“Peter King's approach to teaching guitar is patient and professional. I have been playing guitar for over 20 years, and I have never had more fun or learned more on my instrument. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced guitar player, Peter's unique style of teaching is fantastic!”
Many people at gigs ask if I teach guitar. My answer is, “You bet I do! I love it!”
There are few moments in life that offer as much satisfaction as when I see one of my students trying something new and breaking into a grin when he or she “gets” it.
What’s more, it’s been said that to teach something is to learn it twice. Not only do my students pick up new skills, but so do I. You could say it’s a win-win situation.
Teaching guitar is a fabulous job, but not an easy one. I have learned that preparation for each student’s lesson and attention to his particular style of learning is crucial. I am dedicated to my students, and to making their lessons as informative and enjoyable as I possibly can.
In particular, here’s what I offer:
— More than 25 years of teaching experience with children and adults
— M.A. in guitar performance from Duquesne University
— Performing and recording experience
— Fingerpicking, flatpicking and improvisation lessons: blues, folk, rock, jazz, country
— Songwriting, harmony and theory lessons
— Free supplemental video lessons
— Excellent references
— My studio or your home
Below are more comments from students and the media about my method of teaching and the results. If you decide that you would like to give my approach a try, please write or call me at 412-781-1560.
PS Here is a YouTube video of Mark Perna and I performing my instrumental "June Bug" at Open Rehearsal Sessions on December 30, 2012.
“Peter helped me a great deal with finger-picking, blues, open tunings, more complex chords/chord building and many other nuances of guitar hitherto unknown to me. Lessons were fun. Peter never failed to answer even the craziest of questions and was always polite, nice, and patient. His teaching allowed me not only to progress with what I was learning in lessons, but opened doors to new things to try on my own. I highly recommend him to any level and style of guitar player.”
“Learning advanced guitar with Peter King was one of the highlights of my year. His knowledge of music theory was amazing, and his patience helped me work through it all.”
“Peter has a great deal to offer the experienced player. He really understands his craft and has a special gift for making you feel comfortable. Most of all, he really enjoys teaching and takes pride in his students’ improvement.”
“I recommend this brilliant resource for those interested in learning to play acoustic guitar.”
The Pittsburgh Scene
“I was looking for new ways to stimulate my brain after a traumatic head injury. I always wanted to play guitar and I was lucky to find Peter. He is an excellent teacher, sensitive to my deficit and exceptionally patient. Our lessons together are rewarding and very fun. I highly recommend Peter.”
Steven Zelicoff, M.Ed.
“It's been a pleasure studying with Peter! From his dog Oliver's friendly greetings to the great instruction Peter gives, I always look forward to coming back the next week.”
“I have learned more in a few lessons with Peter than I have learned in a few months with some other teachers. Peter has the ability to teach you step by step so within a few lessons you are playing music. The lessons are fun but focused, and you are challenged to become a better musician.”
“After studying with numerous teachers over three decades, I can tell you Peter is in a class by himself. I’ve made great strides in fingerstyle and solo guitar – thanks to Peter’s expertise, patience and enthusiasm.”
“Learning guitar from Peter has been a wonderful experience starting with the very first lesson. Even though I was a complete beginner, we started Day One with a song. He regularly picks music that matches my tastes and expertly integrates technique and music theory along the way. Peter welcomes questions and solicits feedback regularly. Extraordinary patience and contagious enthusiasm are two of the hallmarks of his teaching style.”
“I learned much more with Mr. King than I could have with anyone else. My time with him not only improved my guitar skills, but also how I experience the way I play. His teaching techniques have given me tools to continue learning various songs and even create my own music. The quality was outstanding, and I am saddened by the fact that I had to move away. I strongly suggest taking lessons from him and learning from a truly great teacher!”
Chris Foley (age 14)
formerly of Gibsonia
“After a 10-year hiatus, I decided to pick up guitar playing again. Peter provided a depth of experience and knowledge about music theory and guitar that I had never encountered. It’s been great to get reacquainted with my guitar — and almost as good getting to know this wonderful teacher, Peter King!”
John Foley (Chris’ dad)
formerly of Gibsonia
“I played guitar for years without any formal lessons and had picked up and dropped countless instructional books and CDs. Peter has helped me break out of the box I was in and become fluent in new styles of blues, finger-style and jazz . We have also covered just enough music theory to help me with my own songwriting. I highly recommend Peter for any level or style of player!”