A Greeting From Steve


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Steve Anthes offers professional guitar lessons from his private studio in Madison, Wi. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned player looking to touch up your chops, Steve will give you what you need to improve your playing.  The guitar lessons are centered around each individual and will match your lifestyle.  Everyone has different goals and amount time they can put into practicing.  This is something Steve understands and works with.  Learning to play guitar should be fun and uplifting.  You will work together with Steve to find the right amount of work you need to succeed, but not overwhelm yourself.  So if you've been thinking about learning how to play guitar or just want to take your playing to the next level, then contact Steve now to set up your first lesson!  Learning to play guitar can change your life and relieve stress!

How to get the most out of Lessons

As with anything in life what you get out of something is what you put into it.  That is no different when learning an instrument.  The single most important factor in succeeding with guitar is consistent CORRECT practice.   When you trust that what you are doing at home is right you will be more confident in your ability to succeed! 

Remember that CORRECT practice makes perfect!  If you don’t practice we cannot move forward in lessons and that is when things get stale.  After awhile I will just tell the student to comeback when he or she has more time to commit.  I’m looking for students that can achieve their weekly goals and are showing continuous improvement each week. This is how things will stay fresh and exciting. Which in return ultimately keeps you motivated!




Benefits of Guitar Lessons with Steve

Here are some of the benefits of taking guitar lessons with Steve:

- Clear and concise instruction!

- Access to premium content!

- Periodic student jams!

- Can play drums to jam with students!

- Learn at your own pace!

Lesson Studio in Madison WI


Here is what you can expect to learn as a beginner:


  • Establish/Understand good technical ability.  Know proper way to hold guitar along with good left hand position and right hand strumming/picking control.


  •  Learn some classic riffs or openings to songs.


  •  Learn simple picking pieces that I use with all beginners.  These pieces get you making music immediately!


  • Understand basic finger exercises to help develop finger independence and strength.  


  • Be able to play a Major scale and Minor Pentatonic scale.


Learn 3 simple melodies to songs of your choice.  Remember they need to be fairly simple! Here are some ides:

  • “Let it Be”
  • “House of Rising Sun”
  • “Stand By Me”


- Chords and Rhythm

  • Master your Cowboy Chords/open chords.  


  • Master Basic Strumming Patterns.


  • Learn your first songs using chords/strumming you’ve mastered!


-Here are some suggestions:


  • “Stand By Me”
  • “Bad Moon rising”
  • “Last Kiss”
  • “Clocks”
  • “Good Riddance”
  • “Wonderwall”
  • “Knocking on Heavens Door”
  • “Love me Do”
  • “Ring of Fire”
  • “Simple Man”


The most important thing for any beginner is to be building confidence and believing that you can play your instrument.  You must realize your limited to what you can play when you first start out.  Playing pieces that are simple and you can master is of the most importance!  Too often I see people wanting to play things that are way beyond them.  Doing this will only lead to frustration and most likely quitting.  You can’t go from point A to E without first going to B,C, and D.  Kind of like Karate.  You work through different levels of belts. Obviously practice is the key to everything.  Developing good practice habits and practicing correctly will lead to fast gains.  The biggest thing over your first few years of playing is learning how to practice correctly!  It’s not just about playing songs!  Learning guitar is a lifelong process!  So, if you think about it you’ll always have something your getting better at if you stick with it.  It is challenging, but so worth all the hard work! I applaud you for taking on the challenge!




Steve's Teaching Strengths

I am able to teach a broad range of styles, but am more able in a few specific areas.  My main music style would be blues and rock.  My teaching strengths are technique, fretboard knowledge, and theory.  Let’sbreak down each one so you can understand what each means.

  • Technique

    This really has to do with the actual physical act of playing guitar which is actually the hardest aspect of learning guitar.  Most positions you are suppose to be in when playing are not always the most natural feeling.  Something I hear very often is “I’m not a musical person!”  How do you know if you’ve never tried?  What people are confusing with not being musical is actually the physical part of playing.  We have to build up hand strength, finger strength, callouses on the left hand, and learn to play without tension.  In the beginning you may feel “clumsy” or “uncoordinated.”  My goal is to get you to understand all things proper so that when you are practicing at home you are confident you’re do everything right.  This will ensure that you are not starting out with bad habits.  Just remember that with great technique you can play any style of music you want!


  • Theory

    This has to do with understanding how music is constructed.  From scales, chords, progressions and modes.  Most people when they are playing don’t always know what it is they are playing or why.  When you start to understand the what and why of what you are playing you will have a better appreciation for music and will progress faster!  You will also be able to communicate with other musicians better! 


  • Fretboard Knowledge

    This is one of my favorite areas to teach!  Fretboard knowledge is simply understanding where your going on the fretboard. Seeing your chords, scales, and arpeggios.  Everyone is going to see the fretboard a little bit differently.  I have some great tips or unique ways of visualizing the fretboard.  It’s a combination of using the theory you know and seeing shapes on the fretboard.  When you are able to access the whole fretboard at will the guitar becomes even more fun to play!

Main Music Teaching Style:Blues/Rock

Blues and rock music is probably the most common style of music that is taught.  This does cover a lot of different aspects, but can be narrowed down to learning our 12 bar blues, power chords, common chord progressions,  major and pentatonic scales. 

From Blues/Rock I excel in teaching: Lead Guitar/Improv

  • Lead Guitar is the act of manipulating a scale in a melodic fashion.  Running scales straight up and down is not lead guitar.  You need to learn scales, licks, sequences, and arpeggios.  From there you will need to learn a plethora of devices to help you manipulate scales.  Some common devices are bending, vibrato, sliding, harmonics, tapping, hammer on’s, and pull offs.  Playing lead guitar will takes time, but can be one of the most expressive ways to play guitar!

Here are some other styles of music I can teach:

  • Jazz
  • Fingerstyle Guitar
  • Slap/Pop Guitar
  • Chord/Melody Fingerstyle Songs
  • Metal

Here is a list of some common cover songs that I often teach:

  • T.N.T (ACDC)
  • Under The Bridge (RHCP)
  • Pride and Joy (SRV)
  • Panama (Van Halen)
  • Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Green Day)
  • Crazy Train (Ozzy)
  • Little Wing (Jimi Hendrix)
  • Sweet Child O’Mine (GnR)

I also know many many more songs and am always open to teaching whatever song you’d like to learn!