You’re never too old to take up a new hobby, especially if it’s something you feel you would really enjoy. Learning an instrument can help with coordination, stress relief and confidence. One of the most popular instruments to learn is the guitar, and the previous article Best Places For Guitar Lessons in Washington DC had some great choices for lessons. But if you’ve always wanted to be Hendrix, Slash, Clapton or some other rock star, these places will get you on your way.
DC Guitar Lessons
1800 Florida Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(305) 731-6818

Years go by and Greg Hammond is still the best person to go to for guitar lessons in the district. His unbelievable knowledge and talent with instruments, not just guitars, puts Hammond ahead of the pack. It would be hard to find anyone who has anything negative to say about their guitar lessons with him. Flexible hours, convenient online scheduling, class loaner guitars and minutes away from a metro stop, taking lessons with DC Guitar Lessons is a no-brainer.

Music on the Hill
1453 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 733-3158

Music on the Hill is a little music shop in Capitol Hill with a great selection of instruments and accessories. While they do offer adult music classes, it is where you want to go to take your children for lessons. They offer camps, private lessons, group classes and what they call “Busy Bees.” Busy Bees Music & Arts Playgroup is geared towards younger children so they can develop certain skills, stay active and have fun. You can start them off with a more playtime style learning, then gradually move them up to a more standard guitar lesson as they get older.

Alexandria Music Company
1502 Belle View Blvd.
Alexandria, VA 22307
(571) 732-3505

Alexandria Music Company can take care of all your instrument needs, whether you need to rent instruments or PA systems. Particularly great for band and orchestra needs, if you’re a school band teacher you have likely visited their store. What some don’t know is that they also offer music lessons. Offering lessons for almost every type of instrument, their instructors are highly qualified and excited to teach. They even have a music camp for those who want to spend their summer doing something creative and educational.

Related: Best Music Shops In Washington D.C.

Cardon Studios
3624 Georgia Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 681-7842

For some, one on-one-instruction can be nerve wracking with all the pressure being on them to get it right. But in a large group class, you may not get the personal instruction that you will need to learn the instrument. At Cardon Studios that isn’t an issue. They have private classes as well as group classes that allow you to relax and learn at your own pace. With the support of your fellow classmates you will feel confident enough to play your first song. These are great classes for those new to the guitar and those looking to get their feet wet.

Washington Conservatory Of Music
1 Westmoreland Circle
Bethesda, MD 20816
(301) 320-2770

The word “conservatory” can intimidate and scare people away from pursuing music lessons — for many it signifies a strict and rigid curriculum. Although the Washington Conservatory of Music does strive to teach their students the instruments they wish to learn, they do not impose any unrealistic expectations. The independent nonprofit community music school’s mission is to provide everyone with a place to enjoy music and reach their goals. With an international staff, a variety of classes, music camps, ensembles and more, it is a great place for young aspiring musicians. Sign your kids up for guitar lessons and they might be the next big superstar.

Related: Best Places For Adult Music Classes In Washington, D.C.

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