Making music is a joy, so my first job as a guitar teacher is not to mess that up! 
My goal is to work as hard as possible while having as much fun as possible.

Private Guitar Lessons

I describe my approach as flexible and collaborative, putting the focus on what each individual student is interested in learning. Many of my students are songwriters, so we work on expanding their vocabulary on the guitar as a tool for writing as well as for performing.

Other priorities include learning the Nashville Number System (if you’re not already a fan, I’ll show you why it’s the coolest thing ever!), fingering shortcuts, picking, grooves, making the most of the capo, and learning how to figure out the chords to your song. 

Contact Me for more information on private lessons, available in person or via Skype.

I have taken lessons with Ellen for about four years. I absolutely love her teaching style. As a student, you are in control of your learning. Whether you want to learn the basics, how to play hit songs, or how to play your original songs more efficiently or effectively, Ellen has something for you.
— Scott, Student

Upcoming Workshops

I teach a number of guitar playing and performance workshops throughout the year. Check out our upcoming workshops below, and join us! All workshops are all levels—I will cater to beginners and skilled guitar players alike!

To see all upcoming workshops and to register, visit

There’s a reason that Ellen is one of Nashville’s premier guitar teachers, and she lives up to her reputation. Look no further if you’re looking to learn the basics, or master more complex skills.
— GORDON, Student