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By Nic C. - Detroit Guitar Teacher

Driving down the streets of Detroit, one sees what used to be the incredible infrastructure of a vibrant music scene. There are abandoned venues and independent guitar shops replaced by Starbucks and guitar centers. You can find some of our highest quality instruments in the pawn shop windows of some of our most poverty stricken areas. But even today the guitar is as engrained in our being as the automotive industry that once supported this town. We find that the guitar has gone the way of so many jobs in our community; outsourced. Manufacturing shipped to China, Japan and numerous other countries for cheap labor that we cannot compete with.

While the situation seems bleak, some of the country’s greatest artists have risen above the poverty and hardship to come out on top. Guitarists such as Mark Tremonti, Ted Nugent, Wayne Kramer (MC5), Alice Cooper and many others all grew up here, took guitar lessons in Detroit, and helped to revitalize the community through their music. In this tough economic time, teachers and musicians in this city must not forget the common goal that our predecessors held so dear; to raise the consciousness of the masses through our music, our playing, and through teaching guitar lessons in Detroit. From where I’m sitting, the future of the guitar in Detroit looks as promising as the gifted players that this city has produced throughout the years. With every note that every guitar student plays, I see a love and passion for the instrument; a joy that comes from playing that will help to revitalize not only our city but the youth in it. Join the movement – sign up for guitar lessons in Detroit today!

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Sandy L.

Southfield, MI

My guitar students will be taught how to read sheet music, play guitar chords, know the name of the chords and to understand chord symbols. The will be able to learn songs by ear from a recording. I teach my students chord progressions (how chords connect together). The student will learn each chord and the scale that goes along with each chord and how to solo (improvise).

About Sandy

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Sandy (GUITAR, TRUMPET, VOCALS)

Born and raised in Detroit, Sandy studied music from an early age. He obtained a bachelors degree from Eastern Michigan University and a masters degree from Wayne State University in music education.
Sandy provides private music lessons to children and adults alike. In addition to working as a music educator in the Detroit and Southfield Public School Systems, Sandy taught music for Cranbrook Institute's Horizon Upward Bound program and night school for Mary Grove College in
Detroit. Sandy once served as music director and guitarist for "The Miracles" and has performed with many top Motown Acts including Freda Payne, Martha Reeves, Sweet James and The Fantastic Four, The Originals and most of the Funk Brothers. Sandy performed or recorded with James Jamerson Jr bass guitar, Ralph Armstrong bass guitar, Marcus Bellgraves trumpet, Ernie Rogers saxophone, Dennis Coffee guitar, Ron English guitar and many more. He also recorded or performed with the late Uriel Jones drums, Richard "Pistol" Allen drums, Levi Mann organ, Rudy Robinson keyboards, Joe Hunter piano, Johnny Griffith keyboards, Maurice Davis trumpet, Lefty Edwards saxophone, Thomas "Beans" Bowles sax & flute, Earl Van Dyke keyboards and Robert White guitar known for his famous guitar line on "My Girl" by the Temptations. He also wrote the music for two songs, performed by William "Wee Gee" Howard, one of the former lead singers of the Dramatics; "You've Been A Part Of Me" and "Don't Make Me The Reason".

*** Lesson Details ***
You can expect a laid back teacher with well over 40 years of teaching and performance experience to educate you or your child/children. My lessons will be focused the following areas; Note reading - playing chords and chord progressions - learning scales - proper and useful warm-ups - learning the blues and blues progressions - speed exercises - and allowing the student to pick the songs they would like to learn to play

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in the family room which includes music stands, amp, trumpet, guitar (electric), electric keyboard and four piece drum kit..

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student must have his on trumpet or guitar. I will provide the music stand guitar cord and guitar amp.

*** Specialties ***
I teach jazz, classical, blues, rock and popular guitar and trumpet. I know and teach my students how to read and wright music. I teach students how to learn songs by ear. I teach them useful warm-ups, scales and chords. I teach them all they need to know to be a good musician.
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Julie D. June 25, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Sandy was great. He helped me tune my drums, get set up and taught me some basics to get me started on the drums which was exactly what I needed.
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Jackie S. December 4, 2014
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Sandy's been a wonderful teacher so far! Only 3 lessons in but I'm confident he's started me off on the right foot.
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Carol L. November 7, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I am a confident player with his instruction
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Sandy L.

Sandy L.

Southfield, MI 48075
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Bill G.

Troy, MI

I teach everything from finger style classical/Flamenco guitar to all classic/alternative/indie rock; as well as songwriting development and arranging, and music theory.

About Bill

I've been playing for 29 years, and teaching for 22. I’m both a professional musician/songwriter; as well as a professional, experienced, and diverse guitar instructor.
I teach all styles; from finger picking classical and flamenco guitar, to all rock(from classic to indie), jazz, world music styles, etc. I also teach bass; as well as Mediterranean instruments such as the Greek Bouzouki. All ages are welcome.
Some insight into my teaching method: I teach sight reading notation, and all general theory; as well as general guitar tab; from the simplest songs for young students, to complex cla
ssical guitar and jazz improvisation.
I started playing at 12 years old, have won numerous awards; locally and nationally; and have written and recorded in a wide variety of styles. I also front Detroit based indie fusion trio The Static Dial; as guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. We’ve been featured on radio and publications from our hometown to the UK, and we've worked with several national and international touring bands.
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; and simple/basic songs to start with and build up their ability.

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 ta student's self confidence; and ultimately making learning fun. I take teaching seriously and value my student's time; so I work to get the most out of them, and to make their lessons worth while. 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; are very much within my experience and teaching.
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Olexandr S. April 15, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
it was great
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Stephanie N. April 1, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very helpful with determining how and where I need to start.
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Bao N. December 29, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
A great teacher!
Bill is a very knowledgeable, flexible, and patient guitar teacher. Thanks Bill.
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Bill G.

Bill G.

Troy, MI 48083
(12)
starting at
$23 / 30-min
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John G.

Sterling Heights, MI

I have taught guitar since 2002 and have developed a strong method to help any student achieve their goals

About John

Hello, My name is John.

I can benefit you as a student with my experience and great attitude. My general teaching philosophy is to get the students to set goals for themselves and together, work towards those goals. I emphasize the importance of music theory, technique and aural skills. If you would like to know more about my personal experience, keep reading my biography below!

I have a Music degree from Wayne State University, with a concentration in jazz studies, where I focused on performance and writing; including composition, arranging and orchestration. I have several years ex
perience in performance, studio work and teaching. I participate in the American Guild of Music, and Studio Recitals. I have been teaching guitar and bass since 2002.

I am currently a staff bassist at a catholic church in Rochester Hills, MI. I toured with Ugly Radio Rebellion and Ike Willis (of Frank Zappa) for several years. I play in several pop, rock and jazz combos. Most of them playing in fine area restaurants and venues. I have played large festivals, such as Rothbury festival in Michigan, and have open shows for several prominent rock artists. At Wayne State University, I earned a position in the Lab 1 big band playing upright bass, which is the highest ensemble position, and got to play with several great jazz faculty and guest artists through WSU programs. I have played in several musicals and theatric shows, and am a freelance bassist, with good sight reading ability.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lesson curriculum is basically tailored to each student individually. I like to focus on the goals and needs of each student. I think structure is a very important part of playing any instrument, and like to use method books for theory and technique. I also like to keep students motivated by learning and playing songs that the student wants to know. I believe any student can do well in a program like this, in a relatively short time, especially with good practice!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Amplifier and cables. All Lesson Curriculum. Stereo and computer for lesson aides. Upright Bass that can be used for lessons at Royal Oak location.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Music Theory, Ear training, and Sight Reading. I also specialize in Jazz, pop, rock, and fingerstyle.
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QinB September 4, 2011
John G. is a five star instructor in every aspect.
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DanK1 August 25, 2011
Incredible Teacher

John is not only a talented musician but a terrific teacher as well. So far, he has taught me the way I want/need to be taught.
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NileshS December 28, 2010
John is just perfect for us. Our son needed a teacher who can talk to his age and be patient and adjust speed of teaching for a 8 yr old. Our son looks forward to the weekly class.
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John G.

Royal Oak, MI 48067
(10)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Tom N.

Sterling Heights, MI

Classic rock, blues and jazz guitar methods, including ear training, improvising, and help with rhythm issues.

About Tom

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 also have done some recording sessions with Motown. 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 class
ic 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. I provide Guitar amplification.

*** Specialties ***
Berklee, Mel Bay, Alfred's guitar method's. Schaum piano methods. Pop, rock and jazz styles.
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Stephanie C. June 4, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Tom N. is amazing!! He is an excellent instructor for my 14 year old daughter...really knows how to teach/guide and takes his time with my daughter. He is so talented and such a nice guy, I am very glad that I chose Tom. My daughter is extremely happy and the progress she has made is outstanding. Tom N. is above and beyond what we expected. An amazing guitarist and instructor. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone looking to learn from the best!!
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Tom N.

Sterling Heights, MI 48310
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Jerry W.

Grosse Pointe, MI

I have been playing guitar for over twenty years. Learn how to read music, chord symbols, learn strumming patterns, fingerpicking patterns, and common rhythm guitar techniques. I can teach acoustic or classical guitar.

Guitar is one of the easier instrument to learn to play simple chords but one of the hardest to master. I look forward to the chance to help you reach your musical goals whether it is to chord along with your favorite song or master the musical potential of the guitar.

About Jerry

I have been making music and teaching music for over 30 years. I have a PhD. in Music Composition from Michigan State University and played Trumpet with the Macomb Symphony Orchestra for 7 years.

I have worked as a music director in churches for over 25 years helping volunteers achieve their musical potential. I have a passion for helping people succeed on their chosen instrument and would love to have the opportunity to help you reach your goals.

Each person is unique, so I will work to develop a plan for musical growth that works for you. At the same time there are fundamental conce
pts and skills that all musicians must master. So I will guide you to know what is essential to your instrument and musical goals.
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Russ W. June 23, 2015
Guitar · In home
I am a 46 year old man and I have always wanted to play the guitar, so I finally bought a guitar last year. I had tried to teach myself by using a lesson book from the guitar store, then I tried to learn from an instructor on-line. I became frustrated with both attempts, finding I was not understanding what the book and the on-line instructor was trying to teach. I also tried another instructor, but became quickly discouraged by his teaching methods and even stopped playing for about 6 months. When I started taking lessons from Jerry, I actually got excited to play again. I only have a small amount of time to practice so my progress has been very slow, but Jerry has always been patient and encouraging. I had learned more from Jerry in the first few lessons than I had in all of the other methods combined. I started with Jerry really believing that I was physically unable to finger the strings on my guitar, but Jerry took the time to see what I was doing wrong and gave me help on how to correct the issues.
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Jimmy B. February 10, 2015
Music Theory · Online
I was blessed with an opportunity to take the course "Elements of Music" through the Worship Arts Conservatory. Jerry was the instructor. While I have zero technical knowledge of music I do have a passion for singing but was at a big disadvantage not knowing how to read music. I sing in the choir at our church and also sing on the praise team and his expertise in helping others to understand and successfully dissect written music has helped me acquire the necessary skills to take my passion to the next level. Jerry is a wonderful teacher who truly has an honest passion for music and an equal passion for helping others with their passion for music as well.
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Barb P. January 10, 2015
Music Theory · In studio
I took a Worship Ministries course with Jerry which covered music theory, playing and leading Contemporary Christian Music, and some basic techniques on keyboard, guitar, bass guitar and drums. Jerry is an encourager--he brings out the best in his students and helps them to reach their full potential as a musician. He is knowledgeable, accomplished and patient--an ideal teacher.
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Jerry W.

Jerry W.

Grosse Pointe, MI 48236
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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