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By Will P. - Chicago Guitar Teacher While it’s impossible to pinpoint any one locale as “the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” the city of Chicago has a strong claim to the title. In 1955, Chuck Berry came to Chicago to record for the already world-renowned Chess Records label. For years, Chess (and Chicago) had been home to some America’s most famous blues artists: Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James and Sonny Williamson, just to name a few. So when Chuck Berry and fellow rock innovator Bo Diddley came to Chess to cut their first records, Chicago became an epicenter not only for blues but also for the exploding rock ‘n’ roll scene – and one central component to that new wave of music was the guitar.

Follow that track through the second half of the twentieth century to the present and it’s clear Chicago has always been a critical point on the map of American guitar music. Today, world class bands like the Smashing Pumpkins, OK GO, and Wilco all call Chicago home. Chicago is the permanent home to music festivals Lollapalooza and Pitchfork, and the city hosts its own jazz, blues and gospel festivals every summer, bringing some of the top guitarists in the world to Grant Park. Eric Clapton has even chosen Chicago as the site for his Crossroads Guitar Festival for the last few years.

Meanwhile, the independent music scene thrives in Chicago. On any given night of the week you can find excellent local groups and artists playing a myriad of genres and styles of music: jazz, blues, indie rock, pop, punk, and metal. As a student of bass or guitar lessons in Chicago, this is a critical factor: in a city with such a rich musical tradition and so many talented musicians, you’re bound to find a wealth of excellent teachers willing to share their knowledge and experience with you.

You might be surprised to learn that many of the musicians you see rocking out on stage on any given night also work as mild-mannered instructors teaching guitar lessons in Chicago during the days and evenings. This can be a tremendous resource for music students; you can learn from your instructor in a one-on-one setting and then go to see them and their peers in action onstage. Without a doubt, one of the most important aspects of learning to play an instrument (aside from lots of practice!) is listening to music and going to concerts to see how the skills and techniques you’re learning actually play out on stage in a real performance setting. With so many great musicians to see perform and so many skilled teachers to work with, the opportunities to dive in and immerse yourself in guitar lessons in Chicago have never been greater.

About Matthew N.

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Naperville, IL

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Matthew has studied guitar for over 15 years. He has played professionally in the Chicago area for over ten years.

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Matthew N. has been an educator and performer in the Chicago area and suburbs for over 15 years. Currently holding a studio of nearly 30 students he has become one of the area's many successful private instructors. Teaching piano, drums, and guitar Matthew can accommodate any student's needs and musical ambitions in those areas.

Matthew has studied at the collegiate level at the University of Iowa and holds a Bachelors in Percussion Performance. He has also been performing professionally at many of Chicago's finest venues for many years. Matthew is an audio engineer certified in Pro Tools and Logic Pro, which are industry standard programs. Students are able to record and learn the art of production as they learn their instrument if they so choose. This allows students to hear themselves and learn from their performance as well as shar
e their passion with family and friends as they create music.

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University of Iowa

Studied with:
Dr. Dan Moore, Vern Spevak, Chic Evans, Ron Spaeth, Jim Dreier

Received Music Scholarship to attend U of Iowa

Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences
-Received Many Certifications and Degree
-Certified in Pro Tools Recording Software and others

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I encourage my students to pursue all types of music. I like to use “method books” to help with reading and music theory no matter which instrument they choose. I always use supplemental materials that follow the student’s interests and level. I often use technology in lessons to motivate and help students grow. For example, I use many apps for theory, note reading, and rhythm training.

A cancellation 24hrs in advance is always appreciated.
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Nathalie, Anya, Vincent J. October 3, 2018
· Piano · In home
We had a great first lesson and we can't wait to keep learning. I am so grateful that he could come to my home so the kids can do homework while someone else is taking their lesson.
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Karen R. September 9, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Matt brings his experience, knowledge & passion for teaching. He is patient and teaches with care.
Student: Kevin L.
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Jake M. August 22, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Our first meet went very well. Jake likes working with Matthew and it is easy to follow his instructions.
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Matthew N.

Naperville, IL 60565
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This is an enriching curriculum that will utilize the student’s love of music and provide the valuable skills necessary to play guitar
Students will learn the basics of rhythm and counting while exploring a variety of strum techniques and much more..

About Kelvin
I am a highly organized, outcome-driven and motivated professional musician and educator with solid experience in the classroom. For the past 25 years, I have been employed with Amati music academy and seven years on the faculty of University of St Francis.
I am very comfortable with all aspects of the current music syllabus, including teaching musical concepts (such as duration, pitch, dynamics, tone color, texture and structure) as well as performance, composition. I am fully qualified, with a Bachelor of Education in Music, Double Masters in music performance and education from University of Nottingham.
I am proficient in classical, jazz and Celtic fiddle violin and possess solid skills in piano (grade 8-13) Royal conservatory system.
Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students achieve their very best. I str
ongly believe that music has the power to change lives – to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people, and serve as a profound medium of personal expression. Professional perform experience: The Chicago, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, Three tours with Moody Blues, YoYo Ma etc....
The most important thing I look for in a student is communication skills, as well as talent. I like to nurture students and help identify their individual strengths, which is a key factor in shaping a musical persona that will make its mark both on and offstage. I do not advocate a uniform technique for all students. Physical differences and learning styles are always taken into consideration. Potential is as important to me as early achievements and experience. My goal is to help students become self-sufficient, discriminating artists. I discuss practice techniques often and develop individualized scale routines. I encourage initiative and expressive musicality as well as precision. Above all, music needs to bring obvious joy to the student, regardless of the difficulties.”

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I use Suzuki and traditional method for my students... for Suzuki beginner they will play a song in four days....

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-Studio- Lessons in separate music lesson room, piano and violin are available. Students and parents will enjoy comfortable and clean studio environment with recent remodeled new hard wood floor and studio patio window over looking at beautiful garden. Free WiFi available for parents while waiting during the lesson appointment.
University of St Francis Joliet- can teach in rehearsal rooms at the university.
Online class at world class teaching studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
violin, viola, cello, piano and guitar

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Suzuki teaching method for beginners, traditional conservatory method for intermediate and Royal conservatory recital program for advanced level students..I also teach orchestration program to help students prepare their auditions for major symphonies through out the country including Chicago symphony orchestra etc...
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Joe B. September 19, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Had a great experience with Kelvin. Looking forward to the next lesson!
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Joe B. September 18, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Kelvin was great! I learned allot in a short time. Thank you. Joe
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Hargeet September 16, 2018
· Violin · Online
Very patient!
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Kelvin L.

Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL 60440
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About Ayme F.

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I teach students from beginner to intermediate in music theory, chord and solo studies. From there we can get more advanced and work with song writing and more specific styles like flamenco and blues.

About Ayme
Music can be as simple or as intricate as you want to make it. I will to teach you how to make the most of whatever knowledge and skill you have and to have fun while you do it. My tastes are all across the board, rock and roll, country, metal, opera, I love it all. So, let me know what you are into and we can go from there.
I started playing guitar about 20 years ago and have fronted several bands that have played all over Chicago and beyond. Although I have studied ethnomusicology, theory, and composition in college, I owe my greatest debt to the Chicago musicians who inspired and later taught me. I began my private studies in flamenco guitar with Tomas de Utrera, Kelan Phil Cohran voice and theory, Hamid Drake instructed me on hand drumming, and from Rockin' Johnny Burgin I learned about the soul of blues guitar. Music is my first
love, and continues to be an endless fascination for me.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe the pursuit of musical knowledge and skill should be a fun adventure and therefore, in each and every lesson with me I hope that there is laughter. I like to start off finding out what you are interested in learning, then I will create a curriculum based on those interests. I like to get students going right away playing songs so they don't get bored. By the end of three months you should have a nice little repertoire of 6 or so songs in different keys and a beginning knowledge of your instrument and by six months we will have moved into scales, solos and a bit of theory based on your progression.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room, street parking. I have plenty of guitars, amps, pedals and tuners here. I also have audio recording software so we can record your lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have guitar and tuner, student should also have a guitar.

*** Specialties ***
I would say I am best a teaching rock and blues guitar. I have also studied theory and flamenco guitar and would be able to teach beginners.
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Khushboo April 10, 2018
· Guitar · Online
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Sudhir N. February 4, 2018
· Flamenco Guitar · Online
It was a very good session. Although it’s quite a challenge to see the exact strokes and finger movements online during the class
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Anibal February 3, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Very patient and focused on incremental development of technique and understanding of theory, rather than just playing a song.
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Ayme F.

Chicago, IL 60625
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About Ryan B.

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I've been teaching guitar for 5 years helping students develop a love for the instrument and learn more about music along the way. There are many styles I'm comfortable teaching from folk (fingerpicking or flatpicking), rock, blues and funk and I would love working on developing a unique style of your own. Within the first few lessons you'll have a solid base of strumming, picking and chord changes and even a few simple songs under your belt. Moving on from there I will craft lessons to move you toward a "goal song," making sure to cater your progress to your needs while keeping a focus on good technique. I enjoy working with students of all ages and experiences and I can't wait to meet you!

About Ryan
Ryan is a musician from Jefferson Park who plays a plethora of different instruments. He specializes in guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele, but also dabbles in accordion, piano, drums, harmonica and several others. Learning to play instruments is one of the true pleasures in his life and he hopes he can make it one of yours, too.

As a teacher Ryan's goals are fairly simple. First and foremost he wants to make his lessons comfortable, interesting and fun. A close second is to build a strong foundation on the basics, so as we learn more advanced techniques we have a solid base of technique to build upon. And third, an understanding of the theory and history behind the music is a great way to engage in the music beyond just the rote learning of technique.

After a brief foray in physics, Ryan settle into a degree in music at the Univer
sity of Illinois, specializing in Ethnomusicology (the study of music of different cultures). This education gave him a strong background in music theory and history in the Western tradition, but also opened him up to a vast experience of a diverse cross section of music from around the world. His insatiable love for learning new instruments started here, where he studied music from West Africa to Bali.

Currently Ryan is a co-lead singer, songwriter and stringed instrument player for the local band Distant Brothers, a folk rock band based out of Chicago. They play venues throughout the Midwest, with some of the notable venues being House of Blues, Metro and Cubby Bear in Chicago. Another highlight of his time with the band has been a collaboration with Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra, where he not only was able to play in collaboration with the orchestra, but joined in the arranging and conceptualization of some of the pieces played.
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Max R. September 19, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Love that my 11 year old can take the lessons from home. He is in a car a lot of the week, so being able to not loose time over sitting in traffic yet again, is really fantastic.
I don’t stay in the room for his classes, but what I notice with Ryan, is that my son is making steady progress and is taking up the banjo every day to practice, without me having to tell him too. That, to me, is an accomplishment on its own :)
Love these lessons, love Ryan who is friendly, relaxed and practical. Two thumbs up.
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Stuart August 27, 2018
· Banjo · Online
4 weeks into banjo lessons has been great. He does a great job explaining and answering your questions. Im just a beginner but its going well. Thanks Ryan.
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Jane J. August 23, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Ryan is very flexible and accommodating. I took a banjo lesson and a mandolin lesson from him. He helped me transition easily between instruments. He also was most willing to indulge my love of Irish music. I found him to be relaxed and yet encouraging.
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Ryan B.

Chicago, IL 60646
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About Sebastian A.

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I will teach you any genre or style you want to learn, whether that be classical, rock, folk, blues, alternative, and anything else in between. We will go over scales, arpeggios, chords, and soloing that will help your technique and knowledge of the guitar. I will also bring books, diagrams, and sheet music to help with your progress.

About Sebastian
Playing and learning an instrument is beneficial to ones being because it is a great way to express ones self and it's an excellent stress reliever. It's also an amazing feeling playing an instrument you love to listen to.

Learning any instrument could be daunting at first because there is so much to learn and without any help, could feel overwhelming and hopeless. Do not fret because I am here to assist you!
I have studied many music genres all across the board and have a professional knowledge and comprehension of the theory encompassed behind them. Every lesson is crafted for each student in specific areas they have interest in while being done at the students own pace.

My background history:

I immersed myself in music at a very young age, studying classical piano and theory. In my teenage years I took the initiative to le
arn guitar and began by purchasing my own guitar and books and taught myself to play electrical and classical guitar. I followed my passion and continued my studies at Columbia College and graduated with a bachelors degree in Instrumental Performance.

Post-graduation, I have experienced playing in multiple bands, performing in concerts, teaching piano and guitar ranging in all levels at a music center and private home and enjoying some traveling.

Everything I have learned will be reflected in my lesson methodology and will help you learn to play proficiently in a timely manner. I look forward to meeting new prospective students while having fun teaching them music.
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Amanda K. November 20, 2017
· Piano · In home
Wonderful, reliable teacher! Very patient and has a clear and consistent pedagogy. Very highly recommended!
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Domink S. February 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very nice, patient teacher! I m so happy we started lessons with Sebastian.
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Hugo January 31, 2017
· Piano · In home
Mr. Sebastian is sweet and patient with our 5-year-old. Great teacher for little ones!
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Sebastian A.

Chicago, IL 60622
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About Phil C.

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I teach every student the technical skills and applied theory necessary to work in any contemporary style on guitar. I use the "Be better than you have to be" approach. Want to be the best on a bad day? Be better than your chosen style requires. I studied classical and jazz in order to excel at rock, folk and blues.
You will learn to read music and charts for guitar, as well as movable scale patterns, movable chord forms, and how to apply it all to master the fretboard.
Have you hit a road block? I can help. Are you brand new and want to be sure you understand the instrument completely? I can help.
For those who wish to combine subjects, I also have a 90 minute lesson option. The more time you spend, the less you pay per minute. I have adult students who spend as much as two hours at a time with me.

About Phil
I've taught both privately and in the classroom (in schools from Pre-K to college, and through workshops), and have been a working musician and teacher for more than 25 years. I have a degree in music from Columbia College Chicago (Summa Cum Laude). My students have included everyone from absolute beginners to working professionals like myself. Many of my students have gone on to careers in music as performers, songwriters and/or teachers.

My approach in private instruction involves tailoring the lessons to the specific needs of each student, while making sure that he/she has the knowledge and technique to succeed in their creative endeavors. Whether it's a hobby or a potential career, I leave nothing out. You will learn the entire instrument. In cases where a student works in more than one subject, one session can typically be applied
to all/both of them. I strive to help every student find their own creative voice, while building the skill sets required to work in any style of music.

I also offer group lessons for 3 or more students. For friends at similar skill levels, this can offer a fun and more affordable way to learn a subject. It also serves as an additional motivator as the students in the group feed off of each other for ideas and inspiration.

Please feel free to contact me with the "Ask Phil a Question" button on my profile here. This can include questions about my method, or regarding days and times for lessons. What you see in my availability here is based on my schedule away from TakeLessons. I have students elsewhere and perform shows regularly. I may have additional times available and tend to have some flexibility. I teach worldwide online. Just ask.

As soon as you're ready to book lessons, you can use the Green Button after selecting your area of study, day and time. I will receive a notification that you've signed up. I will then confirm with you and send a questionnaire regarding your lesson needs within 48 hours.

Thanks for your interest.

I look forward to working with you!
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Noah June 25, 2018
· Singing · In home
Phil is walking me through the theory and we are making progress so it’s goinf well.
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Michael June 4, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Had a great lesson, Phil is a real pro, makes Me comfortable with our pace. At My age, He’s a great choice.
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Jeremiah Z. May 15, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Phil is EXACTLY the kind of guitar teacher I was looking for. I couldn't ask for a better instructor. He knows his stuff and breaks things down so that you can understand and apply what you learn. He's also a deep soul and has a love for music that is contagious!
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Phil C.

Chicago, IL 60626
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About Kenny S.

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Kenny has been playing guitar since the age of 14, has received awards and grants from the Canada Council, and is an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His approach to teaching guitar helps students learn quickly and maximize musical potential.

I'm a guitar player and singer songwriter from Montreal, Canada, have been living in Chicago for seven years, and have been playing electric, dobro, and acoustic guitar in the studio and on the stage for 20+ years. I play fingerstyle in a variety of tunings and am also a proficient flatpicker covering folk, bluegrass, electric, blues, and country picking techniques.

Whether you are a songwriter looking to improve your basic skills to perform a wider range of material, or a flatpicker looking to refine your improvisation skills or learn fingerstyle and open tunings, I can help you learn the correct approach to help bring your playing to a new level.

We all have within us, the ability to be an excellent player. ...

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Kenny has been playing guitar since the age of 14, has received awards and grants from the Canada Council, and is an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His approach to teaching guitar helps students learn quickly, have fun, and maximize musical potential. Kenny has played at Festivals and venues across North America.
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jamison odling June 16, 2016
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I studied guitar with Kenny for five years and his lessons undoubtedly made me not only a better guitarist but a better musician. Kenny is an incredibly patient teacher with well thought out lessons that follow a natural scope and sequence while always fitting the needs a likes of the student. He is an expert communicator and an inspiring performer. I highly recommend his teaching to any and all levels of aspiring guitarist whatever the style of music.
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Michel Zabitsky June 8, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar ·
I took weekly lessons with Kenny back when he was in Montreal and it was a great learning experience. He was not only open to working on the songs that I wanted but also introduced me to new and exciting stuff that have really broadened my horizons. Kenny is not only super knowledgeable and talented but above all is a great communicator and teacher who makes you feel comfortable learning new techniques and material in a stimulating and exciting way. Highly recommended!
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Michael G June 6, 2016
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Great musician. Great guy. Most important, a great teacher. Kenny can clearly articulate what you need to know.
Technique, right/left hand position, theory, altered tunings.
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Kenny S.

Chicago, IL 60622
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I have been teaching for 6 years and I hold a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Guitar Performance. Additionally, I have the experience of playing various styles of music professionally on a cruise ship for 6 months. Whether you're a more intermediate player or a complete beginner, I'll help you achieve your own personal musical goals while learning theory and technique along the way.

About Noah
I am a professional guitarist, bassist, and songwriter. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from the University of Illinois.

I tailor lessons toward what each student wants to accomplish, whether it's to learn their favorite song or a whole new style of playing. This helps keep lessons fun and engaging as students can stay focused on their personal goals and learn more broad musical concepts at the same time.
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Charlie September 17, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Noah was a great teacher because he knew his stuff and he was patient. From jazz to rock, Noah had the tricks for licks! 10/10 would recommend. Why aren't you taking lessons from him already?
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Pedro August 16, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I was only an amateur when Noah began teaching me, and I made more improvement in my first month of lessons with him than I had in the last year. He's extremely knowledgeable and makes playing the guitar seem easy. He always gives 110% and wants to help you learn and improve. 12/10 would recommend.
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Matt July 30, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Noah taught my son for 2 years before moving out of the area. He was always extremely patient with his students. He taught my son the RIGHT tools that beginners need to know. He didn’t just teach him rock song after rock song. Rather, he explored different scales, different genres, and beginning steps into improvisation. As a college music professor myself, I can absolutely say that Noah excels in any academia arena. Not only does he teach well, he’s a monster player.
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Noah G.

Chicago, IL 60647
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What music do you want to learn? Over the last fifteen years I have been teaching students that you are in control of your lesson. I am able to create lesson plans that develop both right and left hand attributes of stamina, dexterity, finesse, and groove all the while learning any song you really enjoy. Lessons are conducted in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere that focuses on providing all the tips and tricks for great performance.

About John
Hello students!

My name is John and I have been playing and teaching professionally for the last 15 years. I have been playing styles ranging from rock, blues, motown, bluegrass, and country. I’ve got a lot of gigging experience with big places like House of Blues and Metro all the way down to restaurants and tiny pubs. Lessons with me are laid back but we will focus on playing songs and making music right away. You get to choose the music that you learn in the lessons, I will craft the lesson to maximize you learning all the key fundamentals to becoming a solid guitar player. I look forward to jamming with you!
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John P.

Homewood, IL 60430
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I make the connection between electric guitar practical (fretboard) knowledge and music theory. I work with the student in understanding rhythms and how to simultaneously hold a rhythm and add lead parts into it. We also cover a broad scope of electric guitar players and their importance on modern music.

About Chris
I've been playing guitar for 19 years and I have been teaching it privately for 2. I am currently pursuing a diploma through the university of west london for acoustic guitar teaching. I teach bass as well as guitar, electric and acoustic.
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Manhattan, IL 60442
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Average Cost of Guitar Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute guitar lessons in Chicago is $56. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $30 and $94 per hour.

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$44 average
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Looking for help with guitar notes? You've come to the right place. Whether you want to learn to improvise jaw-dropping solos, play brilliant classical etudes, or anything in between, learning where to find notes on a guitar is a vital step in your musical journey. In this ultimate guide, we'll share everything you need to know about guitar notes, guitar strings, and intervals. Guitar Notes: The Ultimate Guide How Guitar Strings Work Understanding the basic mechanics and parts of a gui
3 Things Nobody Told Me About Beginning Guitar
What are the secrets guitarists might not tell you about beginning guitar? Guitar teacher Matthew K. shares his discoveries about the guitar from early in his musical journey... I remember the day I went to the store with my father and picked up my first guitar. It was an Ibenez Stagestar with a tiny 10 watt Crate amp, and I couldn’t have been more excited to get home and try it out. Dreams of being on stage in front of thousands filled my mind, but I knew it would be hard work just to get co

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