Take Guitar Lessons

portland-guitar-lessonsHi. My name is Rick Klaras, and I want to be your Portland guitar teacher.

I offer guitar lessons customized to your individual musical goals and interests. Take lessons with me, and you’ll be surprised at how easy and fun learning the guitar can be.

I’ve been playing guitar for more than 20 years, and I have more than a decade of teaching experience. I am now accepting students of all ages and skill levels.

I teach all styles of Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, Pop, Reggae, Funk, Music Theory, Improvisation, Songwriting, Standard Notation, Arrangement, and more.

Get in Touch for a Free Intro Lesson!

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Student Testimonials

  • Ben Hung

    My son (13 yo) has been taking lessons from Rick for a little over a year and he is learning... read more

    Walter Maslen

    Rick is friendly and fun. I had some nerves about playing in front of someone and he helped me feel... read more

    Ken Pierce

    Rick is an excellent teacher, even when zoom is the only option, he's found a way to make the lessons... read more

  • Liza Springgate

    Rick is a great guitar teacher! He is positive and encouraging. Also, prompt and organized. My 12 year old son... read more

    A Google User

    Rick is a great guitar teacher! He is positive and encouraging. Also, prompt and organized. My 12 year old son... read more

    C J

    My 8 yr old had been playing guitar for two years prior to meeting Rick. Her skills and enthusiasm for... read more

  • A Google User

    My 8 yr old had been playing guitar for two years prior to meeting Rick. Her skills and enthusiasm for... read more

    Jeff Harlan

    After reading all the other glowing reviews that Rick has received over the years/months/weeks, I can personally vouch for them.... read more

    Fabian Galindo

    I'd like to say that Rick is an amazing musician and teacher.
    It's been ~1 year that I've taken lessons with...
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  • Peter West

    I can't say enough about Rick and Learn Guitar PDX. After not playing the guitar for over 15 years, I... read more

    Cynthia Clements

    Taking lessons with Rick has been great! I've been going once a week for a little over a year... read more

    Tyler Wilcox

    Rick is an absolute pleasure to learn from. I always hesitated to pay to learn when you have the internet... read more

  • Char Aubrey

    Rick has been an incredible teacher to our teenage son! He's patient, encouraging, skilled and keeps his students engaged. We... read more

    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

    Rick Klaras is the greatest! Our 11yo son is learning to play the ukulele with Rick and is thoroughly enjoying... read more

    Katharine Reiner van der Hoorn

    Rick is so special. He is an amazing, thoughtful, caring person, who happens to be an amazing guitar teacher. He... read more

    Emily Lucas

    I have been taking lessons with Rick for almost a year. He is a wonderful musician and teacher. He is... read more

  • Jami Ferraris

    My daughter has been taking lessons with Rick for some time now, and it's been a great experience! Rick is... read more

    Justine Jephson

    I've been getting lessons from Rick for about a year now and it's been a great experience. I had... read more

    Monica Faricy

    I’m retired and have time to take guitar lessons. I’m so glad to have found Rick to teach me. He... read more

  • Wayne Skall

    I have loved music since the Sixties but I have never been a musician until lately. A few years ago... read more

    Andrew Ashley

    I’ve been taking lessons from Rick for a few months now. Overall he’s a great teacher with lots of patience.... read more

    rr knude

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

  • Audrey Marie

    Rick has been teaching my daughter to play guitar for almost two years. She sometimes goes to the lesson a... read more

    Shannon Miller

    Rick had been teaching our 11 year old daughter for over a year. She has made a lot of progress... read more


    Rick is knowledgeable, talented and a natural at teaching. He’s a good listener and knows how to adjust to an... read more

  • Dat Nguyen

    Rick doesn't rush me to the dead corner if I can't play the thing. He's nice and supportive. I feel... read more

    Julee Welch

    I fully echo the positive reviews others have left. Rick has been nothing but patient and encouraging since I... read more

    Nick Garcia

    I'm 41 years old and just decided this year that I wanted to learn guitar. I had no musical... read more

  • John Lewis

    I have been taking lessons for over a year with Rick and he has been superb! He has always... read more

    The Scratchkin

    If you're in the market for a super rad guitar teacher, check out Rick. My son, Quinton, loves him. Rick... read more

    Alexis Andrews

    Taking guitar lessons from Rick has been a great experience. His lessons are a highlight of my week, as he... read more

  • Casey Emmerling

    Rick is an extremely knowledgeable, patient and helpful guitar teacher. He breaks down the theory in a way that makes... read more

    pam kunse

    Great teachers! A fun and positve environment making it easy to learn and grow. We've been taking lessons from Joel... read more

    Lisa Calgaro

    I took lessons from Rick for a couple of years. Rick was always very patient, knowledgeable, and fun! What I... read more

  • Vision Kz

    My 12 year old has been learning guitar from Rick for over a year now and he has learned quite... read more

    Eric Lozano

    Rick is clear, attentive and goal oriented. I'm an adult student with a busy life. And on those weeks when... read more

    Robyn & Josh Alper

    Rick has been an amazing guitar teacher for our teenage daughter, and we're so happy we found him! Each... read more

  • Alice Wright

    Rick has been teaching guitar to our teen son for a couple of years, and I would definitely recommend him.... read more

    Ellen West

    Rick is a rad teacher!
    After a few months of failing to teach myself guitar, I started taking lessons from...
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    Charlotte Champ

    My daughter took ukulele from Rick for 6 months, in that time the improvement was amazing due to the fact... read more

  • Abigail Susik

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

    Mathew Williams

    Been taking lessons for nearly a year now. Rick is always very patient, knowledgeable, and friendly. He is willing to... read more

    Richard Miller

    Rick has been such a wonderful instructor to my daughter, who expressed interest in learning ukulele but who was nervous... read more