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Guitar lessons & Recording lessons in Tampa 

I teach ages 10 and up in person at my home recording studio located in the Lake Magdalene area (Bearss/N. Boulevard) in Tampa, FL. If you are looking for guitar lessons that are going to take you to the next level with solid, structured course materials and are wondering how to pick a teacher, you've come to the right place - that's awesome! Choosing the right guitar teacher is an important decision. There are LOTS of great guitarists out there, but not all of them are great teachers. I believe in keeping my students motivated on the guitar and have been teaching in Tampa for over 30 years. The only thing I like more than playing guitar, is helping others to find the passion that I have for the instrument. My approach is simple; if I can get you good on guitar as soon as possible, you are more than likely to refer me to others. I make the lessons fun and have the tools to make this possible. The only requirement from you is a little time each day to practice and a guitar! You DON'T NEED ANY PRIOR experience to get started on guitar!

I teach the following guitar styles: Rock, Blues, Alternative, Pop, Folk, Metal & Country
I do NOT teach Classical or Jazz.
Whether it's acoustic or electric guitar lessons, I can help you get started on guitar or help you improve on guitar.
Ages 10+ Rhythm, Solo, Fingerstyle and Slide Guitar
I also teach songwriting, composing & home recording and offer recording services!
Learn Cubase! I have been teaching students how to record for years.
I'll cover hardware needed for the home recording enthusiast and also offer specialized
training on Drum Programming, arrangements, mixing and mastering your own music!

Guitar lessons are once a week at the same time each week.
I teach Mondays through Thursdays 10:00 am to 8:30 pm and Saturdays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Are you in need of a guitar first? Click HERE to visit my page "Virgil's Picks" where you can find links to guitars and accessories!


1/2 hour lesson same time each week $125 per month
1 hour lesson same time each week $250 per month
So this means if you pick any one of the above lesson lengths, you will be getting 4 to 5 lessons per month.
All lessons are taught here in my studio located just south of Bearss Ave, off of North Boulevard in Tampa, Florida.
Payment is always due on the first lesson of the month and I do not do make up lessons or reschedule lessons due to my roster usually being full.

The Process

I have spent the last 25 years refining my teaching techniques here in Tampa for dozens of players, whether they are playing in bands or recording or even for their own enjoyment. I have taught beginners to music teachers and I am always excited to bring someone new or experienced into this amazing journey on the guitar. Everyone starts out by filling out the "Custom Curriculum Form" after they schedule their first lesson. This helps me to determine what you are really looking for in your lessons! I actually do not do "interviews" or "meet & greets" with new students before your first lesson. You simply book your lessons with me and if you are not completely satisfied after your first lesson, we can go our separate ways, no hard feelings!

Are you in need of a guitar first? Click HERE to visit my page "Virgil's Picks" where you can find links to guitars and accessories!

  • Brand new at guitar?

    Not a problem - we all need to start somewhere!

    Ages 10 and up, you don't need any musical background to get started. I will take you from the very beginnings on guitar with an excellent curriculum that is based on where you want to go on the guitar. I make it fun for all ages!

  • Experienced Players

    Get the proper training on the guitar to advance to the next level!

    I spent my first 15 years on guitar with NO formal training and I KNOW what it's like to not have a solid structure or guidance on the guitar. I'm here to teach the experienced players advanced rhythm techniques, fingerstyle, soloing, scales, open tunings, modal theory, composing songs, improvisation, ear training... Wait a minute! This list goes on and on - we have lots of stuff for you to work on!

  • Experience The Difference!

    No matter what your goals are, I am here to help you achieve your dreams on guitar! We have open jams here in my studio for my students to see and feel how it is to interact with other players. Some students are learning songwriting techniques, while others are creating their own CD's right here in my studio! (Well, MP3's these days, but I still burn CD's if need be!) while others want a "backup band" so we're able to do guitaraoke right here! I have embraced technology through the years to help the students progress on the guitar, while not only making things more interesting, but it's actually fun! At the same time we also go "old school" and you get amazing ear training here too.

  • A Brief History Of Virgil

    I have been playing guitar for over 40 years now, but I'm STILL learning, whether it be Ed Sheeran or some classic Zeppelin, I can't get enough of guitar! I have been teaching in Tampa for over 25 years and the libraries of teaching materials I have developed are not only amazing, but they are unparalleled. I am not the one who will make the phone call to get you started! You will have to make the call and you can start an amazing journey on this instrument called the guitar if you start right now!


Hear what my students have to say...


Our son, Dominic has only been in lessons with Virgil for 5 months, but we are amazed at his progress. He was self taught and now has a great understanding of reading music (Guitar Tablature), and all basic fundamentals of playing guitar. Virgil has inspired Dominic to not only play the guitar, but to KNOW HOW TO PLAY. We are thrilled to have found a teacher who is so passionate about music and so patient with his students.

Sincerely, Tony and Michelle Bonaventura

After more years than I want to admit, almost 20, it took only two lessons/sessions with Virgil and my playing advanced in a couple of weeks more than it had in a couple of decades. He makes things fun and has great ways of learning and understanding the guitar. You will be jamming by the end of your first lesson. You'll be playing a song in multiple ways (improvising) by your third, and all of a sudden he will say are you ready to solo and all the tricks, technique, and theory, then suddenly makes sense and your like bamm guitar solo!

Hmmmm…..I think I’ll go play guitar now.

Kevin Olsen

I've been playing guitar for 3 years. The first 2 were spent searching the internet for lessons. Then my wife gave me a gift certificate for lessons with Virgil (Thanks honey, but was I really that bad?)

When I started with Virgil, I knew a few scales but I didn't know what to do with them. After only a few lessons, I was connecting them together, bending strings and on my way to learning a complete song, including the solo. There is no better way to learn than having someone knowledgeable watch you play. Virgil will tailor the lesson to the music you enjoy. When I walk into his studio, he is hanging up the acoustic guitar from a previous lesson and cranking up the distortion. Virgil always has a custom lesson prepared for me & is quick to respond to questions after the lesson via email. I am glad my wife introduced me to Virgil. I think she is thrilled that the “noise” has turned into “music”.

Hmmmm…..I think I’ll go play guitar now.

Chris Smith

I strongly recommend Virgil if you are serious about growing as a guitar player. Virgil’s approach to guitar lessons blends understanding the fretboard roadmap, scale theory, discipline and development of individual style in your favorite genre. His lessons are well organized with excellent supplemental materials and backtracks. Look no more - Virgil is your man.

Mark Callison

Virgil Mandanici has been teaching guitar lessons to my son Santosh Tirumala for the past 1 year and under his guidance my son has made remarkable progress. Virgil is not only a great teacher but also knows how to motivate his students based on each individual students skill level, character, strengths and weaknesses. Santosh has benefited greatly from his guidance, expertise and experience. Virgil is very meticulous and made sure that Santosh learns his basic guitar skills well so that it will serve him well in the long run.I have personally seen Santosh change from being unsure of his guitar skills to being very confident and playing well at home during his leisure after his hectic school work. I would definitely recommend Virgil as a guitar teacher to all who are considering him and would not hesitate to refer him to my friends and family.

Ramesh Tirumala

I've played the guitar on and off for about thirty years. Last year I realized I'd been stuck in a rut most of that time with no focus and progression, so I started looking for a guitar teacher to get me over the hump. I found the perfect guy in Virgil. He's opened me up to seeing the fret board in different ways, and he's great at helping you build on your strengths and weaknesses. I like studying with someone with diverse musical tastes in rock, blues and pop, and he's an all around good dude to learn from (and be sure to friend him on Facebook if you want a daily laugh). I give him my highest recommendation for beginners, intermediates and advanced players alike. I haven't enjoyed playing guitar this much since Bill Clinton was president. My only regret is I didn't call him sooner.

Doug Knox

My guitar lessons with Virgil were amazing. His guidance and attention to detail helped me fully realize my own potential. On top of his excellent abilities as a teacher , Virgil is an awesome guy to be around.

Roberto Agosto

Mr. Mandanici is my sensei. Outstanding guitar teacher and a great person overall. His methods of teaching the basics of guitar playing are methodical and easy to understand for a beginner like me. Provides very good handouts for the lessons learned. Tunes my guitar before every lesson. Those 30 minute lessons are well spent, no wasted time.

Ivan Vazquez

Virgil is the most heart-felt music teacher I've had the pleasure to study with. His lessons are individually tailored to suit his student's goals, and he maintains the exact amount of decorum and detail-focus during the lessons--while always encouraging practice in a way that doesn't feel overbearing. Fantastic experience. Whether you've never held a guitar, or if you've been in a band for years, Virgil can help you reach whatever your goals are. He's truly one of the greats.

David Moye

So having never played a musical instrument, I decided that it was time to try something new. Always wanted to try the electric guitar, and found Virgil online. I have been taking lessons with Virgil now for over 6 months, and I can honestly say that I am excited about my progress and look forward to every lesson (unless I haven't practiced, of course). Virgil makes it fun, interesting and entertaining. Every lesson is a new skill, technique or theory that I can practice or apply. I have built a strong base and look forward to where I go next on guitar. He has a great sense of humor and at the same time pushes me to work harder and get better. He always gives me enough to practice at home so things don't get boring or routine. I am so grateful for finding such an awesome teacher.

Rick Cunningham

I never thought I would be able to learn how to play the guitar in my late twenties but since starting lessons with Virgil, I have! I have been taking lessons with Virgil for a year and a half and since the beginning, Virgil has been a wonderful teacher. I'm amazed at the songs I've been able to learn and the level I am in now. He's very accommodating with the type of music you want to learn and very helpful in enabling you to perfect your form and sound when learning a song. I would recommend his classes to everyone!

Katerina Smith

I took lessons from Virgil for about a year to brush up on my acoustic skill set. Virgil is an awesome teacher! He is very professional and organized. I learned an array of acoustic techniques, chords and scales. His wealth of musical knowledge is second to none!

Brad Baranowski


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Please fill out the form below to request available time slots. YOU MUST BE 18 OR OLDER TO FILL OUT THIS FORM. YOU MUST OWN A GUITAR AND BE READY TO START LESSONS NOW. I'm located in the Lake Magdalene area, near Bearss & N. Boulevard. I teach ages 10 and up! Do NOT fill out this form if you are unable to check your email FREQUENTLY. Please only fill this form out if you are serious about taking lessons.

What type of guitar lessons?

 Electric    Acoustic    Both

Length of lessons you would like?

 30 Minutes($125/mo.)    1 Hour($250/mo.)

Preferred Lesson Time - Check all that apply

Weekdays   Weeknights   Saturdays