Whether you want to be a rock n’ roll star, or the lead around the campfire, the guitar is probably what you need to learn to play. With a bit of practice, a lot of persistence and the ability to get through the initial sore fingers, you can do it. The best approach for beginners and those who want to expand their playing, is to take lessons from the pros. We have a lot them around here.
Kline Music
2200 Sutterville Road
Sacramento, CA 95822
(916) 456-8742

Kline Music has been serving the musical needs of Sacramento since 1963. They are a full music store offering a wide variety of lessons and instruments. Guitar is one of the constants in the teaching expertise here. Not sure if that’s your instrument? Rent a fine guitar from them, take the lessons, put the effort in, and you just may make up your mind that it is what you want to do. The teaching staff is at least 28 instructors strong. It’s affordable, family-run and the sore fingers come with the lessons at no extra charge.

The Fifth String
3184 N St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 442-8282

This store has enjoyed 25 years of picking and grinning and passing on the expertise to beginners and experts alike. The Fifth String is another Sacramento musical experience where you can learn how to make those strings sing. They are the acoustic center of the guitar music scene in Sacramento. Take a beginners workshop and learn with others who are as new to the scene as you are. Graduate to the more advanced workshops and lessons that are part of the pace here. The lineup of instructors is impressive and so is their ability to teach others to enjoy this fabulous instrument.

Guitar Workshop
3248 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 441-6555

Sacramento has guitar lessons galore, and has had for a very long time. For over 46 years, Guitar Workshop has been part of that scene. No matter what you’d like to do, they have the expertise to make it happen. Perhaps you just need a little technique tune up, or you have a very special song you want to play for a very special person. You might never have considered playing the guitar and are ranked as a beginner. Whichever type of player you are, whatever your needs are, you’ll find instructors here who will work with you all the way. It’s what they’ve been doing for a very long time.

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Natomas Music Square
2210 Del Paso Road, Suite F
Sacramento, CA 95835
(916) 419-9511

What kind of guitar do you want to learn to play? Bass? Maybe something a bit smaller, like a ukulele, would suit you. What you’ll find here are experts who are able to teach just about anything with strings. Starting out early is right up their alley, as they offer programs for the very young. They are an independent music school that started out many years ago with in-home lessons. The goal here is to support your need to learn, and if the guitar is what you’re going for, the instructors here will take you from beginner to player in no time.

Skips Music
2740 Auburn Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 484-7575

One of the great things about the music scene in Sacramento is that there are so many places that have been teaching for such a long time that they are just part of the fabric of the area. Skips Music is a place that will have you playing and learning with a grin on your face. They are there because they think, live and breath music. Best part of all that is they love to teach. No matter what you think your ability is, they will get you past the hurdles and into playing your guitar sooner than you think. You’ll know you’ve entered the music world simply by stepping in the door.

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Charles Ferris is a freelance writer who has lived in the Sierra, halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, for the last 41 years. In 2010 he retired from teaching after 36 years . He and his wife hike, kayak, cross country ski, snow shoe, ride mountain bikes and road bikes, year round. His work can be found at Examiner.com.