Home Guitar Lessons in South Hills of Pittsburgh | Evan Handyside

With my son, Matthew, at the carnival

Thank you for your interest in personal guitar lessons with me. I am a guitar teacher operating in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. All lessons are weekly, in the comfort of your own home. Here is my bio.

To inquire about in-home guitar lessons: [email protected]

Below is a short list of frequently asked questions:

What is your lesson methodology?

My lesson methodology is totally dependent on the student’s interests. I teach ages 5 to 65, so there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach. I focus every lesson around your desires, goals, and skill level, in that moment.

I can learn any song, instantly by ear — so literally anything and everything is on the table. I’ll communicate the music to you in the easiest and most efficient way possible.

Do you teach singing or vocal lessons?

I teach a lot of folks whose interest lies in singing and playing acoustic guitar. I can definitely get you going with singing — especially getting you over the hurdle of singing in front of people. Down the road, if students desire to take the next step with their voice, I’ll definitely recommend a vocal coach.

Do I have to learn to read music?

Not at all. I generally use guitar tab to write my lessons, which can be (literally) learned in seconds. As I tend to focus on teaching songs — we’ll learn the relevant music theory along the way; chord shapes, keys, and blues scales.

What is your music education?

None. I’m 46 (at the moment) and have been a full-time guitar teacher, and professional guitar player for 30 years. I am the accumulation of my skill, experience, and wisdom. My ongoing credentials are listed in my bio.

[Please Google me, explore this website, and check out: my Facebook profile, my Instagram profile, and my YouTube channel to learn more about me.]

Do you only teach your YouTube and Intellimusica stuff?

No, I really focus the guitar lessons around your desires. However, if you’re interested in the music I play on the internet, I’m happy to give you a free premium membership to Intellimusica, and work on that music with you.

Are lessons the same time each week?

Yes. We’ll make adjustments as your schedule changes.

Can I start immediately?

I stay pretty booked — so placement on my schedule can be immediate, or take 3 months to 1 year. I’ll put you on the list, and I’ll get you in as soon as possible.

What are your fees?

My fees are:

  • 1/2 hour lesson – $48
  • 45 min lesson – $68
  • 1 hour lesson – $84

Beginners would start with a 1/2 hour and progress from there. I accept cash, check, Venmo, Apple Pay, and PayPal.

[Included in my fee is a free *lifetime Premium Membership to my website Intellimusica. This is a rapidly growing trove, comprising hundreds of guitar tabs, lessons, and songs. Additionally, I take care of all of your guitar’s maintenance.]

Do I have to pay in advance?

No. Some people prefer to pay by the lesson, while others pay for a few lessons in advance. It’s all your preference.

Is there a contract, or upfront costs?

No. I make entry into lessons with me as easy and stress-free as possible. I charge my lesson fee, and that’s it.

What is your cancellation policy?

Please provide 24 hours advanced notice of the scheduled lesson. *I charge the lesson fee for no-shows and all day of cancellations after 9:00 AM.

Do you have referrals?

Yes, they’re available upon request.

[Please Google me, explore this website, and check out: my Facebook profile, my Instagram profile, and my YouTube channel to learn more about me.]

Do you have PA State Clearances?

Absolutely. I’m a youth soccer coach, in Bethel Park’s Flight League. Background checks, clearances, and training are extensive and ongoing.

Do you teach high-profile clients?

Yes. Your privacy is my priority. I have specific referrals available to you upon request.

What if I don’t have a guitar?

I have great relationships with two of the area’s best guitar shops. I’ll walk you through your purchase in person (no charge of course) and we’ll get an excellent deal.

What if I live outside the South Hills of Pittsburgh?

Dependent on my schedule, I might be able to get over to you. Please get in touch with me: [email protected]

I have some other questions?

I’m happy to answer any of your questions regarding guitar lessons. To inquire about in-home guitar lessons: [email protected]