- I offer flexible lesson scheduling and a results-focused teaching methodology.
- If you are a complete beginner, you will be in good hands. I will help you make sure you develop great technique without acquiring any bad guitar habits.
- If you are an experienced guitarist looking for a kick-start, I’m happy to help you blast through whatever plateaus you’re currently on.
- My lesson prices are $60 for hour-long lessons and $30 for half-hour lessons.
- Purchase lessons in batches of four to take the per-lesson price down to $50 for hour-long lessons.
- If you work with me and you practice at least 30 minutes a day, you WILL develop into an incredible guitarist. Musical development takes time, but if you’re willing to practice hard, you will love the results.
My teaching studio is located near Percy Warner Park where Highway 100 and Old Hickory Blvd. meet.
This makes me convenient to Belle Meade, Brentwood, Franklin, Green Hills, Bellevue and downtown.
If you live somewhere in the world other than Nashville, or if you just prefer learning to play the guitar in the comfort of your own home, I also offer Skype guitar lessons.
If you like what you’ve found here at String Love Guitar and would like to study with me officially, then fill out my contact form, email me or just give me a call at (615) 398-9196 and let’s get started!
Group lessons are a fantastic way for you to learn to play the guitar affordably and while making friends at the same time! If you’ve never considered learning guitar by taking small group lessons, then here are some great reasons why group lessons are in many ways even better than private lessons:
- The Beautiful Influence of Peer Pressure – generally speaking, peer pressure can make or break you depending on who you spend time around. When it comes to group guitar lessons, however, the fact that you’re accountable to others (and will have to show off your chops at each new lesson!) adds a little extra oomph to your daily guitar practice. If you’re serious about learning to play the guitar, enlist the peer pressure power of a small group and get on with your rapid guitar advancement.
- Music is a Social Activity – As much as I love to practice and enjoy the solitude of music-as-meditation, the real juice in music comes when you play with others. So you might as well get used to playing in front of other people right off the bat. Confront the performance anxiety demons by taking lessons in a small group and playing right from the get-go in front of the others in your guitar lesson group.
- Some Musical Skills Simply Require Other People – If you want to learn how to actually play music with other people, then there’s only one way to learn how: by doing it. In a group guitar lesson, you’ll have tons of chances to play with others, and you’ll quickly realize what a challenge it can be! Which means you’ll be mastering a skill that folks who take guitar lessons privately will have to learn another way.
- Musical Friendships Are Special – Here’s something non-musicians can never understand: there’s nothing like playing music with other people. The things you can say and the places you can go together are incredible, and taking guitar lessons with friends will help you have a blast while developing a beautiful skill alongside your friends.
Find a friend or relative and learn guitar together. For group lessons, my rates are $35 per person.
Interested in learning how to write songs? Ready to take your songwriting to the next level?
I teach beginning to advanced songwriting to students–guitar skills are a plus but aren’t required!
Whether you’re looking to become a serious songwriter or just want to get into songwriting for fun, songwriting lessons can help you get your songs together quickly.
In songwriting lessons, we’ll look at popular song structures and various song forms, how to put a melody together, setting words to music and how to paint great pictures with your lyrics.
Contact me today if you’re ready to get those songs out of your head and out into the world!
“Matt Coffman is a quality musician I have known for over 4 years as my guitar teacher.
Matt has been my first teacher and led me through works that were really above my limited experience. He finds music that challenges me and even found music that I can play with my mother, who plays the cello. In an hour lesson he makes the most of the time and gives me music that is really above what I felt were my limitations, but somehow with his help, we make it through.
In the past four years, with Matt’s superior help, I have accomplished more than I ever felt would be possible. Since the time that I have known Matt, not only is he a superior guitar teacher, but he has also become a good friend.
I am now playing music that is intermediate to advanced.”
- Scott Lindsey age 55
“I chose Matt because of his array of guitar styles. I was interested in learning Brazilian guitar, but I didn’t know much about it. In fact, I did not realize that I didn’t have the right type of guitar when I showed up for my first lesson! However, Matt’s friendly style quickly set me at ease and put me on the right path.
He has continued to guide me with his expertise over the past two and a half years as I’ve progressed from an absolute beginner to an intermediate guitarist. His lessons are fun, challenging, and always continue to push me to learn more about myself and my relationship with the guitar.
When I moved from Nashville to West Palm Beach, I kept studying with Matt through Skype guitar lessons, and I’ve kept growing as a guitarist.
Matt is a dedicated and thoughtful teacher. His love for the guitar is apparent every time we have a lesson and he is great at transferring his love and knowledge of the guitar to his students. I highly recommend him!”
- Ryan Harding, Student for Three and a Half Years
“Matt has been an awesome guitar teacher.
I started taking lessons from him in March of 2009. From the first lesson it was very evident that he cares about his students and getting them to the level of skill that they want.
Even in between lessons he sends encouraging emails or texts with great advice about practicing and perfecting your playing.
For me personally, it’s been interesting to see how learning the guitar parallels with the struggles and joys of everyday life. In those moments Matt was great at transitioning into being a friend and not just a teacher. I can honestly say that calling myself a guitar player has stretched beyond being a musician…it’s been therapeutic.”
- Aletha Moore
“I’ve been taking lessons from Matt for almost 4 years now.
I’ve grown in my playing more than I ever thought possible. Before long I had surpassed my original goals that I had hoped to achieve from taking lessons and had to come up with new ones.
I’ve developed fingerstyle skills that I didn’t know existed before starting lessons. I’ve gained a much better understanding of music theory and song structure. I’ve learned very diverse styles from classical, blues, Brazillian, and folk that lead to greater possibilities in my own playing and writing.
Most importantly I’ve been given the tools to grow through a practice method that guarantees results.
I always look forward to lesson times as they’ve remained fun and interesting as well as challenging continuously since the first lesson. I’ve had a great experience taking lessons from Matt and look forward to learning even more. “
- Andrew Mornout
“I have been taking lessons from Matt for about a year, and I want to let anybody know who might read this how great he is.
I have wanted to play the guitar my whole life and I pretty much thought it was too late to learn – not true! I am so lucky to have found Matt and continue to take weekly lessons.
His teaching style is flexible, technical and fun. I have learned so much from Matt and am looking forward to learning much more. I can highly recommend Matt as a guitar teacher – you will be happy you found him too!”
- Allison T.
“Matt has an excellent approach to teaching.
He doesn’t just teach you to memorize a song, he teaches you to understand the building blocks of that song.
That understanding translates into the ability to take those same building blocks and apply them to the mechanics of other songs. Therefore, he teaches you music, not memorization.”
- Brian Wilson
“These are the best guitar lessons I have ever taken and I have been playing for over 30 years.
Matt has taught me the correct way to practice and how to think about my playing. In such a short time, he has really improved my ability to play difficult passages. Matt is a very patient teacher and a good listener. He pointed out issues in my playing that I wasn’t even aware of.
If you really want your music to take wings, Matt can definitely help you. His love of music and the guitar is unbounded.”
- Julie Tissue
“Matt is my third guitar instructor.
All were good experienced teachers, but Matt is the only one that kept me going long enough to make significant progress. Matt is a very accomplished guitarist, but while he was learning he was also studying effective teaching techniques and methods. If you watch the video lessons on his website, you can get a feel for how well he uses these skills.
Matt doesn’t have a planned syllabus. He wants each student to play music that they love and in a way that keeps their interest while advancing their abilities. He knows that motivation and inspiration is a large part of his job. In my opinion he is very good in this area.
I have certainly enjoyed my time with Matt. If you choose him as your instructor I am certain you will be glad that you did.”
- Jim Scarborough
“Matt Coffman is by far the best guitar teacher I have ever worked with.
In just 5 weeks! I have gone from a complete beginner to feeling accomplished
at playing and singing at the same time–not as easy as you think!–but I got there
and could only have achieved this with Matt’s guidance and patient teaching.
Matt adapted and taught the way that was best suited to me, individual and tailored
with great logical sense and enabled me to understand like no other teacher I have had before.
In my 6th week Matt is taking me from a somewhat comfortable strummer to now becoming an Arpeggio playing rockstar! I couldn’t have done it without you, Matt.
Matt, you have and continue to inspire me to do better and I will endeavour to improve and make
you proud of me.
Thank you so much.”
- Fiona Culley