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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!
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Shane L. Milwaukee, WI

My approach to teaching is welcoming and encouraging, but I also set [reasonably] high expectations for students. I believe everyone has potential to become skilled at whatever they're passionate about, but it takes diligence, patience, and practice to get there. I make sure to supplement that process with plenty of inspiration, whether that means listening to great recordings, suggesting certain live performances, or learning to play like the artists a student admires. Any meaningful learning experience is accompanied by curiosity, joy, struggles, and ultimately, fulfillment. I strive to provide my students with a balance of these elements.

About Shane

With 17 years of professional experience as a musician (multi-instrumentalist, producer, recording engineer) a bachelor's degree in English literature and education, and 10 years experience as a public school teacher, coach, lessons instructor, etc., I am a proficient educator in each of these areas. My musical focus is in the styles of folk, jazz, and classical; my theatrical focus is in Improv comedy and stage acting, and for English/language arts I specialize in literature, reading, composition and public speaking. Currently I work full time as a musician, producer, and recording engineer. When I'm not on the road, I love to fill my home life with teaching lessons or tutoring. I began studying percussion at age 6, and mostly learned jazz and classical until late high school, when I

Michael N. Oak Creek, WI

I have taught guitar classes with 20 people in them and I have also taught one on one with a retired professor! Lots of experience teaching guitar to all ages!

About Michael

No need to be nervous before my lessons. I have taught lessons to ages 6 to students in their 70's! My lessons have a comfortable atmosphere where students can be okay learning with mistakes; through trial and error. I always keep a light mood with quick bits of humor. I teach in a relaxing way, but at the same time you may expect to leave with new musical knowledge every lesson. I enjoy showing the connections between music and other areas of study and life. I always finds ways to work a student's personal interests into lessons. I always strive to help students learn how to practice in an efficient and organized way. I am a published composer and active performer/teacher/conductor with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and a Master's Degree in Conducting!

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Tina M. March 2, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Michael is great with my kids. He is teaching my youngest daughter, age 11, the drums and my oldest, age 13, the guitar. We are able to all come together and he takes them one at a time. He is very encouraging to the girls, even when they mess up he has something positive to say to show them the correct way of doing it. In just 3 lessons I can see improvements and they are both very excited when we get home to show dad what they learned.
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Joshua T. January 12, 2015
Music Theory · Online
Verified Student
Mike was very cordial from the first email, and contacted me not long after I had scheduled lessons for the next week. He was very eager to begin teaching, as well as proactive in his communications with me.

As we began, we quickly discovered what areas of music theory that I needed help in. While I did not have a microphone, he was able to explain enlightening concepts to me while being open for questions at any time. He also drew helpful diagrams on a whiteboard as he taught, which granted more clarity.

Afterwards, I received an email with material that I could use to study, and he gave suggestions as to what to apply my knowledge to.

Mike is definitely worth looking into if you want a relaxed, informative and experienced teacher for such a great price.
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.

About Michael

Michael has been a drums and percussion 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 his own studio in West Allis, WI. *** 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. Some main areas of focus will include ...

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 ...

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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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Becky H. January 10, 2014
Drum
Great teacher for learning basic to advanced skills!

Gabe is a great teacher to get students started learning their basic skills on piano, drums, guitar or bass. He is really patient and takes the time to make sure the student really learns each specific skill. Gabe picks out exercises that make learning new skills fun and even arranges the students favorite pop tunes to help fit in with the skills being taught. Gabe really makes lessons fun and helps students learn the songs that keep them excited about playing!!
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 lyrics. We have recorded over 50 songs together. ***Background*** I started playing trumpet in 5th grade and knew that music was for me. I also liked playing with drums and piano also ...

Reviews

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Ginger A. April 16, 2015
Harmonica · Online
Verified Student
I was a little nervous - at 70 starting lessons to learn the harmonica. Paul seems patient, knowledgeable and easy-to-work with.
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David R. April 9, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Paul quickly helped me get started from zero knowledge.
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Jodi S. March 17, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Paul is a wonderful instructor! My daughter has been taking singing lessons with him for a couple of months now. She was very nervous and shy at first, but he has really brought her out of her shell and is making her much more confident! He has wonderful ideas and techniques that are not only helping her improve, but really encouraging her. She loves her lessons and looks forward to them every week! I will be taking my 3 yr. old son in for kindermusik lessons in the future!!
Kenny R. Milwaukee, WI

I've been teaching guitar for three years but have been playing for over a decade. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to play many different styles of music, and so have a strong foundation in many forms of music. I aim to help you discover music that moves you, and we work on developing the necessary tools to play that music. But most importantly, music is fun!! Whether you're striving to be a professional musician or just strum chords for leisure, I am confident we can grow together!

About Kenny

--Attended Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) --Wide variety of musical interests and experiences both in teaching and performing. --Actively performing in the Greater Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago areas. I aim to help students discover and pursue their own musical interests. Music is my passion, and I love helping others discover their own voice within music!

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Douglas M. March 5, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I took lessons for a short time with Kenny and it really helped with my playing. He is very knowledgeable and has a way of explaining things so that they make sense. I had a hard time with chords and he worked with me to understand what I was doing wrong. His enthusiasm for playing is contagious. Hopefully I can find some time in the near future to take some lessons from Kenny.

Great instructor
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Jill H. February 23, 2015
Guitar · In home
Kenny is an amazing teacher. He's been teaching my 13 year old for a year. She had a guitar teacher before Kenny that just didn't get her excited about guitar. Kenny makes learning guitar fun but also really gets through to my daughter so that she understands and continues to improve on a broad range of music. He's really easy to talk with and so intelligent about music as a whole, not just guitar. Plus he listens to my daughter when she wants to learn something that really interests her. Such a special teacher!

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