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.
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.
Joseph H. August 14, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Paul is the best instructor.I lost count of how many lessons we had but we are on like on our 8th lesson and we are already learning Roundabout!He writes tabs into parts and it makes everything so much easier on me.If I could I would give him 10 stars because I take bass and guitar with him.
Deadra C. August 13, 2015
In studio Verified Student
After playing electric guitar for about 30 years, self taught, I decided to learn to read music and play acoustic guitar. Taking lessons with Paul has been a great experience. He has helped me accelerate my learning and is very knowledgeable in music.
Having played music for as long as I can remember (my father is an accomplished Jazz and Soul drummer), music has always been a key ingredient in my life. From playing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme on the drum set as a toddler, I have gone on to learn electric/classical/lap steel guitar, electric/upright bass, various keyboard instruments, most percussion instruments, and many old time instruments such as banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, and harmonica. I'm currently teaching myself viola.
In addition to the performing aspect of music, I am also experienced with writing/composition, recor
ding/engineering/mixing/production, and design/manufacturing/distribution/vending of my own albums as well as those of others. However, none of these things bring me the same joy as teaching the ways of music to others. Fortunately, all of these skills integrate to bring about a clear view of the big picture in regards to music so I can better serve a wider variety of pupils and quickly reveal this big picture to all of them.
While I have indeed put a lot of time in touring and playing rowdy rock shows with many critically acclaimed and well-known musicians, I have also taken countless years of public and private lessons on guitar, bass, drums, piano, music theory, and songwriting from highly decorated and regarded teachers. As a child, I played in a nearly overwhelming amount of ensembles and attended various camps and seminars including Cannon Music Camp where I played with The North Carolina Symphony for two consecutive summers. This all prepared me for the Bachelors of Music I received from Berklee College of Music where I appeared on the Dean's List each semester. Now for the price of one instructor, you can learn from a man with as much knowledge as an entire faculty.
*** Lesson Details *** Whether you are a veteran trying to improve your chops, a beginner just looking for learn songs off the radio, or someone who wants to take the full plunge of understanding music in and out in hopes of renown mastery, I can do it all and more. Books? No books? You will be taught however you like at whatever speed works best. I provide a friendly, low-pressure atmosphere that will allow you to feel comfortable enough to reach your full potential. We will be having such a good time, you will forget to even be nervous!
Any genre you can name, I have taken at least a hearty sample of it and can instruct you in this vein with ease and insight. I also love to introduce my students to entirely new influences as well. There is more amazing music out there than you would think and even more to be created in the future. Come get in on it!
Group Lessons are available as well for the same rates as private lessons, so you cut the price in half as soon as you introduce a second student.
*** Studio Equipment *** Private recording studio with guitars, basses, drum set, keyboards, amps, and an array of recording equipment. Seating for parents may be arranged as well. Guitar and bass students must bring their own guitar or bass. Sorry for any inconvenience, but DRUM LESSONS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE "IN-HOME."
*** Travel Equipment *** Students must have their own equipment, so they can practice on their own. For guitar and bass lessons, I will also bring my own guitar or bass to give them visual cues. For drum lessons, I will bring my own bag of sticks.
*** Specialties *** All genres and techniques may be taught. My wide range of knowledge and years of experience within the realm of independent music set me apart from the rest, but my passion for developing your relationship with music is what you will remember.
Amber F. June 10, 2015
In home Verified Student
Excellent. Keeps the student inspired!
MeganR June 3, 2012
Great Beginner Guitar Lessons
I look forward to my weekly guitar lessons with Chaetan because he is a very knowledgeable, relaxed, and patient teacher. He tailors my lessons to meet my personal goals (learning those pinnacle acoustic songs). But as an exceptional instructor, he also guides me to meet goals he has for me as a student, such as learning to build chords on my own. The quality of his instruction has already increased my progress on the instrument. Overall, his talent and interest in music motivate me to practice so I am fortunate to have found Chaetan as my guitar teacher.
PamS1 April 10, 2012
Excellent and Unique Teacher
Chaetan is a very friendly instructor who tailors his lessons to meet both the experience level and type of music a student is interested in. Chaetan has a lot of energy and makes the lessons fun. He appears to know every aspect of what he is teaching as well as plays other instruments. My daughter and I are both very happy with Chaetan.
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.
The electric bass is the foundation of any band. But, it is in no way limited by this role. Just within the traditional role of a electric bass player, a world of nuance exists that adds character and interest to any group. Beyond that, innovative new approaches to playing have emerged and exciting new possibilities for the instrument have made becoming an electric bass player more enticing than ever. In lessons, I help the student to realize what it is to be a bass player, and how building on past masters and current innovators can be liberating and informing. I aim to help my students appreciate the joys of playing electric bass as well as ensure that they will be an asset to any group they decide to join.
One of the great things about being a bassist is that you can play with a lot of different groups. From jazz combos and rock bands, to bluegrass bands and string quintets, the bass can be an integral part of each. For me, learning and playing many different types of music has added to the joy of being a bass player. Through teaching and performing, I hope to share my enthusiasm for the instrument.
I have had the benefit of working with great teachers throughout my bass playing career, including members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Lyric Opera, and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble
. Because of this, I understand what a difference the right teacher can make. Furthermore, I know what teaching styles and techniques work best for me as a current student, so I am able to relate, and tailor the lesson to fit the student's needs.
Owen B. July 15, 2015
Upright Bass ·
I've known Eli for a long time. We have had many discussions exchanging teaching techniques and philosophies. It has always been apparent to me that he puts a lot of thought into each of his students to find what will best allow them to succeed. I have even received a short lesson from him. He was very patient and clear. Highly recommend!
Kirby K. May 21, 2015
Upright Bass ·
Eli is awesome! Taking lessons with him has allowed me to explore all my different musical interests in depth, and has opened my eyes to the subtle and beautiful nuances that playing classical music requires. He's helped me make music with this instrument that I didn't even know I was capable of making. He's a great teacher, and and an insanely talented bassist.
I have been a guitarist for 12 years. I'm well versed in many styles from rock to metal, classical to jazz, and many styles in between. I mostly compose on the 8 string guitar for my progressive metal band and have been performing in various bands for the past 10 years. I have studied with notable rock, classical, and jazz guitarists. I completed my undergraduate degree in Musicology with a focus on classical guitar, and have recently earned my Master of Fine Arts in Sound Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I have taught privately and at music academies. My students ages
have ranged from 7-70 from beginner to intermediate/advanced.
My main specialty is electric guitar but I am also well versed in acoustic guitar techniques like finger-style and hybrid picking. Each student comes from a different ability and learning level so every lesson is specific to the student's needs.
For beginners I like to start with proper ways of holding the guitar ie left and right hand placement and then jump into reading tablature and playing basic riffs of rock and roll like Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple and Iron Man by Black Sabbath. From playing single string riffs, we move onto power chords and more complicated melodies and songs.
Reading standard notation is highly stressed and the fun rock stuff is usually supplemented with reading out of Hal Leonard Guitar books. Once a basic proficiency is reached we move onto more advanced topics like scales, chords, and the theory/harmony behind them. I try to balance the more theoretical and technique based approaches to guitar with learning favorite songs of the student and other classic/contemporary rock songs.
Other topics covered in lessons are listening to music(especially the music you are trying to learn), writing/composing, playing with and improvising with others, rhythm and soloing techniques.
Z Z. July 26, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
I'm interested in metal bass and Keven is the right teacher. He's very skilled and patient. He's also been pointing out my flaws to make sure I get the most effective and steady training. Highly recommended!
Students are raving about their Bass Guitar instructors on TakeLessons.
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Athena is my son's first music teacher. We are quite impressed with her patience and knowledge of and with teaching music. So much so that if I
can only afford to send my son for another session of Bass I would do so in flash. Whenever I can afford to Athena will definitely be our first choice. She is so entertaining. She made it fun at the show the kids put on. Very lovely person. My son is liking bass because of her. I won't want any other person to teach my son music but Athena. A N D she is trusting! Keep the good work going Athena. TakeLesson do not let her get away from your program. Thanks for introducing her to us."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Dwight
"Great instructor overall
Marty was a great instructor to me. Taught me a lot in the 4 lessons I had with him. Very professional and knowledgable in Bass.
Unfortunately because my schedule changing I could not keep him as an instructor. My only gripe would be that his studio room gets a little cramped and my guitar sometimes would hit things. Other than that. I would definitely recommend him."
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Wynter
"Derek is an awesome instructor and mentor, and his studio is comfortable and clean. I agree with previous reviewers who said... BOOK HIM NOW!
a broad range of music theory knowledge and can play anything you ask for. He's also amazingly kind and supportive, adapting to the student's needs as you go along rather than adhering to a rigid schedule.
I've been taking bass guitar lessons with Derek for two months and I feel inspired. He always makes me feel like a rock star, while constantly challenging me to take my skills to the next level. I originally debated between two instructors on this site and I'm so glad I made the right choice!"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Dylan
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Had a really nice first lesson with Al. He is a good guy and a we had fun jamming out on a couple jazz standards and talking about sc
ales. He has good knowledge of the instrument and i was happy to see that he played a 6string like myself. I enjoyed the lesson."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by matthew
"Know how to help you succeed
In a very short time, Kim has helped me to expand my ability as a musician. I played in a band for a few years, and I feel l
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She has a great way of layering knowledge to help it stick, and is very patient. I highly recommend her."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Kevin
"A great teacher
Zach was a great teacher! He picked things that would clearly help me grow as a player, and gain greater facility on the instrument. We h
ad a couple snafus scheduling where I might wait for 10+ minutes for a lesson to start."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Jeff
"Tim came recommended from a friend. I had been playing guitar and bass for close to 20 years, without ever taking a single lesson. I'd been focusing on ba
ss for the last 10 years, and decided that I wanted to take my bass playing to the next level - theory, reading music, etc.
Fast forward a year later, and I'm reading and learning music not only from sheet music, but from jazz charts - something I hadn't even imagined going in. I've gained a new appreciation for the music as a result.
Everyone that knows me well has commented on the improvement in my overall bass playing, from the wife to people who I've spent years jamming with. In short, if you're looking to expand your abilities, you can't go wrong with Tim."
Hartford, CT teacher:
Review by Andrew
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Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Christian
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