guitar lessons

"Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you’ll hate the guitar.
But if you stick with it, you’re gonna be rewarded."

-Jimi Hendrix


From the living room to the stage

Due to it's versatility and popularity, the guitar is one of the most common instrument choices for lessons these days. Learning to play the guitar is one of the greatest joys of life, and can be played in the living room, or on stage in front of thousands.

song based approach

At Spicer’s Music, our professional instructors use a song-based approach to teaching guitar. This unique teaching method infuses learning popular songs with detailed instruction in technique, theory, ear training, and learning to read music. Guitar music is most often written and recorded using guitar tablature; an easy-to-read numbering system allowing guitarists to quickly learn a song, lick, or a specific guitar solo.

Taught by professionals

Our highly skilled instructors work together with each student to develop a unique lesson plan based on their musical goals. We have successfully taught over a thousand guitarists of all ages. Some of our guitar students have gone on to become professional musicians, some are simply playing for personal enjoyment, and some have completed the circle by becoming guitar instructors themselves! Get started on your musical journey today and join the ranks of talented and happy guitarists across the Southeast!

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meet your instructor!

Chase Allen

Guitar/Bass/Ukulele

about

Chase started playing music at the age of four, starting with drums and, shortly after that, picking up the guitar. Growing up in a musical household, he was exposed to many different types of music from an early age. In high school, Chase founded multiple bands and was captain of the drumline. Chase then ... attended the Atlanta Institute of Music. After graduating, he toured with numerous pop, rock, and country groups around North America and studio session work in Nashville and Atlanta. Chase is currently playing with the group Trotline. He resides in Auburn with his lovely wife Caitlin and their dog Luna. + Show More


James Berryhill

Banjo/Guitar

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James has been a devoted music student since he first picked up the guitar at eleven years old. James is currently an English-Literature and Music student at Auburn University. He is the sole guitar player of the Auburn University Jazz Band and is the co-student music director of Auburn University's commercial ... music ensemble, Sonic Nation. James began teaching music at the beginning of 2021, but his teaching career first started at Master Scarsella's World Class Tae Kwon Do, where James was a senior martial arts instructor for over four years.

James applies much of what he learned as a martial arts instructor to how he teaches music, always emphasizing the importance of patience and making learning fun. On the guitar, James' specialties are jazz, blues, and fingerstyle, and on banjo, James's specialties are Scruggs and folk-style. James often performs solo and with his band, Silhouette, at local bars, restaurants, and events. He is also an avid singer-songwriter, with a keen emphasis on memorable melodies and deeply personal lyrics.
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Paul Gross

Guitar/Bass/Ukulele

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Paul H. Gross Jr was born in a cave in the Alaskan Yukon in 1931. His father was an out-of-work pearl diver, and his mother was a former circus performer. Paul was born with a guitar in his hand, of which his mother constantly reminded him...wait, that's not true! Paul was actually born in Port Washington, ... Wisconsin, in 1960. He was given his first guitar when he was eight and did absolutely nothing with it until his family moved from Atlanta to Milwaukee in 1973, and a friend saw the guitar and taught him some basic chords. The rest, as they say, is history. Paul spent many nights next to a record player trying to learn songs and play like Jimmy Page.

He played in many bands, from metal to country, while continuing to try and improve his skills. Moving to Auburn, AL. in 1994, Paul was asked to teach a few guitar lessons at the local music store when he first moved to town. Paul was the first instructor hired when Spicer's Music opened, and he has been inspiring students at Spicers Music ever since. Paul continues to teach guitar, bass, and ukulele to students ranging from beginner to advanced five days a week. Paul specializes in classic rock and blues music, but he loves teaching the music that inspires his students and makes them want to play.
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Ian Malinowski

Guitar

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Ian has been a passionate musician for over 12 years. He inherited his musical abilities from his family, especially his father. Ian loves all kinds of music and is always ready to learn new musical styles and genres. Ian primarily plays acoustic and electric guitar, but he also enjoys playing bass guitar and violin. ... As a guitar instructor at Spicer's Music, Ian's goal is to create an engaging environment where students can get excited about guitar and all things musical. He meets his students at their level and tries to encourage a growing passion for guitar. Ian is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Commercial Music at Auburn University. When Ian is not playing guitar, he loves hanging out with friends, making new friends, thrifting, and trying new foods. + Show More


Johnny Powell

Guitar/Bass

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Johnny enjoys sharing the fun of playing guitar with his students and offering his musical knowledge and experience. Johnny has performed professionally across the Southeast in front of live audiences with his party band, Alabama Avenue. He has several years of experience playing guitar ... in the orchestra for live theatre. He has also worked with professional artists and local cover bands in east Alabama. Johnny’s love of music is superseded only by his faith in God and the love of his wife, Michelle, and family. Johnny wants his students to be encouraged by their progress and inspired to conquer the next musical challenge by the end of every lesson. + Show More


Jacob Seales

Guitar

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Born into a musical family, Jacob was given the tools at a very young age to start his journey as a musician. Born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, his father, founding member and lead guitar player of the Grammy winning Shenandoah and Bob Wray, legendary session & touring musician provided the ... fundamentals to kickstart his music career. After a touring stint on both lead and bass guitar with Shenandoah, Jacob took his talents up north and took on regular studio sessions and gig work on both bass and electric guitar while also composing music for various websites & businesses. His biggest job to date being composing music for the campaign team of presidential candidate Donald J. Trump during the 2016 election.

With over a decade of teaching experience, Jacob specializes in a wide variety of genres. His primary concepts are solo improvisation, rock/metal courses, intermediate country playing, songwriting 101 and the number system which are used by touring and session musicians alike. He believes in learning musical knowledge as a language and applying it to everyday life!
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Matt Alemany

Guitar/Bass/Ukulele

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Matt was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in Mayaguez. After moving to the United States, Matt played flute in his middle school band, then gained interest in the acoustic guitar at age seventeen when he took a guitar class in high school. He has played in bands all through college simultaneously earning a ... degree in Human Resources Management. Matt has gone on to play in regional bands across the country, including the Bama Gamblers. Matt has been teaching lessons for over a decade and enjoys watching students progress at their instrument. + Show More


ASIA WATSON

Guitar/Ukulele/Voice

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Asia is a college student who has been involved with music since the age of five. She started out with singing and eventually progressed to other instruments; guitar, piano, and alto saxophone. Asia performed at open mic nights from age nine to twelve until she and her family moved to Stuttgart, Germany! ... She stayed heavily involved with choir, advanced band, and jazz band in the music department at her middle and high school.

Asia has lived overseas for 15 years and recently moved back stateside to attend Auburn University. Throughout her different adventures, her love for guitar and commitment to lessons remained the same. Asia knows the importance of having a great music teacher, and her goal is to ensure that her students reach their full potential while having fun!

When Asia is not playing music, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family or drinking coffee!
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NATHAN HOOPER

Guitar/Bass/Ukulele

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Nathan Hooper is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Born and raised in Nashville, TN, he learned the valuable skill of playing music alongside other musicians at an early age. He began playing drums at age 4, learning from his father. Then at age 12, he picked up the guitar and found a new ... musical avenue to explore. Other instruments he plays include bass, piano, banjo, mandolin, and harmonica.

In school, Nathan plays in both the percussion and jazz ensembles but also plays in bands he started with friends. In his free time, he frequently writes his own songs and has come to love the songwriting process.

Nathan enjoys sharing his love of music through practicing, performing, songwriting, and teaching others!
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HEYDIN MCDANIEL

Guitar/Piano/Voice/Banjo

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Heydin McDaniel has been singing and playing music since he was ten years old. In his teens, Heydin discovered the guitar and everything changed! He began listening to rock music and mimicking guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Angus Young. Shortly after, he found a group of guys at school and ... started a band. This opportunity allowed him to hone his skills on guitar as well as work on his overall performance.

After graduation, Heydin received a Show Choir scholarship to Southern Union State Community College where he spent two years performing and expanding his skills in various choir and dance shows, as well as leading worship for the Monday night BCM (Bison College Ministries) services. Once he acquired his Associate’s degree from SU, Heydin went on to Point University as a music major to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in vocal pedagogy. While here, he was involved in many ensembles and music programs, which included: chamber choir, Signature voices (an elite a cappella group), Musikids, men’s choir, community band, and worship leading at Spring Road Christian Church.

After Point, Heydin decided he wanted a career on the college level, so he went to Auburn University to pursue a Master’s degree in Music Education. He spent a year and a half taking classes, working in classrooms, and learning effective educational methods to use for future music areas that he would be working in.

Heydin likes many types of music! Some of his favorites include, opera, rock ‘n’ roll, electronic, country, show choir, metal, blue grass, theatre, musicals, Disney, Classical, Baroque, medieval, renaissance, romantic, twentieth century, blues, reggae, traditional Chinese and Japanese, and Big Band music.

When he’s not playing music, Heydin enjoys reading books and drawing pictures with his two French bulldogs, Tyson and Chyna.
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