Adult Guitar Lessons

Are you frustrated that you’ve been playing the guitar for months or years and you’ve not improving?


Are you experiencing the limitations that watching videos and/or doing online courses have on your progress?


Are you new to guitar and are not sure where to start?


Would you like to be able to write songs, jam with others, or play by ear but you’re not sure how to learn these things?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, read on:

I feel you.  If you’re feeling frustrated or uncertain, believe me I have been there before.  In fact the times of biggest frustration were always just before the periods of most rapid progress because those were the times I sought out lessons.  In fact, I still take guitar lessons and I love them.  Consider this:

  • Most adults who first come through our doors have felt similar challenges that kids cannot even conceive of: demanding work schedules, ongoing family responsibilities, limiting beliefs about your ability to learn or be creative, etc.
  • What we’ve found over our 20+ years of teaching is that having a teacher is by far the fastest, easiest and most fun way to make rapid progress on the guitar.  Teachers who understand and appreciate these challenges because they have been there before can really help simplify what to do and how to do it as well as inspire adult students in a variety of ways.
  • Some feel inspired by jamming with others (which we facilitate for students who want that); others like strumming chords to or playing the riffs of the songs they love; some like writing songs; others like performing at our recitals, recording on our annual student album, etc.  The point is to have fun, and the most fun path is different for each student.  Therefore each student gets a customized lesson strategy long-term, medium-term and short-term goals in writing.
  • We also hold students accountable for hitting those goals, especially for those for whom accountability is a motivating factor in their practice time.  Other adults have very limited practice time, and we have proven strategies whereby you can still make good progress if this is the case with you.

What Makes Guitar Lessons Ithaca Different:

It’s not a one size fits all approach for our students. We constantly look at your guitar goals, and we always customize your lessons, so you get what you need.

We don’t make our students do boring stuff, ever.  As guitarist, we never wanted to do boring exercises, so we don’t give them to you!   After all, learning guitar should be fun, right?

We find out what you love and do our best to teach you that.  We make the content relevant to the music you want to make.   We give you exactly what you need to practice so you can enjoy practicing and improve your playing steadily.

We show you how to apply what you’re learning in real-life situations. We don’t just give you knowledge and musical tools, we show you how to use them, whether you want to perform, jam with friends, write songs, or simply play on your own for fun.

At our school, we give plenty of opportunity for students interested in jamming, performing, and recording.  Doing these great activities significantly improves your musical skills, and they are a lot of fun too, but they are optional.

The scheduling is totally flexible with lots of lesson times (both daytime and evening) available throughout every week.  You can book online and pick any lesson time that you want.  After all, we don’t want life getting in the way of your guitar playing!

Spotlight on Head Teacher Dennis Winge

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.

Dennis says:

It took me nearly 40 years to become the pro player I am today (for my longer bio go to my own personal website).  Looking back, I realize how much time was wasted with poor teachers, although I did not know this at the time.

I am on a mission not to let this happen to other guitarists!  There is no reason it should take decades to become the musician you want to become.  With the right knowledge of what to do and how to do it, combined with the motivation and excitement that frequently accompany taking lessons, you can learn quickly and easily!

I actually still take lessons myself, and I love them.  There is always more to learn and I find that expanding my musical mind and technical skills are fuel for creative inspiration.  To date, I have 9 instrumental albums out as a leader and have appeared on countless others.  I am in several bands and gig all throughout the year.

Whatever your musical goals are, you deserve to meet them, you just need to be shown how!

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 out of your guitar lessons, play some guitar and see if we’re a good fit as teacher and student!




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