Guitar Lessons Monrovia, CA | Joe Ferrante Music Academy

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Acoustic to Electric to a Whole Lot More...
In beginner guitar lessons, students learn the fundamentals of the instrument which include: tuning, hand positions, knowledge of the fretboard, identifying notes on the staff, and chord construction. In their guitar lessons, students are taught how to read single-line guitar melodies and chord construction and develop these skills throughout their training up to advanced levels.  During guitar lessons, students are introduced to many styles of strumming and learn how to apply these methods to particular genres and styles of music. Eventually, students have the opportunity to play in groups and even to study songwriting if they choose. If desired, students will also be given the opportunity to train with a guitar teacher who can teach them how to sing and play guitar simultaneously.

Can Young Kids Take Guitar Lessons?

Younger students (6 and older) are encouraged to start on half-size acoustic guitars before advancing to a 3/4 or full-size instrument. Acoustic guitar is encouraged for beginning students since they have slimmer necks and nylon strings, which are easier on the fingers. After the beginning stage of guitar lessons, one can continue on to the electric guitar if desired.

How Guitar Lessons Work at Joe Ferrante Music Academy

At Joe Ferrante Music Academy in Monrovia, each guitar lesson has three major components. The first segment is devoted to last week's lesson assignment where the student gets a chance to demonstrate what they've worked on. The second component is time spent on technical development and music theory training. Students are taught how to read music, increasingly complex rhythms, note interval recognition, ear training, and chord construction. The third component in guitar lessons is introducing the next assignment and teaching the student the important elements of their new song(s). Students are tested for their level of achievement twice a year (we have 10 Levels of Achievement), and are given the opportunity to perform in recitals from a beginning to advanced level.



Guitar FAQ

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What availability do you have for guitar lessons?

We are open 7 days a week and offer mostly afternoon (1:00 pm and later) and evening time slots. On Saturdays and Sundays, we offer morning slots as well. Availability for guitar lessons will vary by guitar teacher availability, so give us a call at 626-357-0073 or text us at 626-313-4403 to find out what we have available.

Can I try a guitar lesson first to see if I like it?

To make sure it’s the right fit for you, we offer a free introductory trial lesson with one of our guitar teachers. After that, you can choose to buy one month of guitar lessons at a time (4 lessons), or sign up for a 3 or 6-month plan for a reduced cost.

How old does my child have to be to take private guitar lessons?

We highly recommend that the child be 6 years old to begin guitar lessons. Children should also start out on half-size guitars to accommodate their smaller fingers and hands. After that, students can move up to ¾ size and then full-size guitars and even electric guitar if desired.

Do you teach adults as well?

Absolutely! We teach students of all ages and offer flexible scheduling to accommodate busy schedules.