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About Ian M.

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Chicago, IL

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I’ve been teaching guitar, bass and ukulele professionally since 2001 to all ages and levels throughout the Chicagoland area. I started playing in 1991. Music is my passion. Besides teaching and performing, I also ran an all ages music venue from 2006-2015. Teaching is my biggest love and I love seeing students learn! There isn’t a style I will not teach. All music to me is fascinating

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All lessons start with the basics (assuming the student doesn’t already know them). This includes: reading music and chord diagrams, understanding rhythm, basic music theory, etc. Meanwhile, we will apply this knowledge to songs of the student’s choice- this way they’re learning songs they like, and more about guitar and music at the same time. As time goes on we’ll get into playing lead, advanced theory, songwriting and more.

Above is the plan, but I am always open to suggestions from the students as well. As long as they are learning, I am happy. In all reality, we can spend years on just one of the many paths you can go down with music- so I am always continually re-checking on the student’s current and up-to-date goals.

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I am very confident in my teaching skills. I love so many genres of music that its hard to say where my best talents lie. But no matter what the style, I will say one thing that I have always been strict about is proper technique and rhythm. I feel like timing is something that a lot of musicians take for granted and often have to learn the hard way later on. I try to incorporate it soon after a beginner's first lessons.
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Michelle L. March 3, 2014
· Classical Guitar ·
Great teacher

My son loves learning guitar from Ian! He is so patient with children. His love for music is infectious. He makes my son look forward to learning each week. If you want to learn guitar... Pick Ian!
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carolyn L. February 27, 2014
· Guitar ·
great teacher for popular acoustic guitar

Ian is a no nonsense well organized guy. He taught me using exercises he wrote out on paper mostly in tabulature form. He used a metronome from the first lesson and always introduced a music theory concept such as rhythm, pentatonic scales, and chord transposition. He will not move past any exercise until you can demonstrate proficiency so there is no choice but to draw your own conclusion that you need to practice more if you want to progress. He teaches out of his local all ages music venue, or will travel to your home.
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Paul R. February 6, 2014
· Guitar ·
A great experience.

As an adult, beginner student I have nothing but good things to say about Ian. He has a very good demeanor during class and takes the time to find out what styles you are interested in.

He has the patience and communication skills that are found in superior instructors (I have been to a couple others and have stuck with Ian). His passion for music is infectious.

He challenges me to become better with each week and is good at instilling a sense of competition. I highly recommend him as an instructor.
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About Andrew V.

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If you want to learn what they teach in the guitar program (GIT) at Musicians Institute here in Hollywood, but don't want to spend $30k on tuition and living expenses to do it... Or, if you are planning to attend GIT yourself and want to get way ahead of the curve early, so you too can graduate with top honors... Schedule some lessons with me, at a fraction of the GIT price-tag!

Beginning, intermediate and advanced guitar players will all benefit greatly from the vast wealth of guitar- and music-related information and experience that I have to offer (no brag, just fact).

My influences include, but are by no means limited to: Frank Zappa, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Sting, The Cure, Duran Duran, Prince, Lady Gaga, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Miles Davis, Christina Aguilera, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky...and nearly
everyone else making interesting music in the world.

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I am a GIT graduate and will teach you everything they teach at Musicians Institute, one-on-one. Whether you want to learn scales, arpeggios, chords, music theory, harmony, arranging, reading music, writing music, ear training, rhythm guitar styles (rock, pop, jazz, funk), soloing techniques (rock, metal, pop, fusion), songwriting (on acoustic and electric), live performance (pre-show preparedness, eliminating stage fright, developing a professional stage presence), using fx pedals, ideal amplifier settings, finding your signature guitar tone, music production (recording, mixing and mastering), music business (creating your press kit, marketing your music, negotiating payments and contracts)...you name it, I've studied it and will teach it to you!

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When I'm not touring and doing sessions, I spend the majority of my time in Hollywood, where I keep a small but full-featured music studio on a nice, quiet little street just off Hollywood Blvd. It's great because it contains all of the necessary items I need to maintain my skills, improve my abilities, and expand my knowledge (sofa, chair, office desk/chair, several amplifiers, guitars, fx pedals, metronome, etc). And in terms of the lessons I teach, while there isn't an on-site waiting area, there are several shops, restaurants and a small Fresh & Easy grocer with a nice, quiet alfresco seating area just a block or so away. What's more, the Hollywood & Highland mall is only a few blocks away. Parking is very convenient in the LA Fitness subterranean garage, the entrance to which is located on North Sycamore Ave. The fee for parking is free for one hour, with easy, no-hassle validation from Fresh & Easy. Note: street parking is permit-only and you will be ticketed...so DO NOT park on the street!

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Please bring your instrument, a notebook, pencil, and, if you would like to record your lessons to have and review afterward, a pocket-size recording device. I will typically record moments when a student performs an example of something s/he has been working on, or an improvisation regarding the same. I do this strictly for the purpose of (a) having an example to which to compare and measure the student's progress and improvement over time, and/or (b) to capture a 'magical moment' of musical inspiration that might prove useful to the student's artistic/musical development, etc. At the student's request, I will provide a copy of said recordings (if any) on a CD. All such recordings are kept 100% confidential, are not distributed nor disseminated for any reason whatsoever, and are deleted at such time that the student discontinues his/her lessons with me.

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I am a very style-flexible musician and guitarist. Some really great books I've used in my own studies and lessons include: Pepe Romero's 'Guitar Style and Technique,' Ted Greene's 'Chord Chemistry,' George Russell's 'The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization for Improvisation,' Peter Magadini's 'Polyrhythms,' et al.
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Andrew wan an excellent teacher. He was very talented and easy to get along with. I would definitely recommend him.
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About George C.

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Birmingham, AL

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As with any instrument or art, you have to start somewhere and put work into. There are no shortcuts. However, a good instructor can quickly recognize what you wish to learn, zone in on those areas, and most importantly allow you the desire to keep play more. This type of guidance is the “shortcut”. For myself, I have 18+ years playing electric/acoustic guitar I have also attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA playing with other musicians and learning from the best instructors.

Beginner level: we have to start with positioning of you fret and pick hand. You can change a bit of this up later. To start, I might hear you play something: one note, a melody, or a riff just to see where you’re at. Starting from scratch? That’s perfectly fine.

We will work on two aspects: working towards playing single note melodies and strumming/learning basic chords. I would encourage learning the latter as pretty much all contemporary songs can be accompanied by rhythm guitar. Changing chords, ...

About George
Hi, my name is George. I am available to teach electric or acoustic guitar and bass either at my place or yours.

I have played both electric and acoustic guitar for 18+ now and attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA where I played with many talented individuals and learned from some of the best teachers.

Along the way I kept my bass guitar on my side and became proficient in the instrument as well.

I love playing several styles and my favorites are classic rock, hard rock, and blues.

I have taught guitar before but I found my knack for teaching by instructing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, another one of my hobbies.

I would love to teach guitar again not just because of the new knowledge I’ve attained but I just like it and learned I know how to be in tune with what a student needs at the moment.
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Birmingham, AL 35244
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About Miller W.

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Pasadena, CA
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I have been playing guitar for 10 years and teaching since 2008. I emphasize a firm understanding of music as a whole and a technical foundation that will avoid any kind of bad habits/injuries and ensure progress throughout the student's life with the instrument. All students will learn basic music theory and technique, as well as whatever area of music they are particularly interested in, as the latter is greatly informed and better understood through knowledge of basic theory and technique.

About Miller
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I'm a multi-instrumentalist/composer living in Orange County and working as a session musician and composer in LA. I recently graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BA -Music, emphasis in Composition/Jazz Performance.
I have been teaching since 2008, including extensive experience with special needs children.

I offer instruction at any level in:

Performance (10 years experience): Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Acoustic Guitar, and Electric Guitar in all styles. This also includes basic music theory instruction. A jazz curriculum is also offered.

Composition/Arranging - The history of composition and music theory as it applies to composition, as well as contemporary techniques in the classical and jazz idioms, film scoring, and popular styles. Includes a comprehensive overview of techniques for arrangement and orchestration.


Music Theory - An in-depth study of music theory as it applies to analysis, composition, and improvisation. A jazz curriculum is also offered.
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About Billy D.

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New York, NY

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Whether you dream of becoming a singer-songwriter, or the lead guitarist in a rock band, I will provide you the tools you need to make those dreams come true. I have many years of experience playing many styles of music. If you want to learn to play your favorite songs, or even right your own music, I can help.

About Billy
I am a professional trombonist/guitarist living in New York City. I recently finished my Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance at the New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music. I have a lot of performing, touring, and teaching experience, performing in venues such as Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium and Zankel Hall), Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Jazz Standard, Smoke Jazz Club, and many other venues around the city. I have several guitar and trombone students, but include music theory, composition techniques, and ear training into my lessons as well. I have experience in a variety of different styles of music. I really enjoy sharing my love for music with my students, and my main priority is making sure that my students' learning experiences are as efficient and enjoyable as possible.
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Wilson May 31, 2019
· Trombone · In studio
Very patient and conducts the lesson based on strengths and weaknesses in order to form well balance student. 5 stars.
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Ariana May 21, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Billy is great! He is super patient with me and really tries to make sure I understand the basics instead of just memorizing chords. His style is very easy-going and engaging. I definitely recommend Billy as a teacher, especially for beginners.
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Suzie B. March 1, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Good instructor recommended!
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About Cole P.

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Memphis, TN

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My goal as an instructor is to keep the lessons fresh, fun, interesting, and to ultimately guide the students to better teach themselves as they gain experience and familiarity with the instrument and music. Students can have their lessons catered to the music and styles they wish to pursue. Lessons are tailored to each individual student so that we can build upon their strengths and focus on lessons to improve weaker areas. Students will learn how to build dexterity, use proper technique, and be creative. Every student has different goals, some really want to learn theory and read music. Others may simply want to learn to strum a few chords. Whatever the goal, I can provide the instructions to help the student succeed!

About Cole
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Cole is a professional guitarist and studied music at Western Kentucky University from 2014-2017 with an emphasis in guitar under Professor John Martin. He has played guitar for 19 years in a variety of styles ranging from classical, jazz, blues, rock, metal, finger style, and many others. He has also studied under the phenomenal jazz-fusion guitarist Dani Rabin from the band Marbin and also Kieran Johnston from the Scotland metal band Perpertua. He has studied jazz improv under trumpeter Dr. Marshall Scott. Also has learned much from Grammy Award winner guitarist Greg Martin.

The goal as an instructor is to keep the lessons fresh, fun, interesting, and to ultimately guide the students to educate themselves as they gain experience and familiarity with the instrument. Students can have the
ir lessons catered to the music and styles they wish to pursue. Lessons are tailored to each individual student so that we can build upon their strengths and focus on lessons to improve weaker areas. Every student has different goals, for some it is their passion and some are starting a new hobby. Whatever the goal, I can provide the instructions to help the student succeed!

All ages and skill levels accepted. No books to buy, will provide all material needed!

Cole is a composer, arranger and also play a variety of other instruments as bass, piano, ukulele, mandolin, percussion, and extended range guitars.

Works with several music production softwares such as Finale, Cubase, Garage Band, Logic and Protools.

He has worked with artists, audio engineers, and producers such as Chris Robertson (Black Stone Cherry), Russell Brooks (The Schools, 00 The Rabbit, Solo artist) John King (Sixth Floor, South Bound, Mud River Revival), Kenton Embry (Nashville Session player and touring artist), , David Barrick (Barrick Studios), Jason Simpson (Colter Wall), Joel Whittinghill (7 time fiddle, mandolin, and bluegrass guitar champion).

Cole has an extensive knowledge of music theory which he applies to lessons, as well as ear training, harmony, solfege and sight reading just to name a few and depending on the wishes of the student. At his alma mater was a member in the guitar ensemble, guitar quartet, jazz band, and classical solo guitar. He also studied music theory, jazz improv, orchestral arranging, piano, choral arranging, ear training, musical form & analysis, conducting, aural skills, music drama, and music history.
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Pamela May 8, 2019
· Guitar · Online
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Gregory F. May 7, 2019
· Blues Guitar · In studio
Very patient and informative. Allowed me to ask endless questions. Addressed all my concerns and removed any doubt about this arrangement working specifically for me and my schedule. His studio has a very nice setup and it's simplified. We did a breakdown of my experience and focused on setting realistic goals towards my learning process. More than a "Teacher" of music but a "Professor" of guitar methods! He focused in on getting me comfortable with the most basic of finger techniques, finger placement and familiarized with the sections of the solo lead guitar. After an hour's session my mind was put at ease about my ability to be patient with myself. I was never made to feel awkward or out of my league. This caused me to open up and to really focus. Mr.Cole has a great style and passion towards helping me to soak in as much content as possible. His location is within a community that's family orientated. I look forward to being tutored by Mr.Cole over the course of the next year without any complications.
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Josh S. March 19, 2019
· Ukulele · Online
Great first lesson! Super excited to continue to work with Cole.
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About William C.

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Sacramento, CA

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I want students to excel the fastest they can on guitar. I will develop plans and keep track of progress so that students and I can stay organized and make sure the learning is fluent. I will direct lessons based on what the student wants to learn most and what genres of music they are interested in. The basics I want students to learn from my lessons are basic chords, fretboard knowledge and music theory, finger-picking styles, pick and strumming techniques, left-hand techniques, and most importantly I want to teach students how to listen. I will train students ears through ear training exercises and songs. The better the student’s ears can get, the better the musician they can be. Besides just teaching songs, I want students to understand the theory, technique, and meaning behind those songs. I specialize in jazz but am able to teach other styles such as rock, blues, classical, and pop.

About William
I have been playing guitar for seven years. At first, I learned many styles such as rock, classical, and pop, but in high school I fell in love with jazz. Since then, I've striven to become a master of playing tunes by great jazz artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Cole Porter, and Count Basie. I am currently attending California State University, Sacramento, working towards a bachelor's degree in music.
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Sawyer H. March 18, 2019
· Guitar · Online
Still getting the hang of online lessons and don’t have much to compare it to but my son seems to enjoy it almost as much as live lessons.
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Alec L. January 14, 2019
· Guitar · Online
My son loved his first class. Learned more in one day than he did in a month with his old teacher
Thank you William!
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James October 22, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Very knowledgeable and super friendly !
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About Juan Pablo O.

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Lehigh Acres, FL
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I teach since 1996 and every minute with a student counts, every note they learn to play, every skill they develop with my guidance is a joy for me.... I feel happiness by helping others find a new way of saying and feeling (through music)... I also love to play music with my students.

About Juan Pablo
I'm a Cuban musician and guitar player I've taught music for 22 years and played in several concerts, festivals, in Cuba and Europe... I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Superior Instiut of Arts in Havana, Cuba. I love to teach and find happiness in helping you to learn rhythms and notes in an instrument... and much more because music is more than rhythm and notes.... it's a way to express your feelings.... your locked or hidden words...
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Hans September 13, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Great Person ....fantastic musician.....as a soloist and in the band (we toured together for 48 concerts throu Germany).......the best guitarist I know......especially in the classical and latin american area....
A teacher with best pedagogical skills... honestly :"the best you can get"
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Hans September 13, 2018
· Classical Guitar ·
Great Person....fantastic musican....as a soloist and in the band....the best guitarist i know...especially in the classical and latin amercan skills... a teacher with best pedagogical skills...
Honestly "the best you can get"
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Zoe September 10, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In home
Excelente profesor de guitarra, para los que comienzan y para los que aspiran a un nivel superior, me encantaron sus clases.
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About Lauren B.

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Birmingham, AL
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I can help you learn you favorite songs or write your own! I have been playing guitar for 20 years and have been a classroom music teacher for 12 years. I can help you not only develop your playing skills but also provide the necessary music theory to take you to the next level!

About Lauren
I am a certified music teacher of 12 years. I currently teach guitar, piano, drum set, and songwriting at a Fine Arts Academy. I have experience teaching guitar both in a class setting and a one-on-one setting. I have also led children's music at Vacation Bible School.

Prior to teaching, I traveled as a singer/songwriter that played a variety of venues and festivals.

I love making music and sharing music with my students. I would love the opportunity to be a part of your musical journey.
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Ketourah J. June 17, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
My daughter was very impressed with her teacher.
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About Brian M.

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Green Bay, WI
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I have been a performing musican for over 10 years and can apply real gig experience to a learning plan. I am able to explain things in an easy to understand way and am very adaptable to find what works best for each individual. I have a passion and enthusiasm for music which helps motivate the individual to bring their own excitement to music which makes playing and learning guitar easier and more enjoyable.

About Brian
My name is Brian and I am addicted to Rock n Roll! Since I was a kid I have been extremely passionate about music and have had an exciting musical journey through life. I have studied and practiced a variety of styles and genres of music and have learned the musical fundamentals of guitar. My favorite part about music is the joy I see it bring people. My goal is to have fun and share my excitement for music with lessons so learning is easy and fun. I have a unique perspective on music and love to share my insights with other people. I have a relaxed but motivating approach to learning guitar that makes it fun and rewarding as well as personalized to the students interests.
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