Acoustic Guitar

Levels Taught: Beginner - Advanced

About Joseph K.

Background Check: Last verified 05/06/2013
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Male Ages Taught: 5 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 99


I have studied the guitar for twenty years, and have been teaching students of all ages for fifteen. Specializing in lead rock guitar and acoustic folk, I have had the pleasure to perform and record with over a dozen acts at a variety of venues and studios across the Chicagoland area. In addition to guitar instruction, I graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006 with a degree in Audio Arts and Acoustics, which has allowed me to work as a professional Acoustical Technician, Audio Engineer and Audio Instructor for a variety of companies in many different capacities.

*** Lesson Details ***
When starting lessons with a student I first evaluate their mechanical competency with the instrument and begin working with the student in various techniques to expand their range and complexity of movement while simultaneously incorporating material into these exercises from artists and styles that the student expresses the most interest in. Additionally my approach includes activities that will develop the student's understanding of music theory in regards to both their instrument, and the interplay between their instrument and the others in an ensemble. My primary goals are to open pathways of thought and technique, unseen by the student, allowing that student to learn the guitar not just by my instruction, but by their own practice. Furthermore I aim to develop the student's knowledge to the point that they can more capably and confidently interact with other musicians.

*** Studio Equipment ***
2 electric guitars, 2 acoustic guitars, 1 electric bass, mixer, pre amps, outboard effects, pro tools le 7.2/digi003 platform, mics, keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide a guitar for the first lesson if needed. After the initial lesson if the student decides to retain my services, he/she will need their own guitar to keep up with the lessons at home. I do not currently have a smaller scale guitar to provide to younger students.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar, Audio Engineering (Live and Studio), Music Production, Beginning Drum kit
Rock, Folk, Reggae, Blues

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Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 4 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent guitar instructor, extremely patient. June 9, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Instructor My son really enjoys having him as an instructor. He has been really accomodating and a great with my son. March 9, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by flexible and understanding Joseph Thanks Joseph for being flexible and understanding when we needed to reschedule our practice times. May 30, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by knows the job,very patient. December 13, 2008