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These Bluegrass Guitar teachers are highly rated by students in the Evanston area, including Elgin, Des Plaines, Arlington Heights, Orland Park and Woodridge.

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About Robert

Professional musician in the Asheville, NC. area offering private guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, and bass lessons. I am also available for studio recording and live performance.

With over 28 years experience, I have been teaching all ages, styles, and levels. This is not a hobby or part-time job. Performing and teaching is what I do.

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October 3, 2018
Wolf L.
Patient and knowledgeable, good teacher! First lesson went great, I feel I have learned a lot already.
June 21, 2018
Margaret
Robert has been teaching my 11-year old son electric guitar for the last few months and has done a brilliant job. My son loves his lessons and is inspired to practice and learn more. Robert works with my son's song choices and is amazingly patient and supportive. He is also an outstanding mentor for a young musician!
June 21, 2018
Bob
Robert is amazing! He is remarkably patient, encouraging, thoughtful, and generous. He is also quick to think of all kinds of fixes to advance your progress. He wears his encyclopedic knowledge lightly, and his lessons are always fun. I would recommend him with great enthusiasm for any stringed instrument!

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Robert M.

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Jonathan R.

Forest Park, IL 60130

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Private Bluegrass Guitar Teacher

With lessons with me, and some practice, you'll be ready to play in no time.

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"Jonathan's experience as a musician and teacher helped me advance tremendously in my ability to play guitar and understand music on a more advanced level. He's great at relating to his students and takes a genuine interest in their progress. " -Victoria L.

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June 18, 2019
Elijah L.
Jonathan is nice and easy for my son to feel comfortable with. He comes to our house and makes learning easy and fun.
January 25, 2019
laura
Very helpful instructor, great at explaining information
December 1, 2018
laura
Great custom lesson

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Jonathan R.

Forest Park, IL

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Henry A.

Chicago, IL 60618

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Private Bluegrass Guitar Teacher

I love bluegrass. My special interests range from Merle Travis, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and Tony Rice but also include newer groups like the Punch Brothers and Allison Krauss. Whether it’s getting your right hand alternating thumb pattern down, getting flat picking accurate and speedy, or learning to improvise over Bluegrass Standards, I can help.

About Henry

I perform and teach guitar professionally. Music is my passion and I love to learn new music and help others learn it as well. I currently specialize in teaching classical guitar with a focus on building strong technique, ear training, and practical applications for using formal and contemporary music analysis skills.

I also love playing jazz and various styles of pop music. I try to bring a similar approach to teaching these as I do in my classical teaching. I want to work on answering questions the music asks of the performer; like how would you play a Country Swing song versus a Jazz Swing song, how would you approach a contemporary Spanish Guitar Suite versus a Baroque Guitar Suite, or how would you play a Taylor Swift song versus a John Mayer song.

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March 12, 2019
Otto
I send Henry students for guitar lessons. They come out looking like little george bensons .

Highly recommend.
December 1, 2018
Sarah
Henry taught my son how to play all his favorite songs on guitar and was always prompt, polite and interested in our needs. We couldn't have asked for a better teacher!

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Henry A.

Chicago, IL

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Kenny S.

Chicago, IL 60622

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Private Bluegrass Guitar Teacher

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. ...

About Kenny

Kenny has been playing guitar since the age of 14, has received awards and grants from the Arts 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 and plays acoustic and electric guitar. Kenny has a flexible schedule and is available to teach all ages and experience levels. He plays folk, country, blues, jazz, and rock styles and enjoys teaching everything from Bob Dylan and Neil Young to Led Zeppelin and Johnny Winter.

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October 1, 2019
Tim
Kenny really knows his stuff and assembled a comprehensive lesson specific to my goals. Looking forward to next week!
June 16, 2016
jamison odling
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.
June 8, 2016
Michel Zabitsky
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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Kenny S.

Chicago, IL

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Oliver H.

Chicago, IL 60647

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Private Bluegrass Guitar Teacher

I am here to demystify the music world--with my teaching methods any student can accomplish their dreams! First, we will start with simple techniques to embark on your musical journey and work our way towards our lofty musical goals together.

Learning guitar requires a lot of patience and a good attitude. I focus on fundamental exercises to help any beginner guitar player reach an intermediate level. I cater my lessons to learn tunes that my students care about and love. I let them guide the work!

About Oliver

I specialize in upright bass, jazz bass, funk bass, bass technique, and rhythm. I will inspire a positive attitude and good practice habits that will help any student succeed. I’ve extensively studied jazz, latin jazz, funk, rock music, hip hop, bluegrass, folk, and composition.

I can also teach guitar, piano, drums, and voice. As a mulit-instrumentalist, jamming with my students is a priority. Being able to play with other musicians is one of the best feelings you’ll ever experience. I’m happy to take you there!

Recently, I helped one of my bass players get a scholarship to go to Berklee Summer Camp to study music.

I am very excited to continue my teaching on TakeLessons. I look forward to helping new students to become the musician of their dreams.

I've been playing professionally in Chicago for five years where I play up

right for a classical chamber pop group called the Nine Worlds Ensemble and for a jazz group with Frank Catalano, a popular Chicago sax-man. I co-managed, played upright bass, and sang for an ambient-folk band, Sedgewick, based in Chicago. I've played upright bass in the Frank Catalano and Jimmy Chamberlin (drummer for Smashing Pumpkins) super group and Bowmanville.

I am currently dreaming up my own jazz-inspired project called the ohm trio. Working on my debut record under my solo name ohm. Be on the look out!
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January 28, 2019
Parke
Going to be fun
October 24, 2018
Megan
Oliver is a wonderful teacher. This is my daughter's second guitar teacher and what a difference from the first. He is enthusiastic, talented, patient and a lovely person. All qualities that truly make him the best instructor. She is learning quickly and really looks forward to her guitar lessons each week. So happy that we found him!
October 8, 2018
YC W.
Would recommend! Oliver tailors classes to your level and goals. He is patient and gets excited about songs that you want to play.

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Oliver H.

Chicago, IL

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Timothy S.

Chicago, IL 60618

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Private Bluegrass Guitar Teacher

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My name is Tim and I am a seasoned performer and teacher living in the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago. Come to my home and let's get learning!

I have performed in all of the big jazz clubs in Chicago (and all of the small ones too ;) and have been teaching guitar for 20 years. I have a Master's Degree in Guitar Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and an undergrad degree in guitar too.

I have serious 'chops' but also love teaching kids and have two of my own! I love teaching beginners but also we could learn about Coltrane changes, or what Freddie Hubbard's favorite ii-v-I phrase!

Let's have a fun time and do what you'd like to do, and learn what you'd like to learn. I can help you!

About Timothy

Hi!

My name is Tim and I am a professional guitarist based out of the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago. I have an undergraduate degree in guitar performance, and a Master's Degree from The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Jazz Guitar Performance.

BUT - I do not only teach jazz! I love all styles of music and started out playing bluegrass and fingerstyle guitar, which I still deeply enjoy.

In our lessons, we will work towards your own personal goals, while I keep an eye on your technique. I make sure you learn things the right way ~the first time~ so you don't have to re-learn things you feel like you already know. This is one of the hazards of learning the guitar from the internet that a great teacher (like me!) will help you with. I want to save you time, frustration, and hard work! Let's do it right the first time!

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y, I work very often around town. I play places in Chicago like the California Clipper, the Green Mill, the Whistler, Cafe Mustache and the Green Mill. I work mostly in Jazz contexts but also do whatever I get called to do! I want to help you meet your performance goals (because I have met mine), or get you started from the beginning.

LASTLY - while I love jazz, I also love pop music and can teach any and all styles. No matter what you'd like to play, good technique and learning it the right way the first time is essential! Let's get started!
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Timothy S.

Chicago, IL

Private Bluegrass Guitar Teacher

Only committed students looking for a committed top level instructor need apply. I only work with individuals who are goal oriented and follow through. I promise to you nothing less than my very best as an instructor, and expect your very best in return. Operating at this level we will without doubt achieve your goals whatever they might be! Now a question to you, do you relate to any of the following?

• Do you try something for a few months and then give up?
• Do you make up excuses for not dedicating the proper amount of time towards your goals?
• Do you like receiving advice and direction, but don't follow that advice and direction?
• Do you have the habit of regularly questioning and challenging the instructor's credibility when learning?

If you see in yourself any of the aforementioned qualities in yourself then I cannot take you on as a student. Those qualities are not conducive to a successful learning experience, so I must avoid them at all costs. I am however ...

About Alex

I have been playing music since the age of 4 starting with cello, then guitar at age 11, and I have learned a variety of different instruments along the way. For 20 of those years I received formal training ranging from Suzuki group classes to 1 on 1 lessons to college music courses. I have 15 years of teaching experience. Note, however, that not all "years of experience" is created equal. I have passionately spent the past 15 years rigorously trying and testing many teaching techniques, approaches, and philosophies in a variety of formats, so that I could provide the most effective and efficient guitar lessons to you the learner. The formats I have taught in include 1 on 1, small group, large group, clinics, workshops, band coaching, instructor training and online 1 on 1. Each format has provided me with a unique learning experienc

e as an instructor that has been vital in allowing me to provide a top level learning experience to those I work with. From 2012-2018 I owned and operated Rock Life Music Academy in Arvada, CO. At the end of that 5 year period I closed the academy to focus on my own personal music endeavors. Out of my passion for teaching I continue to work with a select small group of individuals. Keeping my clientele list small allows me to provide the most focused & effective learning experience possible.

In addition to my first hand teaching experience I have also been trained in the art of teaching. For my first six years of teaching I studied teaching guitar & music with the very accomplished Tom Hess. In addition to Tom I have studied with other top level teachers as well. I am fortunate to have had the resource of consulting with these teachers in regards to teaching matters, and to have been able to build on their knowledge and experience. Furthermore, teaching music runs in my family as my step father is a professor of music at a university and my mother a retired middle school music teacher.

Lastly, to strengthen my abilities as an instructor I have always remained the student whether it's learning a new instrument, language, or martial art. This humbly allows me to relate to and empathize with my students. I am fully prepared to provide you with the best learning experience possible.
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Alex B.

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Private Bluegrass Guitar Teacher

Learn to play guitar well. Then play any style you like at the highest level. I've studied with my father-in-law, the great Spanish guitarist Pepe Romero, for over 30 years and I am the teacher of the 4th generation of Romeros. My son Bernard Romero is a world-class guitar maker. Search Pepe Romero Method and Greg Shirer.

About GREG

Students of mine really learn what they are doing and end up being able to teach anyone else how to improve their playing. I've played for over 45 years, have a master's degree in classical guitar performance and I can change your life so you can be the musician you've always wanted to be.

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Don
"Tara has been teaching our 8 year old Evan Bluegrass guitar for a little over two years. He looked forward to his weekly opportunity to learn and play w
ith Ms. Tara. To watch her interact - educate - and entertain Evan - was just a joy. We are sorry she has left Virginia - impossible to replace - if you get the chance - take it! She is an amazing teacher and a great friend of our Son."
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Chase
"Lucian will listen to whatever it is that you want to learn and give you all the building blocks to play how you want to play and explore your options on
the neck in many different ways. I am a intermediate guitar player and within a few lessons with Lucian I was given tools to work on and practice for months to improve my skills and technique/ approach to playing. I would recommend his lessons to ANYONE looking to improve!"
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