Guitar/Bass Lessons


Music Royale offers guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin and banjo lessons for beginner, intermediate and advanced musicians. We provide private, one on one classes for most styles of music including rock, blues, jazz, classical, bluegrass and country. Whether you are an adult, a child, a complete beginner, a serious musician or someone just looking to develop a fun hobby, we can help you. At Music Royale, our lessons are customized to help achieve personal musical goals. We believe that anyone with a passion for music should have an opportunity to play, including students with physical disabilities or special needs. Every student is unique and your lessons should be too. We are located in Powell, close to Dublin, Worthington, Lewis Center and Delaware Ohio

If you have had lessons in the past or have tried online videos and you still are not reaching your musical goals, we have a teacher for you. All of our instructors are professional musicians with experience as performers, in the studio and in the lesson room. We offer many performance opportunities for students, including recitals, open mic nights and our Rock School program. Music Royale understands that life happens outside of music, which is why lessons are scheduled from month to month. Our rates are very competitive and there are no long term contracts to sign, so, if something comes up, you are not obligated to continue. We will always welcome back any student who wants to get started again. Since opening in 2002, we at Music Royale have taught thousands of musicians. Many of our former students have gone on to music school, perform in bands, work in recording studios and become professional musicians themselves.

Music Royale is an independent music store owned and operated by local, professional musicians. We are located in Powell, Ohio at the intersection of Sawmill Parkway and Powell Road, just minutes from Columbus, Worthington, Dublin and Delaware. We are easy to find and have plenty of parking. Please check out the bios and videos of our guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin and banjo instructors below.

Our lessons are customized to each student and we do our best to fit each student with the appropriate teacher. We believe this approach best serves our students and creates a fun and relaxed learning environment. Please contact us for teacher recommendations and available lesson times!


Abbey Bechtol

Instruments Taught: Piano, Woodwinds, Bass, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone

Abbey Bechtol is a music instructor and composer with experience teaching piano, saxophone, bass guitar, and clarinet. Abbey strives to help students improve their technique and develop an understanding of music theory by analyzing the music they play. She believes it is important to foster an appreciation for music as an art form and the depth of emotion it can convey.

Dean Inboden

Instruments Taught: Guitar, Banjo

Dean is an experienced musician who has been playing guitar for over thirty five years. When Dean isn’t in the teaching studio, he can be found at Rome Recording where he has been an engineer and studio musician for over seventeen years.

Deanna Sweeney

Instruments Taught: Guitar, Voice, Ukulele

Deanna Sweeney has been a widely recognized name in the Central Ohio music community by both musicians and music fans alike for over 20 years.

Dylan Cole

Instruments Taught: Guitar, Ukulele

Dylan attended the Recording Workshop in Massieville, Ohio. Once he completed the CORE program he moved to Los Angeles to attend The Musicians Institute to study Guitar Performance and Audio Engineering.

Greg Sharp

Instruments Taught: Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo

Greg Sharp has been playing guitar for over 30 years, and has been a teacher of guitar and ukulele for more than 20 years. He has a wealth of live performance experience spanning many styles – rockabilly, surf, country, funk, blues, reggae, and metal are all a part of his live performance resume.

Jack Walbridge

Instruments Taught: Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Double Bass

Jack Walbridge earned a Bachelor’s degree in music from Susquehanna University in 2012, and has taught guitar, bass guitar, upright bass, and ukulele for over 15 years.

Jackson Neesley

Instruments Taught: Guitar, Piano

Jackson began his teaching career for guitar and piano in 2014 at various studios around the Columbus area. Jackson studied under multiple guitar instructors, including Andrew Hartman at Music Royale.

Jesse McNamara

Instruments Taught: Guitar, Ukulele, Bass

Jesse has played hundreds of gigs with many successful bands including 13 O’clock, X-Ray Specs, The Digs and The Moonbats as well as writing and recording music for nationally released video games and independent movies.

Maxwell Sebastian

Instruments Taught: Guitar, Bass

Maxwell is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who began his professional career as a teenager attending Fort Hayes. Since then he’s built a deep resume including recording, touring, and producing for a wide variety of artists and soundtracks, as well as performances with colleagues of major artists such as Prince, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He’s even played on a Grammy-winning record and for President Obama

Paul Baker

Instruments Taught: Guitar, Piano, Strings, Ukulele, Bass, Double Bass

Primarily a bassist, Paul graduated from Otterbein University in Spring 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music – Jazz Studies Concentration.

Phil Smith

Instruments Taught: Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Bass

From an early age Phil was exposed to a variety of musical instruments and styles. He grew up performing with family members who were professional musicians and quickly became proficient at drums, guitar, bass guitar and piano. As his musical skills progressed, he focused on guitar and his interests led to the study of music theory, music history and classical guitar.

Race Lerma

Instruments Taught: Guitar, Piano, Strings, Ukulele, Bass, Banjo, Violin

Race Lerma has been playing violin since the age of four and has grown up in the string music scene of Northwest Ohio. His background and training include 12 years of private instruction from various teachers in Fostoria and Findlay, OH., 2 years of private lessons at Ohio Northern University under Professor Sunny Zank, And the past 4 years at Capital University’s Conservatory of Music studying violin performance and music business, as well as two years of parallel training in piano. Race has been teaching private lessons in Findlay and Columbus off and on for the past 6 years.

Ron Brzoska

Instruments Taught: Guitar, Ukulele

Ron Brzoska was born and raised in Cleveland, OH, but began his music career while attending The Ohio State University, where he graduated with a business degree.  Ron has been active in the Columbus music scene since 1991 and has played in multiple bands, most notable the Americana band, the Troubled Souls.

Ryan Craycroft

Instruments Taught: Guitar

Sara McCluskey

Instruments Taught: Guitar, Ukulele

Teaching is something that came very natural for Sara. Sharing her passion for music and inspiring students to find their voice through an instrument is something she relates to on a very personal level. Her teaching style is all about helping each student reach their musical goals and having fun while doing it.

Scott Gorsuch

Instruments Taught: Guitar, Piano, Drums, Ukulele, Bass, Sound Engineering

Scott has been playing guitar for over 40 years. A bit of a mad scientist– he also builds his own guitars and amps, has a background in pipe organ building, and is a recording engineer at Musicol Recording Studio.

Thane Leshner

Instruments Taught: Guitar, Piano, Voice, Ukulele, Bass

Thane Leshner is a Columbus-born guitarist and vocalist who began playing in 2005. He graduated from Capital University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Music where he participated in choir and the school rock ensemble.

Monday - Thursday: 12pm - 8pm

Friday: 12pm - 6pm

Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Sunday: 12pm - 5pm

480 West Olentangy Street
Powell, OH 43065