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

Why are you Passionate about Teaching Music?
My passion for music comes from the genuine feeling of excitement that goes along with performing and listening in general. Music is an incredible outlet for creative expression and I want to share that with my students and allow for them to see the joy that comes along with it.

What makes you unique from other teachers?
I make a point of teaching the fundamentals (scales, rudiments, etc.) through a relatable way, so learning isn't taking away from why the student wanted to pick up the instrument in the first place. So, if the student wants to learn a song, we can break down that piece and learn from it.

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
Fun, exciting, and full of smiles.

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I graduated from the Atlanta Institute of Music in 2012 with honors. I also play professionally around the southeast with the band Trotline.

What are your passions outside of teaching?
I am an avid motorcycle enthusiast, a listener of all types of music and an animal lover.


James Berryhill

Banjo/Guitar

about

Why are you passionate about Teaching Music?
I am passionate about teaching because it gives me an instant sense of purpose. So much of our lives are spent worried about the interests of only ourselves, and teaching is an act that instantly gets oneself out of that mindset. When I am able to impart my own expertise onto others, it gives me a feeling of fulfillment like no other.

What Makes you unique from other teachers?
Being the only banjo instructor makes me pretty unique. I was taught guitar in a very traditional sense with years of lessons, but on the banjo, I am completely self-taught. As a result, I approach the instrument in a very particular way. I find that the banjo is a beautiful instrument that is too often pigeonholed, and I like to break as many boundaries with the instrument as possible to show that it is just as versatile as the guitar, violin, or piano.

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio? I would describe the atmosphere of my teaching studio as a safe space and a judgement-free-zone. I think my best personality trait is that I am very patient, which allows me to change my tone depending on the needs of the student.

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know? A fun thing about me is that I am a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and have twelve years of martial arts experience. I started training at age six and continued until I was nineteen. I even spent five years being an instructor to students of all ages. I find that martial arts and music can go hand-in-hand in the amount of dedication and commitment required to better oneself.

What are your passions outside of teaching? As I mentioned before, I love Tae Kwon Do, and that was my biggest passion along-side music growing up. My interests these days are almost all centered around music and writing. I am studying English-Literature and Music at Auburn University, which really reflects my interests and passions. I also love playing music with my friends and watching Auburn football.


Daniel Brooks

Guitar/Bass

about

Why are you passionate about teaching?
I enjoy teaching the craft of playing and understanding guitar, from techniques, to theory. I feel that it is important to not only know how to play, but the why’s behind it.

 

What makes you unique from other teachers?
I strive to treat each student as an individual. Tailoring lessons to maintain engagement and progression.

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
Very laid back and supportive. I strive to adapt my environment to the needs of each student.

 

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I enjoy Auburn and Troy athletics, especially football!

 

What are your passions outside of teaching?
I enjoy spending time on stage with some of my best friends in the world making music.


Bailey Bryan

Guitar

about

Why are you passionate about teaching?
There are a lot of things you can learn out there by just doing them, and music is no different. I love teaching and helping people in the learning process because having someone who is just a little further ahead of you come along side you and push you outside of your comfort zone is what makes you grow and reach the goals you have! Its so rewarding to watch a student grow and meet their goals!

What makes you unique from other teachers?
I am very practical in my approach to teaching. Of course we will learn some theory and learn why things are the way they are in order to provide a well rounded education but I really focus in on what you want to learn. If your dream is to be able to play songs with a band or to be able to sing and play at the same time, or whatever it may be, we will do exercises that get us to that goal!

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
The atmosphere in my studio is very light hearted and fun. I think it’s important to have fun with what you’re doing, and music is no different. Learning doesn’t have to be boring, it can be rewarding, challenging, and the favorite part of your week at the same time.

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I have been skydiving 3 times! I also am very passionate about a good bottle of hot sauce. I just got married to my best friend and we have the cutest cat (I’m not a cat person, I promise).

What are your passions outside of teaching?
I’m very passionate about the local church as well as green bean casserole. Not related, but definitely both important. Oh and also hot sauce.


Harry Cain

Guitar/Ukulele/Voice

about

Why are you passionate about teaching?
It’s truly a privilege to spread the joy and wonder of creating music with developing musicians; music is a powerful, effectual tool that is worth sharpening.

What makes you unique from other teachers?
I emphasize the concept of learning technical skills, with an ultimate goal of individual composition and musical expression. This is how I personally most enjoy music...taking my technique tools and learned cover songs, and then applying those ideas to personal music projects. To me, the best part of learning an instrument is eventually creating new music with that instrument.

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
Free from judgement, yet very intentional in how we prioritize our time, both inside and outside of the teaching studio.

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I love deep woods backpacking! It will always be a fun, exciting hobby of mine.

What are your passions outside of teaching?
I’m passionate about studying The Bible and writing/recording music. Additionally, I’m committed to my academic goals in studying mechanical engineering at Auburn.


Paul Gross

Guitar/Bass/Ukulele

about

Why are you Passionate about Teaching Music?
To show students the awesomeness of guitar and to see the look on their faces when they learn their first song.

Everyone needs that "3rd thing" in their life: Work, home, ____.

I like to show people that music is the best 3rd.

What makes you unique from other teachers?
I'm bigger and balder! I can teach most styles of guitar, I can play a million songs and at night I dress up like a bat and fight crime.
I also love blues and classic rock.

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
1.Fun 2.Fun 3.Funner
As long as the student follows Paul's Rules: 1. Paul is always right! 2. If paul is wrong, refer to rule #1.

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I love reading novels and long walks on the beach.

What are your passions outside of teaching?
My wife and family.
Playing guitar-always learning.


Ian Malinowski

Guitar

about

Why are you passionate about music? 
Playing music is a way to self-expression and creative freedom. Any way I can convey my love for music through fun and skillful instruction is truly a privilege.

What makes you unique from other teachers?
As a self-taught musician, I often found ways of teaching myself that best suited my needs and kept me engaged. I intend to do  the same with my students so that they leave excited and encouraged about their  musicality.


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How would you describe the atmosphere in your teaching studio?
I would describe the  atmosphere of my studio as being fun and exciting, yet purposeful with how we use  class time.

What is something about you that you would like people to know?
I love thrifting! 

What are your passions outside of teaching?
I enjoy trying new foods, and meeting new musicians!



Johnny Powell

Guitar/Ukulele/Bass

about

Why are you Passionate about Teaching Music?
I believe in passing on knowledge and experiences to anyone seeking to improve themselves or their community. I want to help make those positive changes by sharing with others what I have learned and experienced.

What makes you unique from other teachers?
I am self-taught and my methods of learning music and guitar would likely be considered unorthodox. I feel this gives me a flexibility to adapt to the student's best method of learning whether it be by reading tablature, musical notation, or playing by ear.

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
I want my students to have fun and feel relaxed while we work through the material. The studio should be a place for the student to enjoy music and enjoy learning their instrument. At the end of the session, I want my student to be encouraged by their progress and inspired to conquer the next challenge in their education.

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I could probably eat pizza every day. I enjoy a good pun or play on words. Monopoly and Settlers of Catan are my favorite board games. I play guitar professionally for the party band Alabama Avenue. I wear zebra pants on stage.

What are your passions outside of teaching?
I enjoy writing and creating music. I'm a fan of Auburn University athletics, especially football. I'm interested in history and the occasional deep dive into Biblical history and military history. I'm also a student of Biblical eschatology. I love spending time with my wife and kids.


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