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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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Ivan W.

Westland, MI

Learn components of the guitar, fretboard, strings, keys, chords, shapes, transcription, reading, theory, several playing techniques, and much more.

About ivan

I am Ivan I've been playing bass since 1972, i only however been teaching beginner and intermediate bass guitar and theory(professionally) since 2007, not including the people i use to teach bass back in the day and here and there. you want to learn bass, i teach bass you can understand, i can come to you, or you can come to my home studio were we can record cd's of you playing (before and after). Music Major Inkster high school, Inkster Mi. (74-79). Detroit School of Music, Detroit Mi.(80-81). Music Minor Richmond College, Dallas Tx.(Major; Business Computer Programming Associate Degree 86-88
). i am currently studying advanced Music Theory, Harmony, Arranging and Composition. Awards include, multiple trophies, letters of excellence, 1st and 2nd place music proficiency medals 1974-1979. i have played on several studio recordings, commercials, albums, and CD's with talented artist. Learning to play from a DVD or the internet can not properly teach a beginner bass player, because there has to be student/teacher interaction, one has to already know how to play in order for a DVD to be effective, and i truly believe one will still need an instructor. i enjoy teaching and playing bass. i teach (4 to 6 string), which includes learning to read bass clef notes, scales, chords, keys signatures and time on the music staff, etc., etc., i can teach tab also. i like to teach beginners to give them the correct and formal fingering techniques, then later if they like, they can go all willy nilly. i get satisfactory results. i also teach beginner guitar and piano, all the above applies to guitar and piano lessons, and music theory and ear training. i like using small i's

*** Lesson Details ***
Depending on the student's current level of understanding music and playing bass, i start with the healthy way to play bass, traditional left hand and right hand techniques, learning exercises, scales, chords, ear training for how to find the bass part in songs, music theory including how to read music, then different styles of playing bass including thump and pluck, now known as slap bass, hammer and tap, harmonics, and most of all i make it fun. With practice you will know how to play the bass in no time.

*** Travel Equipment ***
i can provide bass and amp, but i expect student to have own bass and amp to practice

*** Specialties ***
traditional plucking style, slap, and tap. i teach all genres.
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edgar johnson March 16, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Ivan, ( Mr.Williams) knows his stuff. He has a structured format which is detailed. If a person listens to and practices his exercises, they will become a knowledgeable player of the guitar.
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Jason B. January 21, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
This dude is awesome. He really knows his theory and he definitely won't waste your time. Such a fun guy too. Highly recommended.
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Gary F. October 20, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I purchased lessons for my husband. After my husband first lesson he came home with very positive reviews and actually said that he is looking forward to his next lesson with Ivan. He shared that Ivan is very patient and knowledgeable and he feels that we made the right choice in selecting Ivan as his instructor.
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Ivan W.

Ivan W.

Westland, MI 48185
(6)
starting at
$25 / 60-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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chance B. March 19, 2016
Flamenco Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Awesome! Highly recommend
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chance B. March 19, 2016
Flamenco Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Awesome! Highly recommend
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Chris February 23, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Marc is incredibly friendly and willing to work around a student's
schedule. After taking several years off of formal lessons, he was very
willing and accommodating to meet me at my current skill level and
knowledge, while designing lessons to meet my goals and interests.
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Marc M.

Marc M.

Livonia, MI 48150
(23)
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”
2. Aaj Unse Milna Hai from the film “Prem Ratan”
3. Bekhudi from the film “Tera Surroor”
4. Bhaador Aashin Maashey (Bengali) Ansuman Roy
5. Bhador Ashwin Mase (Bengali) Bhoomi
6. Blue Eyes Yo Yo Honey Singh 2013
7. Bolna from the film “Kapoor and Sons”
8. Chaiyya Chaiyya from the film “Dil Se”
9. Chal Pyar Karegi from the film “Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai”
10. Chammak Challo from the film “Ra. One”
11. Chehra Hai Ya Chaand Khila Hai from the film “Saagar”
12. Chura Liya Hai from the film “Yaadon Ki Baaraat”
13. Dheere Dheere Se Meri Zindagi (older version) from the film “Aashiqui”
14. Dheere Dheere Se Meri Zindagi (new version) Yo Yo Honey Singh
15. Dilli Wali Girlfriend from the film “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani”
16. D.J. Waley Babu Party Anthem of 2015
17. Eena Meena Teeka (Tamil) from the film “Theri”
18. Fevicol Se from the film “Dabanng”
19. Gerua from the film “Diwale”
20. Ilaya Nila Pozhigirathe (Tamil) from the film “Payanangal Mudivathillai”
21. Jhalli Patakha from the film “Saala Khadoos”
22. Papa Kehte from the film “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak”
23. Main Hoon Hero Tera from the film “Hero”
24. Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon Amaal Malik
25. Main Shayar To Nahin from the film “Bobby” 1973
26. Mehndi Mehndi from the film “Chori Chori Chupke Chupke”
27. Nazar Ke Saamne Jiigar Ke Paas from the film “Aashiqui”
28. Om Jai Jagdish Hare from a Sanjay Mishra arrangement
29. Patola Preet Hundal
30. Peene Ki Tamanna from the film “Loveshuda”
31. Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram from a Sanjay Mishra arrangement
32. Sanam Re from the film “Sanam Re”
33. Saree Ke Fall Sa from the film “R...Rajkumar”
34. Soch Na Sake from the film “Airlift”
35. Subha Hone Na Da from the film “Desi Boyz”
36. Tera Chehra from the film “Sanam Teri Kasam”
37. Tum Hi Ho from the film “Aashiqui”
38. Vineem Vithayil (Tamil) from the film “Thegidi”
39. Why This Kolaveri Di? (Tamil/English) from the film “3”

updated 4/28/2016
ellieepstein@att.net
https://musescore.com/user/8458661/scores/1938241
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ellie-epstein-97b58669
https://soundcloud.com/payo-jazz-band/simon-tov
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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

I am a pianist, violinist, and guitarist. I took formal piano and violin lessons for many years and later taught myself guitar. I played guitar for church worship band from 2013-2015.

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

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 :)

I currently teach 17 students on a weekly basis and work two other part-time jobs. I travel to most my students' home to teach but now I would prefer if you travel to my home (due to time constraints).

I host recitals for students to perform and the next one is on May 28!

Some info on my other profession: I have a Master's in Social Work and I love building relationships with clients and empowering people.

Look forward to hearing from you!
Chenyu
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Amanda O. February 20, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Chenyu was very patient, friendly and informative.
My daughter really enjoyed the lesson and is eager to practice what she learned.
She can't wait for her next lesson!
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Sameem B. October 30, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Chenyu is very smart and calm. She knows what she's doing. I recommend her for everyone wants to learn music and playing violin or piano!
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Chenyu Z.

Chenyu Z.

Madison Heights, MI 48071
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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