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Popular Classical Guitar Teachers Near Portage

Dan C.

Barrington, IL
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Paul W.

Chicago, IL
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Justin L.

Chicago, IL
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Dan C. Barrington, IL

I request that my Classical guitar students have some prior knowledge of basic left and right hand guitar technique and some basic chords.

About Dan

I have been playing guitar for 30 years, starting with Rock/Blues before studying both Classical and Jazz guitar in college. I received my Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1995. I am currently a guitar teacher in the NW Chicago suburbs and in Chicago currently with 45+ students, teaching all ages, all levels and all styles. I have been teaching guitar and music off and on for the past 20+ years but in 2007 I decided to devote myself to teaching full time (yes, teaching guitar is my primary job!)...one of the best decisions I have ever made! To me, playing music is an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s also a lot of fun! But no matter what your goals are in music, I have found, through many years of playing and teaching, that every musician ...

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Geerthi Balaji D. January 13, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Best Teacher and Encouraging

I have had Dan as my Guitar Teacher, he is the best in teaching Guitar from the basics. I started with him as nothing since I do not have any Musical Background, He encouraged me well to understand the Music notes and Guitar Tabs. Every lessons with him was so much interesting and particularly he asks me to choose my favorite song and explore the Guitar notes. That makes the learning interesting and willing to explore the different types of Music.
Any questions I asked about the Music, he could explain by the way that I can easily understand. Every second in his class is valuable and has some good information about Music.
He is the Best and I always feel proud to say that I am his student.
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Aryo P. September 21, 2013
Guitar
Best teacher i've had

Dan is amazing. I've had him as a teacher for a few years and I have already learned to play Hotel California, Johnny B. Goode, and many other songs. Dan brings his own equipment so that you can get printed handouts whenever you want. He is quite instructive and explains things in simplest terms. If you are having some trouble with something, he breaks it down into smaller pieces. Dan is definitely the best teacher I have had.
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Angela B. August 4, 2013
Classical Guitar
Excellent instructor

Dan is endlessly patient and good humored as only someone who really enjoys his job is. He is easy to be around and quite attentive to individual needs.
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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Cascino J. January 27, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I can't recommend Paul enough as a teacher. I took one-on-one lessons with him from middle school through high school, and learned so much during that time. He was extremely flexible in his methods and approach, teaching me both notes/scales, as well as a good amount of ear training and improvisation. Anyone from beginners to those with more experience would greatly benefit from taking lessons from Paul!
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Kevin C. January 25, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Paul is an incredible teacher! I took lessons from him from 5th grade through senior year of high school. In this time period, he taught me a variety of subjects including jazz guitar, improvisation, classical guitar, as well as bass guitar. He is very flexible and able to teach all these subjects and more. He was happy to help me explore different styles of playing and genres of music. He was always enthusiastic and well prepared for lessons. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a great guitar instructor!
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Yuying S. November 28, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Paul is AMAZING! He is the best music teacher I've ever had. He makes the class so fun and enjoyable, and he makes me love acoustic guitar even more. I started to take lessons with Paul as a beginner knowing nothing about acoustic guitar, and have learned so much from him. He is so patient and knowledgeable, he is able to answer all kinds of questions that I have relating to guitar and music. He has AWESOME personality, when you take lessons with him, time flies. He is very good at learning a new song quickly. Sometimes I pick songs that I want to learn, and show these songs to him during class, some of the songs that he has never heard before, he can recognize the chords right away, and wrote them down and teach me how to play. He is a great teacher, you won't be regretted to take his class!
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
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Dave K.

Midlothian, IL
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Benjamin B.

Chicago, IL
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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

My name is Blake C. and I teach any style of guitar music, but specialize in Classical and Rock Guitar techniques. I have been playing guitar for more than 30 years. I have more than 20 years professional performance, session work, and instruction. I was awarded the President's Scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance by the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois in 1990 and was awarded a full tuition scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance by the Chicago Musical College in 1991. My primary Classical Guitar Instructor at both institutions was Paul Henry. I also studied Rock Guitar with Dave Uhrich while attending both institutions and privately studied Jazz Guitar with Scott Reed. I studied voice with Audrey Evans at the American Conservatory of Music ...

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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!
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Debbie K. October 5, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Blake is very patient with my son who has a short attention span. He will even go out of his way to find music that will inspire him instead of teaching the standards that would bore him to tears. We received a few lessons as a gift and have continued to go to Blake because we like him and he is making a difference in my son's life.
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.

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Whether you are a beginner Classical guitar student, intermediate Classical guitar student, or advanced Classical guitar student, a TakeLessons Instructor can help you learn or enhance your Classical guitar skills. Your choices for a Portage Classical guitar instructor come from a variety of backgrounds, making it easy to find one that matches your interests and skill level. Each Classical guitar instructor's specialties are ...

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