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Diego is one of Chicago's most sought-after nylon-string guitar coaches and instructors. He has taught over 4000 private lessons and has given lectures and workshops in over 300 universities, elementary schools, and music schools, both nationally and internationally.
He graduated with highest honors in flamenco guitar performance from the Fundacion Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco (Seville, Spain). He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Research Psychology and focuses on studying the psychology of learning, skill acquisition, and expertise related to learning an instrument. With this knowledge, Diego Alonso is able to teach and coach guitar with utmost precision and effectiveness.
WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT FROM PRIVATE LESSONS?
The very first things we'll learn to do in our private lesson will be to RELAX, BE PATIENT, and HAVE FUN. Yes, mastering (or even just getting decent at) the guitar takes time and dedicated work, but it should always be enjoyable, relaxing, and ...
I've been teaching music for 15 yrs on guitar, piano, bass, cello and bass. My students have ranged from from 5yrs to 75yrs of age. I have seen many student go on to join orchestras, bands, broadway shows or simply continued their education to a university or college. Being able to read music profeciently has given me the opportunity to teach off many method books but like to use Alfred Method, Mel Bay and Frederick Noad Method books. I teach many styles ranging from classical, jazz & blues, rock, contemporary and pop. I do stress and recommend all my students to learn how to read music and usually by our second or third lesson they will playing simple songs. I am here to help you make music!
I have a long experience teaching students of all levels and ages. I am patient, friendly, and I strive to make my lessons as entertaining and informational as possible.
My curiosity as a musician has led me to become familiar with most genres of guitar music. I also have an excellent ear and I can pick out any song you are interested in learning right away and make an easy arrangement according to your level.
I have been studying flamenco guitar just as long as I have studied classical guitar.
I know many of the improvisation techniques and ideas in flamenco.
I teach all skill levels and styles. I provide a progressive curriculum with topics ranging from music fundamentals, to advanced concepts of improvisation.
I teach beginning and intermediate flamenco guitar. We will learn rasgueo patterns, common flamenco scales, chord progressions, and improvising techniques. We will also cover classical techniques and theory that will help in learning flamenco. We will use the book by Juan Martin "El Arte Flamenco de la Guitarra"
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The flamenco guitar, also referred to as toque, is one of the most beautiful instruments to hear. With its undeniable Spanish decent, the flamenco guitar paints a picture of love, war, happiness, and sorrow on a canvas of earthy tones. However, to effectively master it, you need to familiarize yourself with the basics of chords, progressions, and techniques. This can be done with exercises that can help you learn flamenco guitar scales and improvisation. Our flamenco guitar lessons offer these, and then some! When you enroll in our flamenco guitar lessons, your ability to play the instrument will be developed quickly. As you go along, your expert teacher will also introduce music theory to support the knowledge you are gaining. From this, you will acquire a better understanding of the craft of playing the flamenco guitar. In the process, your instructor may also teach you how to read flamenco guitar tabs and provide you with practical tips that can come in handy when you play. If you want an extensive course involving the flamenco guitar, then sign up for our lessons today!