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Guitar Lessons in Detroit

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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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

Guitarist/Songwriter Bill G. is a versatile and experienced instructor, who's been playing and teaching guitar for over 20 years, and is fluent in everything from finger style Classical/Flamenco and Folk guitar, to Jazz, all Rock(from classic to modern Alternative/Indie), and various World music styles.
From first lesson beginners to highly advanced students; and from simple songs to elaborate music theory, improvisation, and songwriting development; all are welcome to sign up with this patient, and highly recommended teacher.
Starting guitar lessons at a very young age; Bill went on to w
in many regional, national, and international awards through out his formative years as a student. Writing and recording in several different styles over the years; and also being a vocalist and songwriter; he founded Indie Fusion trio The Static Dial in 2010 as it's leader. The band has worked with several national and international touring bands, has been featured on indie and major radio from their hometown in Detroit to the UK, and has released an EP, two singled, and a full length album.
Feel free to message with any questions about potential lessons; we'd love to hear from you!.

*** Lesson Details ***
As an instructor, I start students with the basics (open chords, major/minor, 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 a 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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Carissa June 10, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He is pretty good at teaching and has great ideas to help me improve my skills quickly.

He also worked with me and was able to teach me a song he never heard before after just listening to it once
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Phil A. May 13, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Bill is a great teacher, and willing to adjust the lessons to match my skill level and learning style.
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Jeff April 16, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Bill is always great as a teacher! My son started taking lessons a few months ago and plays great, learning very quickly! Then my husband started after hanging out at his lessons. They always look forward to their lessons together, and speak highly of Bill. Definitely would recommend!
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Bill G.

Troy, MI 48083
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starting at
$23 / 30-min
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Marc M.

Livonia, MI

I am very patient, and beginners to experienced players are all welcome!

About Marc

I teach all styles of guitar, as I have been in many different types of music situations: Soloist (Classical) Ensemble (Classical and Jazz) Lead and Rhythm (Various Rock and Roll bands) Songwriting and Recording. I am a people person that learned the guitar from many different sources. Most of my learning came from watching others and communicating with others. I like to learn about the people I am teaching so that I can better understand their needs as a musician. My education came as a practical necessity in order to get better as a teacher and performer, as well as make a living doing it. B
ut, by no means do I preach the need to be "educated" but only to be a working, practical musician. I will surely go over the need to read music once the need becomes evident, enlighten you as to why it may be important to understand certain aspects of music as opposed to just "picking and grinning", IE learning only "By Ear." I do specialize in music theory, and have many students taking lessons simply for this excellent foundation for songwriting also.

I am a classically trained guitarist that performs both as a soloist and for ensemble in a wide variety of styles. I graduated in 1996 from Schoolcraft College with an Associates degree in Music performance, and then, studying under the tutelage of Brian Roberts went on to receive my Bachelor's degree in Guitar Performance with a secondary in Jazz from Wayne State University in 2004. While at Wayne State and along the way I've performed and participated in several masterclasses with renowned artists: William Kanengiser, John Holmquest, Philip Candelaria, Jason Vieaux, Scott Tennant, and Antigoni Goni. I have also completed the teacher requirements for books 1-a and 1-b for the Suzuki Guitar Institute.

Many of my classical guitar and electric guitar students have went on to study further at the collegiate level, some achieving scholarships. My most recent students are current Berklee school of music graduates now in a band called "Flight of Fire", recently opened for Bonjovi this past summer and are getting air time on local radio stations... well on their way to living the dream! …the bulk of my students become full time professional musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am an extremely patient person who has been teaching for over 20 years. I am laid back so there will be no pressure. With my electric and steel string guitar students, I host a special "Jam Session" 2 - 3 times a year to which will be one of your goals to participate in. This includes playing with a drummer, bassist, singer and another guitar player (usually me) and having it recorded. This should serve as your motivation to practice. This really eliminates the need for me to pull out a "yardstick" and "smack" your hands over the knuckles when not practicing your scales as many old traditional teachers may have done!

At your first lesson I will talk with you and give you examples of music that is played with a Flat-Pick, or music that uses the Finger-Style technique. This will be an important process as it will dictate which direction you will go in as a musician and especially during our lessons.

For the most part, playing with a Flat-Pick is generally used with the electric guitar and with most mainstream styles of music like "Rock and Roll", "Blues", "Rock-a-Billy" "Funk", and playing with the Finger-Style technique is used in styles like "Classical" and "Folk." After a while, I will introduce you to the other style of playing as well, as most great guitar players use both techniques in their playing...musicians (guitarists) such as: “Jimmy Page“, “Brian Setzer”, “Stevie Ray Vaughan”, “Joe Satriani”, “Lindsey Buckingham”, “Paul McCartney”, “John Mayer”, and many, many more.

To make learning the guitar Fun, I make sure to incorporate your main interest(s) first. Whether it be learning your new favorite song(s), learning how to write a song, or just learning some basics that you can use for when sitting around the campfire. This will be intertwined with which style you choose to start with: Flat-Pick or Finger-Style.

Pending on the level that you are starting at, (beginner, intermediate, advanced) I will include tidbits of music theory that will be used in a consistent manner. These will usually be progressive, pending on your level. For example, the songs you learn will be written out in an easy to understand chart that will have the fundamental aspects of theory (IE, chords, key, and rhythm pattern) that all musicians should understand.

With Children learning with a Flat-Pick, I encourage the use of a basic guitar instruction book.
Level One (beginners) :

"Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book One" by Will Schmid.

I will also use as a substitute for Level One:
"Alfred's Basic Guitar Method" by Alfred's Publishing Co.

More advanced players who can read music already (and graduates from book one) I prefer;
"Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book Two"

With Adults, I will ask if learning to read music interests you. It is a vital part of a practicing musician, but sometimes your needs may require a more one dimensional approach as time may be of essence. Again, I learned by ear and educated myself later...so I understand the person who wants to hold off on reading right away.

Students who want to learn the Classical (Finger-Style) approach will be encouraged to purchase a beginners book that I use written by one of my first instructors/mentor. It is a very intuitive book that covers the technique in great detail yet is very easy to understand (along with my help.) I will provide means of acquiring this book at your first lesson.

Students who want to learn the Folk (Finger-Style) approach will usually start in the above book, unless your an adult who just wants to learn some basics.

At your first lesson I will also provide you with documentation that goes more in depth about the various styles of guitar as the above info is scaled down.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Amps

-Guitars (Electric, Acoustic, Classical, Bass)

- PA (loud speakers so you can Turn it Up! When playing along)

-Band in a Box (to play along with real prerecorded instruments seamlessly interleaved into a band type setting with almost unlimited genre choices...very impressive technology)

- Pro Tools (recording gear for all needs)

- Guitar Pro and Finale (to transpose music into sheet music)

-Skype (for out of town interactivity. Can do lessons via Skype)

-Basement with plenty of seating for parents, and or observers.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, and Acoustic Guitar; Improvisation, Songwriting, Backup Vocals, Fretboard Harmony, Music Theory, Performance, and Recording.
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Sudin August 22, 2016
Flamenco Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Very nice lesson - we went over the chords of "Margaritaville" plus a scale exercise. Marc is also very receptive to songs I would like to learn to play and help with them.
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Michael B. May 31, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I've been taking lessons from Marc for over a year. He's top notch. Great teacher no matter what your skill level is. I was a total beginner and have learned a ton from him. He is very patient and easy going so it's a very comfortable environment. I would highly recommend him for whatever you're guitar learning needs are.
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chance B. March 19, 2016
Flamenco Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Awesome! Highly recommend
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Marc M.

Marc M.

Livonia, MI 48150
(25)
starting at
$22 / 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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Anthony Licari January 27, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
It was a great experience.
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Darryl L. August 4, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He is patient and very knowledgeable!
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Jason Jay July 9, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
It was a great first lesson. I'm excited to learn more.
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Tom N.

Sterling Heights, MI 48310
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Ellie E.

Utica, MI

I teach using the evaluation and gradient method. Students skills, knowledge and proficiency are evaluated and then we progress up the gradient to higher levels all the while objectively measuring the students integration of new skills and concepts to ensure practical proficiency.

About Ellie

I have 17+ years of experience teaching guitar in both private and ensemble settings and 20+ years of professional performance experience.I have a degree in Music Performance. My average student has taken 91 lessons. I encourage students to inquire about their potential teachers professional training, performance experience and the teachers student retention rate as these are the criteria by which teachers should be evaluated. My motto is the success of the teacher is determined by the success of the student.
I also specialize in Bollywood Music. Below is a list of transcriptions that I
have done for my students.

Hindi And Tamil Cinema And Pop Music Transcriptions
(with a few other genres thrown in)

1. Aaj Saanu O Mileya (Punjab)................................from the film “Zubaan”
composer- Ashu Phatak
lyrics- Surjit Patar and Varun Grover
published by T-Series

2. Aaj Unse Milna Hai...............................................from the film “Prem Ratan”
composer- Himesh Reshammiya
lyrics- Irshad Kamit
published by T-Series

3. Bekhudi..................................................................from the film “Tera Surroor”
composer- Himesh Reshammiya
lyrics- Sameer Anjaan
published by T-Series

4. Bhaador Aashin Maashey (Bengali)
composer- Ansuman Roy
lyrics- Gouri Prasanna Majumder
published by Hindusthan Musical Products

5. Bhador Ashwin Mase (Bengali) Bhoomi
composer- Ansuman Roy
lyrics- Gouri Prasanna Majumder
published by Saregama

6. Blue Eyes
composer- Yo Yo Honey Singh
lyrics- Yo Yo Honey Singh
published by T-Series

7. Bolna......................................................................from the film “Kapoor and Sons”
composer- Tanishk Bagchi
lyrics- Dr. Devender Kafir
published by Sony Music India Pvt. Ltd.

8. Chaiyya Chaiyya....................................................from the film “Dil Se”
composer- A.R. Rahman
lyrics- Gulzar
published by Venus Worldwide Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.

9. Chal Pyar Karegi....................................................from the film “Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai”
composer- Jatin and Lalit
lyrics- Anand Bakshi
published by Tips Music

10. Chammak Challo....................................................from the film “Ra. One”
composer- Vishal and Shekhar
lyrics-
published by T-Series (c) 2011 Super Cassettes Industries Limited

11. Chehra Hai Ya Chaand Khila Hai...........................from the film “Saagar”
composer- R.D. Burman
lyrics-
published by Sippy Films

12. Chura Liya Hai........................................................from the film “Yaadon Ki Baaraat”
composer- R.D. Burman
lyrics- Majrooh Sultanpuri
published by Saregama

13. Cinema Choopistha Mama Song (Telugu)...............from the film “Race Gurram”
composer- S Thaman
published by- Lakshmi Narasimha Productions

14.Crazy Feeling (Telugu)...............................................from the film “Nenu Sailaja”
composer- Devi Sri Prasad
lyrics- Ramajogayya Sastry
published by Sri Sravanthi Movies

15. Dheere Dheere Se Meri Zindagi (older version).......from the film “Aashiqui”
composer- Nadeem and Shravan
lyrics- Rani Malik
published by T-Series

16. Dheere Se Meri Zindagi (new version)
composer- Honey-Singh
lyrics- Yo Yo Honey Singh and Bhupinder Kaur
published by T-Series

17. Dilli Wali Girlfriend...........................................from the film “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani”
composer- Pritam Chakraborty
lyrics- Kumaar
published by T-Series

18. D.J. Waley Babu
composer- Badshah
lyrics- Badshah
published by Sony Music India

19. Eena Meena Teeka (Tamil)......................................from the film “Theri”
composer- G.V. Prakash Kumar
lyrics- Pa Vijay and Arunraja Kamaraj
published by- Think Music India

20. Fevicol Se............................................................... from the film “Dabanng”
composer- Sajid Wajid
lyrics- Sajid ajid and Ashraf Ali
published by T-Series

21. Gerua.......................................................................from the film “Diwale”
composer- Pritam
lyrics- Amitabh Bhattacharya
published by Sony Music India

22. Ilaya Nila Pozhigirathe (Tamil)...............................from the film “Payanangal Mudivathillai”
composer- Ilaiyaraja
lyrics- Vairamuthu
published by Motherland Pictures

23. Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh Deva
Hari Om Sharan
published by- Wings Music
copyright- Wings Entertainment Ltd

24. Jag Ghoomeya Song -female version......................from the film “Sultan”
composer- Vishal & Shekhar
published by- YRF

25. Jhalli Patakha...........................................................from the film “Saala Khadoos”
composer- Santosh Narayanan
lyrics- Swandand Kirkire
published by T-Series

26. Main Hoon Hero Tera..............................................from the film “Hero”
composer- Amaal Mallik
lyrics- Kumaar
published by T-Series

27. Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon
composer- Amaal Mallik
lyrics- Rashmi Virag
published by T-Series

28. Main Shayar To Nahin.............................................from the film “Bobby” 1973
composer- Laxmikant and Pyarelal
lyrics-
Distributed by R.K. Films Ltd. Production Company- R.K. Studios
a “version” has been published by Vale Entertainment Ltd

29. Maya Nadhi Song (Tamil)........................................from the film “Kabali”
composer- Santhosh Narayanan
published by Think Music

30. Mehndi Mehndi.......................................................from the film “Chori Chori Chupke Chupke”
composer- Anu Malik
lyrics-
published by Universal Music India

31. Nazar Ke Saamne Jiigar Ke Paas............................from the film “Aashiqui”
composer- Nadeem and Shravan
lyrics- Sameer
published by T-Series

32. Om Jai Jagadish Hare...............................................sung by Anuradha Paudwal
composer- Shardha Ram Phillauri
published by the Label Musica with copyright by The New Digital Media

33. Papa Kehte............................................................from the film “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak” composer- Anand Milind
lyrics- Majrooh Sultanpuri
published by T-Series Super Cassettes Industries Ltd.

34. Patola
composer- Preet Hundal
lyrics- Guru Randhawa
published by T-Series

35. Peene Ki Tamanna...................................................from the film “Loveshuda”
composer- Parichay
lyrics- Kumaar
published by Tips Industries

36. Punnagai Mannan Theme Music (Tamil)................from the film Punnagai Mannan
composer- Illaiyaraaja
Published by Kavithalayaa Productions

37. Raghaputi Raghav Raja Ram...................................sung by Hari Om Sharan
composer-
lyrics-
published by Saregama

38. Sanam Re.................................................................from the film “Sanam Re”
composer- Mithoon
lyrics- Mithoon
published by T-Series

39. Saree Ke Fall Sa......................................................from the film “R...Rajkumar”
composer- Pritam
lyrics- Kumaar
published by Eros International (copyright: Shotformats Digital Works Pvt. Ltd.)

40. Soch Na Sake..........................................................from the film “Airlift”
composer- Amaal Mallik
lyrics- Kumaar
published by T-Series

41. Subha Hone Na Da..................................................from the film “Desi Boyz”
composer- Pritam
lyrics- Kumaar
published by T-Series

42. Tera Chehra..............................................................from the film “Sanam Teri Kasam”
composer- Himesh Reshammiya
lyrics- Shabbir Ahmed
published by Eros Now

43. Thalli Pogathey (Tamil).........................................from the film “Achcham Yenbathu
Madamaiyada”
composer- A R Rahman
lyrics- Thamarai
published by Eros Now

44. Tum Hi Ho...............................................................from the film “Aashiqui”
composer- Mithoon
lyrics- Mithoon
published by T Series

45. Vineem Vithayil (Tamil).........................................from the film “Thegidi”
composer- Nivas K. Prasanna
lyrics- Kabilan
published by Think Music India

46. Why This Kolaveri Di? (Tamil/English).................from the film “3”
composer- Anirudh Ravichandran
lyrics- Dhanush
published by Sony Music India

updated 8/09/2016

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Sendhil K. January 8, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very good instructor. Understands students pace and teaches well.
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Ellie E.

Ellie E.

Berkley, MI 48072
(1)
starting at
$22 / 30-min
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Chenyu Z.

Madison Heights, MI

For guitar: I can teach you guitar chords, reading notes on the fretboard, and finger-picking styles.

I played guitar for church worship band from 2013-2015.

Please let me know your learning goals and how I can help you achieve them. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have!

About Chenyu

Hi there! Thanks for visiting my profile :)

During May 2016, nine of the children I teach performed in a recital at Evola Music Center. Parents and families really enjoyed this event so I will host another recital during the winter holidays.
If adults are also interested in performing, I will get together a group of musicians to play together. Music is too good not to be shared!

I have a Master's degree in Social Work and love building relationships with clients and empowering people. I am currently still taking piano & violin lessons from accomplished music teachers to continue learni
ng techniques to pass on to my students...I believe a great teacher never stops being a student.

Look forward to hearing from you,
Chenyu
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Alyssa August 7, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Alyssa truly enjoyed her first lesson
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LeeAnn J. July 24, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
She was really nice.
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Sahana T. July 9, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
She was cool .. first class was with enough basics.. I am looking forward to take more classes
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Chenyu Z.

Chenyu Z.

Madison Heights, MI 48071
(9)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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