Adam Kennaugh
Chicago, IL
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Adam Kennaugh

Adam K.

Chicago, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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.

The great thing about this process is it establishes a foundation of playing which translates to all musical styles! It doesn't require 4 hours of practice a day to be a good guitarist.

If you are interested in developing your skills as a musician, or you're just starting out playing guitar, I would love to hear from you!

About Adam K.

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 unexplainable about it. With 3 degrees in music performance and composition, and countless performances, there is so much music I listen to that moves me, yet I cannot explain why. Music expresses the unexplainable, and I am so excited to help you learn how to bring that experience to other people.

My earliest musical memory is watching my dad playing his guitar and listening to Stevie Ray Vaughn. He was wearing headphones and playing notes that sounded completely random. After some time, there was nothing random about it. He unplugged his headphones, played SRV through the speakers, and was playing along on his guitar. He taught himself how to play the song just from listening to it over and over again. This was the impetus to start playing guitar.

After learning 3 chords when I was 10 years old, I wrote as many songs as possible. My closest friend was learning drums at the same time, so we started a band. We played punk. After 4 years of practicing, we had our first show in middle school. It was a complete success. By the time I was 16, and remaining self-taught through those years, I started a new band. For the next 7 years, we would play shows all throughout the east coast, releasing several CDs, and having a small following.

At 18, I began studying classical guitar at the County College of Morris in Randolph, NJ. This was a discouraging time for: I was able to play songs by Metallica, Children of Bodom, and Megadeth on my electric guitar, but I could barely play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on classical guitar using fingerstyle. Fast forward 6 years, and I was selected to be the guitarist of an ensemble from Montclair State University (MSU) to perform at Carnegie Hall, on classical guitar. My degree at MSU was in music theory and composition, with a focus on guitar.

Since then I have been maintaining a career as a composer - receiving a master's degree in 2018 from Bowling Green State University, now living in Chicago with regular commission to write new works - but I continue to fill in on guitar for live bands, do some light studio work, and will always be playing guitar at my home out of pure love and desire of music.


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