I tailor all my lessons to the individual students interests and wants. Whatever your goals are, I'll help you get there.
I have played the guitar for twenty years and have studied a wide variety of music including jazz, classical, folk, blues and rock. I’m skilled in acoustic, electric and classical styles of the guitar. I have an open mind about music and can appreciate any style or type. I have a firm background on music theory, so I am able to explain what I am teaching. I excelled in all my classes in college, music and Gen Eds, with a GPA over 3.75. I also have experience in teaching guitar or bass to students ranging from the ages of six to sixty six. I enjoy taking what I have learned and passing it
on to someone else to experience. I believe this is one way you can leave your mark in music. I believe the experience I have playing in bands, and learning songs with my ability of having relative pitch will make my students improve quicker. I am also a very skilled sight reader and can recognize key signatures and musical notation. I’ve also been playing electric bass guitar for 13 years now and have the same skill set as my guitar playing. In fact I am hired to perform more often as a bassist than a guitarist. I went to Columbia College between 2000-2003 and I completed a Bachelor Arts in Music, Concentration: Instrument Performance. I also went to Harper College between 1997-2000 and I completed an Associates in Fine Arts of Music.
*** Lesson Details *** I tailor all my lessons to the individual students interests and wants. Whatever your goals are, I'll help you get there. If you just want to learn music theory or how to write a song, I can teach you all that and more. I will teach you how to read music but if you don't wan't to do that, I will teach you how to read tablature. I'll push you to learn your instrument and to practice but I won't force to practice anything that you are not interested in. After about 3-6 months of lessons with me you will be able to play songs that you wanted to learn and you will also know all the essential fun basics of your instrument. Learning the guitar or bass is fun! And as your teacher I will make you want to practice.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons will be downstairs which has music stands, guitars, cords and books.
*** Travel Equipment *** My guitar and music stand. They should have a guitar and an amp if needed.
*** Specialties *** Anything from classic rock to blues, jazz, classical, modern rock, punk rock, music theory, improvising and songwriting.
Ken M. November 12, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
Paul has been a great teacher. We have been going over songs that I want to play and he writes it out in bass tab.
I would highly suggest going to Paul.
Christopher Corl September 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Paul is a great teacher, I've been going to him for 2-3 months now. I like the suggestions he makes for songs he thinks I would like to play.
Stephanie R. August 19, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
Paul is a very patient instructor, given that I have no experience. His lessons do a nice job of building on each other. I like how he incorporates things I like to do, but challenges me to develop other skills as well. I would definitely recommend him.
I play, write, record and perform a variety of American popular music forms including rock, folk, blues, funk, bluegrass, country, fingerstyle guitar, and jazz.
I began my musical training learning drums as a 12 year old and a year later began private lessons on guitar as well. In the following years, while playing in rock bands and focusing primarily on guitar and continuing practice on drums, I became interested in learning other instruments: I took harmonica lessons and taught myself how to play bass guitar and keyboards. As a teenager I also began writing my own songs and teaching my
self how to record music. I also play Spanish flamenco guitar and studied with master flamenco players while living in Madrid, Spain.
Today, I play guitar, harmonica, sing and write songs for my own group, while also working on a variety of other recording projects that reflect my various musical personalities. I love everything about music, and there's nothing I enjoy more than sharing music with others, whether that be playing in a group, going to a concert with a friend, or talking about music with one of my students. One of my greatest joys is seeing others get involved in the world of music by learning to play an instrument, so I take great pride and responsibility in teaching my students and I hope to make that experience as positive and rewarding as it can be for everyone I work with.
*** Lesson Details *** I am happy to work with students of any age regardless of prior experience or ability. Music is the universal language. Everyone is welcome.
Check out my new song samples for a taste of what I do. All instruments, vocals and production done by me at my home studio.
My approach: I take a multi-disciplinary, multi-instrumental approach to teaching music. I feel that today's students are very interested in learning more than just one instrument, style or discipline. One of my greatest assets as a teacher is that I can play and teach guitar, bass, drums, harmonica, keyboards, songwriting, and audio production/engineering, or any combination thereof, to a student that is interested in becoming more than just a guitar player.
That being said, my musical experience centers primarily on the guitar, and that's where I prefer to start teaching my students. And if you only want to learn guitar, we'll just stick with guitar. However, if you want to learn other instruments too (guitar and drums; guitar, bass, and harmonica; guitar, keys and drums; etc.) we will work together to create a program that allows you to achieve all of your musical goals in time.
No matter what, the bottom line is this: you determine the direction of your musical education. The first time we meet, we will talk about your musical interests and goals, and from that conversation I will design a curriculum that fits your personality, needs and desires. I work with each of my students to determine and constantly refine his or her path, and as we follow your path I will work to give you all the tools needed to pursue your goals...and if I can't give them to you I'll help you find someone who can. I know my limits as a musician and teacher and I will always be honest with you about those things. For example, if you decide you want to be a jazz guitarist, I can get you started on that path, but once you advance beyond my limits (I love jazz, but it's not my forte), I will help you find a teacher who better fits your needs and goals.
Finally, I have always felt that music should be fun and there's no reason that learning to play an instrument can't be fun too. That doesn't mean it won't be hard work, because, like anything else in life, as you get deeper into music it will not only become more rewarding, but more challenging too. Still, it should always be fun. I understand that each student is unique and what "fun" means for one student may be different for another, and so we will work at your pace and according to your goals and desires to create a program that is ideal for you.
I use a variety of teaching techniques and tools in my lessons and will cater those tools toward the needs of each student. You don't need to read music to learn how to play an instrument, but I do use a number of simple, easy-to-learn written methods in my teaching. More importantly, I encourage my students to learn how to "hear" music so that as they advance they can begin to teach themselves how to play the things that they hear. Therefore, much of my teaching method focuses on seeing, hearing and feeling the music...this is the way almost all popular music has been taught and learned since the beginning of time, and with the right supplement of written methods I think it still comprises the most effective way to become a complete musician.
I can also record every lesson for my students and make the recording available as a CD or mp3 via email so that you can listen to the lesson as you practice on your own at home.
Additionally, if you are interested in songwriting or audio recording, we can incorporate lessons on those subjects into your curriculum as well. Understanding both is an essential part of being a well-rounded musician in any genre these days and both fields can open up wide worlds of expression and artistry to those willing to delve into them. I am passionate and knowledgeable about both songwriting and recording.
*** Studio Equipment *** Guitars, Bass Guitar, Amps
*** Specialties *** Electric guitar, Acoustic Guitar, songwriting, bass, Harmonica, drums, music production, audio recording Rock, Folk, Blues, Funk, Country, Bluegrass, Fingerstyle Guitar, Jazz
David K. March 30, 2015
In home Verified Student
Perfect! Couldn't be happier!
Aaron R. April 1, 2013
Harmonica Verified Student
I am completely new to playing an instrument and Will taught me an incredible amount... from playing the instrument, to understanding music theory, to listening and understanding some of the great musicians. He takes a holistic approach to his teaching and the 45 minute sessions are done before you know it. He makes it fun and comfortable, which is important when you are just learning. I recommend him if you are at any level.
JasonK April 6, 2011
I've had a few lessons with Will, and it's going great. He's tailoring the lessons to my skill level and my goals unlike any class could. Thanks.
Daniel, a former faculty member of Columbia College in Chicago, is a studio and live performance singer and musician based in Chicago. His teaching and performing experience spans three decades, and includes expertise in the studies of voice, guitar, piano, bass, drums, and trumpet, along with music theory, arranging, and composing. He is a Lincoln Academy Student Laureate who holds a BA in Music Composition, and has attended graduate courses in education at Roosevelt University and DePaul University in Chicago. He has taught students of all ages at private studios, public school, and college.
Daniel is described by his students as a natural teacher. He prefers to be regarded as an advancing student, and takes the journey along with his students to guide them towards their goals with a friendly, positive, efficient and productive approach. He feels that music is within all of us, and a desire to learn is a sign of talent, so anyone can develop their musical abilities with methodical practice.
The musical journey for Daniel began at an early age with trumpet and piano studies which became a passion for him by the age of 14. He was the drum major of the high school marching band, and successfully completed a paid contract to arrange music for the high school jazz band which performed in a state beauty pageant. He began teaching privately after high school, and continued playing in bands, and composing original music. He formed a professional jazz ensemble under the name of the Chicago Jazz Players by the age of 22, and developed his arranging techniques while having it performed by an eighteen piece orchestra consisting of many great local artists. It was in this environment that he gained experience with brass, woodwinds, and rhythm instruments. He was granted a position at Columbia College as an instructor at age 29 where he taught theory, sight singing, musicianship, ear training, harmony, orchestration, and composition. He scored the music for several plays, and conducted his own pieces with Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera Players. During those years he found himself playing the guitar and singing more than anything else. It was in 1995 that he focused on singing and playing the guitar with his rock band. He has produced several CD recordings of his original music in his own studio, and has helped produce local bands and artists. He performs regularly in the Chicago area.
*** Lesson Details *** Daniel exhibits patience and care with each student, and develops an individualized approach based on clear goals with practical procedures. Most beginners can expect to have a working knowledge of music notation and how it applies to their instrument within three months, and should be developing fluency in performing music that they enjoy within six months. Advancing students will enjoy the rewards that will follow by studying with an experienced teaching musician that will recognize strengths and weaknesses, and recommend proven techniques for personal musical development. Studying music should be fun, fulfilling, and in harmony with the needs and desires of the student, and this is key to the philosophy held by Daniel.
*** Studio Equipment *** Eight track recording gear; grand piano; guitars/bass (acoustic & electric); cables/amps, drum kit and percussion.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide lesson materials, and always have a metronome with me. I expect the student to have an instrument. I prefer that a student has a music stand.
*** Specialties *** Customized approach to the individual based on needs and goals.
Karen S. September 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My daughter has progressed beautifully. Daniel is an excellent piano teacher who is patient. Recommend!
Maria B. September 3, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Daniel is great with kids, and there is no awkwardness in the lessons with him around my daughter. He is so kind, and he is willing to make the lessons work no matter what. We definitely recommend him as an instructor!
Gary M. August 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Excellent teacher who is incredibly knowledgeable in all aspects of music. His use of the "pivot system" got me reading music in no time. As with all lessons, practice helps move things along, but even when "life" got in the way, Dan always made great use of our time. I will probably start up with him again once my schedule clears.
Music is a series of cultured patterns. Musicians create a pattern that makes us anticipate a resolution and holds back .. makes you wait for it. It begins with a simple idea which then becomes this beautiful piece of art. We are all different and our taste of music it's shaped by our culture and our brain. This is not a music class .. at least, not in a conventional sense. We make the surreal become real. We take your inside earworms and create art. We add texture, balance, contrast, expression, body, and emotion to your brain's palate. We do not define a genre from what we create, we just blend the music elements to find your music taste. We begin with Rhythm, the driving force in music and compositon and the most valued skill of any musician's arsenal. We compose, arrange, and orchestrate your masterpiece. We also learn how to record it, mix it, and master it. At the end our series of lessons we host student showcases where you will be able to show off your new talent. The ...
Do you know someone that knows someone that is able to extract from your brain a fragment of an earworm, reconstruct it and turn it into the most alluring resonant pattern you have ever heard? Do you sometimes find it hard to get started with a new musical idea?
Whether you are beginner, intermediate, or even a professional instrumentalist, producer, singer, composer, engineer, songwriter or dj there are times when the brain just shuts down. Creativity does not kick in for a long time. Well there is this guy ... Ricky... yeah, we heard he specializes on the field of teaching you the solid m
ethods to inspire new ideas and write your next masterpiece in no time. By the end of our journey we guarantee you will be composing, arranging, orchestrating, recording, mixing, and mastering your own music.
Music & film is Ricky's lifework. His practical experience and passion for creative works have developed his ability to teach at a high standard point. Teaching embraces and inspires his career goals as an audio engineer, music composer, and an outstanding educator. It is his joy and commitment to provide students with professional excellence, collaborating with others to strengthen their skills, inspire their art and ambitions to move forward.
Rick has developed his own masterclasses to positively enhance the students strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. His goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help students achieve their goals as a unique artist and a musician.
Rick also hosts student showcases where his students are able to show off their new talent. He is constantly innovating his teaching skills to embellish the experience of each and every student. He attends tons of music festivals and seminars that enriches his cultural knowledge.
Artists influenced by Ricky are Air, The Flaming Lips, The Beatles, Leslie Feist, Radiohead, John Coltrane, Jamiroquai, Boards of Canada, Eric Clapton, Moby, Guns n Roses, Tame Impala, Cafe Tacuba, Muse, Phoenix, Breakbot, David Bowie, The Cure, Empire of a Sun, Gnarls Barley, Fuyiga & Miyagi, Amy Winehouse, Flying Lotus, Nirvana, Ray Barreto, Spoon, BB King, Buena Vista Social Club, Bill Evans Adolecent's Orquesta, Chopin, Bach, Björk, Santana, Marvin Gaye, Modjo, Pharell, Moderat, Kings of Convinience, The Allman Brothers ... and the list goes on and on.
Rick received his training at Columbia College Chicago in 2008 where he received a degree in music and audio engineering . After receiving his degree, he landed in Mexico City where he worked for SAE Institute Mexico as a professor and an audio engineer. He designed the most recognized masterclass "Cultured Patterns" that soon became an official courseware. He then became an Apple Logic Pro Certified trainer to increase his teaching abilities. He stopped teaching for SAE Institute, and turned his focus entirely on developing his beginners masterclass into masterclass series that would lead any musician to become an accomplished and critically acclaimed music technologist, sound designer, performer, composer, and artist.
Takelessons is thrilled to welcome Rick into our family of world-class educators. We are privileged to introduce to you an incredibly successful, entertaining, and one-of-a-kind approach to music creation through his astonishing masterclasses.
PAOLA S. October 10, 2015
It's been an amazing experience taking clases with Ricardo. He explains very well and his teaching method is excellent. One of the best teachers I've ever had :D!
Valerie W. September 30, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Learning Spanish has always been a Priority NEVER COMPLETED, but Takelesson has made it flexible to Learn a language. Richardo is GREAT! He is Patient and Easy-Going and makes the Lesson fun! We use Game Apps that helps me with repetition, Reading Books for Grammar and pronunciation. Home work and Pop quizes are light and Fun. I would recommend Richardo to anyone that would want to learn Basic Spanish.
Bass is a key part in a song which helps the grove and pace. It could be as simple as playing the root notes and as intricate as playing arpeggios, modes, and sometimes soloing. I will teach you the fundamentals of playing bass either by yourself or with a band. We will work on drills, scales and learn other songs that are related to the genre you are interested in.
Playing and learning an instrument is beneficial to ones being because it is a great way to express ones self and it's an excellent stress reliever. It's also an amazing feeling playing an instrument you love to listen to.
Learning any instrument could be daunting at first because there is so much to learn and without any help, could feel overwhelming and hopeless. Do not fret because I am here to assist you! I have studied many music genres all across the board and have a professional knowledge and comprehension of the theory encompassed behind them. Every lesson is crafted for each st
udent in specific areas they have interest in while being done at the students own pace.
My background history:
I immersed myself in music at a very young age, studying classical piano and theory. In my teenage years I took the initiative to learn guitar and began by purchasing my own guitar and books and taught myself to play electrical and classical guitar. I followed my passion and continued my studies at Columbia College and graduated with a bachelors degree in Instrumental Performance.
Post-graduation, I have experienced playing in multiple bands, performing in concerts, teaching piano and guitar ranging in all levels at a music center and private home and enjoying some traveling.
Everything I have learned will be reflected in my lesson methodology and will help you learn to play proficiently in a timely manner. I look forward to meeting new prospective students while having fun teaching them music.
Jafon F. October 23, 2015
In home Verified Student
My first lesson went great. Although I am starting from knowing absolutely nothing about playing piano, Sebastian was patient, and did a great job at showing and explaining everything so that I could understand.
Rudy October 7, 2015
Our daughters have a great time and play guitar/piano so well during their music lessons with Sebastian. Sebastian has a great teaching style with positive motivation throughout the lesson. I highly recommend Sebastian for great upbeat music lessons!
Richard September 7, 2015
Sebastian comes to our home and teaches my 9 year old daughter piano lessons every week. After a bad experience with a music center, she plateaued and was losing interest so we decided to try at home and it has worked out remarkably. She is enjoying learning with Sebastian and no longer views it as boring or a chore. He is so patient with children and has the ability to reach out and help her understand and make it fun. She has become very advanced and has taken huge leaps. We are very blessed to have found such a brilliant young man so passionate about teaching. His personality is very outgoing, polite and always wears a smile. He manages to find a way to guage her interest and keep her motivated. We are very pleased with his services and highly recommend him to anyone who's interested in learning to play. He is a true music professional. Thank you so much for all your help!
Students are raving about their Bass Guitar instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Tom
"Bass Lessons - The RIGHT Way
I have been taking lessons from Bjorn on and off for some time now. I had already been playing bass for years, but Bjorn pus
hed me in the direction of experiencing a whole new skill level. Focusing on technique and muscle memory training, he showed me ways how to tackle any riff or song so I could have complete confidence while playing out. I play in several cover bands and even if I think I have all of my songs down pat, I get a lesson from Bjorn just before a show and he shows me a new world of possibilities. Bjorn's expertise allows him to train almost any bassist, aspiring or seasoned. I always look forward to my upcoming lessons and highly recommend Bjorn to take your playing to the next level."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Dwight
"Best instructor I had so far.
Matt definitely knows his stuff. I had 4 classes with him and I'm shocked at the things I've learn with him. Great schedule
flexibility and makes you feel comfortable from the time you meet him. Has a great and spacious place to teach compared to other I had. Hes willing to help anytime with questions. I decided to keep him as instructor for now on. Thanks!"
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Holly
"Excellent Bass Guitar Instructor!
Rick has been my son's bass guitar teacher for the last year. We are impressed with his genuine care and concern for ou
r 17 year old son as a person and a bass guitar player. He always works with us and our schedule considering we have to make a 30-40 minute drive across San Antonio for his lessons. We highly recommend Rick for both his great character qualities as well as his guitar instructor expertise!"
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by david
"So glad to have Jonathan as my teacher
I am a busy professional in my 50s that wanted to learn how to play the electric bass. After searching the web for
in home lessons I found Jonathan Greenberg. Jonathan is an absolute professional with the ability to quickly connect with a student at their level. I have already learned an amazing amount in 4 weeks and have confidence that Jonathan will have me playing at a high level in a very short time period. He gives me "homework" and he follows up to determine if I am staying with it. A great mannerism and teaching style make Jonathan a teacher well worth asking for.
Richmond, VA teacher:
Review by Romel
I have to say I recommend Julian to anyone who wants to learn how to play and understand music. I've been taking bass lessons fr
om him for the past couple years, when I started out I knew nothing about bass or music but knew I wanted to play, with weekly one on one lessons with him I've grown to play and understand music at my own pace. He is the coolest guy you'll ever meet and talented. He also provides "Rock School" jam sessions with other students of all ages, so I no longer have to jam by myself. We sound good to. Highly recommended"
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by Ben
"Finally a teacher I can learn from!
Dan came over to my apt and was very polite and a good listener. I told him what I wanted to learn and the types of m
usic I liked. We talked for a bit and I instantly felt comfortable. After a good laugh we launched right in! I found his teaching style to be invigorating! We "jammed" on the first chord pattern he showed me and it actually sounded good. After a few more tricks I was hooked. I left my first session with Dan feeling not only inspired, but also informed. I had material to practice. Dan is a very fun, smart, broadly trained talent to learn from. I highly recommend him. A true musician!"
Truckee, CA teacher:
Review by Christian
"Jack is a very experienced, patient and inspiring teacher, who always keeps an eye on the bigger picture... lotsa knowledge and swing
thanks for a le
sson that keeps on giving :-)
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Nick
"Full disclosure, I am a drummer and have not taken bass lessons from Jason. Nevertheless, I've been making music with Jason for 8 years and have learned
so much from him. He is without a doubt one of the best musicians I've ever had the pleasure to play with. He has a very advanced musical vocabulary and technical skill set. He is incredibly adaptable and able to approach any given song with a wide range of styles and melodies. Most importantly, Jason's bass lines just always have great feel. He is always in command of the groove and super responsive to all other instrumentation.
Last and certainly not least, Jason is articulate and patient, with no ego whatsoever. He's genuinely friendly and fun to be around. I can't imagine a better instructor to help learn the bass or brush up on existing skills.
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Ping
"Such a good bass player !! Now I know how to play walking bass :)"