Tuning up...
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Professional Guitar Instruction

Take lessons from a pro, no matter where you are!* I have been playing guitar for almost 35 years—since 1987—and I'm ready to pass my knowledge and experience along to you. I am a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, the international professional music fraternity, having been initiated in 1998 at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, while I was attending their music education program.

I'm based in Marietta/East Cobb (just outside of Atlanta), but I'm proud to offer lessons to almost anywhere* that the internet and your computer can reach. And effective 26 April, I also offer in-person lessons! (exceptions and conditions apply)

All ages welcome...you're never too young**—or too old—to have fun learning how to play guitar!


* Remote lessons tend to work best the closer we are geographically. I'm happy to try remote lessons with English-speaking folks outside the continental U.S., but I can't be confident that the connection will be suitable for lessons. However, for most folks in the lower 48, it should be possible for us to conduct high-quality online lessons. In-person lessons are avilable beginning 26 April, and are limited to those who are fully vaccinated from COVID-19 only; please check here for details.

** Some small children can have prohibitive trouble with the physical requirements of guitar playing.
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Premium Service, at Reasonable Rates!

  • 45- and 60-minute online lessons from the comfort of your own home, or wherever you happen to be
  • 45-minute in-person lessons (starting 26 April; see below for details)
  • FREE intro lesson (if you purchase a package within 3 days)
  • FREE lesson(s) for referrals, and also annually (see the FAQ for more info)
  • Helpful lesson reminder and materials/"lesson plan" emails sent each week
  • Available by the lesson, or in packages with BIG discounts (as low as just over $32/hour)
  • Lots of lesson package and payment options to choose from
  • Flexible scheduling options
  • Some of the most competitive rates around
  • FREE audio and/or video recordings of lessons (upon request)
  • No materials that you're required to buy (I provide all sheet music/tab)
  • No contracts; you can quit or adjust your package at any time, usually with no penalty (see the FAQ for more info)
  • No additional sign-up costs
  • No hidden fees
First Off, You May Be Wondering:

Why Choose Stephen's Guitar Lessons?


Remote/Online Lessons

Take lessons from the comfort of your own home using specialized, state-of-the-art software that makes it almost like being there in person (and way better than just watching videos). Plus, if you have headphones we can make it even more immersive—you've never experienced online lessons like this before!

Multiple Lesson Options

I offer 45-minute and 60-minute online lessons, as well as 45-minute in-person lessons (starting 26 April; for more info about online lessons, please go here). Plus, I'm always as flexible as I can be when it comes to scheduling, and I offer lots of package choices and lots of lesson day/time options as well.

Qualified and Experienced

I've given thousands of lessons to hundreds of students, and I've spent countless hours on stage and in the studio. I know how to play guitar and how to teach others to play at their best, and I do both very well (you can listen to some recordings of me playing guitar in the Services section).

First-Class Service

I run a very professional operation, complete with weekly reminder/lesson plan emails. Every aspect of my lessons program is first-rate: the material, the presentation, and the environment in which I teach. I'm reliable, and always well prepared for every lesson...plus, I tailor my approach for each individual student.

No Contracts

Take as few or as many lessons as you want; we can change the slot, the lesson length, the type of lesson (upcharges can apply)—packages can even be cancelled, usually with no penalty (please see the FAQ section for my full cancellation policy). No sign-up fees or hidden costs, either!

Free Stuff!

Free music/materials, free reminder emails, free lesson recordings, even free lessons...wow! (See the FAQ section for details) No other guitar teacher takes care of their loyal students the way I do; I value all of my students, and it shows. Experience the difference for yourself!
And Then Here Are Some More Reasons:
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So How Much Do Lessons Cost? Well, Here Are My

Single Lesson and Package Rates

Standard rates for single online lessons are $40 for 45 minutes, or $50 for an hour; in-person lessons are 45 minutes long and cost $50 per lesson (in-person lessons are available starting 26 April). And I offer substantial discounts over most of my competitors' rates with the package rates listed below; all packages assume one lesson per week (more info about the packages can be found in the FAQ). Click here for more info about in-person lessons.

45-Min
Online

as low as ~$32 / week
  • —4 wks: $150                         ($37.50/wk)
  • —6 wks: $215                             (~$36/wk)
  • —8 wks: $270                         ($33.75/wk)
  • —10 wks: $330                            ($33/wk)
  • —12 wks: $385                          (~$32/wk)

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60-Min
Online

as low as $40 / week
  • —4 wks: $190                         ($47.50/wk)
  • —6 wks: $270                              ($45/wk)
  • —8 wks: $340                        ($42.50/wk)
  • —10 wks: $410                              ($41/wk)
  • —12 wks: $480                            ($40/wk)

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45-Min
In Person

as low as $42.50 / week
  • —4 wks: $200                              ($50/wk)
  • —6 wks: $285                         ($47.50/wk)
  • —8 wks: $360                              ($45/wk)
  • —10 wks: $435                      ($43.50/wk)
  • —12 wks: $510                       ($42.50/wk)

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View, download, or print a pdf copy of my current guitar lessons rate sheet, which breaks down all the costs you could expect to incur in my lessons program

Here Are The Answers To The Most

Frequently Asked Questions

Send Me A Message If You Have A Question That's Not Addressed Here
  1. How long have you been playing guitar? Can you tell me a little more about your background?

    I have been playing guitar for almost 35 years—since 1987—and my formal education was in music education. I grew up in Marietta, Georgia, not too far from where I live now; I attended East Cobb Middle School and Wheeler High School (both in Marietta), and then Abilene Christian University (in Abilene, Texas). My principle instrument throughout my school years was alto saxophone (but I also played a good bit of baritone sax as well), and like all music education majors I learned to play all the wind instruments typically found in school bands...and of course, throughout all of that, I learned to play guitar as well.

    I play or have played bass, lead and/or rhythm guitar in many bands and musical projects in and around the metro Atlanta area over the years, in styles ranging from punk rock, to '60s garage rock, to metal, to experimental, to blues, to country, to heavy psychedelic rock, and lots of other genres along the way. You can learn even more about me and my musical history, as well as get all of the latest info on some of my current projects, at the Sludge Hammer Records website.

    In addition to offering remote/online guitar lessons in all styles to all ages and all skill levels, I'm also a freelance audio mastering and mix engineer (via my side gig, Marietta Audio Mastering), and I also offer guitar-specific recording, composition, and performance services. Musically I specialize in rock and blues, but I also teach country, pop, and metal, as well as everything related and in between.

    Stephen in the online guitar lessons studio, with his Ibanez guitars

    I give lessons pretty much exclusively on Ibanez guitars, usually on a c.1987 model RG550BK (pictured above, along with my modified 1983 Ibanez Artist, which I recently had restored to its original pickup configuration). Ibanez guitars are incredibly reliable—everything on my RG550 is solid, all the way up and down the neck, and it stays in tune even under my rigorous playing schedule. And they are also highly versatile instruments—I can play any of the styles that I specialize in on this guitar, and it all comes through mightily. I always recommend Ibanez guitars to any of my students that are looking for a new guitar.

    I also exclusively use McPherson guitar picks, which are my first-choice pick under almost any circumstance (check out my review on the McPherson page, it's the third one down). I feel that they are a fantastic training tool for new players, and they can also help seasoned players improve their accuracy and consistency. If you haven't tried them yet, I highly recommend them to any player!

    Want to learn a little more about me? Check out this interview that I did with Shoutout Atlanta. (And many thanks to the gracious and helpful folks at Shoutout Atlanta...it was wonderful working with you!)

    You can also check out this article about me that was featured in East Cobber, a local community-centered magazine.

    Want to learn even more about me? You can listen to me playing on lots of different tracks on the Sludge Hammer Records site; in fact, I'm playing on pretty much everything posted there (but you definitely want to check out the song "At Least I Got The Blues", and the Tom Foolery & Miss Chiff stuff as well...). Some of the recordings on the Sludge Hammer site are from many years ago, and some are from more recent years; on some I'm playing guitar, on some I'm playing bass, on a few tracks I'm playing drums, and on some I'm even singing. I hope you like the tunes, and I'd love to hear from you if you have any comments after listening.

  2. Why should I choose you instead of one of the many other guitar teachers on the internet or in metro Atlanta?

    There are LOTS of guitar teachers, in town and online...believe me, I know! But I feel confident that you'll find that I am the best deal, and I also offer the most "extras" (like my helpful weekly reminder emails)—not to mention that students will learn more under the guidance of an experienced, seasoned musician and teacher like me; I've played hundreds of shows in dozens of cities over the past three decades, and my playing can be heard on hundreds of songs that have been released on CD, online, on vinyl, and even on cassette.

    I studied music education, and I continue to better myself as a player every day; throughout the years I've taken lessons from some of the best teachers around, and I've read more guitar method books than I can even remember. I'm actually in the process of writing my own guitar method book, and it's those same time-tested approaches—and often even excerpts right from my book—that I use with my students.

    All together, counting personal practice time, band rehearsal time, performance time, hours spent recording and working in various studios, time spent in music classes, time spent in lessons throughout the years, and also time spent giving lessons, I've got tens of thousands of hours of experience to draw from...and more and more each day! I've got the know-how and the ability to help you learn how to play guitar well, and to have fun doing it. Give me a call to set up an introductory lesson, and judge for yourself; you'll be impressed, I guarantee it.

  3. I've used Zoom/Skype/Teams/etc. for work/school/personal use/etc., and I don't think those programs would work very well for guitar lessons. Is that what you use for your online lessons?

    While I do have Zoom, Teams, Facebook Rooms, Skype, Cisco Webex—pretty much whatever video conferencing/video calling software you are most comfortable with—available as a back-up or as options for students that prefer one of those for whatever reason, I primarily use a different program that works better for lessons than many other programs. It's easy to install, set up and operate, but I'm happy to assist any of my students that need help with those processes.

    Also, for all of my lessons I use a professional broadcasting headset, so the microphone picking up my voice is not only positioned better to capture my voice more accurately and more fully than a webcam mic, it's also far superior to a webcam mic in terms of clarity and frequency range reproduced; I also conduct my lessons in an acoustically treated space, which further enhances the quality of the audio delivered to my students during our lessons. All of this results in a sonic lessons experience that I'm confident is vastly superior to pretty much any Skype call or Zoom/Teams meeting that you've ever participated in, regardless of whatever platform we use for lessons.

  4. Yes, it is! I pride myself on being well-rounded, versatile, experienced and capable, as a player and as a teacher. I can teach any age, as long as the student is willing and able to physically hold and play the guitar, and as long as they can listen attentively in lessons and then apply what they've learned in regular practices in between lessons.

    I can teach all styles, but my specialties are rock and blues—so if you want to learn to play guitar with a focus on rock and/or blues (or focused on a related style like country, pop, metal, etc.) and then occasionally we might work in elements of classical, jazz, or funk, or some other style (as the situation dictates), then I would be perfectly suited to be your teacher; however, if you play black metal on an eight-string guitar, for example, and that's pretty much all you want to focus on—even though I have a solid grasp on the basics of that style, in a situation like that I would probably recommend finding someone that specializes in it instead.

    And I feel comfortable teaching players of any skill level; I welcome beginners—even if you've never even held a guitar before, and even if you haven't played any musical instrument before—and I'm confident that I have something to offer even the most seasoned and advanced players. And so with those few exceptions, I'm happy to teach anyone how to play the guitar (or how to play the guitar better, as the case may be)!

  5. I do require payment before we confirm the first lesson, but if you decide to go with a package (and pay for that package in full within three days of the intro lesson) then the package will be discounted by the amount you paid for that initial lesson...so those students who choose to continue with a package right after their intro lesson will essentially get that intro lesson for free, and I am happy to continue to offer this service in some form or another to all of my potential students.

    You'll receive either 45 minutes or an hour of real instruction at the intro lesson, just like with any other online lesson that I give. I want prospective new students to come away with some new skills even at what will (hopefully) become a free introductory lesson. And while you can only use a 45-minute or a 60-minute online lesson as an intro lesson, I'll apply the discount to any lessons package that you purchase within three days of the intro lesson—even in-person lesson packages.

  6. Once you've purchased your first lessons package (please note that all lessons and packages must be prepaid in advance in order to be placed on the calendar), you'll have the option to receive an email containing a link to download the audio and/or video files of each lesson; you just have to tell me you want that to be sent, and provide me with a valid email address. These files are provided at no additional charge, but they are for the individual student's practices in between lessons only; read more about the audio and video recordings in question #16, below. At the first lesson in a package, in-person students will receive a "new student welcome kit" which includes some McPherson guitar picks, as well as some good info and tips for guitar players, along with a few other goodies as well—all in a folder that they can then use to transport their music to and from the lessons. I also give all of my students any tab/music that we go over in advance via email, as well as a printed copy for students that choose in-person lessons...and that's not to mention the fantastic instruction you'll receive at each and every lesson!

  7. I am located near Wheeler High School, about 5-10 minutes or so from most of the major roads that are near me—including I-75, Powers Ferry Road, Roswell Road, Johnson Ferry Road, and Lower Roswell Road—but thanks to the magic of the internet I can also give lessons to almost anywhere via a number of programs, including (almost certainly) your favorite program or app.

  8. In-person lessons will be available beginning 26 April, and they will be limited to those who are willing and able to provide verification to me that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19; please contact me for details on the verification process. As part of that process, students that elect to go with in-person lessons will need to affirm that they will not attend an in-person lesson after having been exposed to any contagion, but will instead switch it to an online lesson or just consider it a "missed" lesson (and apply an allowed "missed" lesson, if applicable). For those that are not yet fully vaccinated, I will continue to offer virtual (online) lessons as a very effective option (and a less expensive one, too).

    Please be aware that if the circumstances warrant it, I reserve the right to discontinue offering the in-person option without notice (although I will certainly give as much notice as I am able to provide)—in which case we'll either put the package on hold, or convert into online lessons any remaining in-person lessons in any current/active students' packages and then refund the overage as described in question #14 (below).

  9. My normal lesson days and hours are Monday through Thursday 3:30PM to 9:30PM, Fridays 3:30PM to 8:30PM, and Saturdays from 12:00PM to 5:30PM (all times Eastern), and I offer make-up slots for lessons missed during the week most weeks either on Saturday or the following Sunday; however, I can sometimes make an exception if there are extenuating circumstances...and with the current health crisis, I'm happy to schedule lessons outside of those hours as well (as I am able to do so). For those of you located west of the Eastern time zone, I'm happy to accommodate later slots as I'm able to do so...please contact me to discuss your specific situation.

    Please be aware that I often have a waiting list for the prime spots (after 6:00pm or so on weekdays), and sometimes my schedule gets completely full and I have to put all prospective new students on a waiting list; if you have more than one slot that would work for your lesson, then the chances are much better that I'll have something that works for you.

  10. Yes, my package rates all assume one lesson per week in the same slot each week, as that works better not only for me but also for students' retention of the material if they can count on that regularity. This also allows me to let a student keep their slot as long as they want it, in most cases. Of course, if a student wants to permanently move a lessons slot, we'll see what I have available at that time and go from there.

    I want to be as accommodating as possible whenever a student has a need for a temporary lessons schedule change, so I'll offer every option I can when a student needs to miss their regular weekly lesson—including allowing a make-up lesson up to or on the Sunday immediately following any given week—but any lesson not attended in a given week will be considered a "missed" lesson (a "missed" lesson is a lesson you are charged for even though you didn't attend), and only certain lesson packages get allowed "missed" lessons that don't count against that package. Please see my lessons cancellation policy in the question below this one for details about allowed "missed" lessons, and cancelling or rescheduling lessons.

  11. If you won't be able to make your regularly scheduled lesson for any given week, please let me know as much in advance as you can; we'll try to find another slot for your lesson on another day during that same week, and I'll also usually have some options on the following Sunday for a make-up lesson if need be...and for in-person students we'll have the option to switch to an online lesson instead. But for any week that we don't have your lesson at the regular time and we're not able to reschedule it for later in that week (or the following Sunday), whether online or in person, that week's lesson will be considered a "missed" lesson and it will be deducted from the lessons package (and please note that only one rescheduling of a lesson will be allowed during any given calendar week; if you're not able to make the slot we've rescheduled for, then that becomes a "missed" lesson).

    Packages of 8 or 10 lessons get one allowed "missed" lesson before I start deducting them from your package; packages of 12 lessons get two (one to be used in the first half of the package, and the other for the second half). Allowed "missed" lessons expire at the end of each package; they do not carry over from one package to the next.

    So if you elect to either go lesson by lesson, or only with 4-week or 6-week packages, then any lesson that we aren't able to reschedule for that same week will count as a missed lesson and be deducted from the package; those on a lesson by lesson basis will then need to prepay for another lesson to get on the next week's schedule. If your schedule changes a lot, or you have a tendency to need to miss a lesson every few weeks, then I would recommend getting a package of 8 or more lessons. Individually-purchased (single) lessons can only be rescheduled once, and that would be dependent on a suitable alternate option being available in that same week (so the sooner you can let me know if you need to reschedule a single lesson, the better chance I'll be able to make the change); refunds are not available for single lessons once they are purchased.

    Please note that I reserve the right to count any lesson that a student schedules (but doesn't attend) as a "missed" lesson, whether the student has allowed "missed" lessons that haven't been used in the current package or not; an example of a situation where this would be the case would be if a student simply forgets about their lesson, or otherwise doesn't contact me ahead of time to reschedule the lesson.

    To help ensure that you get every lesson that you pay for, I send out emails every weekend that remind each student of whatever lesson I have booked for them in my calendar for the upcoming week; if I don't have a lesson booked for a given student that week, they won't receive an email from me. This way each student will have a reminder that they can count on receiving somewhere around halfway between their weekly lessons, in addition to a verbal confirmation at the end of each lesson for the lesson the following week.

  12. Single lesson purchases are not refundable, and then with packages there are no contracts—you can take as few or as many lessons as you want. Any package deal can be canceled part of the way through, but I'll base the refund on whatever package is closest to what you actually used and then refund the overage from that perspective (so for example, if you cancel a package of 10 lessons after you used 7 of them, then I would subtract the cost of a 6-week package, plus the cost of a single lesson, from the cost of the 10-week package, and the remainder would be your refund). If you cancel a package less than 7 days before your next scheduled lesson, then that lesson will be considered a "missed" lesson, and it will be counted as a used lesson in the package before the refund is calculated.

    Also, if you discontinue lessons before you have attended 4 paid lessons there will be a $50 administrative fee deducted from any refund, to cover my time and effort to set you up as a new student.

  13. I'll be as flexible as I can with any schedule changes you need to make (as per my cancellation/rescheduling policy, as explained above in question #11), including putting a package on hold temporarily if need be. However, I won't be able to guarantee the same slot when you resume your lessons package, and if a reasonable amount of time passes without any contact or response from you once you put a package on hold, I reserve the right to deduct some or all of the remaining lessons (depending on the circumstances) once you do resume the lessons package.

  14. For in-person students I'm happy to switch any single lesson (or the remainder of a package) to online if you'd like; I just ask that you please give me a minimum of 24 hours' notice so that I can properly prepare. If you decide that you want to switch all remaining lessons in your package to online, please let me know as soon as you can and we'll make the necessary arrangements. In most cases where we are converting the remainder of a package (and there are at least 6 lessons remaining in the package), to cover the difference in costs I'll issue a credit equal to $7.50 per lesson that we switch from in-person to online; the credit can be used on your next online lessons package, and will expire 3 weeks after the end of the converted package. No credit or refund will be issued for single lesson conversions, or for package conversions where less than 6 lessons remained in a package when it was converted.

    For online students that want to switch to in-person lessons, if you currently have a package of 45-minute online lessons then we can switch to 45-minute in-person lessons for an "upgrade charge" equal to $10 for every lesson remaining in your package. If you currently have a package of 60-minute lessons, the "upgrade charge" would be equal to $5 for every lesson remaining in your package to switch to 45-minute in-person lessons (sorry, I don't currently offer 60-minute in-person lessons).

  15. There are no hidden costs—all of the rates are listed clearly here on this site and will be discussed and confirmed before the lessons begin (click here to view, download, or print a pdf copy of my current guitar lessons rate sheet, which breaks down all the costs you could expect to incur in my lessons program); no sign-up costs; no materials to buy, either...HOWEVER, I highly recommend that you obtain things like a metronome, tuner (there are several free apps for those that are great options), music stand, etc., if you do not already have these. I will be able to provide those during the lessons when needed, of course, but you should have these items for your individual practices. I would be glad to point you in the direction of the best value for any of them, so feel free to ask.

    Also, in order to get the most out of online lessons you would want to have: a laptop or desktop computer that has a camera and mic; a good, reliable internet connection (a wired or Ethernet connection is preferred over a WiFi connection); and a set of headphones (earbuds will do, but the nicer the headphones are the better the experience will be for you). Optional additional equipment can include an audio interface (lots of affordable models to choose from these days) and a microphone for your voice (although the built-in mic on most modern computers should be more than enough), and so you can utilize those if you have them...but those items are NOT required in order to take online lessons from me. Feel free to contact me if you want to discuss your particular situation, and I can help you make sure you have everything you need and that it's all set up correctly.

  16. Each lesson I give is audio-recorded, and then Skype and Zoom lessons (and in-person lessons) are also video-recorded—all at no charge. Upon request, I will send those files to you within a day or so of me receiving your request. The audio recordings are generally compact, hi-res mp3 files: easily downloaded, and they still sound excellent. The video files are generally either QuickTime movie files, with the camera trained right on my guitar the whole time, or a recording of the Skype call or Zoom meeting as provided by that software (if we used one of those platforms); either way, it's (almost) just like being there in the lesson again!

    All video and audio lessons will be owned in perpetuity and copyrighted in full and in their entirety solely by me, and licensed indefinitely and exclusively only to the student, and for that individual student's own personal review only. No other use is authorized or permitted. Requesting or accepting an audio or video file from Stephen's Guitar Lessons means you acknowledge and accept these terms; these terms also apply if you choose to record the lesson yourself, directly or indirectly, via any recording software or device that you may have.

  17. Yes, it is; current students that refer a friend (new students only) get a free lesson when their friend signs up for a package deal of 10 or more lessons! Wow!! Just tell them to let me know that you referred them whenever they book their first lesson, and I will add the appropriate lesson(s) to your schedule (the free lesson will be the same length as your most often and/or most recent lesson package). This offer only applies to the first package a new student purchases.

  18. Yes, that's true as well! Each year on (or close to) the anniversary of your intro lesson, I'll add at least one free lesson to your current package. You must be a current student in good standing, without having missed/postponed/cancelled/rescheduled an excessive amount of your regular weekly lessons (determination of what qualifies as "excessive" is solely up to me). Putting a package on hold may also prevent a student from getting an anniversary bonus lesson.

    I'll add one free lesson (of the same length as that of your most often and/or most recent lessons package) for you on my calendar on or about the anniversary of your intro lesson for the first and second year that you take lessons from me; on the third and fourth anniversaries I'll add two lessons; and for the fifth and each subsequent anniversary I'll add three lessons. No other guitar teacher takes care of their loyal students like that!

  19. Sorry, I do not offer group lessons; I have found that they are not nearly as effective as one-on-one lessons. In certain circumstances I can offer "back-to-back" lessons, where you purchase a package of one-hour lessons and we split the time between two people, with one person getting the first half hour and the other getting the second. Please contact me to discuss whether your situation would qualify for that (please note that a higher lesson rate may apply in those cases).

  20. Yes I do! All of my packages can be purchased for someone else, and I'm happy to send over a gift certificate that you can present to that individual (gift certificates are not automatically generated, so please let me know if you do want one). Please note that gift certificates and gifted lessons/packages are NOT refundable, and any unused lessons from a gift certificate or gifted package would expire one year after the purchase date.

Everything You Need To Know To

Make A Payment


* Payments for single lessons are due in full at the time the lesson is booked; packages must be prepaid in full at the time the package is booked in order to get the package rate and the requested time slot. Slots for all single lessons or packages will only be reserved once payment has been made—so to secure the slot you want, please prepay as soon as possible. In order to properly prepare for a lesson I do require at least 72 hours notice before the lesson occurs; so if you want to book a lesson or a new package, please make sure it is paid at least 72 hours prior to the lesson start time.

* Packages, single lessons, and all other fees are priced and billed in US Dollars (USD); all payments must be made in US Dollars.

* Packages can be cancelled at any time (you can get all the details about my cancellation policy in the FAQ above, in question #11), but any refund will be minus the regular cost of the lessons that were attended or otherwise billed for.

* For online lessons you can send a PayPal payment to stephen (at) stephensguitarlessons (dot) com; continuing students can also pay securely right here with a credit or debit card, PayPal, or a bank draft (all payments made on this page are processed by PayPal, but a PayPal account is not required if you want to use a credit or debit card), and I'll add the appropriate lessons to my calendar immediately. You can pay for a single lesson (either 45 minutes or 60 minutes, or a 45-minute in-person lesson), or for any of my current packages, or you can make a specific amount payment with the "Miscellaneous Payment" Pay Now button.

* In addition to those options, students taking in-person lessons will also be able to pay for upcoming lessons with cash (exact change only), an EMV-enabled ("chip") major credit or debit card, or a local bank check (checks accepted for packages of 6 weeks or longer ONLY; $50 charge for a returned check).

* For all students, I can also accept Venmo payments to @StephensGuitarLessonsdotcom (for Venmo payments please specify what the payment is for, as well as your contact info if I don't already have that).

* Want to pay using Apple Pay, Google Pay, CashApp, Zelle, or any other payment method? Contact me and we'll make a plan.

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Additional Services

In addition to offering online and in-person guitar lessons, I also teach beginner ukulele—and I can get someone started on bass guitar as well (although most serious bass guitar or ukulele students will want an instructor that specializes in their instrument after just a few lessons with me). I can also provide session/recording, performance, composition, and other (mostly guitar-specific) musical services.

In need of a guitar player for a recording project? Put my years of experience on the stage and in the studio to work for you during your next recording...my specialties are blues, rock, metal, country and pop, but whatever the style or genre—whether you have charts and a specific guitar tone in mind, or even if you need me to create the whole thing from scratch—I have the skills and equipment to add exactly however much or little guitar your circumstance requires. Music projects, corporate videos, ads, movies, presentations, whatever...give me a call and we'll discuss the details.

Session work can be performed at your location, or at a recording studio, or we can exchange files online and I record my parts by myself at my home studio; the charge for the actual session work will be the same in any case, but there may be travel charges for session work that I perform somewhere other than my home studio (depending on the circumstances). Also, in most cases, I can provide studio and audio engineering services for free on all recorded parts that I create at my home studio as part of a session work project; any costs related to any outside studio would have to be worked out between you and the other studio.

I offer guitar session services at $65/hour (one hour minimum); however, each project will require a different amount of time, so please contact me for specific pricing on your project. Session work will always be completed as quickly as possible; some projects may take longer than others, but I will always make every effort to complete your project ahead of schedule and well before any other deadlines you may have.

All of the song examples posted below feature my guitar and bass playing (exceptions: See You December bass and rhythm guitar, and Everyone Falls acoustic guitar—those tracks were performed by the associated clients), and all feature (either partially or fully) my production/engineering/mixing/mastering skills (see below for details about each song):
In Misery (Tom Foolery & Miss Chiff)


See You December (Danny Fantem)
Everyone Falls (Paul Gravitt)

...plus I plan to have more posted in the future.

In Misery: Tom Foolery & Miss Chiff is the name my wife, Kris Hale, and I perform under. For this song, Kris is playing drums and singing, and I'm playing lead, rhythm, and bass guitar, and also singing; we co-wrote the music and lyrics. I recorded this one using an early incarnation of my home studio, and then I mixed and mastered it in 2020.
At Least I Got The Blues: I wrote this song, and was fortunate enough to be able to engineer the recording in Studio E at the legendary Doppler Studios in Atlanta (which has since closed), where I was working at the time (this would have been sometime in the first half of 2013). I was fortunate enough to also have the assistance of Jim Ellis on piano and Hammond organ, Granger Beem on drums, Jaye Nelson on lead vocals, and Kris Hale on background vocals; I played lead, rhythm, and bass guitars, and also added some background vocals. I also mixed and mastered this recording. This was just a one-off project; the name "Bluesmen Asunder" refers to the fact that all of the different parts were recorded separately from each other...but of course, since the other musicians are top-notch they were all able to make it sound as if everyone had all been in the studio together for a single recording session.
I Scream: Megalioth is the name of a solo side project I have. I wrote this song and recorded it in the most current iteration of my home studio. I played all of the instruments (including programminig the midi drums); the "vocals" are me, and then I added audio clips from some old ice cream ads for ambiance.
See You December: I mixed and mastered this song for a client, who sang and played all of the instruments except for the lead guitar in the ending (which I wrote and performed).
Everyone Falls: For this song, the client provided an acoustic guitar track and a vocal part; I arranged and performed the other instruments (lead guitar, bass, midi drums, plus some midi piano/keyboard and fiddle parts), and then the client commissioned a vocal part from a professional vocalist. Next, I mixed the song using the client's acoustic guitar track, the professional vocalist's tracks, and my tracks; and then lastly, I created the final master recording.
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