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Studio Updates & Group Guitar Class Schedule

Hello, Fellow Guitarist!

I can't believe I've been teaching these small group 4 week classes on Capitol Hill for over a year now! I began offering classes because my private lesson spots were full, and I also wanted to offer quality instruction to students who preferred group lessons. It's been cool to work with so many hard working students, and I really love the energy that each new group brings to the studio. Here are a few comments from students who have taken a class:

Steve: Susan is an excellent teacher. I took a 4 week group beginner class and she was able to effortlessly guide me towards areas of weakness that I was able to immediately improve upon. If you have some experience or if you're brand new, Susan will help you improve your playing.

Laura: What I've already learned from you in class is invaluable, and I'm sure it'll guide me in the right direction going forward. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience!

Ethan: Susan is a great teacher who goes at whatever pace you need to. I enrolled in her beginner small group guitar lessons and she was able to keep all three of us at a pace that was comfortable for us, even when we weren't all on the same level. She clearly understood where we could each improve and was able to provide individualized help in a group setting.


These 4 week classes offer students structure with clear assignments during the course, and I also provide direction for how to practice (and what to practice) after the class ends. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to email videos each week of their assignments so I can offer personalized attention; I have found this to be super helpful for students!

The way I categorize students is purely based on a student’s understanding and application of fundamental guitar skills, and students are asked to complete a self-assessment questionnaire so I can place them in the class that best matches their experience, interests, and goals. These questionnaires also help me develop the curriculum for each class, which is why the descriptions here are general.

I encourage you to sign up ASAP because class size is limited to 4 students and a class may be cancelled if I do not receive completed questionnaires and payment from all interested students in time. DON'T MISS OUT, SIGN UP NOW!

Email to sign up:


Sundays: November 3, 10, 17, 24  10:30am - 11:30am
$200, includes textbook (a $40 value) 
Since I group students according to their shared experience level, sometimes this class is full of absolute beginners, and sometimes it's just guitarists who have been playing for a few years but never learned the fundamentals as well as they'd like to know them. Our specific lesson plan will be determined after I receive student questionnaires from enrolled students, but will generally include concepts in years one and two from my online course.

Sundays: November 3, 10, 17, 24  12:00pm - 1:00pm
$200, includes textbook (a $40 value) 
Students will be taken through a course of study to help fill in gaps and provide a clear path leading to the next level of playing. Our specific lesson plan will be determined after I receive student questionnaires from enrolled students, but will generally include concepts in years three, four, and five from my online course.

Sundays: November 3, 10, 17, 24  1:00pm - 2:00pm
$200, includes textbook (a $40 value) 
Students who have mastery of the skills presented in all 5 years of my online course can suggest topics they would like to study.

Sunday, November 10th, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Suggested donation: $30
This month will be a crash course in beginning guitar skills! If you don't have time (or funds) for the 4 week small group class, this is the best way to get started learning the fundamentals of music on the guitar. 


I've been a fan of ZT's Lunchbox amps for years because of their rugged, compact, and powerful construction, and when I heard the company had a new amp specifically designed for jazz, I had to get one into my studio. I love it so much, and I'm making myself available to folks who would like to check it out in my studio, by appointment only. Learn more here, and check out what folks who have visited my studio are saying about it:

  • On the neck pick-up, this SS amp produced a deep, rich jazz tone rivaling my old trusted tube amp.
  • On the bridge pickup, the amp a crisp lead tone reminding me a little of Mark Knopfler's lead tones.
  • At 25 pounds, the amp is light enough for me to carry around without any issues.

From metronomes to gig bags and books, here are my top picks (he he) these days: The Best Guitar Gear. It's also worth mentioning that gear (or any other items) purchased through these links helps to fund scholarships for music students who cannot afford lessons or classes.


I hope you have a great month, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Susan Palmer
Founder of Lead Cat Press, LLC