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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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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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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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chance B. March 19, 2016
Flamenco Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Awesome! Highly recommend
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Marc M.

Livonia, MI 48150
(24)
starting at
$22 / 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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Sally D. February 2, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
My sophomore daughter has enjoyed taking trumpet lessons from Dr. Wyrick this school year. He has been consistent, creative and enthusiastic. She looks forward to her scheduled lesson each week and shares only positive experiences with us. As a parent, I appreciate Dr. Wyrick's kind demeanor and knowledge base. We definitely see progress and increased confidence in our trumpet player. She even received a superior rating on her trumpet solo at this year's Solo and Ensemble Festival in January.
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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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Jerry W.

Grosse Pointe, MI 48236
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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. Dheere Dheere Se Meri Zindagi (older version)....from the film “Aashiqui”
composer- Nadeem and Shravan
lyrics- Rani Malik
published by T-Series

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

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

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

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

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

19. Gerua.......................................................................from the film “Diwale”
composer- Pritam
lyrics- Amitabh Bhattacharya
published by Sony Music India
20. Ilaya Nila Pozhigirathe (Tamil)...............................from the film “Payanangal Mudivathillai”
composer- Ilaiyaraja
lyrics- Vairamuthu
published by Motherland Pictures

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

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

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

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

25. 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

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

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

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

29. Papa Kehte...............................................................from the film “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak” composer- Anand Milind
lyrics- Majrooh Sultanpuri
published by T-Series Super Cassettes Industries Ltd.
30. Patola
composer- Preet Hundal
lyrics- Guru Randhawa
published by T-Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

updated 7/11/2016
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Sendhil K. January 8, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
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Ellie E.

Berkley, MI 48072
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starting at
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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 :)

I currently teach about 20 students on a weekly basis and work two other part-time jobs. If you are considering booking lessons with me, I would prefer you traveling to my home due to time constraints.

Recently in 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.

I have a Master's degree in Social Work and love building relationships with clients and empowering people. I am currently taking piano & viol
in lessons from accomplished music teachers to continue learning 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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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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Sherri A. July 6, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Chenyo is such an amazing teacher. She spends time teaching me every little part of violin and she would not move on until the lesson is understood. Great teacher, I recommend her to all who are seeking to learn music.
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Adaugo E. July 1, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
We just started with Chenyu and I'm so glad at the way she teaches my kids. They love her and in spite of their age (3 1/2 year old twins) and a 5 year old, I feel that they are actually learning something. I look forward to seeing them blossom in the future.
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Chenyu Z.

Madison Heights, MI 48071
(7)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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