"Many of my students have gone into professional music-- recording, performing, and teaching -- others have continued to savor music as a lifelong, passionate pursuit...they all have had my admiration..and undivided attention..."

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  (410) 446-5109 / ​lh.hoff@comcast.net


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Guitar Lessons Baltimore

   Students10-85 years of age!

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 All Levels and Styles

$70 an hour   /  $35 a half-hour



I teach students to understand the instrument --and music --in such a way as to prepare them for whatever styles of music they choose to play.

I will teach you how to play and improvise over songs of all styles, as well as how to create your own arrangements of songs that you choose, in any idiom,as well as creating your own songs.

Forty Years Experience

I have been playing and teaching professionally for over forty years.

After playing professionally in San Francisco and Cape Cod as a self-taught folk, blues, country artist, I returned to Baltimore and was sought-out by players who approached me for lessons. I analyzed how I  had taught myself, and came up with a unique system of chording, along with finger-style techniques.  

My subsequent jazz studies with Dennis Sandole, the teacher of John Coltrane, Pat Martino, and Jim Hall— among many other jazz giants— added sight-reading / exercises for both left and  right-hand / a scale-system covering the entire neck / an additional, advanced chordal system / and an approach to jazz improvisation, as well as an introduction to all aspects of music theory including extensive work in areas of ear-training and sight-singing.

I later earned a Bachelors and Masters degree in Theory and Composition from the Peabody Conservatory

When the Peabody hired me as faculty, my duties encompassed guitar instruction and all levels of music theory.  I was soon appointed co-chairman of the preparatory theory department there.

 As creator / director of a new jazz department, I founded the first jazz ensemble at Peabody, while teaching jazz improvisation, and music history (classical, blues, and jazz). During that time I also taught courses at the Johns Hopkins Evening College, Johns Hopkins University,  and Goucher College Center.

Playing professionally in Cape Cod, San Francisco, and Baltimore

--I played various styles: acoustic solo; as part of an acoustic duo with bass player and / or  harmonica player, performing blues, folk, country, and original material.

--I also played electric, with a band, (rhythm section plus harmonica )

--in Baltimore, I played in blues and rock bands.. usually party and club dates

---I began playing jazz dates with small groups in the 1970's

---Former educator at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University

-----Co-chairman of the Preparatory Theory Department /All levels of music theory: From basic scales, intervals, and  triads, to creation of fugues and sonata form works. 

--My students— former and present—include professional musicians now performing, composing, recording, and  teaching and throughout the United States.

My program includes:

____SONGS -- students choose the songs that they most want to play, and I coach them as they create individual arrangements. Songwriting and arranging is also taught.

beginning with teaching you how to play the blues, I will teach you how to solo over chord changes, in all genres including blues, jazz, and folk 

___CHORDS---- I teach a thorough understanding of chords, from the simplest to the most complex-- with all voicings and resolutions, as well as how to build and implement them  in all keys and progressions.

____SCALES -- I teach all scales and modes, from the most basic major, minor, blues, and jazz variants to the more obscure and synthetic , and how to implement them in leads, fills, and improvisations.

____ARPEGGIOS .. how to make melodies from the most simple to advanced chords throughout the fingerboard.

____PICK TECHNIQUE .. how to effectively use a flat-pick in various styles, from folk to jazz.

____FINGER PICKING TECHNIQUES.. as used by the great blues, folk, and ragtime players. 

____LEFT HAND TECHNIQUE — exercises to create strength and flexibility in the use of the left hand.


____MUSIC THEORY —  A fascinating, easy-to-understand study of all aspects of Music Theory as taught in the leading music conservatories in the fields of jazz, classical, and folk music.

____ EAR TRAINING / SIGHT SINGING / RHYTHM TRAINING—You have to hear it before you can play it! essential elements of musicianship as offered and required in the nation’s most prestigious music schools.