Interested in learning how to play guitar? I’ll teach you the basics, and help you develop the skills to continue learning on your own.

** Note all lessons are online using Skype or FaceTime **

This allows me to have students across the planet, from Italy to N.Y City, and you from the comfort of your own home.

I am a full time musician and have been teaching since 1995. I have developed my teaching through some amazing teachers (and some not so amazing teachers).

In addition to writing and touring solo and with my band ARCTIC, I have recorded or toured with Harmony TrowbridgeAdrienne Pierce

the process

I have condensed how I learned to play guitar into a successful method for the beginner.

My lessons are private, enabling us to focus on each individual student’s strengths and weaknesses. Each lesson is broken down into weekly exercises, chords, and rhythms. You must allocate 15 minutes per day for these exercises. This gets your hands in shape so you have more control.

My lessons are not designed to be taken on a long-term basis; I teach the student how to focus on their weak points and overcome them on their own. My students are taught to know what to listen for, and how to apply it to their playing.

I don’t teach you your favourite songs. I find this approach financially draining, because it doesn’t give you the skills to learn the songs on your own. There is a difference between learning guitar and learning songs.

Instead, I teach you how to listen and apply the lessons so you can put on a CD and play along with it. We do work on a couple of songs of your choice so I can teach you how this method works. I do not teach from one particular book; I find each student has an unique way of learning and I lay out the lessons accordingly.

Please email me at to get started.

Thanks for your interest.


Marcus Martin