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About Alfred S.

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Fox Lake, IL
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About Alfred
I play professionally, I have over 43 years of music experience I started at a very early age enjoying music, i have played recitals at the high school level on cello. I have been a featured soloist on the 4,5,6,string electric bass as well as the acoustic double bass, I have a CD out that show cases the genres of music that i have experience in. I am very passionate about teaching and instructing my students to acquire a love for music that will inspire them on to greater achievements in life.

*** Lesson Details ***
Basic Alfred music publications that are well suited for beginners to
advance students details in music theory ,chord progressions,modal,progressions,circle of 5ths,inversion of piano chords,intervals,triads, sight reading on the treble,and bass clef finger positioning on the fret board correct posture and hand placement when seated at the piano.etc

*** Studio Equipment ***
basement studio: music stands, chairs, basses, keyboard (88 keys and weighted), tenor saxophone,guitars, 24 track recording console additional seating for parents. ,

wellness center: private room, music stands, keyboard (88 keys and weighted). waiting area for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have a piano/keyboard or whatever instrument that is needed for that lesson.
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Darren S. October 8, 2015
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Today was my first lesson with Alfred. I am very impress with his knowledge and skill set. We work on some hand and finger exercises and ended the lesson with playing some bass groves. I am looking forward to my next lesson with him.
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Chris H. November 18, 2014
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Alfred has an infectious enthusiasm for the bass guitar that carries over in his lessons. I wanted to learn the slap and pop techniques of my favorite bass players including Marcus Miller and others. Alfred is a skilled percussive bass player who is fluent in these techniques. He is a patient teacher who will introduce new techniques and concepts at your own pace, whether you are a beginner or more advanced player. The lessons always go over the time allotment and we often have to force ourselves to “call it a night” and put down our bass guitars. The bottom line is that I’m having fun and making good progress. Online lessons have their place, but you don’t get the feedback and accountability that comes from taking in-person lessons. I can highly recommend Alfred to anyone who is serious about learning how to properly play bass guitar.
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Steven S. July 15, 2014
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Alfred is a phenomenal teacher. There are a lot of wonderful musicians that are expert at their crafts but does not have the expertise of teaching it to others. Alfred not only he is a wonderful bass player but his teaching skills is amazing. I've been taking leasing for about a month and a half and it is amazing the amount of things I've learned. Furthermore, I signed up for 30 minutes lessons, I can't recall once so far where our lessons only last 30 minutes. we almost always go over an hour. This is what I call true passion for music. I couldn't ask for a better teacher. I've enjoyed every lessons and can't wait till the next one. With Alfred help, I know i'll reach my goals in no time.
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Alfred S.

Alfred S.

Fox Lake, IL 60020
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$45 / 30-min

About Nathaniel S.

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Crystal Lake, IL
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About Nathaniel
Hello my name is Nate. I have been playing guitar since my early teenage years, and I have always had a great passion for music. I have played guitar for two different bands and have also done solo and independent work on the guitar. I took guitar lessons for four years and I am currently at McHenry Country College working towards my associate's degree in fine arts and music. I have taught guitar for almost three years now and I am looking to expand my horizons! I am only twenty-one years old and I still remember what it feels like to be someone first starting out on guitar. I have worked with
many different age groups and musical genre's when teaching, and I know that I can help you get to the skill level you hope to achieve on guitar.

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My lessons are generally plan-based around the pre-existing skill level of each individual student. I will give the student exercises and assign practice "homework" so the student can achieve what they want to learn, as fast as they want to learn it. I am laid back and willing to teach at any pace desired by any student. After six months a beginner on guitar will have learned all the basic chords, a few cover songs of their choice, exercises to help improve speed and stamina while playing, and the knowledge of how to use the chords they have learned to create their own songs.

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Basement studio, guitars, amps, mics, pa system, bass guitars, street parking.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching the playing of acoustic guitar, punk-rock guitar, alternative rock guitar, classic rock guitar, metal guitar, and pop rock guitar. I also specialize in teaching song-writing and soloing. I teach the classical modes and key signatures on the guitar and show how to implement them with tempo and time signatures into songwriting. I know many cover songs and am willing to learn more and show others how to play them.
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Anna C. December 29, 2012
· Guitar ·
Two thumbs up!

Nate’s knowledge and interest in guitar is evident. He explains key signatures, basic music theory, and chord progression in a way that is easy to understand. Nate is very patient and understanding and he is willing to teach just about anything you wish to learn. I’ve already learned so much in the short time I have taken lessons with him. I’d recommend taking lessons with Nate to anyone and everyone!
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Sean S. December 23, 2012
· Songwriting ·
Nate knows music, and knows how to teach it.

I have been in a band with Nate for almost three years now. He knows the guitar like it's a part of him. When I first picked up the guitar I was amazed at how quickly he was able to teach me, and at how quickly I learned. I drum for Nate's band, but I wanted to learn guitar so I could help with the writing of new songs. Nate showed me all I needed to know and more. I no longer take lessons with him because I gained all the knowledge of guitar I needed to. Nate was very good at relating the instrument to me in a way that I understood, and showing me not only how to play certain things, but why they were played that way. I would recommend him to anyone first starting out on the guitar.
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Nathaniel S.

Nathaniel S.

Crystal Lake, IL 60014
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$29 / 30-min

About Jeremie W.

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McHenry, IL

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About Jeremie
I just graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May 2014 with a BA in Music Composition. I studied under composers: Drew Baker, Kenn Kumpf, Ilya Levinson, and Marcos Balter. I've had performances and worked with members from the groups, Del Niente and Chicago's Composer's Collective.
I'm a self taught guitarist who has been playing for 14 years. I have played in numerous bands and ensembles ranging from jazz to folk to rock. I've been writing music for the same length of time. Song-writing, counterpoint, orchestrating, arranging, music theory, and composing are subjects I'm well v
ersed in and would love to teach to other people. I'm experienced with all kinds of music software, such as: Pro Tools, Logic, Garage Band, Cubase, FL Studio, Finale, Sibelius. If you want to learn how to write, record, mix, and master your own music, there's never been a better time to learn.
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Larry February 18, 2017
· Guitar · Online
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Mariann January 12, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
I'm an "older" adult who wants to learn to play the ukulele. I have very little experience in reading or playing music. Jeremie was super in starting from my point of comfort. I'm very pleased with my 1st lesson and looking forward to more lessons.
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Pam January 6, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
For a first lesson, I was impressed and very excited to begin playing the guitar. The lesson started with Jeremie understanding what I already knew and then going forward from there instead of going over things that I already knew. So the time was well spent on actually learning something new. Looking forward to our next lesson.
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Jeremie W.

Jeremie W.

McHenry, IL 60051
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$30 / 30-min

About Britta Y.

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Round Lake, IL
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About Britta
My name is Britta, and I love piano and teaching! Music has brought great joy to my life, and it all started with the piano. I am eager to share that joy and power with you.

I started playing piano before I can remember and began lessons at age 5. I studied under my phenomenal teacher in Minnesota until I moved away when I was 18. I continued playing duets and quartets at her studio anytime I was back in Minnesota. I spent a few years living abroad and at college in Chicago. I taught first graders for a year at LEARN Excel Charter School in Chicago. Now I’ve relocated to Round Lake Beach, w
here I have a beautiful 80-year-old baby grand piano and a peaceful in-home studio.

When it comes to music, I think it's important to stay relaxed, push yourself, and have fun. Learning to play an instrument like the piano can be a very rich and transformative experience for anyone. Whatever it is you're looking for in learning piano, I'm eager to help and share the gifts my teacher gave me.
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Kent June 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
Britta is an excellent teacher, who is able to provide the basic skills and provide the associated understanding for what is being presented.
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Hedda February 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
She was very patient and went at the pace that was right for me.
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Biana D. January 14, 2017
· Piano · In studio
So far so good! The way Britta explains and instructs our 5 year old daughter is awesome! She is so excited to go back next week and learn more.
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Britta Y.

Round Lake, IL 60073
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About Sage E.

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Fox River Grove, IL

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About Sage
As a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music, I attended the most prestigious contemporary music school in the world. I was exposed to so many amazing styles of music and rubbed shoulders with the most incredible musicians you can imagine (and performed alongside them)! I have taken my experiences and knowledge from Berklee and infused it into my teaching style. I do use Suzuki method because I believe it is an excellent foundation to work upon, but I also think that jazz and contemporary studies are a great way to expand one's horizon and learn about music in an entirely new and
fun way!
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Mark June 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Brit (Sage) was terrific! She really helped me identify some areas to work on that I hadn't thought of before. My playing has definitely improved.

I would recommend her.
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Mark May 17, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I like that Brit wrote down my assignments and specific things to work on before my next lesson. That's a great help for me.
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Laureen January 29, 2017
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Love Brit! She is filled with energy! Positive feedback and encouraging correction... would definitely reccomed her as an instructor!😃
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Sage E.

Sage E.

Fox River Grove, IL 60021
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$35 / 30-min

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