Bill G.

Bill G.

★★★★★
★★★★★
9 Reviews
Troy, MI

Guitar

Levels Taught: Beginner - Advanced

I teach everything from finger style classical/Flamenco guitar to all classic/alternative/indie rock; as well as songwriting development and arranging, and music theory.

About Bill G.

Background Check: Last verified 10/28/2013
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Male Ages Taught: 5 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 99

Overview

I have been playing guitar for 28 years. I took formal guitar lessons for seven years, have won numerous awards locally and nationally, and have been a professional musician for most of my life. I have studied music theory elaborately, was accepted to both the Berklee School of Music in Boston and the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. I choose to start on a musical career immediately after high school; and did so in my hometown of Detroit. I play/teach, have written, performed, and recorded everything from classic/indie rock, jazz, classical, flamenco, etc. I currently front my own indie rock project "The Static Dial", as guitarist/vocalist/songwriter.

I teach all ages; from very young children (ages 6-8) to adults. Music samples are available here on my profile.

*** Lesson Details ***
As an instructor, I start students with the basics (open chords, major/minor diatonic and blues scales, rhythm/timing, and beginner technique), and like to get at least a basic ability to sight read (music notation).

For younger students, I get them started on a beginner book for sight reading music.

If a student is a little more capable, we start on a more modern/popular song they like. For my more advanced students, we get into music theory (cycle of fifths, harmony, chord language, etc.) and with some students we study specific genres.

My approach is one of building up the students sense of practice, self confidence, and to encourage their sense of creativity. I take teaching seriously and value my student's time; so I work to get the most out of them, and make it fun. All ages and levels are welcome!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio space in Helen's of Troy. Office is furnished with seating, music stand, and amplifier.
Student must have their own instrument and pick.

*** Specialties ***
I'm a singer/songwriter as well as a guitar player/instructor, so the construction and arranging of a song; from the music, to the lyrics, to the vocal melodies; are very much within my experience and teaching.
I also studied and play Flamenco guitar; as well as other Mediterranean/near eastern instruments, such as Greek Bouzouki and Middle Eastern Oud. I have also recorded in all these styles.

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Experience

Guitarist/Vocalist/Songwriter Mar 2009 - Present
The Static Dial

My own project started and based on my written material. We have released a debut EP(self titles), the "Move Along" extended single, and our latest single "Desert Song".
We have been featured on major and indie radio from Detroit to the UK, worked with several national and international touring bands, and have been featured in several publications.
We're are also available on Spotify, Rdio, and Itunes radio.

Languages Spoken

Greek Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Michigan champion of level of study, sight reading, and age. Jun 1988
American Guild Of Music

Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 9 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 First lesson Took my first lesson today and I have to say that I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. Looking forward to the next one...now off to practice! April 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by A great teacher! Bill is one of those rare guitar teachers who have both an incredible amount of musicianship and talent and a genuine passion for passing that knowledge on to students. He takes educating his students very seriously and it shows. I've been taking lessons with Bill for the last couple months and my playing has gotten so much better. I'm very excited to see where we can take my playing in the future. February 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great instructor. Bill has been a great instructor. He has been flexible, easy to work with and an overall professional. April 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bill G - guitar lessons Bill is a great guitar teacher. He's patient and challenging at the same time. He has been flexible and accommodating with scheduling. As a beginner, I'm excited to see how far my skills will reach under his guidance. Highly recommended guitar teacher. July 17, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beginner guitar lessons I was pleased with Bill's guitar lessons. My daughter is a beginner guitar player and she learned something new at each lesson to practice. She enjoyed the lessons and wants to take more. Bill was polite and prompt. February 4, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by acoustic guitar lesoons Bill is a tru pro, i am as novice as they come he is very patiet with me, yet has the sense to know when your getting it. Wish i could go another few months and just may after our grandchild arrives. January 18, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome I like that Bill was calm with me. He taugh me how to not get frustrate with practicing. To be relax and let it come to me. The best thing from every lesson, was that he gave me notes to learn from. He is a great guitar player and teacher. September 14, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by thank u for everything March 19, 2011