Guitar & Bass Lessons

Private Guitar & Bass Lessons

One-on-one instruction combining traditional methodology with modern teaching techniques, including interpretation of tablature, sight reading, rhythm and composition. Teachers at B2R use special arrangements of relevant popular music and innovative approaches, such as special tunings that accommodate small hands and growing muscles, to develop a student’s musical and instrumental skills right from the start. B2R teachers work through each arrangement with their students, providing guidance and accompaniment.

Beginning students are taught first position chords, scales and arpeggios as well as the fundamentals of music theory. Intermediate and advanced students continue to perfect these skills and are guided in the development and performance of their own original material. B2R teachers frequently play together with the students, providing guidance and accompaniment.

Private lessons are designed to develop independent musical skills as well as to support the instruction received in Jam Sessions. Students are strongly encouraged to combine short private lessons with these small “jam band” ensembles because interacting with others of similar ability and age strongly reinforces the lesson material. Perhaps most importantly, ensemble playing enhances a student’s ability to hear and respond to music as it is most frequently played. The group setting also provides powerful social reinforcement for music appreciation and encourages practicing. Students in private lessons have the opportunity to learn and work with industry standard software such as Sibelius and Pro Tools.

Semi-Private Lessons

Small group (2 or 3-to-1) lessons in piano/keyboard, guitar, bass, voice, drums, woodwinds, brass and many more. Instruction is each week for 30 or 60 minutes. Recommended for children ages 6 and up. We also recommend registering two students for the same lesson type to ensure the lessons take place. Two students are required to schedule a semi-private lesson. We will make our best efforts to pair students that sign up individually but cannot guarantee the lessons will occur without a second student.

"Holly has been an excellent teacher and has made my daughter want to be a better guitar player."
- J.F. from McLean

"My son loves his guitar class."
- N.F. from Alexandria

"Our son has had a good bass teacher throughout his years at B2R and we are very pleased with the progression he has made under Holly's tutelage."
- L.B. from Tysons Corner

"My daughter loves her guitar classes with Mike."
- D.B. from Arlington

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