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Learning with Guitar New York

Lessons are taught in a low-stress format, meeting once a week for a half-hour or full-hour lesson, and follow a program developed by Guitar Cities based on their experiences as instructors and their careers as touring and recording professionals. Lessons are catered to the individual needs and goals of every individual student. Students also have the opportunity to apply their instruction by writing and recording their own songs on professional studio equipment.

The goal is to provide students of all ages with an education about the instrument and music in general through personable and fun instruction, while offering a purpose for this theory through learning songs and writing them. Ear training and lead guitar are also utilized in this program, so eventually a student can begin playing songs that they hear just by ear! Lessons are given one-on-one (unless you would like to take them with a friend, family member, colleague, etc., that can be done also). If you are not interested in this format of lessons, we can cater a program to you!

Often, lessons can also be rescheduled in case there is a problem with your schedule. Guitar Cities - New York is set up as an oasis to get away from a busy work day, so you can pursue the goal of playing acoustic guitar, electric guitar, or bass guitar.

Convenient Location

Guitar Cities - New York is located at 55th and 6th, 1350 Avenue of the Americas (the building with the "LOVE" sculpture). Perfect for those working in Midtown Manhattan, lessons are a short walk from most businesses.

We are located at 1350 Avenue of the Americas - 2nd Floor - New York, NY 10019

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Professional Instructors

Troy Fannin (Guitar, Bass, and Ukulele)
Troy received his BFA in music performance, and has since toured in most of the United States as well as Mexico, Kenya, and Australia. He predominantly performs as lead guitarist with 'St. Van Cortlandt & the 101', 'Marcellus Hall', and as a freelance guitarist with several other New York based artists. He has performed on and executive produced numerous albums and currently works as the main session guitarist for the Pilcrow Media record label here in NYC. Troy Instructs guitar, bass, and ukulele.
Stephen Flakus (Guitar and Ukulele)
With over 20 years of experience performing and 15 years teaching, Stephen understands what aspiring musicians need to know. He also has a genuine passion to start beginners in the right direction by listening to their goals and tailoring lessons to fit their needs. He has performed in the Broadway productions of A Night with Janis Joplin, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, On Your Feet, and Beautiful, in addition to numerous club dates and off-Broadway productions. He has performed onstage with Robby Krieger, Neil Patrick Harris, and Mike Tyson, among others. Well versed in many styles, Stephen has unique insights that his years of performing, writing and studying have taught him. Stephen earned his BA in Classical guitar from the University of North Florida. He continued studies via masterclass or private lessons with Roland Dyens and Bruce Holzman.
Anabelinda de Castro (Piano)
Anabel, a native of Baltimore, MD, holds a MM in piano performance. As a prizewinner in many local and international piano competitions, she was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC at the age of 11 and gave her first solo concert in the Philippines at the age of 14. While pursuing her piano performance degrees, Miss de Castro completed additional studies in jazz piano and organ and collaborated with esteemed musicians, including members of various symphony orchestras in the NY metropolitan area and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Currently, she is continuing her musical studies on a scholarship in NYC, where she is an active performer and dedicated teacher. Anabel teaches all styles of piano.
Francis Rodriguez (Piano and Beginning Guitar)
Francis is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, producer and recording musician born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was awarded his bachelor degree from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico with a major in Music Composition and has a Master degree in composition at New York University (NYU), specifically in Scoring for Film and Multimedia, Music Technology and Contemporary Jazz Composition. Rodriguez' music has been performed in the Lincoln Center of New York, NYC St. Patrick's Cathedral, and has been featured on HBO New York Latino Film Festival, L.A. Short Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, Radio Universidad Puerto Rico 89.7fm, Allegro 91.7, MTV'U, Cannes Festival, among others.
Francis instructs all styles of piano and beginning guitar and offers instruction in English and Spanish.


  - there is no registration fee for any of the classes at Guitar New York!

Register for Private Instruction

Most of the students that take lessons at Guitar New York are part of their private instruction program. Lessons are available 7 days a week and are available all day. If you have any questions about private instruction, please email us at If you wish to take our private instruction classes, please go to the schedule page here: Guitar New York Private Instruction Schedule.

Choose Your Song

Whether you have never played an instrument before, you have just started "noodling" around with the guitar, bass, piano, or drums, or if you just want to brush up on a song, our instructors can help. Pick any song you would like to learn on the instrument of your choice, if you don't have the music, we can learn the song by ear! Our 5-week "Choose Your Song" private instruction course will focus on proper mechanics in the first lesson; following that, we will cater a program specifically for the song you want to learn. You will meet once weekly with your instructor for a half-hour per week. If you have any questions about availabilities, please email us at To buy a lesson or purchase a gift certificate for our "Choose Your Song" program, visit here: Guitar New York's Choose Your Song Program.

Take a lesson "Playcation"

Guitar New York's "Playcation" program allows you to book an extended 2-hour lesson (even if you are not a current student of Guitar New York). If you want to spend a few hours learning a song, brush up on some technique, or you are new to the instrument and want to dive in to learning, this program is for you! If you have any questions about availabilities, please email us at To buy a lesson or purchase a gift certificate for our Playcation program, visit here: Guitar New York's Playcation Program.

Book your lesson now!

Lessons can be booked over the phone at (646)380-2467 or fill out the convenient form below to have us contact you!


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