The Twelfth Fret ~ Since 1977 ~


Welcome to The Twelfth Fret Music School

Diverse Musical Expertise

Toronto seems to be a hotspot for top guitar teachers, and there is no exception when it comes to The Twelfth Fret Music School. Boasting an impressive faculty of talented, diverse, guitarists you are certain to find the support and assistance you need.

Expert, Experienced Teachers

The Twelfth Fret Music School is one of Toronto’s best guitarists’ music schools. Our location offers on-site lessons for electric & acoustic guitar, bass, mandolin, violin/fiddle and banjo.   The school employs seven professional guitar teachers and two bass teachers – all with extensive teaching and playing experience in pop, rock, blues, jazz, country, bluegrass, folk, modern fingerstyle and classical idioms.

Ready Support

We are ready to guide you through the next level of your playing experience; help you conquer a tough riff, or a style which is simply holding you back. Our teachers can meet with you and provide the support you need to go forward. You can meet for one lesson or a monthly refresher. Our support is ready to play.

Global Reputation

The Twelfth Fret has a 40 year history of providing expertise to guitarist’s the world over. When you take lesson you make yourself available to the resource not only through your teachers, but of the instrument you play. Our staff of luthiers are available to help ensure your instrument plays the way you want it to. Our sales team will help guide you to the instrument which works for you. And our teachers are always reviewing our broad selection of on-hand instruments. We feel this provides a total package for you and your musical goals. 

Most Recent Tips From Our Teachers

An Introduction to Fingerstyle Guitar

If you have ever wanted to expand your guitar playing beyond strumming an accompaniment chord part then finger-style guitar is great way to add variety to your playing and a great way to impress your friends too. In the following article I’m going to talk about some simple techniques to get any guitar player started down the road to finger-style playing and answer some of the most frequently asked questions – FAQS –  I get from students learning to finger-pick.

Moving From Beginner Fingerpicking Techniques to Travis Picking

In my last article on fingerpicking, I introduced some of the basics needed to turn simple chord knowledge into some basic finger-picking techniques.  Now, I’d like to introduce some slightly more advanced right hand techniques and start getting into some intermediate level exercises with a focus on Travis style picking. Travis picking is a very distinctive and specific right hand technique that takes its name from American music pioneer Merle Travis (1917-1983). Although the technique bears the name “Travis” today,

The Twelfth Fret Celebrates 3rd Annual “Kids Music Day” 2018

Join us to celebrate the 3rd Annual “Kids Music Day” kick off – Friday October 5th, 2018. We are jumping in on the international action and placing a spotlight on the importance of including music in children’s education.  There will be approximately 800 to 1,000 locations joining in worldwide over Kids Music Day weekend, kicking off Friday 5 October.  In celebration we are offering a special incentive lesson package promotion – FIVE LESSONS FOR THE PRICE OF FOUR – and profiling