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Classical Guitar Classes Cleveland OH

Classical guitar classes include lessons on right hand positions, rest stroke, free stroke, playing scales, pedal tones, vibrato, basic arpeggios and more. See below for local music schools in Cleveland that give access to instruction in guitar playing techniques as well as advice and content on playing classical guitar.

Brian W.
(877) 231-8505
McKenzie Road
North Olmsted, OH
Subjects
Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Tuba, Guitar, Piano, Upright Bass, Music Performance, Music Recording, Speaking Voice
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
I am classically trained but also adept in improvisation. I play and teach all styles of American and Western European music, including but not limited to rock (classic, alt, metal), r&b/soul/funk, latin and Afro Cuban, popular/show, and contemporary Christian.
Education
Stonewall Jackson H.S. - College Prep - 8/73 to 5/77 (High School diploma received) Abilene Christian University - English Lit - 8/77 to 5/81 (Bachelor's degree received) Abilene Christian University - Marketing/Finance - 5/81 to 5/83 (Master's degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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West Side Piano & Guitar
(440) 835-4670
Westlake, OH
 
Record Center
(216) 241-0107
1898 W 25Th St
Cleveland, OH
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Music Is Elementary
(440) 442-7470
Po Box 24263
Cleveland, OH
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Yamaha/Young Chang/Macys/Self/Etc.
(216) 631-6944
8327 Russell Ln
Cleveland, OH
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Guitar Conservatory
(216) 226-3540
1398 Edwards Ave
Lakewood, OH
 
Prospect Music
(216) 621-5409
818 Huron Rd E
Cleveland, OH
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments
Instrument Repair Information
All repairs

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Motters Music House
(440) 442-7470
5228 Mayfield Rd
Cleveland, OH
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Memphis Ridge Music Ctr
(216) 661-4565
7415 Memphis Ave
Cleveland, OH
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Heights Guitars Inc
(216) 481-6238
2128 Lee Rd
Cleveland, OH
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Clinics: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Heights Guitars offers next day setups every day. Same day setups are available as long as the instrument is in our shop by 2PM and can be picked up between 7 and 8 PM. Electrical repairs and mods are also available in-shop. Cosmetic restorations, refinishing and structural repairs authorized by several major guitar manufacturers are availableas well.
Hours
Noon to 8PM M-F
Sat. 11AM to 6PM

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Put That Guitar Down

Put That Guitar Down
(and really improve as a musician!)
By Chris Standring ( www.chrisstandring.com )

For all the words of encouragement you have ever heard pertaining to picking up the guitar and practicing, either from me or your own sources, this article may come as a bit of a surprise to you. For once I am going to tell you to put the guitar down!

A little confused? Don't be, I'll try to explain. And the best way I can get my point across is by sharing an experience I personally had some time ago.

Back in the 80's, I went to music college in London. I feverishly studied classical guitar for 3 years. Practiced for hours each day. During this time I really developed some good disciplinary skills as far as practice was concerned. I would split up the day. Morning playing Bach fugues or whatever torturous classical guitar piece that had enslaved me at the time. A break for lunch, and in the afternoon I would pick up my electric guitar and plough through violin and flute music, which I'd rented from the music school library, to get my sight-reading together. Reading jazz and pop music is very different from classical music because phrasing interpretation is relative to the genre being played. So it is as much about listening to the band as it is reading the note values. So I wanted to get that together. Finally I worked on jazz harmony, specifically vocabulary for playing over changes. The Charlie Parker Omnibook was my bible, but I would also listen to be-bop players and steal their phrases and try to figure out how I should work them into my own playing. I remember stealing from Cannonball Adderly, Miles Davis, Mike Brecker, and I fell in love with the swinging styles of pianists Red Garland and Wynton Kelly, both of whom played on Miles Davis' album "Milestones", a record that had a profound effect on me. Just as importantly, I listened to the way these musicians would feel the music. It wasn't just about the notes.

Wynton Kelly in particular had a certain thing about playing over altered chords. He would play 4 note phrases that would be repeated in thirds going down. Sometimes in whole tones. In fact many jazz guys I knew at the time would make fun of his style a little bit by singing his name as they played those motifs, going "Wyn-ton-Kell-ey-Wyn-ton-Kell-ey" and so on. After I got the hang of his ideas I would find myself sitting at the guitar and working out my own variations of those ideas. Pretty soon I had a whole bag of Wynton style 'tricks".

And then something interesting happened...

I would practice and practice these new motifs and melodic ideas and really try to work them into my playing. Pretty soon I had a pretty broad library of resources I could draw from. And I would practice them over Jamie Abersold records and so on. The woodshedding continued. Over time, I realized that some of those phrases were technically difficult to play on guitar (...

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