Musicians would have lost the mythical Record Label Wars without the guitar, a weapon they wielded as an ax in boardroom battles and used to melt foes’ faces in heated copyright conflicts. Pluck strings victoriously with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get two one-hour guitar lessons at Portland Guitar Lessons (a $60 value).
A patient fretboard cartographer gives students the key to unlock their own melodious maps in private lessons that chart harmonic scales and outline the murky waters of musical theory. With more than 17 years of playing experience in jazz and classical styles, instructor Nick Caine Rausch passes on guitar knowledge—from harmonic scales to musical theory—that he gleaned from supple-fingered songsmiths such as locals Keith Crook and Gary Wittner. Beginners and advanced players alike will benefit from one-hour lessons tailored to accommodate each student’s needs and preferences, with styles ranging from the popular (rock and blues) to the obscure (Russian disco-blues and twelve-tone twee).
Though not compulsory, Nick can seamlessly integrate theoretical concepts, note-reading tutorials, and ear-training techniques into each lesson for an approach as well-rounded as the tail of a treble clef. Students must supply their own guitars for each session.
525 Forest Ave.
Portland, Maine 04101