Welcome to Joe Hastings Private GUITAR, UKULELE and BASS Lessons page!  Here you can purchase GUITAR, UKULELE and BASS lessons easy and fast!  Private Studio Guitar, Ukulele, and Bass Lessons are located just minutes west of Minneapolis/St. Paul!  At the bottom of the page, you will find a description of the lessons!

We accept cash, check or Visa/PayPal!

*Please note that there is a Paypal fee for use of Visa/Paypal marked in checkout as "shipping". Paypal charges between 3%-5%.

LESSON PRICING


*We have switched lesson payments to by the month instead of blocks or four lessons - better savings and it is easier!!! 
 

 

Here is a guide to the lessons:
 

LESSONS WITH JOE HASTINGS: (EFFECTIVE AS OF OCTOBER 1ST, 2019)

 

    1.  HAVE LOTS OF FUN!!! Play, practice, pluck, strum, noodle, pick, strike, thumb, vamp, riff, shred, slap, and practice a lot!

    2.  SCHEDULING: 

         OPTION 1 - Lessons are typically either a half hour, or a full hour in a consistent time slot each week paid by the month.

         OPTION 2 - “Pay as you go” at the rate of $32.00/half hour, $64.00/hour - flexible schedule.

         *Option one students get a discounted rate and first priority for limited time slots and/or re-schedules.

    3.  PAYMENT: All lesson TIME SLOTS are PRE-PAID MONTHLY: $124.00/month paid on or before the first lesson of the month

         For payment with cash, check, or credit cards, please pay Joe Hastings directly at the beginning of the lesson.

         For Visa, Mastercard, credit or debit cards you can also go online to Joe's secure website (there is a 3.25% service fee 

         in checkout marked as SHIPPING for credit card transactions) at  www.Funwithguitar.com (click on LESSONS TAB)

         For PAYPAL, please send to guitarzan2000@aol.com through “Friends and Family” tab so there are no fees involved.

    6.  If you need to miss a lesson, please let Joe know one week in advance. 

    7.  *MISSED LESSONS-  No call or no show will be charged.  Re-scheduled make-up lessons are honored ONLY if there is a  

         sickness or family emergency, or is communicated at least ONE WEEK prior to the missed lesson time slot. Two excused lessons  

         (sickness, family emergency) allowed per year.  Re-scheduled lessons must be scheduled within two weeks of the missed lesson.     

         Because of the time slot demand, there are no guarantees to reschedule a missed time slot.  (EXCEPTION FOR  

         SICKNESS-please do not come if you are not well- two sick lesson credits a year)

   8.   When "Music Go Round" is closed for holidays, those scheduled lessons will be available for a make-up lesson within 

         two weeks of that missed lesson.

   9.   If there's no call no show for two lesson times, you may be taken off schedule (No refunds).

 10.   Please give one week notice to discontinue lessons.

 11.   Please bring to lesson:  GUITAR or BASS, UKULELE, BANJO, MANDOLIN, pick, folder or binder.     

         *For time efficiency, have your instrument tuned, out of the case (leave case outside room) ready with materials in hand 

         as you come in.  As you exit, please pack-up your instrument, materials, jacket, in the area outside of the lesson studio. 

         PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF THE NEXT PERSON’S TIME.

 12.   Recommended materials:

         THREE RING BINDER WITH AT LEAST 25 PLASTIC PAGE INSERTS

         Mel Bay's Modern Guitar Method Grade 1 (Expanded Edition) (Blue cover)

 13.   Practice for 15 minutes, once or twice a day minimum!

 14.   Have a ton of FUN!

 

Thank you!

 

 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

1)  WHAT AGES DO YOU TEACH?

Ages 6 and up.

2)  WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO A LESSON?

Bring in your instrument, binder/tab book, and ipod/CD or even just a name or two of the
bands/singers/artists that you listen to so we can start working on your favorite styles!

3)  WHAT ARE THE LESSONS LIKE?

The lessons are either 1/2 hour or a full hour and are custom tailored for the individual student.

Typically, the first half of the lesson is technical (Tuning, Chords, Tabs, Scales, Technical progress,
Sight reading) and the second half is working on the individual students projects, the styles that the
student likes to listen to (anything from Mozart, Led Zeppelin, Bon Iver, Taylor Swift to Jay Z) the 
wants of the student is a powerful motivator for practice.  We wil move towards learning songs,
developing ideas, ear training, dissection of songs and arrangement, and overall musicianship.   

If a beginning student walks in and just wants to learn the intro to a particular song, we will
immediately start learning the song either exactly how the original artist plays it, or we arrange
an easy version to get the student started!  

If a student walks in and wants to learn everything and anything, we also have a structured and
proven learning curriculum, method, and process that takes the student from the basic rudiments
of GUITAR, UKULELE, or BASS to intermediate all the way to professional levels.



5)  WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR MATERIALS FOR LESSONS?


*REQUIRED-A THREE RING BINDER WITH 50 PLASTIC PAGE INSERTS

*REQIURED-Mel Bay's Guitar Tablature Book (Blank Tab)
Available at My Music Store- it is a book of blank tablature for the student.  We will use this book for
almost every lesson.

Mel Bay's Modern guitar Method Grade 1 (No need for the DVD version)
Available at My Music Store- this is a book for the beginning sight reader to learn how to read
standard notation.  We will use this book almost every lesson if the student is between the ages of
6 and 13.  If the student is 14 and older we will use this book if the student would like to learn
how to sight read.

Mel Bay's Electric Bass method Volume 1 (Roger Filiberto)
Available at My Music Store- this is a great book to work from for BASS sight reading.  We will use
this book almost every lesson for beginning BASS students ages 6-13.

Popular Classics of the composers Vol. 1 (Jason Waldron)
Available at My Music Store- This is a fantastic intermediate book for sight reading easy arrangements
of classic composers.  We will use this book for students interested in traditional classical, romantic,
and baroque style of guitar.

The Guitar Handbook (Ralph Denyer)
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Available at My Music Store- a fantastic resource for all things guitar.



6)  YOU TEACH GUITAR, UKULELE, AND BASS- CAN I SWITCH BETWEEN INSTRUMENTS FOR MY LESSONS?

Of course!  If you are feeling that you would like to switch around to or from Guitar, Bass or Ukulele for awhile or even
for just one lesson back and forth between instruments no problem!