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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) - Senior Instructor/Branch Manager
Troy Fannin, described by the New York Times as "a gifted guitarist and arranger," is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer originally from Milwaukee, WI. Since receiving his BFA in instrumental performance, he has performed in the UK, Taiwan, Africa, Australia, Mexico and here in the United States. When not touring he can be heard at NYC venues such as Birdland, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rockwood Music Hall and musical theater performances throughout the city. He teaches guitar, bass and ukulele and has been an instructor with the Guitar Cities schools since 2008. Troy Instructs guitar, bass, and ukulele.
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.
Satoshi Kataoka (Guitar and Bass)
Satoshi Kataoka is a guitarist, composer and arranger living in New York City. He attended the Jazz Performance program at The City College of New York where he studied with world acknowledged musicians like, John Patittuci, Mike Holober, Scott Reeves and many others.

Satoshi has had opportunities to play with some great players such as John McNeil (Horace Silver, Tom Harrell, Billy Hart, Bob Brookmeyer), Joe Martin (Chris Potter, Brad Mehldau, Fred Hersch, Maria Schneider), Jochen Rueckert (Mark Turner, Marc Copland, Pat Metheny, Sam Yahel) and many more.

In 2015, he has released his first album "Fall Into the Place", which consists of all his original pieces, from the Surca music. The album recorded with Adam Kolker (Billy Hart, Paul Motian), Pablo Menares (Melissa Aldana's Crush trio, Claudia Acuna) and Allan Mednard (Kurt Rosenwinkel, Aaron Parks).

He has been actively playing in the city and abroad, since the college years at the venues such as Iridium, Smalls, Fatcat, Cornelia St Cafe, ShapeShifter Lab and many other places in NYC, as well as some jazz festivals overseas. He's been playing in some different groups and his own trio, quartet, quintet and larger ensemble.

Satoshi instructs in English and Japanese
Frank DiDiano (Guitar, Bass, and Ukulele)
Frank is a professional performer, composer, and educator from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor degree in jazz studies while also extensively studying and performing classical guitar. He has performed as a mainstay lead guitarist in local groups, as a freelance musician with different groups and solo artists, and as the leader of his own jazz jam session for four years. Well versed in a wide range of styles, Frank has also done professional studio work as a session guitarist, as well as independently producing and appearing on his own and other artists' albums in the Pittsburgh area. He is currently residing in Brooklyn, New York where he is an active performer and educator. Frank instructs students in all styles and at any level of ability.


  - 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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