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Guitar Programs

Private Lessons: I offer private lessons in Charlottesville, VA near the downtown mall. First lesson is free, drop-ins $60/hr. Discounted price for monthly plan; see details below.

Group Classes: We have a group guitar workshop and jam session every Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm. It’s a great way to improve your playing and meet other people to play with! First class is free, drop-ins $35. Discounted price for monthly plan; see details below.

Online Courses: Join the Fretboard101 online learning community and get top quality instruction on chord theory, lead guitar, technique, and learning to play your favorite songs.

Scholarship Program: I do my best to make all our guitar programs affordable and accessible for everyone. If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, or would like to request scholarship funding or an educational discount, please send me a note here.


“The greatest thing about guitar lessons with Miles is that he doesn’t start with scales, or reading music, or tuning your guitar — he just starts with a simple love of music. My son and I had lessons with him for two years, and Miles always asked what we were listening to and formed lessons around that. He’s as nice as anyone can possibly be, more patient than I could ever be, and a fantastically gifted and disciplined guitarist. So it’s just fun to be around that, and his love of music is contagious.” – Neal

“Miles is a fantastic teacher. I didn’t pick up a guitar until I was a “40-something.” Miles helped me get to the point where I’ve got a couple songs nailed down and recorded. If you have ever wanted to play, look no further … Miles is the person to work with.” – Matt


Class Packages


All Access

Everything you need to take your playing to the next level. Try it for only $1!

  • Pro level theory, technique, and lead guitar courses online.
  • Roadmap to chart your progress.
  • Join our online community!
  • $5 off all classes.



A flexible and affordable plan for achieving your guitar goals.

  • Choose 1 private lesson or 2 group classes each month.
  • All Access Pass included.
  • $10 off extra classes.



The best option if you come to class every week.

  • Choose 2 private lessons or 4 group classes each month.
  • All Access Pass included.
  • $10 off extra classes.


100% Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back!


How I went from playing air guitar riffs at age 8, to a lifelong exploration of music.

Hi, my name is Miles Pearce. When I was 8 years old I got my first guitar. I still remember holding that guitar before I knew anything about it, and pretending to play these awesome riffs all over the fretboard. To anyone else it probably sounded like a cacophony of jangling strings, but in my imagination at that moment it was incredible! Although I was about to begin a many years-long process of being a beginner, I began the journey with the belief that some day I would achieve my guitar dreams.

The good news is that you don’t have to work as hard as I did to achieve your own guitar dreams, because I spent the last 30 years mapping out all the shortcuts for you! In fact if I had to do it all over again…


“Miles has been teaching our son guitar for the past three years. I have nothing but positive things to say about Miles as a teacher and professional. He is obviously an excellent musician, but he is also an excellent teacher. He has ways of explaining things and encouraging that bring out the best in our son’s playing. Miles is also good about being in contact and following through on promises to provide certain music resources. He is reliable in every way; we can count on fruitful lessons that are easy to schedule and a fair price. What more could a parent ask for in their child’s music teacher?” – Joan

“Retirement has given me the time to learn to play the guitar. For the past two years, I have been fortunate to have had Miles as my instructor. He is an excellent teacher who has the knowledge and patience to teach guitar to students of any age. I am very impressed at his ability to listen to my favorite songs and immediately put them into the written style that I can use to learn the songs. Miles has accommodated my schedule and my wishes for the style of guitar music I want to learn. I have no reservations in recommending Miles as an instructor for any age level and for any ability level that students of the guitar may currently possess.” – Bob K.