Music Lessons - North Branch, MN USA
Music Lessons - North Branch, MN USA
Music Lessons - North Branch, MN USA
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North Branch, MN USA
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   Acoustic Guitar Lessons

for ages 9-adult – Beginners Welcome!
Private &/or Family Duo weekly lessons
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Pierre Jacques Pleau
Musician & Teaching Artist
North Star Theater Company Artistic Director

Star.jpg Beginners Welcome! 

Star.jpg No previous music experience is necessary!

Star.jpg Learn a fun mix of music to play on the front porch and around the campfire!


Star.jpg Sign-up for an “Intro to the Acoustic Guitar” to find out more about this great instrument

Star.jpg Instrument provided upon request for the “Intro Lesson” - dependent on availability


Star.jpg Private &/or Family Duo 30 min. weekly lessons are held year round

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Star.jpg Fun Options for Family & Friends:

Duo Lessons:  Take a 30 min duo lesson on the same kind of instrument (example: guitar).

Private Lessons:  Take 30 min. private lessons back to back with a friend or family member (example:  1 guitar & 1 fiddle) and spend part of the time jamming together!


Star.jpg Students need to have their own *Acoustic Folk Guitar (**see more guitar info below)

Star.jpg *Instrument provided upon request for the “Intro Lesson” - dependent on availability

Star.jpg For youth lessons, parents are welcome to attend


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  Workshops:  fiddle, mandolin, ukulele & guitar

North Star Theater Company 651-674-8129

“Ever wanted to Play the Guitar
Why wait – Jump in and Start Jamming!”

“No Need to ‘Practice’ at Home –
Just ‘Play’ your Instrument & you’ll Get Good!”


Star.jpg Learn by listening, watching and playing!

Star.jpg Learn to read music tablature & sheet music

Star.jpg Lessons include ‘Jamming’ with fiddle, mandolin, ukulele &/or guitar accompaniment

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“NSTC Jam Camps”

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Music Books/methods used:

Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method 1:

Americana, Classical, Rock ’n’ Roll, Folk, Musicals & Country

Book includes:  left hand fingering & picking exercises, note reading basics, bass string rhythms, rock rhythms, boogie style rhythms, simple 3 & 4 string chords, strumming patterns and a fun mix of songs to pick &/or strum:  Beautiful Brown Eyes, Alouette, Aura Lee, Ode to Joy, Down in the Valley, Oh Susanna, Good Night Ladies, Daisy Bell, Laughing Polka, The Yellow Rose of Texas, The Blue Danube Waltz, Can-Can, She’ll Be Coming’ ‘Round the Mountain, Happy Birthday to You, Pachelbel’s Canon, Over the Rainbow, Amazing Grace, Minuet (Bach), Buffalo Gals, La Bamba, Auld Lang Syne, Singin’ in the Rain, Take Me Home Country Roads (John Denver) and more…

Flatpicking Guitar Songs:


Book includes:  Picking/Strumming patterns, how to play notes in the following ways - hammer on, pull off, slide and bend.  The book also includes chord charts, standard notation and TABs for easy reading.  

Learn 3 songs with the Carter style of playing the guitar by hitting the melody with the bass notes and strumming:  Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Wildwood Flower and Home Sweet Home.

Flatpicking Songs (playing mostly melody notes rather than strumming chords.)

Cripple Creek, Red Haired Boy, Nine Pound Hammer, Black Mountain Rag, Salt River…

Fiddle Students or Friends/Family Members
of Fiddle Students

For students who are also learning to play the Fiddle/Violin or who have a family member or friend who is learning to play the fiddle, they can learn how to play backup rhythm &/or flatpick songs on the guitar from the following book series:

American Fiddle Method

Americana, Appalachian, Bluegrass, Cajun, Celtic, French-Canadian & Irish…

Angelina Baker, Crawdad Song, Bonaparte’s Retreat, Girl I Left Behind Me, Southwind, Red Haired Boy, Turkey in the Straw, Liberty, Arkansas Traveler, St. Anne’s Reel, Fisher’s Hornpipe, Kesh Jig, Star of the County Down, Westphalia Waltz, Ragtime Annie, and many more!!!


** The Acoustic Folk Guitar has steel strings and is used for playing country, bluegrass & folk music… 

(There are also Acoustic/Electric Folk Guitars, which can be plugged into an amp for performing but also sound good without being plugged in.)

Guitar Recommendations:

For ages 9-12:  Size ¾ Acoustic Folk Guitar with extra light steel strings for ease of playing. 

For ages 13-Adult size ¾ or a mini/travel Acoustic Folk Guitar for ease of playing and taking with you!

If you already have a guitar but don't know which kind it is, look at the headstock and compare it to the photos below.

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The second photo is the headstock of the Classical/Spanish Acoustic Guitar which has nylon strings and is used for playing Spanish & classical music…  It has a wider fretboard than an Acoustic Folk Guitar, which can make it harder for youth and beginners to play. 

Note:  For NSTC Lessons students need to have their own good sounding playable Acoustic Folk Guitar in order to make the most of their lessons and also for their own enjoyment of playing at home…

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North Star Theater Company  651-674-8129  North Branch, Minnesota USA

Pierre Jacques Pleau
Musician & Teaching Artist - NSTC Artistic Director

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