Guitar Lessons

All Levels •  All Styles

If you’re looking for child or adult guitar lessons Durham NC, then J Michael Pope is your number one source to learn how to play all types of music on the guitar.

Rock Guitar Lessons

  • Lead and rhythm
  • Classic
  • Alternative
  • Contemporary
  • Heavy Metal
  • Indie
  • Punk
  • Progressive
  • and more!

Blues Guitar Lessons

  • Old Country Blues
  • Delta Blues
  • Slide Guitar (acoustic & electric)
  • Ragtime Blues
  • Chicago Style (lead & rhythm)

“I have been taking guitar lessons for about seven years with Michael. He’s a great teacher who can teach almost any genre or style and doesn’t mind learning things himself. Any problem I have had, he usually knows what to do, and he can just be a reassuring force behind you. I can definitely say that not only has Mr. Pope taught me a lot about the guitar, but he has also taught me a lot about life.” Colyn, guitar student, age 17

Folk Guitar Lessons

Traditional & contemporary folk with finger-style and flat-picking accompaniment. Rise Up Singing is just one source used. Singing and playing is taught as well.

Country Guitar Lessons

Country guitar has traveled a beautiful and diverse road from its roots in cowboy songs, western swing and hillbilly boogie. There is Countrypolitan Nashville and Rockabilly, or how about Bakersfield Sound, Outlaw Country, or Country Rock? Whatever era or style of country guitar you’re fixin’ to play, Michael is ready to teach.

Bluegrass Guitar Lessons

Bass/strum accompaniment with bass runs and riffs. Solo playing for bluegrass and fiddle tunes. Flat-picking techniques and speed and co-ordination exercises are emphasized, as well as solo writing and improvisation in the bluegrass style.

Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons

All aspects of three-finger picking and arpeggio style are taught. Styles include Old Country Blues, Delta Blues, Slide Guitar, American Primitive, New Age, and accompaniment styles for vocalists.

Classical Guitar Lessons

Mastering the technique and expression of the classical guitar is a powerful and joyous experience. Instruction focuses on posture, right and left hand technique, arpeggio technique, scale theory and technique, sight reading, and performance.

Jazz Guitar Lessons

Jazz guitar requires all of the focus and commitment of the classical guitar with the added demand of skillful improvisation. Instruction focuses on right and left hand technique (for chord progressions and scales), jazz chord theory and substitution, chord melodies and pure improvisation.

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Guitar Lessons

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Bass Lessons

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Banjo Lessons

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Mandolin Lessons

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Violin Lessons

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Dulcimer Lessons

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Piano Lessons

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Harp Lessons

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Native American Flute Lessons

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Bowed Psaltery Lessons

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Songwriting Lessons

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Theory and Composition

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Music Lessons for Kids

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Voice Lessons

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Michael teaches throughout the year, 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday. He is available days starting lessons as early as 7 AM for those who wish to attend before their workday begins. He teaches evenings as late as 10 PM. Please call 919.423.3754 for times and availability.