Student Testimonials 2017-12-14T23:22:10+00:00

Student Testimonials

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.”

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Chris K.
“It’s been a tremendous improvement since I started taking lessons. I highly recommend Seattle Guitar Mentor. It’s been a game changer for me. I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else.”

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Crosby M.
“I was trying to teach myself and it was very frustrating and I was making slow progress. Since taking lessons my progress has been so much more than I could have imagined. I’ve learned things I didn’t even know that I needed to know. My confidence with the ins truant has grown dramatically. I feel like I can just pick up the guitar and play it now. Best of all I got to perform one of my favorite songs in front of a crowd and cheering audience. It was an amazing experience and a great time.”

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Iain M.
“I’ve been playing for over a year and I’ve been very happy learning here. It’s been awesome! I’m having loads of fun in learning how to play. It’s exillerating, it’s awesome! It gives you a lot of confidence in your playing ability.”

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Kevin M.
guitar lessons in seattle Katlin“I’ve learned way more than I ever did trying to teach myself. I’m very happy with the progress I’ve made.”

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Kaitlin B.
guitar lessons in seattleI’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.

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Peter K.
“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.”

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Jacob T.
“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.”

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David A.
“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.”

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Corey B.
“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.”

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Tim S.
“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.”

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Steve L.
“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!”

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Noel M.
“I feel like my progress has been significant. I don’t think I would have been able to get to where I am not if it hadn’t gone to Seattle Guitar Mentor. What I enjoy most about this expereince is being able to be with someone who understands what my goals are and knows I’m not just trying to play guitar, but am trying to play with a certian end goal in mind. It’s been really cool to have a teacher help me find that and being around people who are pasionante and make me excited to wake up and say I’m about to play guitar or go to practice.”

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Alex M.
“I really needed someone who knew how to play and teach to educate me on the finer points of the guitar. I can’t think of a better place for lessons. It’s zeroing in right on the things that I need, filling in all the gaps that I have. My ability to understand music and the instrument has propelled me to a new level of understanding and expertise. They make it fun and easy to understand.”

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Berry P.
“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.”

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Brian H.

“Definitely check out Seattle Guitar Mentor. Probably the best in Seattle honestly and I learned more than I ever could teaching myself. I just enjoy every lesson, every time I go. There’s always something new, something to improve upon, always pushing me to the limit and it’s great fun.”

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Leo C.
“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.”

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Stacy H. & Evie H.
“It’s been fun and I’ve learned a lot. It’s quite simple to get started and make progress really fast. It’s a really fun and stress free enviornment.”

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Tony R.
“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.”

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Leigh S.
“I like the fact that there is so much knowledge I’m gaining. I didn’t know what chord was what and now I can play so many songs. I feel I’m more confident when playing guitar and it’s been more fun and it’s well worth it.”

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Taylor P.
We found Seattle Guitar Mentor online and Xavier tried out a lesson and has been going ever since. I would definitely recommend Seattle Guitar Mentor. Xavier has been really focused and has been learning and practicing and it’s been really encouraging throughout the process. – Janet(Xavier’s Mom)

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Xavier P.
“I thought that learning was going to be more difficult, but it’s been easier to progress than I thought.”

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Tom R.
guitar lessons in seattle Jim“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.”

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Jim R.
“I got to a point where I felt like I couldn’t take it further myself. I needed more guidance. Since I’ve taken lessons I’ve gotten so much more confident in playing, my technique is better, my understanding of theory is that much higher. My songwriting is so much better and it’s easier. It’s just much more satisfying now. I could see immediately that taking lessons was so much better and efficient. It was absolutely phenomenal.”

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Nick N.
“I am a beginner and lessons have been awesome. It’s been great so far. I’m looking forward to continuing and learning more.”

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Kresta H.
student testimonials mark“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.”

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Mark P.
guitar lessons in seattle Richard“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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Richard C.
“This is definitely a lot more simple than the previous guitar lessons I’ve had. It has really helped me through what I had troubles with. The lessons are always exciting and you get help with any struggles that you have.”

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Owen C.
“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.”

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Nick H.
Todd student testimonial video guitar“I always kind of felt like I wasn’t really a true musician – I didn’t have the academic fundamentals. That’s when I started to seek lessons and I’ve been taking lessons for about fourteen months. After coming to Seattle Guitar Mentor I was able to play a better.”

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Todd W.
“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

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Mark M. & Claire M.
“I learned a lot in a really short amount of time. One of the things I struggle most with in music is self confidence, and dealing with self-doubt and taking lessons here has really helped with that. If you are thinking about it at all, I would say, Go for it. It’s really the best decision I’ve made in the last couple years. The environment fostered here is so supportive.”

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Kiri S.
“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.”

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Jack T.
“I’ve had a guitar in the closet for 45 years and never learned how to play it. I sure wish I’d taken it out sooner. I’ve learned so much in the past year. I feel I’ve progresseed a great deal. It just works really well. It’s all been really really valuable. I was nervious going to the first lesson, I haven’t been nervious since. Anybody who’s interested in improving will find it to be a terrific enviornment for doing that. I can’t say enough about it. I’d encourage anybody to put aside their nerves and just go for it.”

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Rex M.
“I tried lessons online, but there was no feedback. Actually coming to lessons here and getting realtime feedback based on my actual skills instead has really helped me improve a lot. The lessons are customized to you. I think that is one of the best things.”

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Chandan K.
“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.”

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Izzy M.
“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.”

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Kurt S.
“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.”

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Scott T.
“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.”

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Stephen T.
“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.”

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Isaac F.
“I never would have thought in just 3 months that I would be able to play and that it would be so easy. It’s been really, really fun.”

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Rebecca K.
“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.”

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Stuart G.

“I thought guitar lessons would be boring drudgery, but it’s been fun and makes me want to play guitar more than I already do. It gives me a passion for music and increasing my abilities with guitar.”

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Josh P.
“I’ve learned a lot in a short time and have done a lot more than I thought I would.”

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Beth Ann H.
“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.”

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Ian B.

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