, you can play whatever Beatles song you want.

Jalopy Jr. Folk Beginner Summer Camp 

Jalopy Jr. Folk Beginner Summer Camp is a Jalopy Theatre of School and Music summer camp that teaches folk music to children between the ages of 6-11. It’s a great learning opportunity for kids interested in playing music like bluegrass and blues and teaches guitar-playing techniques for each genre. Each class is taught in a light-hearted but informative way. 

Campers can also learn how to play banjo, ukulele, and fiddle, depending on their interests. Throughout this five-day camp, students will play with their teacher, in small ensembles, and even form bands. On the last day, there’s a short recital that highlights all the students have learned. Parents can attend to see how well their child has mastered their instruments.

Virtual Guitar Classes & Schools

Are you interested in learning guitar but don’t want to fight through NYC traffic? Online courses may be a great option for you. These classes let you learn anywhere you have an internet connection. You can also choose from a broader range of classes, including options across the nation or even international courses. That said, they do have some downsides.

For instance, you get less personal time with your professor because you’ll talk online instead of working together in person. Furthermore, you’ll have to buy all your learning materials. As a result, you’ll need to buy a guitar, a computer for streaming your lessons, and sheet music for practicing songs. That said, the benefits may outweigh the downsides for many people. 

If you’re interested in online guitar classes, there are many choices available for you. Each course covers different subjects, such as classical guitar, production, and even songwriting. This diverse array of choices makes it easier to find one that fits your needs. Make sure you check each listing carefully for pricing and attendance details before booking a spot.

Music Production for Songwriters, Level 1

Music Production for Songwriters, Level 1 is a Songwriting School of Los Angeles online class that covers guitar playing, songwriting, and production. You’ll not only practice basic guitar skills but learn how to write and record interesting songs for fun or profit. 

Other subjects include recording from your laptop, utilizing MIDI production, producing your voice, and arranging your songs. This class should make it easier for up-and-coming musicians to produce clearer and more enjoyable recordings.

Intro to Classical & Flamenco Guitar

Intro to Classical & Flamenco Guitar is an online New York Guitar Academy course that is designed to teach you basic classical and flamenco guitar techniques. This includes practicing the five different right-hand techniques for playing beautiful classical guitar music. 

You’ll also learn how to tune, string, and maintain your guitar, as well as practice original songs and classical pieces. Note: this class is suited for people with some guitar experience. It will build on basic skills to help you become a better player.

Guitar Made Easy (Ages 18+)

Guitar Made Easy (Ages 18+) is a Los Angeles City College online course that you can attend all the way back in NYC. It covers basic guitar maintenance, including stringing and tuning your guitar. You’ll also learn how to play single-note melodies and chords. 

Each student brings their own guitar, such as acoustic, classical, or electric models. Note that you can bring a small amp for your electric guitar to make practicing easier. Also, you’ll need to purchase Guitar Method 1 by Schmidt and Kock to take this class.

Private Group Guitar Classes in NYC

Are you interested in setting up private guitar group classes in NYC for your company’s next teamwork-building event? CourseHorse is here to help. They provide multiple programs that can suit your needs, including online, private classes that are adjustable for your company’s needs. Need room for 250 people? Most CourseHorse lessons can accommodate you. 

During each class, your employees will learn important guitar skills, such as fingering the fretboard, playing single-line melodies, mastering chord shapes, and tuning effectively. The class’ professor provides in-depth support in guided lessons, helping your team better understand how to translate the music in their head to their instrument.

Even if you can’t find a class on CourseHorse right now, you can contact them online to set up a private lesson. They can create new private lessons that suit your office’s scheduling needs. In this way, they provide a comprehensive service that works for you. These benefits ensure that your team gets the best experience possible with each class.

But why is CourseHorse a better option than other online booking platforms? Well, CourseHorse carefully vets each class to ensure it only provides high-quality lessons. Furthermore, you can adjust your group size after booking and pay no fees for setting up a class. These advantages make CourseHorse a smart choice for anyone interested in booking private guitar lessons.

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