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By Mike N. – Milwaukee Guitar Teacher

Am I sensing an interest in taking guitar lessons in Milwaukee? There are quite a few opportunities to get involved with in the area and some great local players, too! Milwaukee has many places to learn guitar and has a music scene where live music can be found daily. Taking what you learn from your guitar lessons in Milwaukee and applying it to playing and listening is the best way to start learning and keep learning guitar!

Here are a few specific things about Milwaukee that will help you learn guitar and broaden your guitar knowledge through listening:

  1. Learning From and With Our Peers The UW-Milwaukee Suzuki & Pre-College Guitar program is an excellent place to see players who are also at a beginner to intermediate level. A nice aspect of this opportunity is that you can join in on group lessons if you want to play with other folks in an educational setting.

  2. Listening to Academic Technical Guitar Playing When players are ready to listen to more complicated music, there is a very unique opportunity in store at UWM. This is one of the first programs to offer degrees emphasizing finger-style guitar. You will not forget listening to your first concert, and you will continue to go back for inspiration! Some of the players presenting recitals are graduating with master’s degrees in guitar!

  3. Visiting Local Venues to Hear Professional Playing Milwaukee is an industrial city that has a great atmosphere for live music. There are many venues for popular and up-and-coming acts. Shank Hall, The Rave, The Pabst Theater and The Riverside Theater are all places that hold 150 to 1,000 people. There are a lot of great acts that come through here at affordable prices.

  4. Summerfest – The World’s Largest Music Festival When speaking of venues to see music in Milwaukee, we can’t leave out Summerfest. Summerfest occurs at Henry Maier Festival Park every year, where 11 stages are full of bands for 11 days. Those stages are full of local groups, as well as internationally touring professional acts. This festival is referred to as “The World’s Largest Music Festival” and brings the best in the business of guitar playing to Milwaukee’s lakefront!

  5. Les Paul and Others Les Paul grew up in Waukesha, which is a suburb west of Milwaukee. This is very inspiring when we know that every great guitar player is just a normal guy or gal who worked hard! Others famous musicians from Milwaukee include James Solberg (Short Stuff), Hubert Sumlin (great low profile blues guitarist), Daryl Stuemer (Sweetbottom, Jean-Luc Ponty, Genesis), and Greg Koch (Fender Clinician).

Don’t forget! Absorbing music by practicing and listening is very important when learning guitar. Making it a point to take advantage of the resources that are available to you while taking guitar lessons in Milwaukee will only help you in your guitar adventure. Add these venues and opportunities in your browser’s favorites, and drop a pin in your phone. Above all, have fun and make music through your guitar!


Michael J.

Milwaukee, WI

Students of Michael J. will be taught the tools to hit the ground running playing their guitar. Students will learn the basics of open and bar chords, strumming, electric or acoustic and how to apply basic theory the music they would like to play.

Michael J. has been the beginning guitar instructor at Sound Check Studios for the past year and a half and previously taught private in home students.

Students can expect to learn basic chords and beginner essentials so that they can start learning their favorite songs as quickly as possible.

About Michael

Michael has been a drums/percussion/guitar and Chess instructor for over 8 years. Having studied and performed all styles of music, from Jazz, Blues, Rock, Symphonic Band and Marching Band music, he has a firm knowledge of varies styles of music and techniques.

Michael currently works as a percussion instructor for UW-Waukesha and Wauwatosa East High School. He has also been a private instructor at White House of Music, Uncle Bob's Music Center, the Theater on Main in Oconomowoc and currently owns and operates Sound Check Studios in West Allis, WI.

As a Chess instructor, he has worked
and managed Checkmates Chess Academy in Milwaukee since 2008. He works exclusively with schools districts like Wauwatosa, Hartland, Milwaukee and many private schools for their after school chess program.

*** Lesson Details ***
The lessons with Michael will cover a wide variety of topics and areas. Each lesson will focus on at least 2 different topics with an emphasis on what the student would like to work on.

Drums/percussion: Main areas of focus will include rudiments, basic drum set patterns, reading music, proper technique and what the student would like learn.

Guitar: Areas of focus include open/bar chords, strumming, scales and applying those lessons to the music a student likes and wants to learn.

Chess: Based on experience, students will learn basic movement to advance strategy. Maneuvers like Forks, Pins, Skewers, openings and end game are all included in the essons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sound Check Studios is equipped with everything needed for each student. All supplies and major instruments provided. Sound Check Studios is NOT a basement or private residence. Sound Check is located in the main business district of West Allis along with 80 other businesses.

*** Specialties ***
Drums: reading music, rudiments, proper technique. I teach mainly out of the book Basic Drumming by Joel Rothman

Guitar: Open chord and bar chord strumming that applies to learning the songs a student wants to learn.


Jeanette B. August 14, 2015
Drum · In studio
He's very good with the kids and is great at keeping them engaged. Listens to my comments and concerns and has been flexible in his lessons to keep the kids challenged without frustrating them. I have two boys working with him. They are both so excited to share with me what they've learned after each lesson. I've never seen them look so proud of themselves as they do after their weekly drum lessons!

Rates are very reasonable also.
Julia K. July 9, 2015
Mike is a patient teacher who's great at gauging progress. My 6 year old son has been learning new things each week without getting too flustered and loves going to lessons! Mike really makes an effort to find the approach that works best for his student.
Dr. Craig H. July 9, 2015
Percussion · In studio
Mike is a very knowledgeable and competent teacher! It is impossible to not learn and learn well from him.
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Michael J.

Michael J.

Milwaukee, WI 53214
starting at
$20 / 30-min

Gabriel H.

Milwaukee, WI

Teaches chords and the Songs you want to learn!

About Gabriel

I graduated with a BA in jazz studies from Columbia in 2007 and have been teaching since 2005. I have played in many different projects, covering many styles including Rock, Jazz, Latin, Hip hop, classical, orchestral, and country. So, I have a strong understanding on the specifics of each of these styles, and a big part of my lesson plan is to teach my students to be as versatile as possible. Hence they have many options as far as playing music. I also play a wide variety of instruments including Piano, Latin Percussion, Mallets, Drum set, Guitar, and bass, so if at any point a student has
an interest in trying something different t they have many options.

*** Lesson Details ***
Gabriel has been drumming professionally for nearly a decade, and teaching for seven years. In 2007 Gabriel received his BA in Jazz Studies/percussion performance from Columbia college Chicago, where he studied Drumset with Chicago legend Tom Hipskind, conga virtuoso's Rubin Alverez, and Giovanni Hildalgo, and studio vibraphonist Rick Embach. Gabriel has a high success rate with his students including the winner of the "Heat Strokes" drum competition 2007, Joey Handley. Gabriel's method of teaching is relaxed, yet enthusiastic he strives for making even the most complex musical ideas as simple as possible, and overall making learning fun.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music, Music Stands, Acoustic Piano, Keyboard, Fender Rhodes, Drum Set, Hand Drums, Guitars, Bass, metronome, amps, computer and more!

*** Travel Equipment ***
When teaching at a student's home I am able to bring: Music, Music Stand, Drum Sticks, Hand Drum, Guitar, Bass, Computer, metronome and more!

*** Specialties ***
I work out of various books for drums: Stick Control, Advanced Bop Drumming, A Funky Primer for The Rock Drummer, and also have an assortment of my own exercises and rudiments.


Graden October 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Gabe has been my daughter's piano teacher for three years. She loves him. He fosters good technique and makes lessons fun for her. Beyond the lesson books she uses with him, he also encourages creativity, I am constantly treated to new original songs at home.
Matthew N. August 8, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Gabriel's a great instructor!
Becky H. May 14, 2014
Makes lessons fun and educational for students!

Gabe is the kind of teacher who has a lot of knowledge and is able to pass it along to students in a fun and attainable way. He helps tailor lessons to the students interests while maintaining a focus of basic skills.
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Gabriel H.

Gabriel H.

Milwaukee, WI 53212
starting at
$25 / 30-min

Paul N.

Milwaukee, WI

Beginner students are welcome and shown how to enjoy music in a simple and fun way along with learning songs too.
* Chords and strumming patterns
* play your favorite songs
* learn melodies and solos
* the basics of your guitar (tuning and maintenance)
* keeping time, reading music,
* or just taking it slow and having a little fun...

Intermediate students can improve areas in which they wish and learn new areas or another instrument.
* chord voicings, triads, music theory
* soloing, double stops, scales, arpeggios
* improvising, ear training,
* fingerpicking, classical/acoustic/pop

Advanced students can really improve their music by learning more difficult aspects of music, technique and songs. They can also use the recording studio for their lesson to practice or record their own music.
* advanced soloing and improvising techniques
* composition and songwriting and recording
* favorite songs written out in tab or music notation
* major & minor scales & modes & ...

About Paul

***My goal as a teacher***

I try to teach what the students are interested in and make it fun and interesting so that they learn the lessons and their favorite songs. Every student is different and needs to be taught in a way that makes learning easy and fun for them.

I have a passion for all people and all ages and am blessed to be able to teach from the very young, (ages 2-5 Kindermusik lessons) to teens and adults.....all the way to senior citizens. I've had many older students all the way up to a 93 year old gentleman who is taking singing lessons and asked me to put music to his l
yrics. We have recorded over 50 songs together.


I started playing trumpet in 5th grade and knew that music was for me. I also liked playing with drums and piano also because they seemed exciting. I've competed in WSMA (Wisconsin School Music Assoc.) for many years which taught me a lot about performing for judges, being relaxed, and the importance of preparation.

I started playing the guitar and bass guitar when I was 13 and have never stopped practicing and performing since. I also have done a lot of writing, recording, producing, and have a Pro Tools Studio for students to use.

***College and Teaching***

I began teaching music lessons in college and enjoyed it very much. I received my B.A. in Music from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. There I was very much involved with guitar, piano, voice, trumpet, and being in bands and writing music. After receiving my B.A. I also took 3 years of Education classes at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. I write, produce, and perform my music along with performing with bands around the Midwest.

***Life in Music***

After receiving my B.A. in Music, I continued teaching and opened up my home studio. After a year and a half I had enough students that I was able to quit my factory job and teach music full time. I've been teaching, performing, and writing music ever since.

***Performing and more***

I have been on stage performing music since I was 11. In school band, marching band, competing in music competitions, and in bands touring the Midwest.

I have recorded many CDs with bands and on my own. My most ambitious project was a CD of my original music called, "Girls". I've performed my music and promoted it by being interviewed on Milwaukee radio stations along with internet music sites such as CD Baby. It is very exciting talking on live radio about my music and my passion. It is also even more exciting, and scary, playing my music live on the radio, lol.

***Instruments Taught***

I have been teaching for over 2 decades. Students take lessons for:
* guitar (electric / acoustic)
* piano
* voice
* drums
* trumpet
* saxophone
* harmonica
* music theory / ear training
* studio recording / songwriting

I also give kindermusik lessons to 2-5 year old all the way up to senior citizens 70-93. I play parties, concerts, and Nursing Home performances.

I am experienced as an online (Skype) instructor, and I have taught online lessons worldwide. I've witnessed great results from my online students (both national and international).

I hope I can help you with all of your musical goals and get you going in a positive musical direction.



Dennis Phifer June 15, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Angelica G. May 14, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Good teacher and knows his stuff, but is too talkative and condescending. Lessons were interrupted by lectures to me on "life" and got off topic for several minutes (before I knew it the lessons were done because the lectures cut into our practice time). No real structure or lesson plan, just told me "the student is the boss and you decide where the lesson goes." Most teachers have a plan, structure, or goal for the student, at least by the 2nd lesson but not in this case. Also charged me for a cheap binder with music notes in it when I was done with the 1st lesson (which i would think is included in the price) and said it was optional, when in reality, I needed it to practice. If his lessons had more direction and he was more friendly, he would be a great teacher, but he was not for me.
Robert K. April 26, 2015
Piano · In studio
Paul is a very patient and persevering teacher, he is particularly adept with the reluctant or difficult child, he never stops being encouraging and is dedicated to instilling knowledge to the child. I've had a very good experience with Paul and feel my child has gained some valuable musical knowledge at a young age which will become increasingly useful as time goes by.
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Paul N.

Paul N.

Milwaukee, WI 53227
starting at
$25 / 30-min

Eric Z.

Milwaukee, WI

Want to learn guitar in your own way? Give me a call, I do custom giitar and drum lessons focusing on song writing, misic theory and improvisation!

About Eric

Hello, my name is Eric. I am a freelance guitar and drum instructor. I teach in various ways depending on the student, ensuring that the student has the best opportunity to learn and have fun!
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Eric Z.

Eric Z.

Milwaukee, WI 53217
starting at
$20 / 30-min

Brad M.

Milwaukee, WI

As I mentioned, I love teaching and I'd like to think I am pretty good at it! I will start with basics such as holding the guitar and pick, etc. and move on in a logical order, covering the physical skills as well as music theory. I do not offer instruction in sight reading, it's not my strong suit. Beyond my general plans, we can try and learn anything the student is interested in.

About Brad

I offer beginner's guitar lessons! Whether you are an absolute beginner or you've perhaps looked at a guitar a few times, I can help you start learning this awesome instrument. Though I am new to teaching, I have studied education and have a real passion for teaching, and know from experience that the best way to really learn something is to teach it. Therefore, my motivation to be a good guitar teacher is to make myself both a better player AND teacher!

I can help you pick out and buy a guitar as well if you're not sure what to do in that department. My approach will be to cover the basics
(except reading music as I unfortunately never learned how) and try to accommodate specific things the student wants to learn.

My own experience is mostly rooted in rock, pop and folk music. My services cost 30-40 dollars per hour, depending on who is doing the travelling and how far! Also, though on the site it says I am only available on Sundays, we can set up another time and I will be able to schedule my day job around that.
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Brad M.

Brad M.

Milwaukee, WI 53202
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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