- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Much rooted in classical guitar techniques; but also very individual in approach and nuances; as well as rhythmically much more firey and eastern rooted.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- July 1992
Guitarist/Songwriter Bill G. is a versatile and experienced instructor, who's been playing and teaching guitar for over 20 years, and is fluent in everything from finger style Classical/Flamenco and Folk guitar, to Jazz, all Rock(from classic to modern Alternative/Indie), and various World music styles.
From first lesson beginners to highly advanced students; and from simple songs to elaborate music theory, improvisation, and songwriting development; all are welcome to sign up with this patient, and highly recommended teacher.
Starting guitar lessons at a very young age; Bill went on to win many regional, national, and international awards through out his formative years as a student. Writing and recording in several different styles over the years; and also being a vocalist and songwriter; he founded Indie Fusion trio The Static Dial in 2010 as it's leader. The band has worked with several national and international touring bands, has been featured on indie and major radio from their hometown in Detroit to the UK, and has released two EPs, two singles, and a full length album.
Feel free to message with any questions about potential lessons; we'd love to hear from you!.
*** Lesson Details ***
As an instructor, I start students with the basics (open chords, major/minor and blues scales, general rhythm/timing, and beginner technique), and like to get at least a basic ability to sight read (music notation).
For younger students, I get them started on a beginner book for sight reading music and simple/basic songs to start with and build up their ability.
If a student is a little more capable, we start on a more modern/popular song they like. For my more advanced students, we get into music theory (cycle of fifths, harmony, chord language, etc.) and with some students we study specific genres.
My approach is one of building up a student's self confidence, and ultimately making learning fun. I take teaching seriously and value my student's time; so I work to get the most out of them, and to make their lessons worth while. All ages and levels are welcome!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio space in Helen's of Troy. Office is furnished with seating, music stand, and amplifier.
Student must have their own instrument and pick.
*** Specialties ***
I'm a singer/songwriter as well as a guitar player/instructor, so the construction and arranging of a song; from the music to the lyrics; are very much within my experience and teaching.
My own project started and based on my written material. We have released an EP (self titled), the "Move Along" extended single, the "Desert Song" single and video, and the "Audio Nomad" full length album.
We have been featured on major and indie radio from Detroit to the UK, worked with several national and international touring bands, and have been featured in several publications.
We're are also available on iTunes, Pandora, Bandcamp,Spotify, Rdio, etc.
Toronto finals, July 1988.
Bill is an excellent teacher. He uses any type of music you like to help you learn and stay interested. I leave every lesson excited to go home and practice what I’ve learned. Bill allows me to make a short video of what we’ve gone over that lesson which is how I learn the best when I’m back at home. Its like having that weeks lesson at your disposal for you to use at any time. My love for the guitar has grown tremendously thanks to Bill.+ Read More
It is with the utmost enthusiasm that I express my admiration for Bill's ability to make my first guitar lesson pleasant and comfortable (even when I know little to nothing about playing guitar). I am confident my future guitar lessons with Bill will provide me with solid guitar playing abilities, and will prove to be compelling and diversified.+ Read More
Bill is a nice teacher with full patience with kids. My son likes the class. I see fast improvement in my son's guitar skills.
I have zero background with playing ukulele but Bill made it easy to start.
If you're an adult looking to learn how to play guitar or ukulele but is hesitating because finding the right instructor/teacher is a bit of a task, try a lesson or two with this guy.
I was a little nervous about my first lesson but Bill put me at ease instantly. At the end of our lesson I had a lot of resources to take home for practice and was beginning to play one of my favorite songs. I already know if I stick with lessons I will make much more progress than I would on my own with only the internet as a guide. I should have signed up for lessons years ago.+ Read More
Bill is a excellent teacher lots of knowledge and makes learning fun. Whatever you want to learn he is capable of teaching you. Highly recommended
Bill is a fantastic teacher. I went to him because I had been trying to teach myself for years and wasn't making any progress. He was able to take topics I struggled with and make them easier to understand. He always had a good drill or song to compliment lessons so I could use what I learned in a musical way. I would recommend him to anyone I know.+ Read More
Bill was great! So happy to be learning foundations and proper technique... excited to do my "homework" practice and continue improving for our next lesson!
Bill is a great teacher. We have covered rock lead, rock rhythm, finger picking, strumming patterns all while learning new songs and expanding my playing base. I had tried to self teach back in the 1990s so had some bad habits, Bill has worked with my to fix these so I can play more fluidly. Bill is very accommodating to what I want to learn while pushing the expansion of my ability. It's been a very enjoyable experience.+ Read More
Bill is a wonderful Instructor and truly talented! He is very patient, specially when you have zero experience in Guitar before, that is what you expect from your instructor. He is motivating and always comes up with tips and tricks to make my lesson easy. He is very flexible with the timings. Also, I really enjoy my classes.+ Read More
I bought a bass guitar about two years ago, and now that I'm taking lessons, I can finally put it to use! Bill has been an wonderful instructor so far, and each lesson we work on what I want to improve on or learn about. He's very knowledgeable, talented, and all round fun to work with. I'd recommend him to anyone interested in playing bass!+ Read More
As a newbie to guitar with little musical background experience, Bill's instruction and encouragement is motivating to my pursuit of mastering this instrument! His patient and professional approach put me at ease as well as his ability to adjust or modify lessons based on whatever my current skill level. As an instructor Bill has a vast repertoire of technique and versatility of style and skill. His passion for his craft is evident in the energy he brings to the table as a legit artist/musician. Thanks for sharing your talent!+ Read More
He is pretty good at teaching and has great ideas to help me improve my skills quickly.
He also worked with me and was able to teach me a song he never heard before after just listening to it once
Bill is a great teacher, and willing to adjust the lessons to match my skill level and learning style.
Bill is always great as a teacher! My son started taking lessons a few months ago and plays great, learning very quickly! Then my husband started after hanging out at his lessons. They always look forward to their lessons together, and speak highly of Bill. Definitely would recommend!+ Read More
I really enjoyed my lesson with Bill. I was a little nervous at first but Bill made me feel at ease. He's very knowledgeable with the guitar and gave me some good pointers to help me improve my skills. Looking forward to my next lesson.
Great first lesson, looking forward to working together. Relaxed and accepting atmosphere. Personable instructor with positive attitude.
Bill is an excellent teacher! He caters the lessons to what you want to learn and sure knows how to teach. I like that Bill was able to highlight my strengths while still challenging and bettering my weaknesses. Highly recommend lessons with him!
I really liked how passionate Bill is about teaching. It's easy to enjoy your lessons when your teacher enjoys them as well! Thank you so much for everything Bill.
First lesson for my son was great! Bill is patient and energetic. He even took the time to show my son how to restring and properly tune his guitar (which it needed badly). My son is looking forward to his next lesson, which is awesome.
Bill is very accommodating to our schedule. He is very patient with his teaching. Our son has learned so much through Bill. He takes the time to make sure our son fully understands the lesson.
Bill is very acc
Bill is an excellent guitar teacher. Very knowledgeable of a wide variety of styles and methods. Great attitude and very patient. He's always been flexible and accommodating with scheduling.
he is very professional
Innovative, patient, encouraging. Bill goes the extra mile to make learning the guitar fun.
Based upon my experience with Bill teaching my son, I would definitely recommend him for guitar lessons. He was always upbeat, pleasant and ready to share his knowledge, not to mention, he could listen to a song and then jot down the sheet music for it. In that regard, he could teach a person any song they would like to learn. I would say, my most convincing recommendation comes from the fact that my son was always ready and happy to attend a session with Bill, which as a mom, made my heart happy. Give Bill a try!+ Read More
Very helpful with determining how and where I need to start.
A great teacher!
Bill is a very knowledgeable, flexible, and patient guitar teacher. Thanks Bill.
Took my first lesson today and I have to say that I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. Looking forward to the next one...now off to practice!
A great teacher!
Bill is one of those rare guitar teachers who have both an incredible amount of musicianship and talent and a genuine passion for passing that knowledge on to students. He takes educating his students very seriously and it shows. I've been taking lessons with Bill for the last couple months and my playing has gotten so much better. I'm very excited to see where we can take my playing in the future.
Bill has been a great instructor. He has been flexible, easy to work with and an overall professional.
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Bill is a great guitar teacher. He's patient and challenging at the same time. He has been flexible and accommodating with scheduling. As a beginner, I'm excited to see how far my skills will reach under his guidance. Highly recommended guitar teacher.
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I was pleased with Bill's guitar lessons. My daughter is a beginner guitar player and she learned something new at each lesson to practice. She enjoyed the lessons and wants to take more. Bill was polite and prompt.
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Bill is a tru pro, i am as novice as they come he is very patiet with me, yet has the sense to know when your getting it. Wish i could go another few months and just may after our grandchild arrives.
I like that Bill was calm with me. He taugh me how to not get frustrate with practicing. To be relax and let it come to me. The best thing from every lesson, was that he gave me notes to learn from. He is a great guitar player and teacher.
thank u for everything
bill is great with my son, and has lots of patience. my son is easily distracted but bill has been great at redirecting him. lessons are going great and i am pleased with our progress.