Andrew started out learning guitar and recently has taken up the bass, too! He’s been learning songs I like with dominant bass patterns such as Pump it Up by Elvis Costello, Get Ready by The Temptations, the theme song from The Barney Miller show (1970s) and, most recently, Sunshine of Your Love by Cream.
Andrew really looks forward to his weekly lesson and has a great rapport with Brian. Andrew learns the basics using Brian’s guitar instruction book, learning how to play blues and rock standards while mixing in the alternative rocks songs he plays and performs with his band.
Brian has been invaluable in teaching Andrew the skills required to perform live in front of an audience, reviewing performances and providing advice on how to optimize live sound production. Brian provided great notes about the stage set up for my son’s band’s performance at the school talent show. In less than a year, Andrew went from just picking up the instrument to playing on stage in front of a large audience and holding his own with a band of more experienced musicians. Brian was a huge help in making this happen!
– Bethesda Family A.***** 5 STAR YELP REVIEW
Our 13-year old son has been taking guitar lessons with Brian for nearly a year. Brian exhibits all of the hallmarks of a great teacher. He is very patient. He is very enthusiastic. He enjoys teaching and likewise wants his students to enjoy playing. He seems to take great pride and satisfaction in the development of his students. And, oh yes, he’s also a remarkably talented musician. I could go on and on singing Brian’s praises, but the proof is in the pudding, as they say – our son not only does what he rarely did with his previous teachers – practice – but he’ll often just pick up the guitar just to play around. Music to our ears! Very glad we found Brian (and it was through Yelp!).
Jeffrey B., Chevy Chase, MD ***** 5 STAR YELP REVIEW
Scott S., Bethesda, MD
My eight-year old son and I have started taking guitar lessons with Brian. He’s really great. He has made playing the guitar enjoyable, easy to understand, and approachable. It’s particularly impressive given the fact that we are taking lessons together, at the same time, and have very different approaches to learning to play. My son, who never was particularly excited about learning to play an instrument, actually looks forward to practicing and to lessons. It’s really a great experience and I highly recommend him.
My daughter and I take guitar lessons from Brian Gross each Wednesday evening and I can tell you that he is a great teacher. He has the ability to inspire and we look forward to Wednesdays.
- LOUIS W.
– Bill Strum, North Bethesda, MD ***** 5 STAR GOOGLE REVIEW
I’m 66 and I hadn’t played the guitar in over 30 years, Brian has me playing the blues better than I ever did when I still had hair! I can’t recommend Brian more.
– Neil Alt Bethesda, MD
I have been taking lessons with Brian for over a year with my 9-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter. The lessons have given me an additional way to connect with my children, which has been very gratifying. Brian’s teaching is fun and very flexible, giving us the opportunity to select songs and determining the pace of learning. In addition, we have enjoyed watching Brian perform at different venues. To see your teacher perform is very inspiring. The experience with Brian has been much more than just a simple guitar lesson.
Kasra Farivari, 16 Bethesda, MD
Brian Gross is a great teacher; he is able to teach things to his students without making it too complicated. With him I was able to learn how to play guitar in a couple of weeks. I would definitely recommend him.
Kate McGloon (Grey’s mother) Bethesda, MD
…Grey (12) LOVES his lessons with you. I am thrilled we found you. Thanks!!
– Sincerely, Mark and Lori Nowack Bethesda, MD
We want to thank you for your efforts teaching guitar to Stephen (age 11). From a beginning with no musical background we were amazed how quickly you were able to help him develop a repertoire of chords and rhythms. He maintains a motivation to practice. We especially enjoyed watching him play along with your band. A good measure of his motivation and newly developed love of music is his taking up drums so he can participate in the school band.