I’m a little different than other guitar teachers because I teach the fundamentals of music using a clear structure that I tailor to each student’s goals and learning style. 

Students develop a strong skill set to use in all kinds of musical situations, and many of my students perform all over the country, in various styles, earning their living from music. 

I wrote The Guitar Lesson Companion method book series to help make teaching and learning the fundamentals of music easier and more effective, and today thousands of guitarists use these books! 

Maybe you’ve hit a plateau, your guitar lessons lack the structure you need, or you are a complete beginner and you want to build solid foundation. Use this method book series with your teacher or with the free online guitar course, and get more out of your guitar.

My Capitol Hill Guitar Studio has moved online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I've been teaching lessons via webcam for about 10 years, and I'm happy to work with students all over the world. 


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Jakob, Current Student: Susan is organized, knowledgeable, kind, and runs a beautifully-appointed studio in a great location. In my case her method has succeeded where years of private lessons, self-study, and a university program failed.

Mai Li Pittard, Pro Musician and Teacher: I can’t recommend "The Guitar Lesson Companion" enough; it’s well-laid out, it progresses at a reasonable pace, and everything you could possibly want to cover for a versatile skillset is included.

Steve, Book & Online Course​ Customer​: 'I've compared this book to many others and none are as comprehensive or focus on the right fundamentals. After staying with the hobby, I see that there are no shortcuts and your method really is the fastest way to playing with intent and control.

Susan Palmer teaches jazz, blues, and rock guitar styles via webcam. She is the author of The Guitar Lesson Companion Method Book Series, which is used by thousands of teachers and students in over 10 countries, including faculty at Berklee College of Music. Palmer was the guitar instructor at Seattle University from 2006-18, she taught at University of Washington’s summer jazz workshop in 2018 and 2019, she was music instructor at Seattle Girls School for the 2016-17 school year, and she created and taught, “The Rock Project” at Cornish College of the Arts from 2010-15. Palmer’s current and former students perform regularly throughout the country, including these Seattle venues: The Comet, The High Dive, Bumbershoot, Skylark, Neumos, The Hard Rock Cafe, Chop Suey, The Tractor Tavern, The Rendezvous, The Sorrento Hotel, The Crocodile, The Mix, Cafe Racer, The Edgewater Hotel, The Sunset, and more.