Diego Alonso

Diego A.

Chicago, IL

About Diego A.

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Diego teaches: Ages 6 and up
Teaching since: May 2005
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Overview

Diego is one of Chicago's most sought-after Spanish and Flamenco guitar coaches and instructors. He has taught over 4000 private lessons and has given lectures and workshops in over 300 universities, elementary schools, and music schools, both nationally and internationally.

He graduated with highest honors in flamenco guitar performance from the Fundacion Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco (Seville, Spain). He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Research Psychology and focuses on applying the psychology of learning, skill acquisition, and expertise to learning guitar. With this knowledge, Diego is able to help students achieve their goals quickly with utmost precision and effectiveness.


WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT FROM PRIVATE LESSONS?

The very first things we'll learn to do in our private lesson will be to RELAX, BE PATIENT, and HAVE FUN. Yes, mastering (or even just getting decent at) the guitar takes time and dedicated work, but it should NEVER...BE...RUSHED. Ironically, by relaxing and taking it slow, you'll excel rather quickly and, more importantly, CORRECTLY.

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. Key concepts you will learn to incorporate into your practice are "deliberate practice," "spaced practice," "interleaved practice," "performance practice," "mental practice," "conceptual practice," and more. My goal, as a teacher, is to help students learn to practice effectively and efficiently in order to develop the neurological pathways necessary to form, improve, and maintain high-level, musical skills.


CAN ANYONE LEARN GUITAR?

Absolutely! I accept students over 6 years old and at any experience level. Whether you've never touched a guitar before our first lesson, have been playing for a few years, or have your Master's degree in guitar performance, I can and will help you achieve your goals (so long as you do your homework).


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. For general guitar (with a pick), either a nylon-string or steel-string guitar is fine; however, beginners should use nylon-string guitars.


CAN YOU GUARANTEE RESULTS?

YES! If you follow my instruction and practice plan, I can certainly guarantee results!

Consistent and correct practice are the keys to success. The more consistent you are and the more correctly you practice, the sooner you'll reach your goals. This requires you to commit to practicing 6 days/week for an absolute minimum of 20 minutes/day up to a maximum of 3.5 hours/day; NO EXCEPTIONS! Again, you also MUST be practicing CORRECTLY. I'll show you how, but if you aren't practicing this way and are not consistent with your practice plan, I cannot guarantee results.

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Alameda - Diego Alonso (Zapateado Flamenco)

Experience

Composer and Performer
Jan 2002 - Present
Spanish Guitar Chicago

Diego is the owner and a lead musician at Spanish Guitar Chicago where he has performed and composed nationally and internationally for over 14 years. He is currently based in Chicago, IL.

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 11 year professional career as a performer, he has shared the stage, and composed, nationally and internationally, with many prominent musicians including RocÃio 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 4000 private lessons and has given lectures and workshops in over 300 universities, elementary schools, and music schools, both nationally and internationally.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Research Psychology and has a deep interest in neurology and psychology research on skill acquisition and expertise related to learning the guitar. 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 Spoken

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 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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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.
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Sandy C. Jan 17, 2017
· Guitar · Online
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Albert Aug 13, 2016
· Flamenco Guitar · Online
Diego clearly knows what he is doing and how to instruct. I look forward to more lessons.
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Tim Apr 19, 2016
· Guitar · Online
Great first class.
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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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