The Guitar Emporium is a little high-end acoustic guitar shop in Ballard. The people there are great and the guitars are gorgeous. When I decided to learn to play I looked all over for a teacher - what I wanted was someone who could teach me theory and use sheet music rather than only tabs. I found Bob Crow who gave lessons at the Guitar Emporium (not sure if he's still there, but I'm sure anyone they have is great). He is a trained music instructor and extremely talented musician. The lessons are in the back room (well, more like a closet) and the whole shop will be able to hear you...but don't worry - everyone is very supportive.