Hi!

My name is Coire Walker.
I teach people how to play the guitar.

About Me

My name is Coire Walker, and I love to balance music's technical, creative, and theoretical elements to help my students become innovative, well-rounded guitarists. The guitar has been my instrument for twenty-five years, and I have been teaching professionally for seventeen. Teaching music is my primary occupation, and it suits me well; the long-term relationships forged and the medium used could not be more rewarding. Lessons are low-pressure, fun, and all ages welcome.

I am offering in-person lessons on the Olympic Peninsula and online via Zoom. Learn about how I have made Zoom highly effective for all my students here.

My music degree is from the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA.

"Coire is an amazing guitar teacher! We are so lucky to have found him. His low pressure, collaborative approach makes learning intuitive, enjoyable and productive. He allows the student to lead with their interests and then works in the theory and performance tips. I would highly recommend Coire to anyone looking for personalized guitar instruction at any level."
- Rachael V.

If you are a beginning player, my primary objective is to get you familiar and confident with the instrument while nurturing your curiosity. I have plenty of productive approaches to learning playing fundamentals, creating healthy practice habits, and positively framing the experience. If you seek new perspectives, theoretical context, and challenges with your playing, I'd love to help you get excited again. I prefer to work with students on a long-term basis, but I am happy to help you for any length of time.

I encourage prospective students to share a thoughtfully constructed playlist with me. I want to understand what you love most about music and where you want to improve. How do you see yourself three, six, and twelve months after beginning our lessons? What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player? How do you learn most effectively, and what structure will you need to succeed?

I teach all guitar styles except advanced jazz and classical (these two require a different discipline, and I do not claim to have mastery of them). I am comfortable with contemporary styles ranging from classic and hard rock to funk and soul to fingerstyle and folk. Lesson topics include songwriting, reading, ear training, strumming and picking techniques, singing and playing simultaneously, soloing, and composing. Teaching music theory is especially rewarding. Sometimes I even have the honor of helping students with live performances and personal pieces.

Every student has a personal Google Drive folder containing relevant lesson homework, notation, links, and demonstration videos (these make excellent study guides). Documenting this way takes time, but it is a robust study framework, highly organized and accessible from anywhere. Consider lessons with me like a personal college course tailored to your interests.

"Coire quickly became the best guitar teacher I've ever had by really understanding my musical goals. He helped me develop skills to reach those goals by using music I was interested in and exercises that challenged my comfort zone."
- Max D.


Music

To learn about my teaching, please visit my YouTube. I have hundreds of lessons you can study from, free of charge. For more current clips, visit my Instagram. You can listen to some personal projects here.

Recently, I started a blog to share music-related stuff.

If you are coming here from YouTube searching for tabs, you can find them here.

You can sign-up for my newsletter to keep in touch here. Feel free to read the most recent newsletter here.

"Coire is an exceptional teacher! Great with any song or style, and great at using technology: recording video tutorials, using GDocs for sketching out songs, and using Zoom for lessons."
- David C.

PRESS

"Brooklyn's Best Guitar Lessons"

- Brooklyn Daily Eagle, July 2014

"Best Guitar Lessons 2022"

- Expertise.com

Rates/Contact

Lesson rates are $85/60min, $65/45min, and $50/30min.

A sixty-minute lesson is optimal for reviewing material, answering questions, and exploring new objectives together, but we can still get a lot done in forty-five minutes. Thirty-minute sessions are best for children and students who can come focused and prepared for smaller steps. If you have any reservations about the remote format, I am happy to meet with you free of charge to answer any questions you might have. If you want to jump right in, the first lesson is half-price. I accept Venmo, Paypal, ApplePay, and cash for payment.

If you are interested in a lesson, please review the lesson policy at the bottom of my FAQ page.

Thanks so much for taking the time to learn about me. Please reach out; I'd love to hear about your goals.


347-423-9933

"I’ve been working with Coire for about two months now I’ve already learned a tremendous amount. He has done an excellent job at teaching me the skills to achieve my musical goals (working specific songs, technique, etc.). But most importantly to me, and I wasn’t expecting this, his teaching style has shown me new ways to approach the guitar and music in general. I feel like I leave each session with a valuable lesson that I could use independently for the rest of my musical career. Highly recommend."
- Nicholas P.