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At G4 Guitar School, Brookline, we offer acoustic and electric guitar classes for ages four to adult, and bass guitar or double bass classes for ages seven to adult. We have different programs for different ages and abilities.

The G4 GUITAR METHOD is based around the 80/20 Principle which says that 80% of results come from just 20% of your efforts.

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Erica Mixon

27 November 2018

Shane is a very respectful, professional, and helpful teacher. He clearly has a lot of experience with both playing the guitar and teaching. He patiently guides you towards a clear path of what you want to achieve. Shane encourages you to be skills-based, so that you form good habits and understand the language of music before you start tinkering around on the guitar and learning songs on Youtube. After 5 weeks of private lessons, I feel like I have a good basis of skills and knowledge so that I can continue learning guitar properly. I highly recommend his services. More...

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Srinivas Muthyala

28 October 2018

Shane is an awesome instructor, he makes guitar learning an amazing experience rather than a routine class. He pays close attention to what we do every step of the way, he sends follow up emails and also a structural way of practicing to make it easier to learn.

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Jennifer Potter

29 August 2018

My 16 year old son is loving the guitar lessons with Shane Allessio. He's made so much more progress than we anticipated, and is excited to keep on learning. Highly recommend Shane and the G4 method. More...

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M Castillo-Rama

30 July 2018

Shane is amazing and the G4 method really helps you make progress. I´ve been trying to learn guitar (and quitting) for years,. This method is really practical and in just 5 weeks you can see progress, and get some skills under your belt. More...

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David Hart

23 July 2018

As the program director of G4 Guitar International and I can personally endorse Shane Allessio. Shane is one of our most experienced teachers and is not only an exceptional teacher but an outstanding musician.

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Manisha Kasana

23 July 2018

Classes are very systematic, learning plan is well thought of. Its a good place to learn guitar.

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Jen Pagano Albrecht

23 July 2018

We HIGHLY recommend Shane and The G4 Guitar School. Our 6 year old had no prior formal music classes before picking up his electric guitar with Shane but has quickly learned some basics and continues to make progress through Shane’s well paced method. Don’t think twice - sign up if you’re interested! More...

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Crystal Garcia

23 July 2018

10/10 Would recommend Shane to anyone who really wants to learn to play guitar ! I’ve learned so much from him and even when I was struggling a with guitar he offered me a free class to catch up , he’s really the best ! Feeling lucky to have someone as talented as Shane for a teacher. More...

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Geethu Yarlagadda

30 June 2018

I am taking lessons with Shane. He is patient and helpful. I do not have any earlier experience in playing guitar, but I am seeing improvement after my initial 1-1 classes.

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Olivia Boudreau

30 June 2018

Highly recommend! I started taking lessons around two months ago and the G4 guitar method definitely keeps you motivated and is very effective. The way the course is structured makes it easy to fit into a busy schedule as well. Shane is awesome & is very patient and encouraging! More...

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Angelo Lopez

30 June 2018

I'm having a wonderful experience with the teacher Shane.Lessons are enjoyable and I can see my improvement.After the five weeks with one to one lessons I joined a group of other four students and I can say now it is even more stimulating.Strongly recommended for beginners because classes really help you to learn the basics correctly. More...

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Grace Ha

30 June 2018

Excellent instructor! Shane genuinely cares for his students' experience learning the guitar and is extremely flexible with his hours to accommodate his students' schedules. The group lessons are extremely fun as we get to play popular songs and can even request ones we want to learn. More...

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Crystal Garcia

26 May 2018

10/10 would recommend Shane to anyone looking to play. His prices are super affordable and his teaching style is awesome and has really improved my practicing each and everyday! Shane is really organized , pateint and knowledgeable. Feeling lucky to have him as a teacher! More...

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Juan Lopez

26 May 2018

I started taking lessons with Shane through the 5 Week Introductory Special. Shane has done an excellent job at determining my level of play and adjusting the course to fit my needs. The course is structured in a way that you develop a solid foundation of knowledge and skill during the lesson and then fine tune at home through practice. After only two lessons, I am already beginning to feel a lot more comfortable and confident with the instrument. The quick progress is very motivating which is important when taking up a new hobby. I would recommend Shane and the G4 guitar school to anyone interested in learning guitar for the first time or improving previous skills. More...

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Manisha

22 May 2018

There is a proper curriculum and is set to track progress over a period of time. Class time seems to be well organized.

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Pierre Boucher

27 March 2018

Shane is a great instructor. Very patient, knowledgeable, and helpful.

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Akankshi Munjal

26 February 2018

I am looking forward to take more classes with Shane. He is awesome. The course structure is very well organized.

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Sudhir Gopal T

12 November 2017

Most of the guitarists I listen to have had great teachers training and inspiring them. This motivated me to really join a Guitar school and be taught by a professional teacher. I was told by a friend of mine to get in touch with G4 Guitar School and I was all excited to finally join. My happiness sky'rock'eted when I got to know Shane Allessio, a professional Jazz musician, was going to be my guitar teacher. Trust me, it's great to be taught by a professional musician. Shane is very patient, yes this is what I looked for as an absolute beginner! He loves teaching as much as he loves playing music. Shane has taught me new tricks, ways to play guitar, and already in my 5th month now, I am getting very comfortable playing chords, scales, and most importantly songs :). He makes sure you're practising every single day, which shows his strong interest in you learning faster. I strongly recommend this school for anyone at any age. I am totally satisfied with my learning and it gives me such immense joy to strum my guitar everyday. Thanks to Shane and the G4 method. More...

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Chunmei Fu

23 October 2017

G4 Guitar Method is such an efficient way that my 8-year-old son started his learning only 3 months ago and now he has jumped to Junior Level 2 and has learned 4 songs. Using this method, it seems easy to learn Guitar.
And the teacher Shane Allessio is awsome. He's so patient with my son's many whys and manages the class very well. He makes the kid's learning fun and fruitful as well. My son always feels excited to learn with Shane and his fingers often itch for playing Guitar now.
So lucky to learn with Shane using G4 Guitar Method.
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Julia Coit

20 October 2017

Shane is the best teacher! I highly recommend his lessons - he is fun, laid back, but also pays close attention and knows where you are as a student, making sure you're having fun with it. He is professional, engaged, responsive and a very talented, expert musician himself. Choose G4 with Shane in Brookline if you want to learn guitar - you will not regret it! More...

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Sean McConarty

25 May 2017

I have been taking lessons from Shane for 7 weeks now, and am so excited to be learning guitar. I was definitely a bit intimidated as an adult who has never played before. Shane's style has made me feel confident while learning the basics but also teaching in a way that helped me learn my first song already. I can't recommend him enough. More...

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Vadim Dribinsky

24 May 2017

I was very please with Shane's style of teaching. Very patient and knowledgable. Was able to deal with a very active 5-year old.

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Jessica Leffler

23 May 2017

Shane is awesome! My 4 year old son has loved learning guitar with him!

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David Hart

12 May 2017

As the founder of G4 I would like to personally endorse Shane Allessio. Shane has been a certified G4 Guitar teacher since 2014 when he was located in the UK. Shane recently started his new Brookline school so I wish him well and encourage anyone wishing to learn guitar no matter what age to give Shane a call. More...

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I love to help people realize their potential and achieve their goals as efficiently as possible. Learning an instrument takes a lot of time, patience and dedicated practice,. Whether you're a complete beginner, casual novice or elite session player, you've gotta be practicing. The two main obstacles people face are, 1) what to practice, and 2) how to manage a dedicated practice schedule. If you're practicing the right stuff and you're doing it enough, then you can play any song, any solo, anything you want. That moment students break through that first barrier and realize they can really go somewhere on their instrument, that's what I love.

Most gigging musicians have a handful of students here and there, and I was no exception. But teaching a few people out of your apartment between gigs limits the amount of people you can really serve. I opened G4 Brookline with the intent to help hundreds of people learn guitar or bass.

What's really impressive about the G4 GUITAR METHOD (and the B4 Bass Method for bassists) and makes it stand out from the crowd is the structure. The G4 GUITAR METHOD is based on the 80/20 principle. The 80/20 basically says that 80% of results come from 20% of efforts. In other words G4 focuses on the 20% that matters most and will get students playing their favorite songs sooner. G4 students literally progress faster by focusing on what we call the seven essential skills. I know there are some great methods out there but I haven't seen anything like G4. On top of the method there is the training and support G4 teachers receive. It is practically unheard of in this business and it makes a world of difference. David Hart has been developing the method and teaching guitar for over 30 years and he makes himself available not just to answer questions but will watch video footage of lessons and give feedback. And to add to that there are around 50 G4 teachers in the network who all support each other. It truly unique and like nothing I have seen anywhere. I always tell my students, I wish there had of been a G4 Guitar School when I was first starting out! It would have made things much more clear and simple for me as a beginner.