rock more. suck less.

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.  Most 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.


Upcoming Workshops

Ellen Britton, age 2

Ellen Britton, age 2


U Can Play Ukulele!
Wed, Mar 6, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
557 Elaine Dr, Nashville, Tennessee 37211

How much fun can U have with four strings? Beg, steal, or borrow a ukulele and come find out! I'll teach you a few simple chords on the spot, and we'll start playing songs right away. If a two-year-old can play ukulele (that’s baby me in the pic!), so can you! Beginners are welcome.

“Ellen is a highly regarded guitar teacher, and for good reason! She is outstanding at tailoring the level of instruction to the skill level of the student. You always come away from a lesson with Ellen feeling that you really learned something!” —SHERRI

I wouldn’t be where I’m at on guitar right now if it wasn’t for Ellen. She is absolutely phenomenal! She taught me everything I know, and everything I do know about anything has stemmed from what she taught me.