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Popular Guitar Teachers Near Troy

James M.

Roseville, MI
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Michael B.

Brighton, MI
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Terry P.

Farmington, MI
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James M. Roseville, MI

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory

About Me

Hey there musicians to be. I'm Jamie! Guitar player for 14 years. I've played all styles, from Jewel to Lamb of God to Mozart to BB King. No matter what you want to learn, I can teach it. No polka though : )

I've had years of lessons myself that provided that push and input I needed to grow on my instrument. Not just guitar too, I've played tuba, trombone, even sang in school choir up into college.
Speaking of college, I attended Macomb community for a couple years taking classes in theory and classical guitar. Also, I went to Berklee school of music in Boston for their summer sessions, I highly recommend it if you want to learn a lot real fast . It is THE guitar college, wish I had the money for it. BTW they placed me in advanced classes when I was 15 years old : ) smirk

In general my specialty will always be metal and blues. Though I did learn Womanizer by Britney Spears just so I could create a death metal version. In my time as a for hire studio guitarist I had to remake a lot of different styles of music. Music is Music, pitches and rhythms. Style and technique is what gives it soul and feeling.

If you're in a band already I can give you tons of advice. I joined my first major band at 19... my band mates were 29-40. Got plenty of studio and live performance advice and tricks. You can see me on stage in my photos, no I'm not passed out... my signature move was the bend backwards til I'm lying on my legs. I hate being old now - frown.

*** Lesson Details ***
You will have to buy some books if you're just starting out. I know most of us hate theory, it's a pain and can get very boring if you're not trying to be a classical virtuoso. In the end you can only fake your way through so much and theory doesn't need to be a set of rules like it's a private school code of conduct. It will help you through improvisation, song writing, and understanding how and why music sounds evil, beautiful, strange, happy, sad, etc...

Now the other half of your lesson is whatever you want to learn. Any song, I won't judge you if it's backstreet boys (i figured out a song or two by them.) guilty. My old band was even on a rock tribute album to Motown. We played Get Ready by the Temptations. HA!

If you don't practice then I won't give you the evil eye or berate you. Just know if you are in the same place as the last lesson, then there's not much I can do to further your study. I rather you have fun with me and playing guitar. Why do something you don't want to?

*** Studio Equipment ***
My living room set up with equipment for lessons, a computer, lil' mixer, seating for parents, outdoor porch for the warm days. WiFi access, extra guitars if your's is broke.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect them to have a guitar and amp, purchase their own books. I can print my own lessons and transcribed songs. It's best to have a blank tab book so I can write notes that you can bring home.

*** Specialties ***
I mainly teach pop, blues, metal, progressive metal, and classical.

Michael B. Brighton, MI

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele, Upright Bass

About Me

I am a guitarist of over 20 years and have played an instrument since I was six years old. I went to college for jazz and classical guitar to expand upon my rock and blues influence. Having first taken piano lessons at six years old, I added tenor saxophone at 10, and guitar at 14. I have 20 years of playing live in a band or for theater work. I believe a musician can learn from all instruments and I try to not just teach guitar, but music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am disciplined but fun. Music shouldn't have to be a chore. It should be a chance to challenge yourself and see what you might be capable of with a little work.

I use Berklee instructional books and the Guitar Grimoire as a foundation, but try to incorporate what each student listens to.

After six months, a student will be able to play some scales, arpeggios and chords (maybe even a song or two they like.)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pro Tools 10, Presonus Studio Live 24.4.2, mics, instruments, etc...

*** Travel Equipment ***
I'll provide instrument, music stand and amp if needed.
students will provide instrument and willingness to work and learn.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz using chord voices and walking basslines underneath, but also love playing rock and country. I have read/played Spanish charts and Classical music. Also, I play in various cover bands that utilize blues, pop music and pentatonic scales. In addition, I play theater gigs which allows me to play all styles from jazz to broadway to rock.

Terry P. Farmington, MI

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

Terry P. is a composer, producer, and a multi-instrumentalist specializing in guitar and piano. He has been teaching all types of people at all levels for over eight years at Axis Music Academy in Southfield, and has taught over 8,000 lessons. Terry has a Bachelors of Music with a concentration in Composition and Theory from Wayne State University. In 2012, Terry was awarded the prestigious Kresge Arts Fellowship in the performing arts category.
This is Terry's bio from the Kresge Arts In Detroit website:

Terry had already started making a lasting impact on the local rock scene €“ in his influence over other artists and his musical innovations €“ prior to studying music composition at Wayne State University. Terry has used this classical training toward his goal of elevating the musical consciousness of popular music audiences by exposing them to compositional techniques they would otherwise never hear without listening to classical music. Terry, a multi-instrumentalist, has focused his efforts on the exploration of these techniques in contemporary genres, specifically progressive metal. In recent years, he has employed himself as a private instructor and has started scoring music for film.

*** Lesson Details ***
I make sure that lessons are fun for the student, and that the student is learning material that they like. At the same time, I make sure that my students become well-rounded musicians by teaching them skills in reading and music theory. Lessons are tailored to the student, and my approach varies with everyone I teach. I will fast-track you toward your goal while supplementing your lesson experience with exposure to new things that will challenge you in a fun way. I have learned to play almost every instrument and will teach just about anything, although I am strongest with the piano and guitar. I am open to teaching all ages, all genres/styles, and have even taught students with various disabilities. My extensive training also makes me a good tutor for undergraduate music students taking classes in ear-training and theory.
Beginning students should expect to be playing a handful of their favorite songs after studying with me for a few months, and as well they will have a basic understanding of reading notes on the instrument, and a basic understanding of music theory fundamentals. Advanced students will find that they are continually inspired and challenged.

*Special note about locations taught*

I am centered in Ferndale, but would like to keep my travels north of 8 mile road. If you live south of 8 mile but still feel that you live in a safe neighborhood, we can deal with locations on a case by case basis.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own instrument and practice amp. for guitar/bass, the student must have their own instrument and amp. piano students must have their own piano and drum students must have their own drum kit. I can bring books and other materials and may recommend that students buy certain books etc.

*** Specialties ***
For piano, I specialize in classical, and can teach anyone from 5-year-old beginners to advanced players. I can teach any style.
For guitar, I specialize in metal and progressive rock. I can teach any ability level and any style.

Bill G.

Troy, MI
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James A.

Warren, MI
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Tom N.

Sterling Heights, MI
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Bill G. Troy, MI

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

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.

James A. Warren, MI

Subjects Taught

Banjo, Bass Guitar, Drum, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

My name is James and I am a professional multi-instrumentalist/composer from the metro-Detroit area. I've recently completed my B.Mus. Degree from Wayne State University, concentrating in Jazz Studies with a minor in Music Theory/Composition. I've worked as a private and group lesson teacher in and around Detroit for the last ten years and have more recently started directing choirs and musical theater casts with ages ranging from 4-approx. 90. My experience started at 3 years old with learning and performing Traditional Arabic music, and eventually moved on to American folk, Rock, Jazz, and Classical finally landing me in Wayne State's college of music. I learned completely by rote, and didn't learn to read music until I was 18 years old. This has given me a firm appreciation for balancing a completely formal approach to music with a completely home-grown one. The upside of this in an educational setting is that I can comprehend a student that has no formal training but does have a natural knack for music. I try to give a student a heads up on the intangibles, musicianship, and functionality, while still keeping it fun and giving them the opportunity to be a rock star.

*** Lesson Details ***
In lessons, I try to create a comfortable and student driven environment where we work on building up a student's personal sensibility. I'm fairly laid back, though students are accountable for their own practicing and comprehension of the lessons. I concentrate on finding the best way for a student to approach the instrument and whatever music they are currently practicing/performing. After a few months of lessons, students will start gaining the ability to create a groove in a multitude of styles. Lessons focus on balancing technical studies, scales, patterns, etc. with creating a personal style and feel. Generally, about half of the assignments in lessons will be brought in by the student, pieces/tunes they want to learn, and styles of music they want to focus on. The other half will be my assignments and lessons on theory, music history, and good, solid technique.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide guitars, amplifiers, books and staff paper. I expect students to have their own instrument, including a Drum Set.

*** Specialties ***
Gypsy Jazz, Big Band style guitar, with a firm grasp of bebop and single line playing. I've played Blues and Rock and Roll for years as well. As a percussionist, I've been in Rock and R&B Bands for my entire life on drum set, and on world percussion I've performed traditional Arabic music on doumbek and riq for the last 20 years. As a composer I've written pieces for Big Bands, String Quartets, Full Orchestras, and Choirs, and tunes for ensembles ranging from solo pieces to 9 or 10 piece bands.

Tom N. Sterling Heights, MI

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Piano

About Me

I have been teaching guitar and piano for many years in the Metro Detroit area. I have played professionally in many local nightclub and wedding bands as well as having toured with Bob Seger as his lead guitarist/writer/vocalist. I take great pleasure in mentoring, training and equipping students with the necessary skills to achieve at the personal and/or professional level according to the students interest and desire. I tailor my teaching methods according to the students ability and musical preference and can teach anything from classic rock to pop, classical, oldies, jazz, etc. Many of my students have gone on to play at the professional level and one, in particular, has become a music professor at Berklee School of Music. In addition, I have aided students who have a desire to incorporate vocals while playing their instruments as well as giving personal assistance in songwriting.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very easy to get along with during lessons, however I can provide extra encouragement and motivation the student needs based on their individual goal for taking lessons whether it be for personal enjoyment or for the purpose of making music their career. I believe that learning music can be fun even as a serious venture, therefore I incorporate humor when appropriate. The curriculum I use includes Berklee, Mel Bay, and Alfred's Methods for guitar and Schaum and Thompson Methods for piano. Additionally, I invite students to bring in their favorite CD's whereas they can also learn from the music that interests them. This is helpful to develop a good ear as well as sparking motivation to practice as they learn from their favorite musical artist in addition to learning the fundamentals of the instrument.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would provide music method books/sheet music. Students would need to own their own instrument and/or amplifier, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Berklee, Mel Bay, Alfred's guitar method's. Schaum piano methods. Pop, rock and jazz styles.

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