Austin Guitar & Mandolin Lessons

Lessons with Max Zimmet (Berklee 2011)

Private studio in Southwest Austin

Max is a great instructor and works really well with our 12 year old son. He looks forward to guitar lessons every week.
— Marissa G // Mom of guitar student
Max is a superb instructor! Tablatures are prepared in advance, with a strong emphasis on playing technique. For my money, there is no better guitar teacher.
— Hal W. // Guitar Student

Learn to Play Lead, Rhythm, Jam and Improvise

  • Bluegrass, Americana, Classic Country

  • Beginner to advanced, ages 12 and up

  • Private in-studio lessons tailored to your level and goals

  • Learn by tab, standard notation, or by ear

If You’re Just Starting, We’ll Begin with

  • Basic technique

  • Playing chords and basic rhythm technique

  • Playing simple melodies

As You Advance, We’ll Be Working on

  • Good tone production

  • Keeping solid time

  • More advanced rhythm playing

  • Developing clean, faster picking

  • Increasing repertoire

  • Improvisation


  • 30 minutes: $30 (series of 5 for $130)

  • 45 minutes: $40 (series of 5 for $170)

Max graduated from Berklee College of Music in guitar & mandolin performance. He got hooked on bluegrass after seeing Bill Monroe on Austin City Limits when he was 10. Max teaches in a private studio in Southwest Austin, and plays in Hot PIckin 57s, One Eye Open and the Eddie Collins & Max Zimmet Duo. Max placed 3rd in the Texas Guitar championships in 2017 and 2018.

Max has played on stage with Sierra Hull, Mark Cosgrove (David Bromberg band), Beppe Gambetta, Howard Kalish (Texas Swing Music Hall of Fame), Jon Kemppainen (Squirrel Nut Zippers), among others.