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Have you ever tried to teach yourself guitar from YouTube videos, and just didn’t get it? Or tried a group class at a community center and it went right over your head? Don’t worry, it’s not you!! YouTube videos are not for everyone. It’s difficult to know where to start, and quite often the video assumes you know something already, which of course you don’t yet. And some instructors just go far too quickly for most people. Just because they can play doesn’t mean they can teach! I’ve been teaching guitars to “kids” of all ages since 1989, and through it all I’ve learned as much as I’ve taught! Try a free consultation and we’ll talk 🙂
"I started taking weekly guitar lessons with Irene over 2 years ago, and I find my Wednesday night lesson a really great part of my week. I look forward to meeting up with Irene to practise the latest song I am learning. Irene is willing to work out chords and strum pattern for songs that you like, so you are able to learn your favourite songs. I have learned songs by Jack Johnson, Pearl Jam, Tragically Hip, Snow Patrol, Radiohead, and Stone Temple Pilots, and many others. Irene is a patient and friendly teacher, and she doesn’t pressure you. She understands when you’re busy and don’t have time to practise, and she never makes you feel guilty about it. She has a great wealth of knowledge about the guitar, having played for the majority of her life, and she’s happy to share her own experiences and answer questions. I highly recommend Irene as a guitar instructor, especially if you’re a beginner like I was when I first started taking lessons. Irene is a great person to help you build your confidence and your ability!" ~ Kate W.
"Irene is a great teacher – patient, knowledgeable and always with a sense of humour. I’ve been taking weekly lessons for about a year and a half and every lesson is both fun and productive. Learning new chords, strums – always going just a little further than I thought I could. I strongly recommend her." ~ Ken M.
"Irene made learning easy and fun. Because I didn't need to get into the theoretical part of guitar playing, she taught us how to play, which encouraged me to want to play as I felt accomplishment. I looked forward to her class every week." ~ Berte M.
"Irene is a great guitar teacher, I'm really enjoyed my lessons because I learn songs that I know, and are new and fun! I've gone to different places for lessons but I didn't have fun there because I'd have to learn songs that I've never heard before because my teacher picked them. Irene also has a great singing voice so when we play together and she sings it sounds amazing!" ~ Lindsay M.
"I have been taking lessons from Irene for almost a year, I have enjoyed every class and her teaching methods." ~ Jim L.
"My daughter has been taking guitar lessons from Irene for a few short months. I'm amazed by how much she has learned in that short time (how do they remember all those chords?), but I'm even more impressed by how happy and motivated she is about her guitar lessons. With Irene's bubbly personality, and her fun and encouraging teaching style, my girl's lessons are a joy to her." ~ Corinne S.
"Learning guitar with Irene is so enjoyable. She can take whatever song you are interested in and come up with an interesting way to play it. You leave feeling refreshed, energized and accomplished each night!" ~ Catherine C.
"Well, starting to learn the guitar a little later in life, can be a bit daunting....until I found Irene. I am learning in a very positive environment. Even the days when you arrive, feeling like you are never going to "get it". Then you sit with Irene, always cheerful, with loads of patience, understanding and humour. I walk away ready to tackle those difficult chords. And I am playing, and loving it!! All in all I would say she is a brilliant guitar teacher, and I am so glad that I found her, and look forward to my lessons with her every week." ~ Karen V.
"Guitar lessons with Irene were my favorite part of the week. So much fun and I learned a lot!" ~ Brian K.
"I would be pleased to recommend Irene as a guitar teacher to anyone. She is knowledgeable, kind and relaxed. I look forward to my lesson each week." ~ Eric M.
"After many years of frustrated fumbling with the guitar, I found playing guitar creative and enjoyable after a few group lessons with Irene! Great attitude, great space and a great guitar teacher! Thanks Irene!" ~ David R.
"Irene is an amazing teacher. I was looking for someone that could teach my daughter to play guitar using a fun, casual approach to modern music that my daughter could relate to. That is exactly how she teaches and why Madi never wants to miss a lesson! Madi is 15 and has learned so much in the last two years." ~ Lynn E.
"I started taking guitar lessons with Irene about three years ago. I had taken group lessons twice in years past, but nothing can compare to the individual lessons I have taken with Irene. I have learned things much quicker as a result, and song playing comes much easier. Irene has a very easy going nature and I feel very relaxed during my lessons with her. My guitar lessons are the highlight of each week." ~ Larry H.
"I have been playing the same lick for 30 years (self taught), my daughter has been taking lessons with Irene for 2 years. People throw beer bottles at me when I play, people throw money at my daughter when she plays. I have watched my shy daughter transform into a confident performer who can captivate anyone. She loves going to Irene who is a perfect fit for anyone. The lessons with Irene have had a extremely positive affect on her in so many aspects. The gauntlet has been thrown I'm tired of being 4 beats off and in the wrong chord so I'm signing up for lessons. My goal is to offered a beer instead of a thrown bottle. ~ Asia's Dad
First, check my Calendar – this calendar is up-to-date…find a day and time that works for you, my busy times are blocked off in blue:
I offer private lessons, beginners to intermediate, from 10am to 9pm, Monday to Thursday in the Victoria, BC (Fernwood/Hillside) area to people of all ages. My emphasis is on learning for fun, and although I occasionally provide some basic theory, learning to play the songs you love is most important! Songs can be chosen from a database of hundreds, or I can work out your favourite song requests. Lessons are given in my basement studio on Fernwood Road.
The lessons are relaxed, positive and ALWAYS fun. If you’re a beginner, I recommend trying a month’s worth of lessons to see how you feel about playing guitar. I won’t feel bad if it’s not your thing! Read more about my teaching, including thoughts and tips, here.
KIDS – I teach kids from the age of 8 up. Kids often have a shorter attention span, so the first few lessons will give a sense of whether or not they will stick to it! Please read more about my thoughts on Kids and Guitars on my blog.
To set up a free consultation, please email or call 250.888.3973
Private Lesson Prices
There are always plenty of daytime slots available, and some afternoon and evening slots. Email me to set up a free consultation, or to book your time. For up-to-date days and times available, please check the calendar.
For a list of some of the songs I teach, click on the Song List. Email for info or call 250.888.3973.
GUITAR CLASSES/GROUP LESSONS:
If you are interested in joining a class, please email me
Level 1 Guitar
If you’ve played a little but have long since forgotten, or even if you’ve never played an instrument in your life, this class is for you! We will learn basic chords, strums and play familiar songs in a relaxed, supportive class environment. Each class is an hour in length, and sure to be a lot of fun. All you need is a guitar. If you don’t have one, consider renting at any of our local music stores including Long & McQuade. Each class is approximately an hour long. The cost is $120 for 8 weeks. Email or call 250-888-3973. There are no new classes scheduled at this time.
New class students: pay either by CASH or CHEQUE , or by Interac E-Transfer ON THE FIRST NIGHT OF THE CLASS. An 8 week session costs $120.
New private students: payment by CASH or CHEQUE, or by Interac e-transfer, due at the FIRST LESSON OF EACH MONTH. There are normally 4 lessons per month totalling $88
You can find more videos on my Guitar Blog
** A note about gift certificates: consider whether the person you want to give lessons to is really interested in playing guitar. A lot of certificates never get used for this reason! My suggestion is to print the certificate out and present it to the receiver, and if they’re interested, send your payment when they go to their first lesson! **
You can purchase any combination of lessons, either private or group and download a gift certificate. A series of eight group classes costs $120. For private lessons, it is recommended that you purchase a package of 4 x 1/2 hour lessons, roughly a month’s worth, at a cost of $88. Click on the gift certificate below to download Word .doc and print it out…or email for other options: