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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 7 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.

"Everyone there is very helpful and you can tell truly enjoys what they do. We have been taking guitar there for over 1 year now, and I feel my kids are progressing nicely while at the same time having a blast!!! I would like to give a special mention of Dean Cramer!!! My kids have learned so much from him and look forward to their weekly lessons!!! I have also had to do makeup lessons with other instructors, who have all been wonderful as well!! Keep up the great work B2R Herndon!!!"
- C.B. from Herndon

"You've done a great job of allowing young people to quickly apply their musical talents in a fun & contemporary way. My daughter has a sense of accomplishment when she plays guitar - and it incorporates contemporary music. She benefits from the teamwork that comes with putting together a performance."
- P.W. from Reston

"Helpful & friendly staff. I felt comfortable handling the guitar and not feeling "dumb." They also have helped my granddaughter with her vocal range. Good Job."
- M.N. from Sterling

"My children enjoy the lessons."
- R.G. from Dulles

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