Guitar Classes for Adults In Jackson Heights With Alejandro Flórez
Whether you are a beginner
or want to get to the next level, you can learn to play the guitar in a fun,
I have been teaching group guitar classes for the Greenwich Adult and Continuing Education Program in Greenwich, CT, for over two years. I have seen how much faster adults learn in this setting compared to private lessons, so I have decided to offer similar courses in my own neighborhood. Below you will find descriptions for the two levels available. Feel free to choose the one that is right for you.
Lessons will take place in a convenient location in Jackson Heights (TBD).
Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.
You can fill out the form in the
or email me at
The Beginner Session will get you going with basic chords, strumming and essential techniques to play well-known songs and styles. If you've never picked up the instrument, or if you used to play but feel like you need a refresher, this class is right for you. We'll start from scratch and guide you gradually all the way to switching chords and playing complete songs. Our repertoire will be based on familiar folk, rock and pop songs. Once mastered these skills allow you to easily transition to the Intermediate Session (see below), continue with private lessons or even learn on your own from the many resources available in print and online. Please provide your own guitar.
You will learn:
List of songs:
We will learn, among others:
Duration: 10 weeks (we meet once a week for one hour)
The Intermediate Session is designed for people who already have some experience playing (even if just a few private or group lessons) and would like to refine their knowledge and skills, as well as expand their repertoire. Using a variety of playing techniques (e.g. fingerstyle, advanced strumming patterns, riff and melodic playing), the class will advance through a varied repertoire that includes folk, rock, blues and even a bit of classical guitar. Examples of artists studied include Rolling Stones, Beatles, Green Day, Coldplay, Eagles, Kansas, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Arlo Guthrie, Simon & Garfunkel, Don McLean, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Robert Johnson, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd… you get the idea! Plus, if there is a song you'd like to learn, suggest it and will be included in the list. Please provide your own guitar.
You will learn:
In the past I have used many of these:
But anyone in the class is welcome to suggest a new song and I will gladly transcribe it and bring it into the next meeting.
Duration: 10 weeks (we meet once a week for one hour)
How To Register
You can choose to register by check or by credit card using PayPal's secure system (you don't need a PayPal account, only an email address where you will receive the bill). Please note: there is a $4 convenience charge if you sign up using a credit card. This is to offset PayPal's fees.
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I started playing the guitar when I was young (about 8 or 9 years old), and have been playing professionally since I was 15. I have taught both private lessons and group classes for the past 15 years, first while completing my Bachelor's and Master's degrees, then after my move to NYC to pursue my career. I have always enjoyed doing it because, coming from a family of teachers, I feel connected to the methodology and the process of learning, and I'm committed to helping students reach their potential. I was always very lucky in that I had excellent teachers, and most of what I teach and the way I transmit it comes from those great experiences. Since I am also active as a guitarist and composer, I try to share the great joy that it is to make music in any setting, in a way that I hope is inspiring and inviting.
To read more about my work as a teacher and musician, visit the main page.
But don't take my word for it...
"My 10-year-old son has been taking private guitar lessons with
Alejandro for the past year and he has made amazing progress.
He looks forward to his lessons and is excited to show me what
he has learned after the lesson. Since no one in our family
plays the guitar, Alejandro has taken the time to videotape
himself playing new songs for my son to watch as he practices
as home. Although my son is primarily interested in learning
chords for pop songs, Alejandro has been able to motivate
him to learn classical guitar technique as well.
It’s incredible how much Alejandro has taught him
during their weekly lessons."
"Since my first session in Alejandro's Intermediate Guitar group
two years ago, I haven't missed a lesson since and have signed
up for more this fall (if only my high school and college class
attendance had been that consistent). These lessons are appropriate
for those playing either nylon string, classical guitars or steel string,
flat top acoustic instruments. Each evening we learn a new song
and often a new right hand strum or finger style pattern, as well.
Further, Alejandro's selection of songs for the group to learn is
pleasantly eclectic-acoustic folk, folk rock, blues, traditional,
classic rock, even a classical piece now and then. He also will
take student requests to learn a song in a specific music genre
or by a certain artist from time to time, but I tend to enjoy
his own selections that introduce me to learning I might not
have pursued on my own. Alejandro also occasionally adds a
bit of easy-to-comprehend music theory that helps us better
understand and navigate the fretboard which in turn improves
our playing skills. Alejandro's teaching style is "flexibly relaxed,"
not rigid, "one size fits all" in structure. He works with those
students who may be somewhat less skilled than others in the class
to help him/her understand and master the song and/or playing technique
that is the focus of that evening's lesson. And, for those relatively
more experienced, Alejandro will add a flourish or nuance to performing
that evening's song which further enriches the value of that lesson.
Having taken several private, one-on-one lessons in the past, I
find this particular program to represent far greater
"bang for the buck." Fun too!"
"My two sons now ages 11 and 9 years old have been receiving guitar
lessons from Alejandro for the last three years.
My sons absolutely love going to their lessons, fighting over who will go first.
He is always adjusting the lesson to their level and age.
He makes it fun by incorporating games and including them in the selection of music.
Alejandro is very patient and understanding when working with them both."
"As a (former science) teacher myself, I can be quite critical
of my peers. Alejandro has a gift for knowing where his
students are musically, and working with them while within
a group at the same time. That's the definition of a great teacher.
You'll leave class wondering if you had not just had a private lesson."
"My son has loved his guitar lessons with Alejandro!
Alejandro has gotten him excited about playing the
guitar by using his favorite songs while also introducing
him to classic guitar anthems. I have nothing but positive
things to report about our experience with Alejandro - my
son looks forward to his lesson each week."
"I’ve enjoyed taking the guitar classes with Alejandro. Since I began in
January, I have a stronger fluency in guitar chords and strumming
techniques. Alejandro has helped me to develop an effective practice
routine by starting with a musical composition and breaking down its
individual components until I have mastered specific chord transitions
or strumming patterns. I appreciate his open-minded approach to instruction
and the flexibility of his teaching style. He shares a broad spectrum of
technical knowledge during each lesson and is genuinely interested in what
he can do to help students explore their interests while they work toward
achieving their artistic goals. I approach each lesson with confidence,
knowing that I will continue to grow as a musician. Most importantly,
the lessons are a lot of fun because we learn to fine tune our skills
by playing popular music together."