Be the Guitar Hero You've Always Wanted to Be With Carrie Love, SF's Top-Rated Guitar Teacher!

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Dear Guitar Hero,

Have you always wanted to play guitar or write songs? Do you need some guidance, structure and encouragement to make it happen? Join classes with SF's top rated guitar teacher (click to see Yelp reviews), specializing in working with adults!

My method of teaching is based on over 30 years of playing guitar as well as extensive research in the art of teaching. I’ve had the honor of working with hundreds of people (primarily working adults), from beginners to advanced guitar players, and I feel confident and passionate in my approach to your success!

Also, even if you're not ready to make the jump, please join my mailing list - it's full of great tips & tricks to help you reach your guitar dreams!

Carrie Love

The Best Group Lessons in SF

In my years of teaching experience, I’ve found that students in group classes progress more quickly and have more fun! In a group, you face challenges together­­. There is camaraderie, as well as the motivation to not get left behind. Group classes provide accountability and consistency­­ even if you have weeks where you are unable to practice at home, having a weekly group class means you can play for an hour during class time, and reminds you that you love music. Ultimately music is meant to be shared. It’s fun to play with others and it’s a wonderful way to meet new people who share a common interest. My classes allow for personalized attention, and I leave lots of time for questions.

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    Fundamentals:

    I’ll make sure you know the right way to hold and play your guitar. Students who learn to play from online videos often develop bad habits, because they have no one to actually look at their fingers and give them feedback. Every person and every guitar is different­­ I will help you build good habits that make it easy for you to enjoy playing.

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    Useful Frameworks:

    Learning to play songs by memorizing shapes is like learning to speak a language by memorizing sounds --­­ you can’t have a conversation! This is where my method is different. I incorporate bite­ sized pieces of music theory so that you can understand WHY you’re doing what you’re doing. This helps you learn much faster and gives you the freedom to own your guitar playing. If you’ve been playing for a while and feel “stuck”, discovering these frameworks can move you forward.

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    A Clear Path Forward:

    I will offer you clear and focused goals that build on each other. With so much information online, it’s easy to get distracted and spend a lot of time on truly ineffective practice. My job is to aggregate and contextualize the information for you and offer a clear path. You will complete each level with a set of concrete skills. This sense of accomplishment makes guitar playing even more fun!

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    Exclusive Practice Videos:

    All classes are supported by a password protected webpage where I post a video for each lesson. You can practice with me all week long, and if you miss a class, you can catch up with the video.

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    Passionate Encouragement:

    Not only will I help you to get to where you want to go with music, I will also be your personal cheerleader every step of the way! I’m passionate about teaching… not about showing off. My focus is on YOU, meeting you where you are, and helping you get the most joy out of your guitar.

Finding Your Perfect Class

Take a look at the Class Descriptions below to see what is involved with each level. Email me at carrie[at]sfguitarlessons.com or call me at 1-415-305-8494 anytime to discuss the level that’s right for you. You are always welcome to try a class for the single class rate to see if the level feels like a good fit.

Carrie According to Her Students

“Carrie teaches you how to play guitar (acoustic or electric) in a supportive group environment. In just 6 weeks I now have a repertoire of 12 songs...all awesome and classic.”

Yvonne M.
Yvonne M. Level 1

“Guitar class is easily my favorite part of the week. Everyone's really cool and supportive and we always have lots of laughs.”

Matthew E.
Matthew E. Level 3

Carrie has consistently been rated the top guitar teacher in the Bay Area on Yelp. Click here to see her great reviews!

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  • The next Class Session begins the week of October 16th - Reserve your spot now!

Classes for Any Level

Each in-person class is accompanied by an online course where each lesson has an instructional video that is posted with any accompanying handouts after the live class takes place. This gives you the opportunity to review what happened in class, and if you miss a class you will be able to catch up with the video.
*All Classes are also available to be taken "online only". This is great if you are not able to join us is person. All online classes are 50% off the class cost.

The Level 1 class is for **absolute beginners** - assuming you haven't played at all yet or very little, or a long time ago and you'd like to start over. We start from scratch!


You will learn 

• The parts of the guitar
• How to tune the guitar
• Proper sitting position and how to hold the guitar
• Approx 8 chords over 8 weeks while learning 7 songs to practice them with
• How to play “in time” and change between chords
• Help and guidance with singing and playing
• A dynamic group experience (lots of cool people!)
Click Here for Dates & Registration (free to reserve a spot)

The Level 2 class is for people who know a few chords (C, Em, G, D, A, Am and E), can change between these chords (even slowly) and are just starting to strum (there is very little strumming in L1 - we start strumming in level 2). We also begin finger picking and learning to read tablature. 

You will learn
• The musical language of time (whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes) and how they apply to guitar
• Strumming patterns
• More chords and new songs while being able to change chords with greater clarity and precision
• Fingerpicking
• Reading tablature
• Help and guidance with singing and playing
• A dynamic group experience (lots of cool people!)
Click Here for Dates & Registration (free to reserve a spot)

In the Level 3 class we continue to work on strumming (adding more complex strumming), and we start to learn about the language of music and how it applies to our playing. Sometimes people take this class for the music theory even if their playing is a bit more advanced.

You will learn 
• The individual note names of the guitar
• The chromatic and major scales
• Using the chromatic scale and major scale in playing songs
• Introduction to the concept of how chords are made (harmony)
• More chords and songs, complex rhythms, and fingerpicking
• Help and guidance with singing and playing
• A dynamic group experience (lots of cool people!)
Click Here for Dates & Registration (free to reserve a spot)

The Level 4 class is all about embellishing chords. If you can strum in time and want to kick it up a notch (and understand what you're doing) this is a good level for you. We work with suspended chords and techniques to embellish both strumming and fingerpicking. We also continue our theory knowledge with learning how to harmonize the scale to build chord progressions. Sometimes people take this class for the music theory even if their playing is a bit more advanced.

You will learn 
• How to create, use and understand chord embellishments
• Embellishment techniques such as hammer-ons an pull-offs within picking and strumming songs
• A deeper understanding of how chords and chord progressions are made (harmony)
• How to transpose songs into other keys
• More complex rhythms and fingerpicking
• How to use your knowledge creatively
• Help and guidance with singing and playing
• A dynamic group experience (lots of cool people!)
Click Here for Dates & Registration (free to reserve a spot)

BEST WAY TO SYNTHESIZE ALL YOUR LEARNING THUS FAR! 

Focus on practicing & using all the skillsets you've been working on!
You'll walk away with complete songs completely down and performance ready!

The lowdown: This class will be replacing the Level 6 and the Upper Level classes.  Learn•Master•Jam will incorporate aspects of Level 6, of the singing and songwriting classes, and skillsets from all Levels.

I'm really excited about a class that will give you the time and opportunity to USE the skills you've been developing while developing them further.

We'll be focusing on learning to study specific songs more deeply so that you'll walk away having them mastered.  We'll be learning, understanding, charting, playing and memorizing complete songs.

You'll Feel more confident in your playing! (alone & with others!)

We'll be working with using & understanding:
improvisation,
chord voicings,
chord progressions,
ear training,
rhythm techniques,
melodic fills and soloing,
playing/jamming with other people,
songwriting,
singing
...and more!
You’ll get personal coaching and group support on setting priorities for what YOU want to get better at!

*A Level 4 proficiency is required for this class.

Like all classes, there is:
• Help and guidance with singing and playing
• A dynamic group experience (lots of cool people!)

This class can be repeated as the songs are always new and your developing ongoing!
Click Here for Dates & Registration (free to reserve a spot)

Level 5 is not being offered for the Fall 2017 session
Please check back or email carrie@sfguitarlessons.com for more info.

The Level 5 class is all about learning, practicing and understanding barre chords! (as well as continuing to utilize all we've learned in previous levels) This is a big step in unlocking and being able to visualize the rest of the fretboard. Barre chords are physically challenging so we stay steady and intersperse the barre chords with a great fingerpicking song!

You will learn 
• An introduction to barre chords
• How to use and understand barre chords in playing new material
• How chords and chord progressions work emotionally in a song
• How to play more complex songs by developing a knowledge of how music works
• How to use your knowledge creatively
• Help and guidance with singing and playing
• A dynamic group experience (lots of cool people!)

Songwriting! is not being offered for the Fall 2017 session
Please check back or email carrie@sfguitarlessons.com for more info.

In the Songwriting class you'll learn how chord progressions and melodies work together to make songs! By better understanding the language of music you're better able to express yourself musically.  This class will help you to feel more comfortable and confident in your own songwriting.

You will learn
• how we create scales that give us melodies and chords in a "key"
• to study and understand great songs & write your own
• how understanding music can help you creatively
• techniques to jumpstart your writing (getting un-stuck!)
• a dynamic group experience (lots of cool people!)

Sing!Play!Fun! is not being offered for the Fall 2017 session
Please check back or email carrie@sfguitarlessons.com for more info.

In the Sing!Play!Fun! class you'll learn some fun vocal techniques to help you feel confident (and excited) to sing! You must be fairly comfortable with strumming and changing first position chords (no barre chords necessary).

You will learn
• to memorize whole songs (chords and lyrics)
• to sing and play (at the same time!)
• to understand vocal melody lines and how they relate to the song
• techniques that will help you discover & strengthen your voice
• how to add dynamics to make a song more interesting
• a dynamic group experience (lots of cool people!)

For former or current students, this is a great way to strengthen, practice and add vocals to all that you've learned!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many weeks do sessions run and can I start mid-session?
All the group classes run in 8-week sessions. You are welcome to join a class at any point in the session, and can catch up with the online videos. If you are starting after week three, the sessions can be prorated based how many are remaining.

How long is each class and how much does it cost?
Classes meet once a week for an hour. The cost is $340 for each 8-week session.

I’m not sure I want to commit to 8 weeks without trying it, is that ok?
Yes, please come to a class and you can pay just for the single class ($40). At that point you can decide if you want to commit to the whole 8 weeks.

Do I have to know how to play to take lessons?
No experience necessary! I am happy to work with beginners of all ages.

I have been playing for awhile, but still feel I am missing some guitar skills, can you help?
Absolutely! A lot of people develop many of the physical skills of playing without understanding how music works and how to visualize the guitar to use it creatively. I love to help with this!

Do I need to have a guitar to take lessons?
Yes. If it’s a hardship to bring your guitar to class, please let me know and we can discuss. I have a few here to borrow, but you will definitely need one at home to practice.

Where are the lessons?
All classes are in my beautiful studio called SoundSpace! located at 3265 17th St Suite 303 (on the corner of 17th and Mission). It’s in the same building as Thrift Town - one block from the 16th St. BART and very close to a ton of places to get food and shop!

What styles do you teach?
I focus on skills that apply to all styles of music. In class we do a lot of “classic” rock, pop and folk, basically songs I think most people will know. Ultimately the songs are all about learning and practicing specific skills. It’s a bonus if you enjoy the song, and the skills you learn will enable you to choose and play the songs you do know and love!

What if I miss a class (or more)?
As each class has a password-protected webpage, and each lesson has a video which is uploaded with any accompanying handouts after the live class takes place. This gives you the opportunity to review what happened in class, and if you miss a class you will be able to catch up with the video.

Do you have guitar recommendations?
Here are the names of a few models/brands that students have had that I've had an opportunity to check and give thumbs up to:
Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar
Yamaha F325
Yamaha APX500
Yamaha FS720S (smaller body)
Seagull Entourage
Taylor GS Mini (smaller body)

Do you have a mailing list?
Yes, and it's the best guitar list around - see below!

I look forward to personally guiding you to become the guitar player you've always wanted to be. E-mail me or call me with any questions, please!

-- Carrie Love 🙂

23rd October 2017