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About Randal K.

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Learn the foundation to becoming proficient on the bass guitar.

About Randal
Love of music inspired to learn bass and guitar over 15 years ago. When I began teaching my young daughter guitar I realized how much I also love to teach. For the past 3 years I have been blessed to be able to combine these two passions into one.
Originally self taught, I have recently studied
bass, guitar, and theory at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music. Coming from a self taught background, I fully understand the importance of a solid foundation. In the beginning of my playing, after being uninspired by formal lessons, I chose to branch out on my own. This decision definitely slowed my musical growth. Having to fend for yourself is always more difficult than having a guiding hand helping you along. I enjoy passing on the knowledge it took me years to accumulate.
My musical influences range from Rock to Reggae, Blues to Folk.
Some of my favorite players include Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, David Gilmour, Bob Marley, Family Man, Glen Phillips, and Bradley Nowell. Although the bass guitar was my first instrument, and learning reggae bass is the reason I began, the acoustic guitar is my instrument of choice. I am constantly amazed at the musical range it can provide. From beautiful finger picked melodies, to it's raw percussive qualities.
However, I find equal enjoyment sharing my love of both instruments.

*** Lesson Details ***
My mission is to provide the foundation, through a relaxed and patient approach, for each individual student to reach their own maximum potential. We will cover basic techniques and theory, but we will learn how these are relative to actually playing music that the student is interested in. Let's face it, students want to play music. They are not taking lessons to learn what a pentatonic scale is, even though they will probably use it to play their favorite solo. Many beginners stop playing because they get caught up in the journey, and lose focus on the destination. If these techniques and exercises are shown to be relative to actually playing music, most students can't stop practicing, instead of viewing practice as work, or boring.
Each students' lesson is designed specifically for the individual. Handouts will be provided to offer support and reference, but the students desire and willingness to practice on their own will dictate how fast we move along.
The ultimate goal for me is to provide a relaxed atmosphere where students are having fun doing what they love. There will be plenty of time to learn complex chord shapes and theories. I simply want to create players who once they have started, will never stop playing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I am available for lessons given in your home or mine. I provide small recording equipment, and drum machine. Each student will be able to record a cd of their playing to help in the learning process.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Recording equipment, drum machine, amps, and lesson plans. Student provides own instrument. Although I have provided instruments in certain situations.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Reggae,Blues, and Fingerstyle.
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ChristineM2 May 4, 2012
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Randal is a great instructor. He's passionate about music and helping students to learn. He is very good about breaking things down to the basics to facilitate learning for students of all ages.
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DuncanB January 21, 2012
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Anya is progressing quite well and really enjoying her lessons!
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KaliL March 21, 2011
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Very likeable & knowledgeable!

Randy has been a great teacher for my 6-yr-old daughter. She is really shy & he was great with her. Friendly. Tailored the lessons to her level!
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Randal K.

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Mundelein, IL 60060
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About Joseph M.

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I teach electric bass guitar using the Hal Leonard method. Also get students into learning songs, bass patterns and scales early in their learning.

About Joseph
My Story:

As a guitarist in my early years I spent much time reworking my technique and gaining insight in how guitar playing really works. My early struggles gave way to a solid knowledge of the guitar and music.

This was gained through no small part through my High School music teacher, through master classes of Manuel Lopez Ramos and Abel Carlevaro and others.

These master classes helped me in a big way to develop teaching systems and principles that can help anyone to learn guitar easier and more effectively.

You will gain from the knowledge of these world class guitarists and teachers which will help you to play better and more musical.

And from my musical background-of playing hundreds of songs and compositions of many styles and understanding o
f musical structure.

Teaching philosophy

I will give you simple technical training to help the hands work together and develop a musical sound. As I teach I look for your gifts (in creativity, musical playing etc) and actively look to enhance that gift.

When problems come along in your studies, I help you to solve them in a way you can apply them for yourselves. Teach and show students how music works and how to play artistically.

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Will work with you to find a convenient time/day to schedule lessons at your home or our studio

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*** Lesson Details ***
Teaching for over 13 years in all major styles. Helping beginning or returning students of all ages (kids and adults). and backgrounds to learn music.Have taught all ages from 5 to 60 years old.

Will work to develop a personalized plan specifically for you and/or your child or family member.

Studied at Roosevelt University as a classic guitar major with music education and jazz studies.

Give students a well rounded education in all the major styles-techniques, teaching them finger picking as well as pick technique, chords and improvisation.

I specialize in building a strong foundation both musically and technically for people that have not played guitar or even music before and helping them to reach the musical goals they desire.

For the pick guitar I use the Mel Bay method along with handouts for chords/exercises and finger picking patterns This gives you flexibility to explore many musical styles.

For classic guitar I use the Sagreras or Parkening methods plus the same handouts as for pick guitar.

For electric bass I use the Hall Leonard Method, plus handouts.

I teach children how to practice and to keep a practice schedule.

I operate with a patient approach, a comfortable learning process. This helps you to learn properly and builds a solid foundation for your playing.

Lesson Progression

In general after 3 months you will know all the basic chords and how to change them. How to play the blues scale, read music /tab plus some songs with basic chords.

For the electric bass you will play blues patterns, read music and tab.

After 6 months you will be in general able to play bar chords, and more complex songs (with full chords).

For the electric bass more complex songs, movable major scales.

Keep in mind as you move through these studies you will be enjoying playing music and be moving towards the goal you had in mind in taking up music including learning the music, the styles you wanted to play.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and a foot stool. I can get them or show them where to get a method book They would just need a guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can teach lessons at the students home in Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Morton Grove, Skokie, Wilmette and adjoining communities.

*** Specialties ***
Be encouraged that you and/or your family member can learn to play and it's not as hard as you think.

What I have found is it takes no special talent to play the guitar, just the desire to practice and learn. Lessons with a teacher helps you to learn quicker and more problem free, unlike other approaches. A teacher can help you personally when you have problems and questions. The investment you make will help you or a family member to play music for many years...

Teach most major styles folk, rock, blues, classical, finger picking, Jazz (Bossa Nova)
Also gospel, praise and worship guitar.

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Ryan L. December 4, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Learning flamenco and classical guitar with Joe. He's got tons of knowledge and skill, and really pays attention to the musicality of things, which is something other teachers often miss.
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StephenS1 February 15, 2012
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Great teacher

My daughter enjoyed lessons with Joe. He was patient and good at explaining to a beginner.
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JosefP January 4, 2011
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Great teacher !!!
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Joseph M.

Joseph M.

Skokie, IL 60077
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About Michael P.

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Bass is the backbone of any good rock band. You'll learn how to stand out while being the solid foundation from which everything is built on.

About Michael
I've been playing guitar for over 13 years now. Ranging from punk rock to metal to blues and classic rock. I just love what the guitar can do and I want to share what I've found and hopefully learn some more myself. When I'm not practicing or playing with my band I'm usually cooking or relaxing at home with my wife and cat.
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Michael P.

Michael P.

Chicago, IL 60640
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About Daniel K.

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Professional level coaching and development

About Daniel
Daniel, a former faculty member of Columbia College in Chicago, is a studio and live performance singer and musician based in Chicago. His teaching and performing experience spans three decades, and includes expertise in the studies of voice, guitar, piano, bass, drums, and trumpet, along with music theory, arranging, and composing. He is a Lincoln Academy Student Laureate who holds a BA in Music Composition, and has attended graduate courses in education at Roosevelt University and DePaul University in Chicago. He has taught students of all ages at private studios, public school, and college.

Daniel is described by his students as a natural teacher. He prefers to be regarded as an advancing student, and takes the journey along with his students to guide them towards their goals with a friendly, positive, efficient and productive appro
ach. He feels that music is within all of us, and a desire to learn is a sign of talent, so anyone can develop their musical abilities with methodical practice.

The musical journey for Daniel began at an early age with trumpet and piano studies which became a passion for him by the age of 14. He was the drum major of the high school marching band, and successfully completed a paid contract to arrange music for the high school jazz band which performed in a state beauty pageant. He began teaching privately after high school, and continued playing in bands, and composing original music. He formed a professional jazz ensemble under the name of the Chicago Jazz Players by the age of 22, and developed his arranging techniques while having it performed by an eighteen piece orchestra consisting of many great local artists. It was in this environment that he gained experience with brass, woodwinds, and rhythm instruments. He was granted a position at Columbia College as an instructor at age 29 where he taught theory, sight singing, musicianship, ear training, harmony, orchestration, and composition. He scored the music for several plays, and conducted his own pieces with Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera Players. During those years he found himself playing the guitar and singing more than anything else. It was in 1995 that he focused on singing and playing the guitar with his rock band. He has produced several CD recordings of his original music in his own studio, and has helped produce local bands and artists. He performs regularly in the Chicago area.

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Daniel exhibits patience and care with each student, and develops an individualized approach based on clear goals with practical procedures. Most beginners can expect to have a working knowledge of music notation and how it applies to their instrument within three months, and should be developing fluency in performing music that they enjoy within six months. Advancing students will enjoy the rewards that will follow by studying with an experienced teaching musician that will recognize strengths and weaknesses, and recommend proven techniques for personal musical development. Studying music should be fun, fulfilling, and in harmony with the needs and desires of the student, and this is key to the philosophy held by Daniel.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Eight track recording gear; grand piano; guitars/bass (acoustic & electric); cables/amps, drum kit and percussion.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide lesson materials, and always have a metronome with me. I expect the student to have an instrument. I prefer that a student has a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
Customized approach to the individual based on needs and goals.
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Shane H. February 27, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Daniel is warm and friendly. He warmed up my voice, assessed my needs, and developed a technique-based plan for moving forward... and all this in my first session. I'm thrilled!
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Adi S. November 16, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Daniel is the best teacher I have found.He is truly invested in your child's learning n progress.My son loved him.Im now enrolling my second child with him.He has great integrity and I learned so much from him about work ethic.Ok
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Manny S. November 15, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Dan was great. Very patient with me.
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Chicago, IL 60613
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About Eli B.

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The electric bass is the foundation of any band. But, it is in no way limited by this role. Just within the traditional role of a electric bass player, a world of nuance exists that adds character and interest to any group. Beyond that, innovative new approaches to playing have emerged and exciting new possibilities for the instrument have made becoming an electric bass player more enticing than ever. In lessons, I help the student to realize what it is to be a bass player, and how building on past masters and current innovators can be liberating and informing. I aim to help my students appreciate the joys of playing electric bass as well as ensure that they will be an asset to any group they decide to join.

About Eli
One of the great things about being a bassist is that you can play with a lot of different groups. From jazz combos and rock bands, to bluegrass bands and string quintets, the bass can be an integral part of each. For me, learning and playing many different types of music has added to the joy of being a bass player. Through teaching and performing, I hope to share my enthusiasm for the instrument.

I have had the benefit of working with great teachers throughout my bass playing career, including members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Lyric Opera, and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. Because of this, I understand what a difference the right teacher can make. Furthermore, I know what teaching styles and techniques work best for me as a current student, so I am able to relate, and tailor the lesson to fit the student's needs.
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Jonathan F. October 30, 2016
· Upright Bass · In home
Super cool guy. A lesson with Eli is the perfect blend of his knowledge, expertise, patience, and overall chill. 5 stars all the way.
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Justin September 29, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In home
Eli is professional, courteous, & patient. All qualities that make him a good instructor. We are very satisfied & glad our son enjoys his lessons.
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Zack Botkin February 26, 2016
· Bass Guitar · Online
If you are looking for an excellent bass teacher, look no further. You would be wasting your time. I've had a number of music instructors over the years, and I can easily say that Eli ranks at or near the top of that list.

Eli knew exactly where to start with me... he truly has an amazing ability to gauge where the student's level of knowledge is, and tailor the lesson exactly to that. Within a few lessons, I had improved my form tremendously. We covered everything that I wanted to learn, and wasted no time on things that I already knew.

What's more, a few of the instructors I have had in the past came off as a bit elitist and snobby. Eli is one of the most genuine guys around. He'll guide the lesson at your own pace, always willing to pause and show you something a second, third, or fourth time... At no point do you ever feel like you are going to ask a dumb question. This is a crucial trait of a good instructor, and Eli definitely has that going for him.

He is also quite accommodating. We typically do Skype lessons, but one there was one time that his room mate had made a slight miscalculation in the internet bill, which resulted in no internet that day. Rather than let that stop him, he actually brought his bass and amplifier on the bus, and came to my apartment to give me the lesson in person. He will make sure you get your lesson, one way or another.

My only regret is that I don't have a 6th star to give the guy! I definitely recommend him to anyone looking to learn how to play the bass guitar.
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Chicago, IL 60618
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About Matthew C.

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I'll teach you fundamentals of grooving well and how to play in any and all style you desire! Writing bass lines, learning from the greats, and teaching you how to improvise in any situation.
I can teach basic to intermediate slapping techniques as well as bass tapping. I'll go over some useful scales and modes as well as basic to advanced music theory.

About Matthew
Matthew has been playing the upright bass for about 13 years, and although he has a strong classical foundation, he has been studying jazz for the past 6 years.
Matt is currently in his last semester at Roosevelt University for Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance on the Upright Bass. At CCPA he has had the opportunity to travel to St Louis, and New Orleans with the CCPA Large and Latin ensembles. Most recently, he performed at the JEN conference in New Orleans, where he performed with Howard Levy, one of the worlds greatest Harmonic players.
He has also performed many times at the Jazz Showcase and the world renowned Auditorium Theatre with many of the combos at CCPA.
He has had the opportunity to study with some of Chicago's best musicians, such as Ruben Alvarez, Henry Johnson, Paul Wertico, Paulinho Garcia, Cheryl Wilson, and T
om Garling. He is currently taking private lessons with both Scott Mason and Marlene Rosenberg.
Matt is also confident in teaching basic piano skills as well as jazz piano chord theory and improvisation.
Besides jazz and classical, Matt plays a lot of blues, rock n roll and funk on the bass guitar with a band, where he has played shows at Chicago's House of Blues, Double Door, Metro and many more.
Matt believes music should be a fun form of expression and communication, that improves the players life, as well as those around them.
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Stephen November 24, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
He's a great teacher!
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Chicago, IL 60647
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About Cameron R.

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Bass is the backbone of music, lets learn it together!

About Cameron
I'm a 22 year old guitarist and composer, with an education from Berklee College of Music. I am an active session guitarist and songwriter for myself and others. I can teach you how to reach your goals as a musician or songwriter. I have extensive recording and studio experience. I will teach you what is necessary for you to reach your goals. If you are interested in just learning songs, I will not focus on theory or songwriting. If you want to learn how to compose music, I will teach you about harmony and what makes the difference between a good song and a hit song. I can also help you get accepted to any music school in the country. The truth is, most popular songs only require a small amount of chord knowledge to be played on guitar, and I would love to make that happen for you.

My guitar lessons do not have a set curriculum, becaus
e the curriculum is made individually for each student, depending on their goals, strengths, and interests. I have always strived for my guitar lessons and teaching style to bring the student to the point that they truly want to be at. Many other teachers and music schools will teach you strands of information that may have been interesting to them, but the same might not be true for the student. We are all individuals and have different tastes, and the lesson plans must take that into account. I am here to help students achieve their goals and desires on the instrument, and that is why my lessons stand out.

My new studio is located in the South Loop of Chicago, IL and has all the equipment to help making guitar has easy as it can be.

As my student, you will have access to my studio and able to record your own music and ideas anytime.

Studio Includes:
-Recording Capability
-Music Stands
-Amps, Cords, Strings etc.
-Books and Sheet Music
-Logic/Pro Tools/Finale and other music software

I have played guitar in professionally produced musicals such as "Godspell" and "Once Upon A Mattress." I have also been a pit guitarist for high school and middle school show choirs, requiring excellent reading skills and on the spot adaptation to changes.
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Roger .. March 15, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Cameron is great. He is very interested in my progress and has a wealth of experience to share. He's always looking for student feedback to ensure you are getting just what you want. I am looking forward to my next lesson.

In case you have any doubts on what teacher to select, go watch his videos. He is a monster player with lots of singing in his note choice and phrasing. He is a top musician.
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Nick January 30, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Great knowledge of guitar, music theory and composition. Cameron will keep you on track and focused on what you want to learn.
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Tessa January 23, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Cameron was one of the best teachers i have ever come into contact with. What struck me most was his patience, understanding and independent thinking. He was very observant of what worked best for me and he made the teaching program fit my speed and comfortability,while at the same time pushing me out of my comfort zone. Cameron is very thorough and fills his lessons with personal experiences of his own,new ways of thinking, good starting points and things to remember. Feel free to ask him questions about whatever is on your mind when it comes to guitar playing. With Cameron's knowledge, he will leave you with new ways of thinking about guitar, questions answered, and a new understanding. I would strongly suggest sharing the knowledge given to you by Cameron with everyone you know. His lessons are accurate, thorough, and factual. I would recommend him to anyone, especially people who want the best for their money and for their time.
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Chicago, IL 60605
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About Phil C.

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With a full and easily accessible knowledge of theory, you're already on your way as a bass player. Adding technique to basic theory, you can quickly move beyond the beginner level. That's what we'll do.

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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Alex March 30, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Phil is a passionate, dedicated and talented Uke and vocal teacher. He has been working with our 8 yo boy who does not have an easy character and was able to establish a great relationship with him allowing for very productive lessons.
Phil is creative with teaching method and was able to adapt to our son's needs. I would highly recommend Phil
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Simi A. November 22, 2017
· Singing · Online
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Jennifer November 16, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Phil is a fantastic guitar teacher. My teenage daughter has had a few teachers over the years, but he’s the first to help her learn to read actual music, teach her to restring her guitar, and provide a true musician’s perspective that keeps her interested and excited to learn. His focus on classical as a springboard for all other music genres is refreshing. We are thrilled to have found this gem of an instructor, his love for music and guitar is infectious and inspiring.
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Chicago, IL 60626
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I've played bass for 8 years, played in 5 different bands, and studied for two years on electric bass. I'd love to share my passion for 4 strings and help you become the best you can be.

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Hello! My name is Zac Emry and I am a music business major at Columbia College Chicago. I love music in all capacities. I also have an associates degree in electric bass from Sauk Valley Community College. Hopefully I can use Take Lessons to spread my love of music and to help myself stay practiced and engaged in playing music.
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Zac E.

Chicago, IL 60618
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About Solomon K.

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While I am a bassist, I also compose and write songs. Very frequently, I will take a somewhat less orthodox approach in doing so, and use the bass guitar as a full range and lead instrument. Many players pinhole the bass into a supporting role only. It serves this function excellently, and it is at the core of the instrument, and therefore also at the core of studying bass. However, the instrument can do so much more if properly approached.

About Solomon
I have taken music lessons since 4th grade, starting on piano, and later learning guitar, drums, vocals, and my primary instrument, bass. I have played in both jobbing groups and original bands for the last five years. I got my start teaching by volunteering as a teacher of children between the ages of 7 and 12 at the School of Rock Oak Park. I also counseled summer camps there for young teens. Later, I taught at Mathnasium of Oak Park, a math learning center. There, I tutored kids between the ages of 5 and 14. As such, I have a lot of experience not just with my instrument, but also in giving clear and helpful instruction to students in the manner which best suits them.
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Oak Park, IL 60304
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