Portland Guitar Lessons!

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Hey Portland! I’m Rick Klaras, and I want to teach you to play guitar.

Portland Guitar, Bass, and Uke Lessons

Take lessons from me, and you’ll learn to play the guitar, bass, or ukulele, but you’ll also learn how music works! Plus, you’ll have a ton of fun!

I’ll teach you to play the music you love and help you develop musical literacy and strong fundamentals.

Learn From the Best

I’ve been playing guitar for nearly 30 years, and I have more than a decade of experience teaching guitar lessons. I’m proud (and grateful) to have fifty 5-star Google reviews and counting. I currently have openings for beginning and intermediate guitar, bass, and ukulele students of all ages.

I teach all styles of rock, blues, folk, country, pop, funk, music theory, improvisation, songwriting, standard notation, musical arrangement, and more!

It’s a Great Time to Take Guitar Lessons!

Just to let you know, I’m taking the COVID-19 pandemic really seriously. That’s why I’m currently offering guitar lessons exclusively via video chat. When it feels safe to do so, we’ll resume lessons in my Southeast Portland studio.

It’s a really great time to learn to play the guitar and give yourself a fun and rewarding artistic outlet!

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    • Ben Hung

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      Walter Maslen

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      Ken Pierce

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    • Liza Springgate

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      A Google User

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      C J

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    • A Google User

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      Jeff Harlan

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      Cynthia Clements

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      Tyler Wilcox

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    • Char Aubrey

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      Amy Getman

      My 11 year son loves Rick! He says he’s a great teacher and easy to understand !

      Andrew Johnson

      Rick is super with our son, patient instructor with attention to detail!
      Also, flexible and helpful with scheduling. Recommendation without reservation!

    • Shannon G

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      Katharine Reiner van der Hoorn

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      Emily Lucas

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      Justine Jephson

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      Monica Faricy

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    • Wayne Skall

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      Andrew Ashley

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      rr knude

      Been taking lessons as a beginner guitarist for a few months with Rick,he’s an excellent teacher,highly recommend

    • Audrey Marie

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      Shannon Miller

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    • Dat Nguyen

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      Julee Welch

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      Nick Garcia

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    • Casey Emmerling

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      pam kunse

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      Lisa Calgaro

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      Eric Lozano

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      Robyn & Josh Alper

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      Ellen West

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      Charlotte Champ

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    • Abigail Susik

      Rick is an incredible teacher and a very nice person! I highly recommend lessons with Rick.

      Mathew Williams

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      Richard Miller

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