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



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



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



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



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



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

Nathan Rainey



Nathan is from Florence, Alabama. He was raised in a musical family, and it did not take him long to gain his passion for music. He began his pursuit of fulfilling his musical passions through singing in choirs at school and singing solo performances. He started learning acoustic guitar at the ... age of twelve. After several years of playing guitar and singing on his own, he began playing with a band at sixteen. Over time Nathan has learned to play bass, ukulele, piano, and electric guitar. Nathan is a professional musician, playing with other musicians weekly. + Show More

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