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Phil C.

27 Reviews
Chicago, IL
Starting at $75
  • Speaks English
  • Teaching since 1993
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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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.
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Very knowledgeable and put me at ease right from the beginning.
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Adam K.

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Chicago, IL
Starting at $60
  • Speaks
  • Associate in Arts - Music Performance from Count College of Morris
  • Teaching since 2009
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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.

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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
  • Teaching since 2010
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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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Lucian W.

43 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Speaks English
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Performance and Arranging from Berklee College Of Music
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Lucian W.

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Private Blues Guitar Teacher

- the 12 measure blues form and variations
- music history
- the 5 pentatonic scale patterns
- ornamentation: hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, bends
- adding passing tones within scales
- the blues scale and it's modal equivalent: the country scale
- playing in various tempos and rhythmic feels
- alternating in position between blues and country scales (ala Allman Brothers)

About Lucian

Lucian W is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music in Boston and former faculty member of the Hartford Conservatory. His vocal studies have been with Jacqueline Jarrett and David Baker in Connecticut, Jane Ellison at Loyola University in Montreal, noted operatic tenor Carmine Gagliardi in New York

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Andre
With his strong musical background and experience he was able to clearly formulate a plan for me and deliver it at a comfortable yet just challenging enough pace. My initial goals were quickly reached and now it's onto new ones.
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Excellent lesson. Anticipating the next!
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Taylor K.

9 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $34
  • Speaks English
  • Guitar from Gilroy Music Academy
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Taylor K.

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I am professional touring musician with many years of real world experience learning songs and parts to play on stage. I remember what it was like to know nothing about the guitar and the hard work it takes to get proficient. I can help you discover your voice on the instrument, teach things that excite you and provide a solid foundation for learning

About Taylor

Hello! My name is Taylor K. and I am a guitarist currently living in Los Angeles. I am teaching guitar lessons online via Skype/Zoom! Any level, anybody, anywhere. Scales, arpeggios, country, blues, rock, pop, etc. I know the last thing the world needs is another online music teacher but I think

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Rich
Great start.
Gary
Diane Morrow
Taylor is an amazing instructor. He taught my son guitar lessons and my son is left handed. Taylor was very patient and kind and explained extremely well. My son would still be taking lessons from Taylor but we have relocated. We have not found anyone as good as Taylor
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Phillip Z.

35 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Speaks
  • I am currently in a doctorate program, my primary emphasis is classical guitar performance. from Arizona State University
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Phillip Z.

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Private Blues Guitar Teacher

We will cover the fundamentals (technique, scales, chords, note reading (not for everyone), and as the student progresses, we will cover more sophisticated concepts of improvisation and performance with special attention to 'blues' artists and repertoire.

About Phillip

I teach music. The guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele just happen to be the particular instruments I choose. Music as a language, discipline, and art, is the goal. I've been teaching, performing, studying, composing, for some thirty years. I've studied and gigged in the classical, jazz, rock, blu

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Rhea
Phil is a consummate musician and is extremely knowledgeable and patient. He helped me to arrange several songs and encouraged me to write my own arrangements, as that really helps one better understand the instrument. I loved our lessons on learning all the scales and modes, too.
Orlando R.
Phillips teaching is very low key and suttle but very effective. I am astounded at how much he has taught me in a few weeks.
Max
Kind, super knowledgeable, and a clear communicator. Looking forward to the second one.

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Average Cost of Blues Guitar Lessons in River Forest, IL

The average cost of 60-minute blues guitar lessons in River Forest is $70. 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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"Very patient and informative. Allowed me to ask endless questions. Addressed all my concerns and removed any doubt about this arrangement working specifically for me and my schedule. His studio has a very nice setup and it's simplified. We did a breakdown of my experience and focused on setting realistic goals towards my learning process. More than a "Teacher" of music but a "Professor" of guitar methods! He focused in on getting me comfortable with the most basic of finger techniques, finger placement and familiarized with the sections of the solo lead guitar. After an hour's session my mind was put at ease about my ability to be patient with myself. I was never made to feel awkward or out of my league. This caused me to open up and to really focus. Mr.Cole has a great style and passion towards helping me to soak in as much content as possible. His location is within a community that's family orientated. I look forward to being tutored by Mr.Cole over the course of the next year without any complications."
Gregory
Took Blues Guitar lessons from Russell P.
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"Paul is an awesome guitar teacher and all around great guy. I clicked with him immediately. His knowledge of music is vast on pretty much any genre. He delivers instruction without any pretense in easy to understand digestible portions. For me, he promoted important fundamental learning principles but custom designed to my skill level and to help me fulfill my personal goals. I give Paul my highest recommendation. You will be glad you took lessons from Paul! I am."
Steve
Took Blues Guitar lessons from Paul W.
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"Very rare to find someone who can really teach. This instructor really knows. Highly recommend!"
Chelsea
Took Blues Guitar lessons from Nils B.
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"I have been studying with Ahmad for just about 2 months. But that's enough for me to say he is an awesome guitar teacher. I think his teaching experience and method is a huge advantage for people who need professional guidance.

I was self-teaching for about a year before I came to Ahmad. It worked out just fine. I learned something. But I started to get confused at a point where I don't know how to move forward. I like a very specific group of guitarist (mostly Japanese fingerstyle players). And I wanted to learn how to master songs from those guitarist. And there is no such website or book that would teach me how to do that. Most of the guitar books or websites either give out general informations or put all information together as a mess.

Finally I decided to find a teacher. I found the lesson with Ahmad pretty effective. He is an experienced teacher who knows what you need to learn in order to achieve your goal. He has plenty of handouts that really helps me practice. The most important thing I learned from him is the big picture of guitar learning. For example, I learned the connection between scales and chords, why/how to improvise with these, how to go from there to other relevant things, etc.

When I look back over a year, I realize I have wasted some much time and effort trying to teach myself and wish it could have similar outcome as having a good teacher. Studying with Ahmad saves me so much time and effort (because it's actually easier!)"
Nobu
Took Blues Guitar lessons from Ahmad G.
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"TLDR; The guy is fantastic. He knows his stuff, he is a real performing musician, and he is a great and inspiring teacher.

Long format:

I've had a guitar sitting around my flat for about two years. The only thing I could do, other than looking at it, was playing three open chords very very very badly. And I just thought that playing music wasn't for me and that I didn't have the mind for it.

Because I am stuck at home for the quarantine, I decided to check if maybe I could do something productive with my time and decided to give taking some guitar lessons a try.

Doing research online for someone willing to teach me remotely, I found Nick, and I am thrilled I did.

We have now had only about 6-7 lessons, but he has ignited in me a passion for learning the guitar and also made me believe I can.

He has a style that will accommodate and inspire any sort of student.

In my case, I want to learn the blues. But because I knew nothing about guitar playing, I need someone that can take me through the basics in a structured way where things build on each other. Nick did just that.

The guy is a proper performing musician with a great personality and loads of experience under his belt.

I have been inspired and made confident by his way of teaching, and I want to study with him for years to come."
Pablo
Took Blues Guitar lessons from Nick R.
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"I started to take lessons 6 months ago and I am really surprised how far I have gotten. I am a 57 year old male on the verge of retiring and Donnie has been able to communicate with me effectively and keeps me challenged. I would really recommend him to any age because he is a great teacher and very personable to take instruction from. He has offered to take my lessons on-line while recover from surgery. This is really great because I get to keep my momentum up. If you want a great teacher for a reasonable price this is your guy."
William
Took Blues Guitar lessons from Donnie E.
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"I cannot say enough about Ahmad! Ahmad provides an incredible opportunity for kids to learn about music from a phenomenally talented musician, how to create their own band, how to record, and most importantly how to have a blast while doing it!"
Ellen
Took Blues Guitar lessons from Ahmad G.
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"I have been taking lessons with Eric for almost three years and I would highly recommend him to anyone thinking about taking any kind of music lessons. I initially started with blues guitar lessons because I wanted to be able to play my favorite songs or maybe impress girls. Over the years Eric got me interested in so much more.

I learned music theory, jazz standards, improvisation, fingerstyle techniques, how to play and sing at the same time, and how to write and record my own songs. He inspired me to take on piano as a second instrument, initially through him but eventually through classically trained instructor.

What started as basic guitar lessons for a potential hobby turned into my tiny apartment becoming cluttered with musical instruments and audio recording equipment. For this I only have Eric to thank."
Samuel Cole
Took Blues Guitar lessons from Eric C.
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"I booked my lessons with Ahmad and he's awesome!! He goes out of his way to send extra notes and links even after the lesson is over. Rock on!"
Mick
Took Blues Guitar lessons from Ahmad G.
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"I've been playing guitar for many years, but Thomas was able to have me look at scales in a new light, and he gave me a good basis for playing the blues. I have several things to practice during the week. Looking forward to the next lesson."
Alan
Took Blues Guitar lessons from Thomas M.
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