Every music lesson is fun and makes me want to come back for more.

– Ernest Salmon

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Riff Ninjas

Riff Ninjas is a fun, brand new guitar course, designed for kids. This riff-based course is well paced and is easy on kids hands. There’s excellent online support materials like jam tracks, sheet music, and more. The kids or parents can also send me short video messages via the student portal so they never get stuck trying to learn their lessons.


Lessons & Classes

I offer ukulele and guitar lessons for beginners all the way to the advanced students. These lessons are for kids and adults, in private or in groups, you pick what best suits you!

Kids Lessons

Kids guitar and ukulele lessons are fun, playful and focused on the child’s interests. They learn to master the instrument in a low pressure environment. All the essentials are covered and there’s coaching to help your child get through the difficult parts.

Adult Lessons

Ukulele and Guitar lessons for adults are tailored to your own goals and needs. Whether you want to get super technical or learn to play your favourite tunes, I’ve got you covered. Music theory is handled on a need-to-know basis unless you have an interest in diving into theory of course.

Group Classes

Learning in a group can be extremely fun and powerful. Students love to connect with each other, and quickly realize that everyone has their challenges on the instrument. Seeing your classmates play and improve is super motivating!

There are fun, well paced, weekly music programs for kids and adults. Some of the options are:

Riff Ninjas: A guitar class with excellent online support materials
Ukulele Class: There’s a kids and an adult version
Strings & Skins: A mix of guitar, ukulele, and percussion instruments

Online Courses & Lessons

Some of the group lessons and private lessons come with excellent online support videos for both kids and parents.

I also provide video-messaging support and zoom classes. These can be used when a student is stuck or when they can’t make their class.


Can I teach myself guitar?

Yes you can, many people do so successfully. The benefit of taking guitar lessons with an instructor is that it can save you time as bad habits will be quickly picked up and worked on. Another great benefit of having an instructor is that you’ll get regular feedback on your playing which greatly speeds up your learning process.

Can I learn guitar in 2 months?

Yes and no. I remember when I started that I learned very quickly and was able to strum some songs within 2 months. This will not be the case for everyone. What’s important is to focus on the effort and time you put in and enjoy the process of learning. When you do that, playing the guitar will be a by-product and it won’t matter whether it’ll take 2 months, a year, or more.

How long does it usually take to learn a guitar?

I would say that usually students see results fairly quickly when they practice regularly and get to that first level in 6 months to a year. Of course it all greatly depends on a number of factors some of those being the time put in by the student, how focused the practice sessions are, etc.

What is the best age to start guitar lessons for kids?

This depends on the child first and foremost. Some kids are super into their instruments at 5-6 years old, others can’t sit with an instrument until they are 8-10 years old. Personally I think that 5-6 years old is great for the super motivated kids and 7-8 years old is a more common age to start music lessons.

Do you need to learn acoustic guitar before electric guitar?

No you don’t need to do that. I would say that for a young child a nylon string acoustic is easier on the fingers which can be good for that first year but I’ve seen young ones start on the electric and do just fine. If you’re and older child or adult and you’re interested for example in rock or metal then it would make much more sense to start with electric guitar right away.

What kind of guitar do I need?

What you need to start with is think about what kind of music you want to learn to play. If it is classical music then a classical guitar should be your instrument of choice. If it is more singer songwriter stuff or acoustic pop, then an acoustic steel string guitar will be great but if you think you have very sensitive fingers you could also start out on a nylon string guitar. An electric is usually for those who want to play more rock, blues, metal, etc. If you’re about to take lessons with me this could also be something we could have a chat about together.

How much should you practice?

If you’re just starting out you can try 10-20m for 4-5 days a week. It is important to be consistent with your practicing. Try to practice after your lessons, and the following 2 days after your lesson. If you’re able to practice longer, that’s great make sure to include breaks so you don’t overload yourself.


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Email: nelsonbcguitarlessons@gmail.com
Address: 810 10 St, Nelson, BC
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