Check out what our students are saying about their experience in being a part of Seattle Guitar Mentor
“I started taking lessons because I felt like I was trapped in a box… Ever since I started taking lessons, I feel like everyday I’m learning things I never even thought I’d be able to do… I feel much more confident.”
“It’s been a really rewarding experience for me… You can start learning guitar on your own and it’s going to be a lot more difficult. You’re going to pick up a lot of bad habits or if you to start out of the gate learning the right way to do it, it saves you a lot of time coming down the road… It sure helps having somebody who really knows what they are doing to be with you along every step of the way.”
“Through taking lessons here I’ve learned a lot more about the guitar and I found it really cool to be able to play for my friends and be able to play in my graduation. I’ve been given multiple opportunities to use what I’ve learned.” -Claire
“I would 100% recommend taking lesson here. Having tried lessons at a couple other places, this has just been a great fit and the method and the way the lesson occur are a great fit for anybody looking to take guitar lessons.” -Mark
“I’ve been playing guitar since I was about 10 years old. After years of collecting huge amounts of books, and different instructional things going on Youtube. I would say that I’ve made more progress from having a human being to go in and talk to. Getting that human interaction to point something out to me that you just wouldn’t get sitting in your room. If you want to improve your guitar playing, and if you get as much enjoyment out of guitar playing as I do, then I think you should check out taking some lessons. Seattle Guitar Mentor is the only one I know to provide me what I needed.”
“I’ve had my own guitar for a long time and tried to teach myself using mainly books and a little bit online. It was unsuccessful, so I became very discouraged and intimidated by the guitar. And afraid to ever pick it up. But my daughter became interested in guitar, so we decided to take lessons together. And after, just one lesson, I felt a lot better about it. It’s a very casual atmosphere. We feel comfortable, not afraid to make mistakes or ask questions. It is a really positive experience for both of us.”
“I would definitely recommend taking lessons because it definitely makes things more fun instead of being frustrated and not knowing what to do. It really is a big loss to not know how to play something you could enjoy for life.”
“I’ve learned way more than I ever did trying to teach myself. I’m very happy with the progress I’ve made.”
“I started playing guitar quite a few years ago, but wasn’t making any progress beyond basic chords until I started lessons… I like to sing and write music, but I was really stuck in the same chord progressions and the same fingerings. Starting lessons has really brought more complexity to my songwriting and has allowed me to understand a lot more about basic music theory, so I feel like I have a much better idea of what I’m doing.”
“I’ve been playing guitar for eighteen years. In three and a half months, I’ve drastically improved in my playing ability and my technique and my sound. And I’m able to finally play a guitar solo.”
I’ve been playing guitar for 3 years and taking lessons for the past year. I’m formerly a saxophone player and a drummer. I really enjoyed how lessons were tailored to my particular interests. Aptly named the Seattle Guitar Mentor and not the Seattle Guitar Teacher. It’s not pre-baked, cookie-cutter guitar lessons for students. Through guitar lessons I’ve really improved a lot in technique, understanding the fretboard, and other areas and have learned how to apply it to what I am playing.
“I’ve been playing guitar for a pretty long time, since I was maybe eight or nine years old. I was looking for a teacher so I could be more consistent in my practicing and take my skills to the next level… Having a source of accountability for me has been a huge impact on actually getting myself to practice. I used to think that I could teach myself things and learn songs and I would eventually get better. But there’s just so many things that I don’t think about and it’s helped me think about those things. My favorite thing about the lessons has been that everything has a reason, everything we practice, everything we learn. There’s always a reason behind it. So, instead of just getting some mindless exercise and doing it because I was told to, I can say, “Well, doing this will help improve this skill, which will help improve my playing this way. And being able to see the reason behind it is definitely motivating to practice.”
“Ryan has been a really good guitar teacher because, instead of just giving you everything at once he will give you a lesson step by step so can understand every single part of it. It makes it less confusing for you and you can understand it all. It’s just easier and he makes it all good.”
“When I first started playing guitar I figured I didn’t really need lessons. I never really wanted to take them. I wanted to teach myself, but there was more I could do, more I needed to learn. I thought back to the rest of my musical career, everybody in the my family, and I realized that most really good musicians, people who have done well, had taken lessons. They had to to get to where they were. I’ve gotten a lot more precise when playing.”
“I’ve learned a lot in a short time and have done a lot more than I thought I would.”
“My name is Ian and I am 8 years old. I’ve been playing guitar for a year and taking lessons for a year. I especially like lessons.”
“I’m really enjoying this. I look forward to my lessons. It’s something that adds substantially to the musical part of my life and it adds to my life in general. It’s a great thing.”
“I thought that learning was going to be more difficult, but it’s been easier to progress than I thought.”
“Trying to figure out how to practice by myself, using youtube videos and things like that was difficult, because trying to find the time to practice and the discipline to practice on a regular basis was inconsistent. Having lessons with Seattle Guitar Mentor is the way to force yourself to get good at the guitar. If you try to do it yourself, it hardly ever happens.”
“The best thing about guitar lessons here, is that not only are you really learning guitar, you’re learning guitar from someone who actually cares about whether you learn guitar or not.”
“My favorite things about the lessons is the honest feedback, and it gets me past my sticking points. I feel much better about my playing now. When I play songs for people, they can actually recognize what I’m playing, rather than just, “Oh, I think I’ve heard that before!” Now they know what it is.”
“I’m 14yrs old and have been taking lessons for a year and a half. My favorite thing about lessons was how in-depth it was and how patient the instructors are.”
In my past experience with guitar lessons, you would just kind of show up and play a song, they’d give a couple cool licks to do and then they next week you would come back and kind of do the same thing, whereas here, I’m getting actual lessons to go home and work on different techniques – not just basic, “hey, this is a cool riff. If you do this, the girls are going to love it..” I’m actually learning more about, just how the guitar actually works and I think it’s awesome. I understand better how to use the scales in a chord progression. I can move around more, and also just structuring – how to make things sound pleasing.
I am a beginner and lessons have been awesome. It’s been great so far. I’m looking forward to continuing and learning more.
Before, I thought of guitar lessons as very slowly learning, a lot of memorization without any practical use. My perception has changed since taking lessons here, because you’re learning as you’re doing. The thing I enjoy most about coming here about is the easiness that I feel. There’s no judgement as I’m playing.
Before I came to Ryan I viewed guitar lessons as being really hard and something I would struggle with, as soon as I came here it was instant knowledge.
I’ve played electric guitar for decades, and been in many bands over those years. I contacted Seattle Guitar Mentor because I wanted to increase my speed and learn some techniques to generally improve my playing. I got great pointers and exercises to work through my problem areas.
I never would have though in just 3 months that I would be able to play and that it would be so easy. It’s been really, really fun.
I wasn’t sure if I would like guitar lessons because I originally wanted to play the flute. Since I’m home-schooled, it made joining a band hard, so my mom offered guitar lessons instead. I also thought it would take forever to actually learn a song! I love guitar!!! I could even play 2 songs by the end of my first lesson. I’m so glad I didn’t play the flute!
Candice (Noel’s mother)
I am stunned at what can be taught in a 30 minute class. I watched my daughter (who had absolutely no musical experience and only minor interest in guitar) leave her first lesson beaming with pride. And loving the guitar! The approach is fantastic because it creates an immediate opportunity for success. My inexperienced daughter felt capable and confident. And then she was hooked! Now, only a few months later, she knows several songs, many chords, and how to care for her guitar. She has also developed a great practice routine everyday. But the best part is she is now starting to create her own versions of songs. She not only feels secure in playing her assigned music, but also feels confident enough to venture out into more creative territory. All in all, I was simply wanting to meet a music credit for homeschooling. What I got was a guitar-obsessed daughter!
I thought why not for the first time in my life take some guitar lessons! I could always sort of strum some chords and maybe play a song or two but never progressed from rookie beginner. I really wanted to improve. Now I feel great about my guitar playing. I play just about every day and have the calluses on my fingers to prove it.
I now can play in front of others. Friends. Family. And just last week I was called in to Nickelodeon studios to audition for a new show and had to play it there too… good thing I took those lessons. I can now listen to a song and try and figure out the chords on my own. And I have been playing new strum patterns and alternate tunings.
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