Music is humanity's universal language, narrowly beating out such close contenders as Esperanto, The Simpsons references, and yodeled profanity. Learn how to rhythmically communicate across cultures with today’s Groupon: for $40, you get four half-hour guitar lessons at Blue Dot Guitars in West Linn (a $90 value).
Instructor, pro guitarist, and luthier Chris Johnson of Blue Dot Guitars tunes students' ears to their inner musicians, just as he tunes instruments to a resonant pitch. Once a week for four weeks, students ranging from budding Jeff Becks to accomplished Grant Green–style boppers can pursue their preferred style of plucking or instrument-based pyrotechnics in half-hour classes. Those with a special interest in rock or jazz may find a kindred spirit in their new instructor, who also happily facilitates jamming on country, blues, pop, and contemporary Christian tunes. Johnson's 30 years of playing and teaching experience help him tailor fun, custom lesson plans and sequined jumpsuits to match each pupil's style. With practice, diligent fingers may show off new, speedy fret board runs or Nashville snap and twang, and minds slowly develop an understanding of music that may lead to life-long growth scored with Guitar Hero victories.
Blue Dot Guitars
Like many artists, lifelong guitarist Christian Johnson found himself stuck in an office job for several years. But it wasn’t enough to silence the music in his head. Motivated by his frustration and his encyclopedic knowledge of the ax, he opened Adrian Guitars in 2002 before changing the name to Blue Dot Guitars. During lessons, Johnson pulls from three decades of playing and teaching experience to assist students of all ages and skill levels in tackling the guitar. He honed his own musical prowess at Musicians Institute, where he studied with virtuosos such as jazz great Joe Diorio. As a Fender-authorized warranty technician, Johnson also specializes in guitar repairs, including regluing broken bridges or replacing snapped strings with durable strands of spaghetti.