Learn to Play Guitar & Mandolin In Austin Texas

Learn to play lead, rhythm, jam, improvise

Bluegrass, Americana, Texas Swing

Beginner to advanced, ages 12 and up

Private in-studio lessons tailored to your level and goals

Learn by tab, standard notation, or by ear

We'll focus on tunes you want to play, or take a broader approach incorporating reading music, ear training and theory

If you’re just starting, we’ll begin with

  •       Basic technique (holding the pick, struming)
  •       Playing chords
  •       Playing simple melodies

As you advance, you’ll be working on

  •       Good tone production
  •       Keeping solid time
  •       Alternating bass patterns, single-string lead notes
  •       Various picking techniques, dynamics, fingering 
  •       Variations, ornamentation, slides, hammers, pulls
  •       Learning your favorite licks
  •       Increasing repertoire
  •       Learning more complex rhythms and improvisations
  •       Developing fast and clean picking


30 minutes: $20
45 minutes: $30

Lesson Location: Southwest Austin


"Max is a great instructor and works really well with our 12 year old son. Our son looks forward to guitar lessons every week. Max's easy going attitude makes lessons fun and our son enjoys the jam sessions."
     - Marissa G (7/31/17)

“Max is a superb guitar instructor! Each of his lessons are tailored to the individual needs and wants of his students. Tablatures are prepared in advance and available when you arrive at your next session. Strong emphasis is placed on playing technique, and Max is always willing to play each phrase or passage at a slower speed. For my money, there is no better guitar teacher, than Max."
     - Hal (guitar) 3/25/17

"Great instructor. Very knowledgable."
     - Keith (mandolin) 4/1/17

"My 13 yr old son has been taking guitar lessons from Max for the past several months. My son had taken private lessons from other instructors but Max is the best!! In addition to being an excellent instructor, Max is convienently located and offers flexible lesson times. My son and I highly recommend him."
     - Teresa W.


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Max Zimmet playing with the Hot Pickin 57s at Rodeo Austin, ATX

Max Zimmet playing with the Hot Pickin 57s at Rodeo Austin, ATX