Guitar Lessons in Greenville, SC by PMI

by Palmetto Music Institute

Program Offerings

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Workshop, Developing Guitar Speed - Full, Registration Closed

You've heard the cliches ...,"If you want to play fast then practice, practice, practice!" "If you want to play fast then practice slow!" "If you want to play fast then practice with a metronome!" They're all true, but they're also incomplete and taken in isolation will not deliver the freedom of expression you crave. For fast and tasteful playing you need a combination of effective technique development and phrasing strategies. If you want to learn to add some fire to your solos with fast AND appropriate licks then attend this workshop.

This is a 2-3 hour (depending on attendance) group workshop for ages 13+. We will be covering the methods and technique for drastic improvements in speed and accuracy of scale fingerings and phrasing with a view toward increased overall speed in fills and solos. You will need to be able to play through at least one position of one scale accurately at any speed to benefit from this class. That said, the knowledge and techniques revealed in this workshop will revolutionize your playing! Tuition, $35. First come first serve on limited openings. Advance payment and pre-enrollment questionnaire required. To reserve a seat proceed to the pre-enrollment questionnaire here




Group Class for Beginner & Up

This is a 1.5 hour group class for ages 10+, meeting on the second Thursday evening of each month at 6:30 P.M., and the last Sunday of each month at 3:00 P.M.. The class focuses on analyzing and playing through a number of popular songs suitable for beginner and beyond guitarists, with a view toward increasing mastery of chord sequences, rhythms, soloing, and general musicianship. For beginners the course includes one private lesson for familiarization with basic chords, rhythm, and technique. Click to reserve a free introductory consultation.




Private Lessons

Guitar Lessons for Beginners

This is an individual program for all ages, clients with little or no experience. We will cover the components of the guitar, tuning, entry level physical technique, basics aspects of notation, music theory, basic chords, and basic rhythm. The program will additionally be tailored to the goals and abilities of the student. The student will need an appropriately sized guitar, preferrably electric. Click to reserve a free introductory consultation.

Blues Guitar Lessons

This is an individual program for all ages. We will cover technique, notation, music theory, chords, rhythm, lead, aural skills, gear, and home recording. The program will additionally be tailored to the goals and abilities of the student, with an emphasis on the chords, rhythm, solo, and theory skills specific to the Blues style. This is a great stepping-stone program for aspiring pop/rock guitarists, since much popular music is fundamentally based in the same musical elements as the blues style. The student will need an appropriately sized guitar, preferrably electric. Click to reserve a free introductory consultation.

Coffee Shop Minstrel

This is an individual program for all ages. We will cover technique, notation, concepts, chords, rhythm, gear, and home recording. The program will additionally be tailored to the goals and abilities of the student, with an emphasis on the chords, rhythm, technique, and conceptual skills specific to the Singer/Songwriter style, i.e. singing with self-accompaniment on guitar. The student will need an appropriately sized guitar, preferrably acoustic. Click to reserve a free introductory consultation.

Classic Rock Guitar Lessons

This is an individual program for all ages. We will cover technique, notation, music theory, chords, rhythm, lead, aural skills, gear, and home recording. The program will additionally be tailored to the goals and abilities of the student, with an emphasis on the chords, rhythm, solo, and theory skills specific to the Classic Rock style. The student will need an appropriately sized electric guitar. Click to reserve a free introductory consultation.

Contemporary Christian Guitar Lessons

This is an individual program for all ages. We will cover technique, notation, music theory, chords, rhythm, lead, aural skills, gear, and home recording. The program will additionally be tailored to the goals and abilities of the student, with an emphasis on the chords, rhythm, solo, and theory skills specific to the Contemporary Christian style. This is a great program for aspiring church guitarists. The student will need an appropriately sized guitar, preferrably electric. Click to reserve a free introductory consultation.

Bass Guitar Lessons

This is an individual program for all ages. We will cover technique, notation, music theory, chords, rhythm, lead, aural skills, gear, and home recording. The program will additionally be tailored to the goals and abilities of the student, with an emphasis on the scales, arpeggios, rhythm, and theory skills specific to the Bass guitar. The student will need an appropriately sized electric bass guitar. Click to reserve a free introductory consultation

Guitar Coaching

This is an individual program for the intermediate guitarist who does not need "lessons" per se, but rather could use some help and accountability toward overcoming the inevitable "ruts" that plague intermediate guitar players. The progam emphasizes uncovering subtle technique flaws that limit maximum performance, repairing practice routine deficiencies, filling in knowledge gaps that stifle creativity, and accountability for practice & improvement. Click to reserve a free introductory consultation.

New! - Piano Lessons

This is an individual or small program for the beginner and up pianist. Please see our sister site at Greenville Piano Lessons for details.



Tuition, Schedule, & Policy Summary

With the exception of the Master Guitar Course, tuition rates are as follows:

  • $45/mo for admission to twice-monthly Application Group Class
  • $100/mo for 30 minute private lessons
  • $135/mo for 45 minute private lessons
  • $170/mo for 60 minute private lessons
  • Custom rates for Small Group

Current Hours M-W 12-9, Friday 12:00-9.

Tuition is payable in advance and thereafter one month in advance, due on the date of the last appointment of each month. All programs require regular attendance to a pre-scheduled appointment along with routine practice. Payment is for the reservation, regardless of attendance. Provision for unavoidable missed appointments is built into the programs. For details, click to reserve a free introductory consultation.





Master Guitar Course

This is an individual program for all ages. This program is for students who will commit to a greater investment of time and resources in exchange for faster and more comprehensive mastery of the guitar. Unlike the other programs, this program will not be as flexible in regards to student input on course content and pace, but will rather be more like a "boot camp" for those who are willing to endure an "apprenticeship" of sorts with a view toward maximum results. It will involve minimum practice requirements, homework, heavy emphasis on theory, and a minimum of one hour per week of studio time. This program will equip the student to play in a range of styles oriented toward rock, but including Blues, Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Progressive Rock, and other Pop, with some spillover into Country, "Rock-a-billy", and Jazz. We will cover advanced technique, traditional notation and tablature, transcribing, advanced music theory, advanced chords, modes, arpeggios, rhythm, lead, aural skills, song writing, gear, and home recording. The student will need an appropriately sized electric guitar and ability to purchase additional effects as necessary. Tuition is $200/mo. for one-hour weekly lessons.

Pre-enrollment questionnaire and personal interview required, click to reserve a free introductory consultation.

Client Feedback...

"Highly recommended! At 37, it turns out that it is not too late to learn the guitar. I started from scratch in the Fall of 2016. I had never even held a guitar before! I learned piano as a child, but I never played really well, partly because practice at home felt a bit boring at times -- so I didn't practice as much as I should have. Although I really wanted to play the guitar, I was not sure I could do it. I hadn't done music in years. Another question for me was whether or not practice would feel repetitive and boring, or whether it would enhance my curiosity for music and for the instrument -- I'll say definitely the later! The way Chad teaches will foster your curiosity and creativity, so it never feels boring. That's a big change for me, if I compare to learning the piano as a child. What I like the best about the way Chad teaches, is that you get to learn the fundamentals. What I had loved most about learning piano was hearing the tunes, and putting notes together in a harmonious way. But I was never taught how that works -- so although I could hear harmonies and would guess what note would go well with another, I didn't know there were rules. And there was never any practice at home that would foster that creativity either. It feels very different now that I am learning the guitar. What I really like, then, is that Chad will give you a variety of exercises that each target a different task. My favorites are the phrasing techniques that you practice with backing tracks. Those are really great because you practice putting melodies together, and he'll teach you several techniques for that. Once you know a few, it's really fun (and addictive!). My practice at home never feels boring, because each day I'll do a different set of exercises -- one day I'll do the phrasing and a certain set of chords, another day I'll do the song of the week and a different set of chords, etc.. Even the scales are fun, because now I understand how they are the fundamentals of phrasing and guitar solos. Once you know the fundamentals, you could use your phrasing technique for any song. I'm sure I'm only at the very beginning of my progression, but I learn something amazing every week and it's a very exciting venture. Whatever your level is, I recommend meeting with him: he will take the time to lay out everything for you, and explain exactly how and what you will learn. I can't recommend him enough. I am a teacher myself, so I can spot a good teacher when I see one!" - Pauline de Tholozany, Clemson