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5 Stars - Based on 21 User Reviews
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Mike Odell Avatar

When I relocated to the Portland area recently I was looking for a place to take guitar lessons. I decided on the Portland Guitar Academy because it looked like it had the scope and flexibility to meet my particular needs. I've been taking lessons from Jesse, and have been very pleased with the direction he's taken. This is an organized, technical approach given by an excellent musician, and is moving me in the exact direction I want to go. I am very impressed that this school has a well articulated philosophy and method to teaching, playing and understanding music, and to music itself. Very highly recommended, for those who want to take a deeper dive into applied theory and develop themselves as musicians.

Mike Odell 2/23/2020
Kristy Myatt Avatar

When trying to decide where to take lessons, I read tons of reviews online looking for the best guitar studio in town. Portland Guitar Academy stood out so I chose them and I’ve had a great time learning to play guitar under Joe’s guidance. He’s personable, funny and most importantly, patient with a brand-new guitar player. I really appreciate the fact that he will tab everything out on paper that we’ve been working on during a lesson so I can take it home and work on it over the week. He’s also full of tips and tricks regarding metal guitar.
If you, or someone you know, wants to learn how to play guitar this is the place to do it. Sign your kid up, sign yourself up…heck, sign your grandma up here! Its definitely worth it.

Kristy Myatt 8/05/2019
Jennifer Rossi Avatar

I’ve been taking guitar lessons with Jesse for about a month and my experience has been great! In the past, I was trying to learn on my own. I’d pick a song to play and get frustrated when my fingers couldn’t form the chords and after a while I’d stop altogether.
Now with Jesse’s homework assignments, I’m practicing with a purpose and when I try to form the chords my fingers are stronger and know where to go. He’s also super encouraging when I share a song with him that I’m wanting to play. He’ll research the song to help me with tips on how to master it!
Thanks Jesse

Jennifer Rossi 10/31/2019

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