Henry Altenberg

Henry A.

Chicago, IL
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Blues Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I love blues music. The electric rhythm and solo guitar styles of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Jimi Hendrix have always brought me joy to learn how to play, but my interest in blues from a young age took me deeper into the roots of the music. I explored the 1930s-1960s finger-style acoustic guitar music of players like Lightning Hopkins, Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson and Big Bill Broonzy and took to listening day in and day out to hundreds of different blues records. My goals for my blues guitar students is to get them comfortable making up their own searing guitar solos, learning how to effectively play rhythm guitar in different styles of blues, and-for the dedicated- learning how to play their favorite blues guitar licks and solos as close to the way yours and my favorite blues artists play them. With blues, it’s all about language: learning to speak the blues starts with listening to the blues and trying to imitate other artists. This gives you more words of the language to say and with this comes more ability to express what you want to say in this style. Happy playing!
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Henry delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

Teaching since:

I perform and teach guitar professionally. Music is my passion and I love to learn new music and help others learn it as well. I currently specialize in teaching classical guitar with a focus on building strong technique, ear training, and practical applications for using formal and contemporary music analysis skills.

I also love playing jazz and various styles of pop music. I try to bring a similar approach to teaching these as I do in my classical teaching. I want to work on answering questions the music asks of the performer; like how would you play a Country Swing song versus a Jazz Swing song, how would you approach a contemporary Spanish Guitar Suite versus a Baroque Guitar Suite, or how would you play a Taylor Swift song versus a John Mayer song.

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Private Lessons
Sep 2012 - Present
Henry Altenberg

Teaching Guitar, Piano, Bass guitar and music theory to all those in need of knowledge!

Guitar and Piano Teacher
Apr 2015 - Mar 2017
Ultimate School Of Guitar

I taught students ages 4-65 guitar and piano in one on one and group settings.


Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance
Aug 2016 - Present
Northeastern Illinois University
Jazz Composition and Guitar
Jun 2014 - Jul 2014
Berklee College of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


NAMED Music Scholarship
May 2018
Northeastern Illinois University
Berklee Five-Week Jazz Scholarship
Apr 2014
Berklee College of Music
SMA Guitar Scholarship
May 2013
Ithica College of Music


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Apr 2015

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.

Photos & Videos

Heres a video of a guitar arrangement I wrote for the tune One Note Samba by Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Jazz Night

Last show of Footloose with this incredible pit band!

Playing at the Metro with Chai Tulani.

Playing with the Costanza 5.

Playing some chord melody ideas over a famous Duke Ellington tune.
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2 Reviews

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Otto Mar 12, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I send Henry students for guitar lessons. They come out looking like little george bensons .

Highly recommend.

Sarah Dec 1, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Henry taught my son how to play all his favorite songs on guitar and was always prompt, polite and interested in our needs. We couldn't have asked for a better teacher!

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