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Phil C.

27 Reviews
Chicago, IL
Starting at $75
  • Speaks English
  • Music Composition and Performance from Columbia College Chicago
  • Awarded Presidential Scholarship from Columbia College Chicago
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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.

About Phil

UPDATE: I'M FULLY VACCINATED, BUT STILL FOLLOW COVID-SAFE GUIDELINES. IN-PERSON LESSONS ARE IN FULL SWING. I ALSO DO ONLINE WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART GEAR. MY NEW SPACE IS OPEN IN THE FLAT IRON ARTS BUILDING IN CHICAGO'S POPULAR WICKER PARK NEIGHBORHOOD. I STILL DO ONE DAY IN MY HOME STUDIO

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Norman S.
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Very helpful, knowledgeable, and a good teacher.
Ed B.
Very knowledgeable and put me at ease right from the beginning.
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Ryan B.

94 Reviews
Chicago, IL
Starting at $30
  • Speaks English
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2013
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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 Logan Square 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

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Ryan
I have been working with Ryan on the Banjo for over a year now. He is incredible patient, encouraging and seriously knows his stuff!
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Adam K.

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Chicago, IL
Starting at $60
  • Speaks
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Associate in Arts - Music Performance from Count College of Morris
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Adam K.

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My teaching philosophy is all about self-education: not only will I teach you how to play the guitar but I will also help you learn how to teach yourself. The work required to learn an instrument doesn't come from 30 to 60 minutes of lessons from a professional, it comes from the intensity of focus you spend playing the guitar throughout your time outside of lessons.

We will start with the end in mind; what is your goal? What music or songs do you want to learn? Then, together we will build a lesson plan to accomplish that goal. Throughout the lesson plan, along with playing your favorite songs, we will cover several aspects of being a musician: proper technique; musical interpretation and expression; music theory, which will include understanding notes, scales, chords, harmonic progressions, and analyzing music; communication when performing with other musicians; and building habits and techniques toward effective practicing.

The great thing about this process is it establishes ...

About Adam

Hello future students! I am so excited you are here to learn a little about who I am and what I do. Before I talk about myself, I want to express how important music is for all of us. No matter how long you study or practice music - I have been playing guitar for 22 years - there is something unexpl

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Jakob S.

2 Reviews
Chicago, IL
Starting at $47
  • Speaks English
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Bachelor of Music from University of Illinois at Chicago
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Jakob S.

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In my 10 years as a professional musician I have performed everything from jazz to punk rock to Broadway classics. I can help you learn to play the guitar in whatever style you are interested in. I like to approach lessons in a way that the student gets an understanding of the fundamentals of music theory while learning music that they want to learn. Whether you're just picking up the guitar for the first time, or you've been playing for a while and hit a rut we can work to improve your skills.

About Jakob

I have been a professional musician for the last 10 years. I graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2016 with a Bachelors of Performance in Music with and emphasis on jazz guitar. Since then I have traveled North America playing all kinds of music. I've toured the country with the Broad

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Megan
Jake is such a good instructor! He's not just teaching me how to play individual songs, he's getting into the fundamentals of music theory and how music *works*. I learned more in one lesson than I learned in six months trying to figure it out on my own. He's good at finding fun songs at my skill level that push me through to the next level. I look forward to these lessons every week!
Aman Hemnani
Jakob it's a very knowledgeable and patient instructor. It was very easy to talk to him and let him know what I was wanting to learn. He was able to incorporate music theory and technique in a very easy and simple way to understand and work on. Of the different instructors that I've had lessons from, Jakob was my favorite and the one that I gained the most knowledge from. I would definitely recommend him to others. You won't be disappointed!
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Ayme F.

17 Reviews
Chicago, IL
Starting at $25
  • Speaks Japanese, Spanish
  • Teaches Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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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

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Leonard
Very professional and patient.
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Dean S.
Ayme is a great teacher, makes learning very easy to enjoy....
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Carrie A.

11 Reviews
Frankfort, IL
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  • Speaks
  • Teaches Intermediate
  • Teaching since 2002
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Carrie A.

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About Carrie

I’ve been teaching and performing professionally for over 15 years. I have my BA in music and business. I have had some amazing experiences along the way. I've worked with world renowned vocal coaches, sang at Carnegie Hall, and played on various cds to raise money/awareness for charity proj

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Janice (Tony) G.
Carrie is great! She is very patient, positive and encouraging. We have three members of our household taking lessons from her, and she tailors the lessons for the individual goals, levels and interests of each of us.
Steve H.
Had a great time and look forward to more lessons.
Logan P.
It was awesome! Great experience with Carrie and she got me playing within our first lesson! Couldn't be happier!

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Average Cost of Guitar Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute guitar lessons in Chicago is $65. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $300 per hour.
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"Christopher is great! He's the first guitar teacher I've had who is able to put their passion for music into teaching, and it really shows. He's extremely knowledgable and gets his point across very well. His teaching method is very easy to understand and it actually makes sense. On top of that, he's also just a really cool dude. Definitely recommend him!"
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Took Guitar lessons from Thomas H.
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"Greg shares his knowledge and enthusiasm in a well prepared teaching session. He is always willing to help beginners and experienced students."
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Took Guitar lessons from John B.
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"Chris is thoughtful, patient, and always prepared. I've taken lessons with him since August and have learned theory, many songs, and my playing is essentially night & day versus before. More than that, I look forward to our weekly lessons because they're always fun and a chance to pepper Chris with questions that he always has the answer to. I have recommended many folks to Chris and you would be wise to take lessons with him, too!"
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Guitar Lessons in Chicago, IL

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 presen

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t 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.

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