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.



Straight from the world-famous Bluebird Café in Nashville, an evening with QUEEN of HEARTS is like a grown-up pajama party with butt-kicking harmonies – full of wit, warmth, and wonderful acoustic music.  And just as their individual voices blend into gorgeous four-part harmonies, the Queens combine bluegrass, pop, folk, and blues to create a one-of-a-kind crazy quilt of soulful and rootsy original music. Visit


Upcoming Workshops


A BUTTLOAD OF SONGS (with a handful of chords)
February 6, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: 557 Elaine Dr, Nashville, Tennessee 37211

Lead the singalong or serenade your sweetheart! In this class, we’ll learn a buttload of simple acoustic tunes that everyone loves.

“It only took one lesson for me to be hooked on Ellen’s thoughtful, energetic, and VERY effective teaching style! I immediately knew I would learn a LOT from her, and have a fantastic time doing it.” — CORRI

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.