Guitar Lessons


Guitar – Acoustic, Electric And Bass Lessons

The Gwinnett School of Music has some of the best guitar teachers in the Atlanta area. If you want to learn how to burn on the electric, strum an acoustic or become a proficient finger picker or classical guitarist we have a teacher for you. At the Red Clay Music Foundry we teach all levels and all styles of guitar playing.


Here are some tips regarding guitar lessons for beginners.

For younger children the size of the instrument is very important. Too large of an instrument will tend to slip out of the child’s lap. Also, too long of a neck will put the students left hand into an awkward position. Guitar playing requires a fair amount of pressure on the fingertips from pressing on the strings.We recommend a nylon string classical style acoustic for younger children. The nylon strings are easier on the fingers. The guitars are generally available in ¼, ½, ¾ and 4/4 sizes. If you already own an instrument have an instructor check to see that it not only fits the student, but also can be tuned and that the general neck and string adjustment (the action) makes it playable. With older students, an acoustic is always the best to start on. However, if the student is motivated to play the electric and will not respond to the acoustic as well, an electric will do just fine. 6 years old is the earliest we recommend for guitar lessons. Bass guitar students generally are 10 years and older.


How To Register

Below is a list of the guitar lesson instructors at our Duluth location along with their class openings.

We encourage new students to take a 30 minute trial lesson. You can meet the teacher and learn more about our school. Currently, we are offering the trial lessons for $20 (one per student).

Click on “enroll” to register for a trial lesson. If you do not see times listed for a teacher, that means their schedule is full. Once our staff confirms the time chosen, you will receive a confirmation email.

If you do not see a convenient time, need help coordinating more than one student or have any questions, please call the office

855-476-5200

Our office hours are Mon-Fri 2pm-9pm


Guitar Lessons


Derrick Ferwerda - Duluth Guitar LessonsDerek Ferwerda

Derek’s first instrument was a coronet which while living in the Netherlands he held 1st chair in the Amsterdam Congresgabau Orchestra for kids. Upon moving to New Jersey Derek picked up the guitar and drums which he later turned from a hobby into a career. Various session work with Barbara Streisand’s writers; Lisa Ratner (Kiss Me In The Rain 1979) and the famed studio, “The House of Music” led to touring opportunities with “Oldies reunion tours” from 50′s through early 70′s acts. Derek’s numerous credits include tour support and or studio work with the Cher, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, Blood Sweat & Tears, Joe Cocker and many more. Other career highlights include Saturday Night Live, the David Letterman Show, Lollapalooza and the Grammy’s just to name a few. Derek begins teaching by “creating a learning environment that is a musical dialogue with the student.” Eventually they learn their musical language in an “auditory and an instinctive manner, just like they learned their first language.” Afterwards “they learn to read and write the language they already know.” Derek enjoys developing a relationship with student and parent and through patience and kindness they achieve their musical goals.

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Guitar LessonsSteve Freeman

Steve Freeman has been in the music business for 35 years. Steve studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston MA and Musicians Institute (MI) in Hollywood California. After his graduation he joined the MI staff and taught there for six years. At MI Steve had the opportunity to play and teach with such artists as Don Mock, Scott Henderson, Steve Trovato, Tommy Tedesco, Joe Diorio, Jeff Berlin and Robben Ford to name a few. While in California Steve was also a studio session guitarist for Japanese radio and television.

In 1985 Steve founded the Atlanta Institute of Music, a nationally accredited music school for guitar, bass and drums. As founder and President of the institute he taught and managed an excellent staff and faculty.In Atlanta Steve has performed and/or recorded with Oteil and Kofi Burbridge, Jeff Sipe. Dr. Dan Matrazzo, Randy Hoexter, Bryan Lopes Geoff McBride and the Guild of Sound.

In 2007 Steve joined the management staff at Camp Jam the nation’s premier rock music camp founded by Jeff Carlisi (original guitarist with 38 Special) and business partner Dan Lipson. Steve has been the camps Vice President of Operations for 8 years.

Steve has authored 4 books, including Jazz Rock and Jazz Pro Lick Series (REH/Hal Leonard Publications), Fusion Guitar Trax (Warner Brothers Publications) and Rock Solid Guitar (Carl Fischer Publications)

Steve latest CD titled “Surfside” is now available on itunes and from Abstract Logix Record Releases. Visit Steve’s website www.stevefreemanguitar.com

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Ric Lawrence

Rick Lawrence is a classically trained, multi-instrumentalist that has been teaching stringed instruments privately for 16 years. His students have ranged in age from 4-80 years old, from the hobbyist or beginner to the professional or aspiring professional. He tailor-makes his lessons to the goals, needs and vision of each individual student and strives to create a friendly learning environment for all his students.. Rick studied classical guitar under Mary Akerman and Jazz guitar from Rick Denton at Kennesaw State University. In addition to his studies at KSU, Rick has also performed in masterclasses with Christopher Parkening, Oscar Ghiglia, Roland Dyens, Ricardo Cobo, Michael Chapdelaine and Adam Holzman to name a few. Rick has played guitar and banjo in local Americana and bluegrass bands for 15 years. Rick’s lessons emphasize proper technique and a strong musical foundation, which free the student to be able to play any style or artist that interests them. His friendly approach to lessons is great for younger students as well as professionals. Rick is available for lessons on guitar, banjo, mandolin, and ukulele, and in the styles of Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Country, Fingerstyle, and Classical.

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Ric Seymour

Ric Seymour has a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Florida. He was the band leader, singer and lead guitarist for the band Hijinx for 12 years touring extensively throughout the Southeast. In 1992 Ric joined Capricorn/Epic recording artist Wet Willie as their guitarist and has remained with the band to the present day. Ric Seymour is a Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee and an Alabama Music Hall of Fame inductee for his work with Wet Willie. He is an accomplished player of not only guitar and bass, but woodwinds as well, saxophone is his degreed instrument. Ric has taught for the last 20 years over 400 students many of whom have become professional working musicians. Ric says “I truly enjoy the teaching process”.

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Elgin_smallElgin Wells

Elgin Wells, veteran professional Atlanta musician, is offering private lessons in guitar performance.  Elgin teaches rock, jazz, blues and folk (acoustic), with an emphasis on stage presentation, improvisation and recording techniques.  Elgin designs and crafts his own electric guitars (and violins), and offers consultation in instrument modification and design.  Elgin graduated from Woodward Academy (Band Captain), and then completed his degree in Psychology at Georgia State University, with a concentration in Human Learning and Education.  He has performed with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, toured with Australia’s Daly‐Wilson Big Band and he has appeared frequently at the Atlanta and Pensacola Jazz Festivals.  The Elgin Wells Group, a jazz/blues ensemble, has been an Atlanta staple for many years, delivering more than 15,000 live performances, including a 12‐year stand at Ray’s on the River.  Elgin maintains his audio/video studio in Peachtree Corners, and he has produced 13 albums, mostly of original music.   www.elginwells.com

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