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Best Guitar Teachers
in Albuquerque

Why These Guitar Teachers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Albuquerque Guitar Teachers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Guitar Associates of Albuquerque

Teaching since 1986, Guitar Associates of Albuquerque offers students a private studio and professional instruction in guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, and piano lessons. The company’s professors all perform professionally and many hold advanced degrees in music. The business focuses on performance being the key in realizing the relationship of music from students’ music page to their ears.

Albuquerque, NM 87112


Gustavo Pimentel

Gustavo Pimentel “The Guitarist” is an Internationally recognized classical guitarist based in Albuquerque. Gustavo began studying the guitar in 1974 and graduated from Estudio de Arte Guitarristico in Mexico City in 1995. He was commissioned by the Cancer Society to play with the Philharmonic and has performed around the country for various high-profile companies and events. A qualified music instructor at Pimentel Guitar Makers, classes available include popular music, flamenco, classical, technique, and music theory. Classes are available on-site or through Skype.

Albuquerque, NM 87107


Hector Pimentel

Recognized as “Mr. Guitar,” Hector Pimentel is an International Master Guitarist based in Albuquerque. Hector is the lead guitarist in the band Leyenda and is a recording artist and instructor. His music styles include popular music, Nuevo Flamenco, Spanish, and classical. Guitar lessons are available for beginners all the way to advanced students.

Albuquerque, NM 87102


Los Amigos

Offering authentic lessons in Latin American, Mexican, and classical music styles, Los Amigos serve the Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and surrounding areas. Omar Villanueva, the founder and lead guitarist and singer of the group, is well-known for specializing in playing the “Requinto.” They provide guitar lessons fro beginners to professionals that include chord progressions, guitar ensemble, technique, music theory, Latin music, classical guitar music, and a variety of other styles. The Los Amigos are one of the few groups in the area that play traditional music from popular Latin American singers and Mexican trios. They also perform a variety of classical music for weddings, concerts, and private functions.

Albuquerque, NM 87101


Michael A. Ruelas

Born and raised in Albuquerque, Michael A. Ruelas serves the surrounding and far away areas by offering lessons in his home, in clients’ homes, or via webcam for long-distance students. He plays solo performances as well as in bands and released his first solo album in 1998. Michael provides lessons for novices, intermediate, and advanced students. He offers flexible scheduling, music theory, any genre and style of music, electric guitar lessons, acoustic guitar lessons, and bass guitar lessons. In addition to lessons, Michael has completed clinics with Clues Saraceno, Vinny Appice, and more.

Albuquerque, NM 87121


Music on the Westside

Founded in 2008 by Jen Brewer, Music on the Westside is based in Albuquerque and offers lessons in her studio or clients’ homes. The company provides lessons for strings, woodwinds, acoustic and electric guitar, kids singing and dancing groups, ukulele, harmony, preschoolers, groups, private, and voice. They teach students of all ages and offer annual formal recitals, talent shows, mini recitals, and other performance venue opportunities.

Albuquerque, NM 87114


New Mexico School of Music

Serving the Albuquerque area with a variety of musical instruction since being founded in 2005, New Mexico School of Music offers customized lessons by university-trained instructors. The company provides musical instruction in voice and all instruments and focus on musical styles that range from rock, pop, folk, jazz, classical, and more. Special group classes they offer include Bella Voce, New Mexico School of Music Guitar Ensemble, Music For Little Mozarts, and Toddler Tunes. They feature state of the art facilities, flexible scheduling times, ensemble opportunities, performances, Royal Conservatory of Music Assessment Program, Performance Assessment Program, and simultaneous lesson times for family members.

Albuquerque, NM 87108


Rebel’s Music LLC

Specializing in guitar and bass lessons, Rebel’s Music LLC serves the Albuquerque area since 1997. Operated by Jay Forsythe, the company provides custom lessons for each student based on individual music goals. Private lessons range from a half hour to one hour, and all skill levels are welcome. Lessons include learning how to play improvisation, play your favorite song, music theory, technique, and more. Music styles available include jazz, country, jam band, grunge, singer/songwriter, acoustic, hardcore, punk rock, bluegrass, folk, blues, rock, metal, and more.

Albuquerque, NM 87106


Ronaldo Baca

Ronaldo Baca is an accomplished performer, guest artist, and educator serving the Albuquerque area with over 23 years of experience. He provides guitar lessons, Flamenco dance shows, solo guitar services, wedding music performances, and more. Other styles of music he is accomplished in include jazz, classical, the Arabic lute, and more.

Albuquerque, NM 97101


Sawmill School of Music

Located near Albuquerque’s Old Town, Sawmill School of Music’s instructors Ian Kaplan and Michael Russo offer private lessons for all ages and levels of experience. Ian provides guitar, ukulele, drum, bass, and piano lessons and has been teaching since 1995. Michael offers guitar and piano lessons with over ten years of experience teaching. The instructors are experienced in and provide music styles that include rock, classical, jazz, blues, and more.

Albuquerque, NM 87104


Strat Academy

Based in Corrales, Strat Academy specializes in guitar repair services, lessons, riff writing, and the STRATACADEMY School of Luthiery. They provide lessons for drums, guitars, bass, keyboards, and vocals. Their STRATACADEMY School of Luthiery focuses on teaching students how to customize, repair, and build guitars no matter if clients are beginners or advanced players.

Corrales, NM 87048


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