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Paul W. Chicago, IL

About Paul

I have played the guitar for twenty years and have studied a wide variety of music including jazz, classical, folk, blues and rock. I’m skilled in acoustic, electric and classical styles of the guitar. I have an open mind about music and can appreciate any style or type. I have a firm background on music theory, so I am able to explain what I am teaching. I excelled in all my classes in college, music and Gen Eds, with a GPA over 3.75. I also have experience in teaching guitar or bass to students ranging from the ages of six to sixty six. I enjoy taking what I have learned and passing it on to someone else to experience. I believe this is one way you can leave your mark in music. I believe the experience I have playing in bands, and learning songs with my ability of having relative ...

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Abraham A. March 25, 2015
Bass Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Paul has been EXCELLENT. I've learned an incredible amount from him and gained much more confidence in what I knew from past training. Highly accommodating and encouraging. I'd recommend him in a flash.
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Matt R. March 19, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I was an intermediate guitarist before I started working with Paul. I felt as though I was stuck and needed some help before I could get to the next level. Its been over two months and Paul has showed me a whole new approach to the guitar. These new techniques to playing have really opened my eyes and now I play with a sense of purpose and flow instead of just cord progressions. I can't wait to see my progress into the future. Thanks Paul
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Emma D. March 6, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I've had 3 classes so far and Paul has been really patient. As I'm new to learning the guitar, it's nice to have someone who is understanding and moves at a comfortable pace. He also gives good advice on practice techniques! Definitely give him a go!
Justin L. Chicago, IL

I studied classical guitar under Peter Aglinskas at Loyola University Chicago.

About Justin

Music has always been my passion since I was young. Even before I played any instruments I was always glued to the radio, eager to hear the next great song. Not only am I passionate about music, but I am passionate about helping others learn and to achieve a similar relationship with music that I have. Patience is my biggest strength in teaching, and with it I am sure I can deliver the best possible atmosphere to help you learn! After playing guitar all through high school and playing in its jazz band for two years, I realized I really did want to make music a career. I attended Loyola University Chicago and studied guitar and music theory, earning a BA in Music and graduating Cum Laude. I was awarded the Departmental Award for my performances in ensembles, and for my Senior Recital, ...

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Alysha M. August 21, 2012
Guitar
Verified Student
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Justin did a great job teaching me. I am 20 years old and i have always wanted to learn how to play acoustic guitar. He is very patient and has a lot of useful advice to give. I definitely recommend him and it is worth the time and money.
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GaryB2 June 26, 2012
musician

i think justin is a awesome teacher, very easy to work with and is always looking to find the right way to improve whatever your in need of focusing on.
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AlanH June 19, 2012
Great Teacher

This guy is truely amazing with older people, I'm 54 years young and he great with me since I have never played any kind of music instrument, I'm having fun and he really explained alots, and the best is he has a lot of patience...
Blake C. Lowell, IN

I provide formal classical guitar instruction from beginner to advanced. I studied at the American Conservatory of Music and the Chicago Musical College with Paul Henry in addition to numerous master classes.

About Blake

Hi, my name is Blake C. I teach music - guitar, singing, piano, drums, and bass online or at my Lowell, Indiana studio. I also teach business, grammar, math (elementary, basic, pre-algebra) writing to include essay and professional business writing. As a doctoral student at the University of New England, I am currently studying educational leadership with an emphasis on transformative leadership. In addition, I hold a Master of Science degree in Strategic Leadership from the University of Mary located in Bismarck, North Dakota and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from WGU in Salt Lake City, Utah. I have more than 20 years of experience as an executive and senior leader in the supply chain/logistics industry. Furthermore, I have nearly six years of experience ...

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Tiffany S. March 25, 2015
Drum · Online
Verified Student
Not only do we love the convenience of online lessons, but we also love our instructor, Blake! Besides his patience and enthusiasm for my 9yo son, who is learning to play the drums with Blake, his communication and flexibility are second to none, which is very important to this busy homeschooling mom. I wondered how effective online lessons would be, and it's been fabulous. Blake and my son hook up with Skype, so they can see each other, talk and form a relationship, making the instructions all the more effective. I highly recommend takelessons.com and of course, Blake. :)
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Jed W. January 28, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I appreciate that he is tailoring his lesson approach to my particular goals.
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Richard H. December 4, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Blake has been a wonderful teacher for my daughter. Not only is he very knowledgeable in guitar and singing, but he has been very accommodating for any and all of our scheduling needs. We live out of the country, and he has been more than helpful with changing schedules. His price is very reasonable. I would suggest him to anybody!
Dave K. Midlothian, IL

I have been teaching guitar for 18 years and have taught hundreds of satisfied students. When you sign up for classical guitar lessons with me, you will begin by learning the basics of the instrument including proper holding and playing position, tone production, rhythm, first position notes,basic chords and notation. Once you get the basics down, you will learn how to play a variety of classical guitar pieces appropriate for your level and interests. All of this can happen within the first 4-6 months of playing.

About Dave

Dave K. began playing guitar at the age of 10. His influences include Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Guthrie Govan, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny and Scott Henderson. At the age of 17 he began teaching private guitar and bass lessons to classmates from his neighborhood high school. It was through this initial experience with teaching that he realized he wanted to make music education his career. Since then he has taught private guitar and bass lessons at Naperville Music, Rossi Music, Horizon Music, and the Plainfield School of Music. In addition, he has taught orchestra, guitar, and jazz band at Rolling Meadows High School. In 2000 Dave graduated from the University of Northern Illinois with a degree in jazz and classical guitar where ...

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Sarah O. October 16, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Dave is an exceptional teacher!

I am a beginner guitar player, Dave has been patient and kind at every lesson. This has been an inspiration and a great help for me to continue learning the guitar. I wanted to find a guitar teacher and not just a guitar player; his approach to teaching is outstanding. He has a love for music and a gift of being an excellent teacher. I always leave my lesson feeling good about my progress and inspired to continue learning to play the guitar. I recommend him for any player at any level; he he teaches good practice habits and is very knowledgeable of music theory and how to teach each person individually. It is rare to find someone knowledgeable in music and apply their knowledge to teaching. I was fortunate to find him!
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kiara J. January 18, 2014
Guitar
He's awesome. :)

He makes learning the guitar so comfortable. He makes things easier to review and doesn't mind going over things you may have forgotten. If I could, I would get everyone I know to take lessons from him. I couldn't ask for a better teacher!
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Carla J. December 29, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
l love this guy.

Dave is such a great teacher. He is very patient and understanding. I have learned so much with him in one month, then l have learned in four months with the other instructor l had. He makes learning fun, and I'm understanding what I'm doing now.
Benjamin B. Chicago, IL

About Benjamin

I earned my Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance in December 2011 at California State University, Sacramento. At the university, I performed in masterclasses with distinguished faculty from the San Francisco Music Conservatory, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Manhattan School of Music. I also performed in the guitar studio's recitals each semester, and my degree culminated in two, one-hour solo recitals in which I performed music by renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, and modern composers from Europe and South America. Prior to my degree program, I studied Jazz and performed in numerous groups and as a soloist at a wide range of venues . I have 10 years of teaching experience, and from 2008-2012, I taught music full-time to get myself and my wife ...

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gretchen W. May 16, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I feel lucky to have found Ben as a teacher. At age 75 and with progressive arthritis especially in my hands, I was looking for a way to alleviate some of the pain and get more movement in my hands. Having always loved the guitar and played some in the past I thought maybe this could be the ticket. Ben challenged me to stretch my fingers, apply my scanty knowledge of music while encouraging me to have fun with the guitar as I learned. Always patient and considerate while at the same time challenging me to stretch ever further, Ben motivates me to WANT to reach whatever potential is possible for me. I couldn't ask for a better teacher on this journey of mine.
Matt B. Chicago, IL

I teach ALL guitar styles to all ability levels.

About Matt

Here's a quick list of my qualifications and what I'm currently working on: -Bachelor's of Music in Classical Guitar Performance (Capital University - Columbus, OH) -I teach all styles of music, but tend to focus on fundamental musicianship skills. -14 years of professional teaching experience. -16 years of professional playing experience. -I have taught over 100 students of all age and ability levels. -Guitar instructor on JamPlay -Guitarist and vocalist for Chicago-based band Dead Parade. -I have worked 8 years transcribing music professionally. -I teach from my apartment in the Ukrainian Village area.

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Jarrelle S. October 14, 2014
Guitar · Online
Matt was the first teacher I ever took private lessons with.. and will no doubt be the last. There is not one thing I bring to Matt that he doesn't know.. Ear training, theory, song writing, he knows it all. You can definitely tell that he's been playing for most of his life.

Besides this, lessons with Matt are always enjoyable, he's an easy to talk to, chilled out guy who always takes the time to explain things properly, you can tell from the get-go that this is a guy that just really cares about the progress of his students, he sends me extra stuff to work on outside of our lessons and I can 100% say that i have vastly improved my music knowledge since taking lessons with him, which in my book is the most important thing, because not everyone that can play really well can also teach really well.
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Dale M. October 11, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
At first I was a bit shy about taking private lessons, but immediately overcame this when I met Matt. I had been taking lessons online (youtube, etc.) for a year and thought I was progressing well on my own, but decided to try out private lessons to change things up. I am so pleased with this decision and I have progressed faster than I ever could have imagined.

Matt clearly has the expertise of a well seasoned music instructor. He seems to know exactly what to teach and how to effectively convey how to learn it - it is clear that he has taught many students and has years of experience. He is comfortable to be around and his lessons are well structured and curtailed to my level and skill. I am very pleased with the way Matt teaches, the pace in which we learn, and most of all, how much fun I am having! Before I felt like an decent guitarist, now I feel like I’m well on my way to be an excellent guitarist.

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