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Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored guitar teachers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best guitar teachers in Portland, OR.

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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.

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Allen Mathews

Allen Mathews is a professional guitarist and educator who offers private lessons to students at his private studio in Portland, Oregon. Allen Mathews offers a Bachelor's of Arts in Guitar Performance from Fort Lewis College and specializes in classical guitar styles, including Spanish and Brazilian music. Allen Mathews also teaches guitar at Reed College and the Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, collaborates with local theater, opera, and choir productions, and offers online classes for guitar and piano.

Portland, OR 97202 (503) 891-9878


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Eliason School of Music

The Eliason School Of Music offers guitar, violin, cello, and piano lessons to youth and adult students throughout the Portland metro area, including Beaverton, Hillsboro, and Tigard. Located in Multnomah Village of southwest Portland, Oregon, The Eliason School Of Music was established in 2004 and offers instruction in a fully-equipped learning studio or a student's home. The Eliason School Of Music also offers family discounts, free recitals, and the Complete Instruction Method, which balances lessons for learning by ear, note reading, and theory.

Portland, OR 97219 (503) 293-2390


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Gresham Guitar

Gresham Guitar is a full-service, old-style guitar shop that offers sales, service, repairs and lessons to customers throughout the Portland metro area. Located in historic downtown Gresham, Oregon, Gresham Guitar offers private guitar lessons taught by two experienced instructors who offer their own distinct teaching methods. Gresham Guitar aims to tailor guitar lesson plans to each student's preferred style, skill set, and personal goals.

Gresham, OR 97030 (503) 907-1111


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Guitar Lessons Made Simple

Guitar Lessons Made Simple offers acoustic guitar lessons for students of all ages throughout the Portland metro area. Based out of Dosay Records Studio in Gresham, Oregon, Guitar Lessons Made Simple is owned and operated by Josh Taylor, an experienced teacher who offers patience, encouragement, and more than 20 years mentoring new musicians. In addition to acoustic guitar lessons, Guitar Lessons Made Simple also offers instruction in electric guitar and keyboard to more advanced students.

Portland, OR 97233 (503) 807-3557


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Guitarfish Music

Guitarfish Music is a guitar and equipment retail store that offers private guitar lessons, group classes, and gear to students and customers throughout the greater Portland metro area. In addition to retail locations in Tigard and Hillsboro, Oregon, Guitarfish Music also offers music lessons at the Forest Grove Assembly of God and Portland Foursquare Church. Guitarfish Music also offers franchise opportunities.

Portland, OR 97224 (503) 213-1616


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Jonathan Barker Guitar Lessons

Jonathan Barker Guitar Lessons offers private instruction to students of acoustic and electric guitar throughout the Portland metro area. Located at an in-home teaching studio in northeast Portland, Oregon, owner Jonathan Barker offers more than 15 years of experience teaching one-on-one lessons, including having served as a faculty member of the National Guitar Workshop, as well as a series of online instructional videos at WorkshopLive.com.

Portland, OR 97218 (503) 893-2525


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Kenny Lavitz

Kenny Lavitz has been offering private acoustic and electric guitar lessons to students of all ages at three locations throughout the Portland metro area for nearly 20 years. Kenny Lavitz helps students develop music reading and transcribing skills, as well as special styles such a sweep-picking and finger-tapping. Based out of Portland, Oregon, Kenny Lavitz is a gifted singer/songwriter who infuses a blend of rock, blues, slide guitar, and jazz to produce his unique sound.

Portland, OR 97214 (503) 657-7726


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Lance Vallis

Since 2011 Lance Vallis has been offering private guitar lessons to youth and adult students throughout the Portland metro area. Lance has studied jazz music at Portland State University and offers guidance to aspiring cruise ship musicians. In addition to extensive performance experience, Lance has been able to teach at several studios and schools throughout the greater Boston, Massachusetts, area, including Boston College High School in Dorchester, The Music Emporium in Lexington, and Robinson Music in Westborough.

Portland, OR 97214 (617) 759-5125


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Montavilla Guitar Studio

Montavilla Guitar Studio offers guitar lessons to students of all ages throughout the Portland metro area. Located in the heart of downtown Montavilla, Oregon, Montavilla Guitar Studio administers exploratory group classes as well as focused private lessons to help students reach their full musical potential. Owner Neil Mattson is a 2004 summa cum laude Jazz Studies graduate of Wayne State University, has been teaching guitar for more than 12 years, and also offers step-by-step instruction in music theory, composition, and performance etiquette.

Portland, OR 97215 (971) 266-1647


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New Verse

New Verse is a professional music development studio that teaches bass and guitar technique, style, and composition to students throughout the Portland metro area. Located in the Buckman neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, New Verse is owned and operated by Cameron Jones, an experienced musician who has been teaching guitar and bass since 2004 and offers a Bachelor of Music (summa cum laude) in Classical Guitar & Composition from Portland State. New Verse aims to teach students how to practice mindfully as well as identify and solve problems in their playing.

Portland, OR 97214 (503) 893-4639


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PDX Guitar Lessons

PDX Guitar Lessons offers patient, encouraging guitar training to students throughout the Portland area. Located in the Falcon Art Community studio at the corner of Killingsworth Ct. and Albina Ave. in Portland, Oregon, PDX Guitar Lessons is operated by musician and vocalist William Seiji Marsh. PDX Guitar Lessons requires all students supply a playable acoustic or electric guitar, chromatic tuner, and method book, and suggests a metronome for more advanced pupils.

Portland, OR 97217 (503) 830-4994


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Portland Guitar Academy

Portland Guitar Academy teaches acoustic, bass, and electric guitar to youth and adult students throughout the Portland metro area. Located on SE Main Street in Portland, Oregon, Portland Guitar Academy emphasizes holistic approaches to learning that are fun, effective, and catered to each student's skill, ability, and performance goals. In addition to teaching guitar, Portland Guitar Academy offers voice and piano lessons with talented instructor Emily Haswell.

Portland, OR 97214 (503) 542-7661


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Portland Guitar Lessons

Portland Guitar Lessons offers private and group guitar lessons in all musical styles to students of all ages throughout the Portland metro area. Based out a private studio in the Woodstock neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, Portland Guitar Lessons is owned and operated by Chris Guerin, a talented guitar player with a decade of teaching experience. In addition to acoustic and electric guitar, Portland Guitar Lessons offers lessons in bass, ukulele, and the harmonica, as well as music theory, songwriting, sight reading, and performance training.

Portland, OR 97206 (503) 841-0944


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Portland Guitar Studio

Portland Guitar Studio offers acoustic and electric guitar lessons for students throughout the Portland metro area. Located in the Alberta Arts neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, Portland Guitar Studio is operated by Lee James Barbara, a talented musician who boasts more than 15 years of performing and teaching experience as well as dual Bachelors Degrees in Music and Arts and Letters from the University of Oregon School of Music. In addition to playing lesson, Portland Guitar Studio teaches students music theory, chord progressions, and listening skills.

Portland, OR 97211 (541) 301-1413


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Resound NW

Resound NW offers private and group classes in musical instruction, specializing in voice lessons, to students throughout the Pacific Northwest. Located in Alphabet District of downtown Portland, Oregon, Resound NW offers classes in singing, piano, guitar, and ukelele, as well as musicianship skills, lesson plans, and performance training. Resound NW boasts a solid team of experienced musicians and singers who teach full time or as guest instructors.

Portland, OR 97209 (503) 489-7464


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Rhapsody Music School

Rhapsody Music School offers musicianship lessons to students throughout the Portland metro area. Located near Mt. Tabor Park in Portland, Oregon, Rhapsody Music School specializes in teaching guitar, bass, ukelele, piano, as well as music production and recording, and offers lesson packages in monthly blocks. Owner and lead instructor Elliot Ross opened Rhapsody Music School in 2013 and offers a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from DePaul University.

Portland, OR 97214 (971) 279-8134


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Robbie Laws Music

Robbie Laws Music offers private or group guitar instruction to students of all ages throughout the Portland metro area. Based out of Portland, Oregon, owner Robbie Laws is a nine-time winner of the Pacific NW 'Best Electric Guitarist' Award as well as the guitar instructor at the Portland Waldorf High School. In addition to guitar lessons and performance training, Robbie Laws Music also offers guitar workshops, a Wednesday evening Jammers Lounge Group Class, and a summer music camp for children.

Portland, OR 97214 (503) 427-0062


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Scott Kritzer

Scott Kritzer is a professional musician and educator who offers individual and group classes to students online, in workshops, and at his private teaching studio in Portland, Oregon. Scott Kritzer offers more than 35 years of experience performing and teaching classical guitar, with lessons focusing on finger independence, balance, tone production, and other musicianship skills. Scott Kritzer teaches workshops on specialty topics, including Theory and Interpretation and Performance Anxiety Rehab, and founded the Classical Guitar Immersion Conference.

Portland, OR 97202 (503) 941-5919


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William Jenks

William Jenks is a professional classical guitarist who offers lessons to students throughout the Portland metro area. Based out of Aurora, Oregon, William Jenks offers more than 15 years of experience teaching music in private lessons and group sessions. In addition to performing and giving master classes around the world, William Jenks founded the renowned Portland Classic Guitar concert series, directs the Marylhurst Guitar Ensemble, and trains students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance or Therapy from Marylhurst University.

Aurora, OR 97002 (503) 830-1417


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