Diego Alonso

Diego A.

Chicago, IL
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"Diego is a fantastic teacher and guitarist. He is generous and patient, encouraging and effective. Diego has the ability to simplify difficult technique and break it down in simple terms. His studies in Spain make him a rare and sought after teacher in Chicago. In short, Diego has given me the keys to succeed in this beautiful and challenging art form. I wholeheartedly recommend him!"
-- Marty M. (M.A. Education, B.A. Jazz Guitar, Professional Guitarist)

Diego Alonso is one of the U.S.'s most experienced guitarists specializing in Spanish, Classical, Flamenco, Flamenco Jazz, Latin, and Latin Jazz. He has traveled to over 15 countries to perform and teach in the last 17 years and has given over 10,000 private guitar lessons, workshops, clinics, lectures, and masters classes.

After 18 annual visits to Spain to study with master flamenco teachers, Diego finally moved to Seville for 3 years where he graduated with honors in flamenco guitar performance from the Fundacion Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco. While living in Spain Diego developed his knowledge and skill by performing flamenco guitar 2-4 nights a week with some of Spain's top up and coming flamenco performers. His extensive training and experience in flamenco guitar make him a highly qualified teacher in the field.

Lessons are based on time-tested methods in guitar pedagogy as well as on up-to-date scientific research in the neurological and psychological processes of skill acquisition and expertise. My goal, as a teacher, is to help students learn HOW to practice effectively and efficiently in order to develop the neurological pathways necessary to form, improve, and maintain high-level, musical skills.

WHAT KIND OF GUITAR DO YOU NEED?
For flamenco or classical lessons you will need a nylon-string guitar (e.g., classical or flamenco), NOT a steel string guitar. If you don't own a nylon-string guitar, you can certainly rent one, but it must be available to you for home practice AT LEAST 6 days/week. Flamenco guitars must have a "golpeador" (tap-plate) installed. I recommend getting it professionally done with a permanent tap-plate.

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  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaches students 11 and up

Reviews (19)

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Sandy C. Jun 6, 2019
Classical Guitar · Online

Sami L. May 7, 2019
Flamenco Guitar · Online

Great first lesson for my son Sami !

Aaron C. Mar 30, 2019
Classical Guitar · Online

Mike J. Oct 23, 2018
Flamenco Guitar · Online

Great lesson, very patient and knowledgeable.

Dan S. Jan 20, 2018
Flamenco Guitar · Online

Aaron C. Sep 23, 2017
Classical Guitar · Online

Sandy C. Jul 18, 2017
Guitar · Online

Dan S. Jun 17, 2017
Flamenco Guitar · Online

Greatly appreciated the pointers on how to clean up the picado technique first in order to progress later on to some falsetas. Excellent session! Thanks Diego.

Aaron C. Feb 11, 2017
Classical Guitar · Online

Diego is very professional about his instruction setting high standards but yet very patient in his guidance. I highly recommend him.

Sandy C. Jan 17, 2017
Guitar · Online

Albert Aug 13, 2016
Flamenco Guitar · Online

Diego clearly knows what he is doing and how to instruct. I look forward to more lessons.

Tim Apr 19, 2016
Guitar · Online

Great first class.

Aaron Apr 4, 2016
Classical Guitar · Online

I appreciate Diego's teaching and how he is able to catch the subtle things I am doing wrong over a web cam no less. His pedagogy sets a high standard for playing, but the lessons progress naturally and logically.

As a teacher, Diego is very patient while encouraging me and knowing when the teaching pace should pick up or slow down. This makes his teaching very efficient while ensuring strong fundamentals.

I look forward to many more years of instruction by Diego and am happy to have found such a knowledgeable and skillful maestro.

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Marwan S. Feb 11, 2016
Flamenco Guitar · Online

My son Robert has been taking guitar lessons with Diego for over a year now. Lessons were taking place at Diego's premises until we moved back to our country. Robert totally refused to work, or even consider the possibility to work with any other teacher besides Diego. Ever since our return, Robert has been taking his weekly lessons over Skype.

Diego is professional, talented, deligent, patient, caring, well prepared, well knowledged, knows how to prepare and challenge his students and most importantly, puts his students interests first.

There are no words I can use to explain the joy my son has when he takes his lessons and when he finishes and performs one of Diego's flamenco pieces, nor can I explain his anxiety when waiting for his lesson to begin. Diego is truly a great teacher and mentor to his students and I strongly recommend him to be the guitar teacher of choice.

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Marwan S. Feb 11, 2016
Flamenco Guitar · Online

My son Robert has been taking guitar lessons with Diego for over a year now. Lessons were taking place at Diego's premises until we moved back to our country. Robert totally refused to work, or even consider the possibility to work with any other teacher besides Diego. Ever since our return, Robert has been taking his weekly lessons over Skype.

Diego is professional, talented, deligent, patient, caring, well prepared, well knowledged, knows how to prepare and challenge his students and most importantly, puts his students interests first.

There are no words I can use to explain the joy my son has when he takes his lessons and when he finishes and performs one of Diego's flamenco pieces, nor can I explain his anxiety when waiting for his lesson to begin. Diego is truly a great teacher and mentor to his students and I strongly recommend him to be the guitar teacher of choice.

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Scott H. Jun 8, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio

Been talking lessons with Diego for about half a year now. He's been one of the best teachers I've had (being 40+, I've had an opportunity to experience quite a few). He's enthusiastic about my progress and works hard at presenting material in a way, and at a pace that's right ofr me. I've been incredibly pleased with the quality of his instruction, and super happy with the progress I've made with his guidance. I'm looking forward to continuing my lessons with him.

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M H. Jun 6, 2015
Classical Guitar ·

Absolutely terrific. I really enjoy lessons and the way we work through technique together. He has a really clear way of explaining things. I am really pleased with the progress that I'm making with his instruction. Very enthusiastically recommended!

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Jonah K. Oct 30, 2014
Flamenco Guitar · In studio

Diego is a great teacher! I have been taking lessons from him for a while now and I have improved considerably. He is very clear with his teaching using the information learned through his information psychology. He explains why we must do something a certain way and this leads to a better understanding of flamenco and the guitar. He teaches not just guitar, but also how to practice. Diego is incredibly friendly and makes learning something so difficult manageable and fun!

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Martin M. Jul 23, 2014
Flamenco Guitar · In studio

Diego is a fantastic teacher and guitarist. He is generous and patient, encouraging and effective. Diego has the ability to simplify difficult technique and break it down in simple terms. His studies in Spain make him a rare and sought after teacher in Chicago. In short, Diego have given me the keys to succeed in this beautiful and challenging art form. I wholeheartedly recommend him!

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Experience

Musician & Composer
Jan 2018 - Present

Diego Alonso Music

Composer, Guitarist, Singer, Percussionist and the Diego Alonso Flamenco Latin Jazz Project, Flamenco Music and Dance Ensemble, and the Spanish Guitar Duo. Diego Alonso is also a traveling guest lecturer on flamenco music, dance, and history for universities across the globe.

Owner & Guitarist
Jan 2002 - Present

Spanish Guitar Chicago

Music performance agency for private and public events.

Owner & Instructor
Jan 2002 - Present

Sonanta School of Guitar

Diego is the founder, director, and principle teacher of the Sonanta School of Guitar. He graduated with highest honors in Flamenco Guitar Performance from the Fundacion Cristina Herren de Arte Flamenco (Seville, Spain) where he studied closely under flamenco guitar luminaries, Pedro Sierra, Nino de Pura, Paco Cortes, Eduardo Rebollar, Tino Van Der Sman, Javi Gomez, and Pepa Sanchez. Throughout his professional career as a performer, he has shared the stage, and composed, nationally and internationally, with many prominent musicians including Rocio Marquez (flamenco voice), Jorge Perez (percussion), Alfonso Cid (voice), Darwin Noguera (piano), Victor Garcia (trumpet), Alberto Selles (flamenco dance), Vicente Griego (flamenco voice), Fulcrum Point New Music Project, Chiara Mangiameli, The Guitars of Spain, and many others. As a teacher, Diego has taught over 10,000 private lessons and has given lectures and workshops in over 500 universities, elementary schools, and music schools internationally. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Research Psychology and has a deep interest in neurology and psychology research on skill development and expertise. His interest in, and application to, teaching focus on the neurological and psychological processes of developing fine motor and artistic skills on the guitar by utilizing a highly effective practice method based on research psychology and on time-tested pedagogical methods.


Education

Performance: Flamenco Guitar (Highest Honors)
Oct 2010 - Jun 2012

Fundacion Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco (Seville, Spain)

B.S. Research Psychology
Aug 1995 - May 1999

Loyola University Chicago


Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certifications

Flamenco Guitar Performance (Highest Honors)
May 2012

Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco (Seville, Spain)

Advanced Program in Flamenco Guitar Performance (2 years) - Solo Guitar - Dance Accompaniment - Singing Accompaniment - Technique - History & Forms of Flamenco "Cante" Studied with Pedro Sierra, Niño de Pura, Tino Van Der Sman, Eduardo Rebollar, Paco Cortés, & Pepa Sanchez. Study

Awards

Highest Honors in Flamenco Guitar Performance
Jun 2012

Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco (Sevilla, Spain)


Affiliations

American Composers Forum
Dec 2018
The American Composers Forum enriches lives by nurturing the creative spirit of composers and communities. We provide new opportunities for composers and their music to flourish, and engage communities in the creation, performance and enjoyment of new music.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Apr 2006
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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