Have A Ton of Fun Making Great Progress On Guitar

Are you feeling stuck and making slow progress on the guitar?


Have you been playing for years but still struggle?  


Are you frustrated trying to learn on your own?  

Guitarists can often experience real frustration when they realize that months or even years are going by, and they are not substantially better at guitar.  Perhaps you’ve tried to look at YouTube videos, or read books, or learn from friends, but none of it really helped.  What makes it even worse is that you put in all this time practicing, you’re still not seeing improvement, and you’re not enjoying the process.

Well, I’m here to tell you, I know how you feel.   I have felt the same way many times in my musical life!  Most students who come to me for guitar instruction also feel the same way at first.  I have helped hundreds of students overcome these frustrations and make real progress quickly while enjoying the process of learning.

Fortunately, there is an easy way to start feeling great about playing guitar… 

I have innovative and creative, proven strategies and techniques for helping my students have a blast and get better quickly.  I have helped hundreds of students make great music in my 18+ years of teaching.  These are not cookie-cutter lessons.  Many guitar teachers view their position as a job.  I see myself as a guitar teacher, trainer, coach, and mentor.

If you want to be able to do any or all of these, then you came to the right place!

  • jam with friends / play for friends & family / join a band
  • play favorite songs
  • improvise / solo expressively
  • write songs
  • play by ear
  • learn music theory
  • read music/ play melodies
  • improve technique
  • play fingerstyle
  • play and sing at same time
  • expand chord vocabulary / learn to embellish chords
  • understand the fretboard
  • play melody & chords at the same time
  • improve sense of rhythm / have variety of strumming patterns
  • play tablature
  • play more challenging songs
  • organize practice routine

Call Dennis at 607-222-3166

to schedule your free trial lesson or

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What Makes Our Instruction Different:

You are much more likely to get fast results and have a great time doing it with  Guitar Lessons Ithaca than any other alternative because our teachers are required to continually improve their skills as guitar instructors.   You will receive the latest, most innovate teaching and learning methods.  (You can learn more about this in the free introductory lesson).

Here’s What You Get:

a customized lesson strategy so that you can play the music you really want to play, the way you want to play it.  Most teachers simply “wing” teaching guitar lessons.  You get a detailed plan so you always know what and how to practice.  In addition, you receive an organized, easy to use way to track your progress from week to week, month to month, and year to year!

great confidence so that you can play with anyone, any time, anywhere.  This is what making music is all about.  I show you how to get there, not just through teaching, but with lots of training.  With extensive training, you’ll never go home from a lesson and ask, “Now, what was I supposed to practice, again?”

totally innovative and creative ways to help you improve quickly and enjoy the process of learning.  I have a whole slew of ways to help you keep your motivation and enjoy the process of learning.

a sense of community.  There are lots of ways in which students can connect, network, share, grow, and get inspired from each other.

opportunities to record and perform.  Not every student wants to perform or record, but for those who do, there are plenty of opportunities I create for them.

Here’s What Students Are Saying:


Much more value than meets the eye:


As a student, you get way more than average guitar lessons.   You get:

personalized support for how to practice the lesson content for the week. It’s never just “here’s your lesson, have a good week.”  We can discuss this more in your free intro guitar lesson.

a wide variety of free bonus items that are used to reward you for milestones you hit, or simply to assist you in learning.  These come in many shapes and sizes, and you can learn more about them in the complementary consultation.

access to a huge library of supplemental material that can be used to reinforce what you did in the lesson.  Students very rarely have to wait around while the teacher writes things out.  This of course also saves you money because we rarely require books to be purchased.

content that is relevant to your goals.  Too many guitar lessons are the same for everyone.  “Here, buy this book and we’ll go through it a few pages at a time.”  Usually, students we get who have been pushed along through a method book don’t really have a grasp on how to play in time.  They also typically can’t play their favorite songs, write songs or jam with other people.  I cannot tell you how many students have come to me after years of lessons elsewhere and can’t play a simple song with me on the fly.

teacher(s) who are trained and who strive for continous and never-ending improvement.  How many other teachers in Ithaca can say that they genuinely work on becoming better teachers continuously?

innovative teaching methods.   We use a geometric teaching method, which simply gets you way faster results and is much more fun than the traditional method.

 tools with which you can easily track your progress.  All of our students know exactly what they’ve accomplished on a regular basis by using our Practice Tracker.

 fun.  Students often tell so many horror stories of how they lost their enthusiasm for learning because of unsupportive/ unfocused/ negative teachers.  You will experience a great many ways in which you can have a blast and rapidly improve at the same time!


Explore whether Guitar Lessons Ithaca is right for you:

You are under no obligation to become a student when you do a free trial.  In addition, you are guaranteed to learn something that will help your guitar playing.  So, you have nothing to lose!

Students of Guitar Lessons Ithaca live within and also beyond the 14850 zip code.  They come from Ithaca, Lansing, Cayuga Heights, Trumansburg, Newfield, Brooktondale, Danby, Spencer, Cayuta, Alpine, Montour Falls, Watkins Glen, Cortland, Horseheads, Corning etc.

Call Dennis at 607-222-3166

to schedule your free trial lesson or

click the button here to tell us more about yourself:

Spotlight on Head Teacher Dennis Winge

Celebrating 20 Years of Teaching

Dennis Winge is currently celebrating 20 years of teaching with a free gift for all guitarists at any level here.

What Makes The School Unique

Dennis reflects on how his own performing & teaching  experience helps makes the school like none other in the Ithaca area.

Why We Love to Teach

Dennis has also written an article called “Why I Love To Teach,” which will give insight into his teaching philosophy and environment at Guitar Lessons Ithaca.


There are multiple packages available for different types of students.  Price is of course an important component when making a decision on whether to study with a certain teacher.   However, there are many other factors to consider.   The teacher should make the lessons fun.  He/ she should motivate you to practice.   The scheduling should be flexible and easy.  The most important of all, of course, is that you should be quickly and easily getting results.  See my articles below “The High-Cost of Cheap Guitar Lessons.”

There are several ways we offer completely scheduling flexibility.  You can manage your own lesson schedule with complete ease and convenience.

We won’t post that here for internet security reasons, but keep in mind that distance is only one factor.  When the teacher helps you manage your time by practicing inefficiently, that is the most time-saving factor rather than the commuting distance.

No.  The free lesson is simply a chance for us to explore where you are at, where you want to go, and whether or not you are a good match for the school.

Whatever you decide is perfectly fine, but ask yourself: “How have I tried to learn on my own already and why hasn’t it worked for me?”  “How much time and energy could I save by being shown from a seasoned pro exactly what to do, how to do it, and what order to do it in?”  See my article below:  “The Truth About Trying to Learn Guitar Without a Teacher.”

Instructional Articles

Much more on our Free Resources page as well.

Tell us more about yourself or your child by answering the questions below, or call head teacher Dennis Winge directly at 607-222-3166

Claim Your Free Intro Lesson

During this intro lesson, we’ll get to know each other a little bit, talk about your interests and what you’re looking to achieve from your guitar lessons.

We’ll play some guitar and you’ll get an assessment on how to get to where you want to be as fast as possible.

Then we’ll see if we’re a good fit as teacher and student!







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