For lessons or bookings, please call : 301-875-5085
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For lessons or bookings, please call : 301-875-5085

World-Class Guitar Lessons

In Bethesda, MD

Learn Guitar from Master Guitarist Carey T. Smith

We here at Blue Raccoon Tunes aim to offer you a more personalized alternative to large, corporatized guitar instruction. We welcome players of all levels who wish to learn guitar in nearly every style of music, including classical, jazz, blues, bluegrass, country, folk and rock. Our sole teacher, Carey Smith, a professional jazz musician with over 20 years experience teaching and performing, addresses your specific needs. Whether you are a beginner with limited exposure to music or an experienced player looking to expand your understanding of music and the instrument, Carey will empower you to advance.

Our principal goal is always to excite you for playing, not practicing, music. While musical achievement surely demands practice, the student motivated by the pleasure culled from performing his craft will, we believe, enjoy more of music’s gifts, including self-confidence, healthful self-discipline, humility and a deserved sense of satisfaction. The advancing guitarist practices to play and plays to be happy. Blue Raccoons love to play and believe that you will too!

Our classes are conveniently offered in your own home or in our Bethesda, MD studio.  We will travel to you!  We also offer one-on-one live online guitar lessons via Skype. For more information or to see if you are in our travel area, call us today at 301-875-5085 or click here to contact us online.

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Individual Guitar Lessons

Whether you’ve always wanted to play guitar or have played for years, Carey will engineer a program of study for you that will advance your abilities. Our current gang of students ranges from 16 to 70 years of age and covers the spectrum of experience with guitar playing.

Lessons are held here at our studio in Bethesda, MD or Carey will travel to you!

Weekly lessons are recommended.

In addition to individual lessons, students are given the opportunity to perform at our seasonal concerts, called “Gazes,” and to participate in bi-weekly jam sessions with our other students. We believe in the inestimable value of performance experience and have created a welcoming community of guitarist who love to play.


1-hour in-studio guitar lesson: $80 Bi-weekly guitar jam sessions (90 minutes; limited to 2-3 guitar students; scheduled to accommodate participants): $80/student Please contact us to inquire about lessons in your own home! We will travel to you within a ~10 mile radius.
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Group Guitar Lessons

If you have a friend with whom you already play or if you and a friend are interested in beginning to play guitar, you may sign up for group lessons. Such group study allows you always to have someone with whom you can put to use the skills that you are learning together. By choosing a repertory of tunes suitable for guitar duo (or trio), you will supply for yourself the incentive to practice those matters of rhythm, melody and harmony that each tune demands. You’ll practice to play!


1-hour in-studio group guitar lesson: $60 per student
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Online Guitar Lessons

We offer online guitar lessons via Skype. If you’re in the habit of using any of the many pre-recorded guitar lessons available online, we’d encourage you to try a live online lesson with Carey. Pre-recorded lessons assume the needs of the student and offer the illusion of musical progression through short digestible bits, e.g. learn this tune, learn this scale, learn this chord. Such lessons deprive the student of the bigger picture, that is, the regular systems and musical conventions at work behind the construction of all tunes, scales and chords. By introducing you to these systems, Carey will empower you discover on your own all of the scales and chords necessary to play the tunes you love.


1-hour online guitar lesson via Skype: $85 per student
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Introduction to Right-Hand Guitar Techniques

An efficiently moving right hand is the key to producing relaxed yet grooving lines and chords on guitar. While the left hand, of course, plays its own indispensible role in producing notes, the right hand demands far more careful attention and diligent training than its partner. Though, in certain cases, I’d dissuade a player from a complete reinvention of his ...
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Blue Raccoon Events

October Open House
October 30, 2016

Please swing by the Blue Raccoon Tunes Studio on Sunday, 30th of October between 12 pm – 3 pm for our second annual Fall Open House! There will be  live jazz performances throughout the afternoon featuring our master teacher, Carey Smith (guitar), several of our current students (guitar and bass) and some special guests!

We’ll welcome current, prospective and past students and their friends and family members. The afternoon will be the perfect time to listen to great jazz, check out the Blue Raccoon Tunes home studio, ask questions about guitar lessons, and even sit in and play!

As always, there will be plenty to eat and drink! Bring your friends and family!

See you on the 30th of October!

Blue Raccoon Tunes Studio

9203 Cedar Way, Bethesda, MD 20814


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Personalized guitar instruction in Montgomery County

Recognizing the natural attraction to music that is part of our human experience, we here at Blue Raccoon Tunes guide and nurture the passion of our diverse guitar students, from the beginner to the experienced player. The Blue Raccoons offer opportunities for every student to perform in volunteer concerts at local retirement homes. Call or email for further information! 301-875-5085

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