Brett Ratner

Brett R.

Chicago, IL

About Brett R.

Brett teaches: Ages 8 to 80
Teaching since: January 2008


Brett is a professional guitar player with more than 20 years of experience. Brett's music can be heard on more than 80 network and cable television shows. These include The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Office, Oprah, My Name Is Earl, King of the Hill, Access Hollywood, MTV's The Real World, Saving Grace, and Guiding Light. Brett has also composed and performed music on commercials for Wal-Mart and Pacific Gas & Electric. In addition, he regularly performs at weddings, corporate events, and restaurants in the Chicago area.

Over the years, Brett has maintained a roster of 30 or more guitar students, ranging in age from seven to 70. The reason for his success is that Brett makes lessons fun. Regardless of your musical taste and personal goals, he teaches you what you want to learn.

*** Lesson Details ***
Brett likes to tailor lessons to the needs and goals of the student. Beginners will likely start with a standard lesson book and grow from there. More advanced players may want to spend time learning their favorite songs, "jamming," or focusing on specific aspects of their playing such as improvisation ("soloing") or rhythm guitar. All students should expect noticeable improvement over a three-to-six-month period, and be able to transcend merely playing notes and chords, but instead learning to play songs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, amps, music stands and lesson books

*** Travel Equipment ***
Brett can happily provide extra guitars, lesson books, and music stands if that will make it more convenient for the student. For best results, students should have a decent guitar, lesson book, and music stand at home for practicing.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Blues, Pop, Singer-Songwriter

Photos and Videos


Deja Vu Productions

Aug 2009 - Present
Lead Guitarist

Brett performs at casinos, weddings, corporate events, bars and restaurants with this well-established "party band." As the lead guitarist, Brett has to cover a wide range of styles including classic rock, disco, blues, pop, funk, and country.

Universal Music Publishing Group

Jan 2006 - Dec 2010
Composer and Producer

Brett composed, engineered, and produced more than 50 tracks for Universal Studio's music publishing division. These tracks have since been been featured in dozens of television shows.

Composer and Producer

Jan 2006 - Dec 2010
Wild Whirled Music Publishing

Brett composed, engineered, and produced more than 30 tracks for this boutique music publisher and record label. These tracks have since been been featured in dozens of television shows.


Journalism & Music

Aug 1989 - May 1993
University of Iowa
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5 Reviews on Brett R.

Erin M. Apr 7, 2014
Verified Student
Great for beginners

Brett is a phenomenal instructor. As a beginner, he is very patient and thoughtful when explaining new concepts. Each lesson is fun and tailored to my goals so that I feel I am consistently making progress.
QuinnW Apr 5, 2012

Brett is a great instructor! He is extremely personable and has a way of tailoring each lesson to not only teach guitar and music theory skills, but to apply them right away. Always be ready for a fun impromptu jam session!
LindsayW Aug 8, 2010
Brett is a fun guy to learn an instrument with. He's very easy going and builds the lessons around your interests. Since I was a total beginner, Brett started me with a lesson book, to get some basics down. When that started to get a little dry, we added some easy songs that I chose by musicians I enjoy, to keep things interesting. Then we go back to skill building with either the lesson book or exercises Brett gives me that are relevant to the music we have just learned. Each week we focus on just a few new things, to keep the lessons manageable. So there is a little bit of structure and a little bit of improvising. It's a comfortable, casual environment. All in all, Brett is a great teacher!
JamesJ Jul 7, 2010
Great Instructor

Brett has the ability to convey musical concepts in a way that is easily understood and makes sense. He is able to show you the correct way to do things, and shows a strong interest and knowledge in the guitar
SteveR Jun 23, 2010
Good teacher well versed in all major styles.Studio was excellent.Very professional set-up.

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