Paul William

Paul W.

Chicago, IL
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Paul delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
March 2000

I have played the guitar for twenty years and have studied a wide variety of music including jazz, classical, folk, blues and rock. I’m skilled in acoustic, electric and classical styles of the guitar. I have an open mind about music and can appreciate any style or type. I have a firm background on music theory, so I am able to explain what I am teaching. I excelled in all my classes in college, music and Gen Eds, with a GPA over 3.75. I also have experience in teaching guitar or bass to students ranging from the ages of six to sixty six. I enjoy taking what I have learned and passing it on to someone else to experience. I believe this is one way you can leave your mark in music. I believe the experience I have playing in bands, and learning songs with my ability of having relative pitch will make my students improve quicker. I am also a very skilled sight reader and can recognize key signatures and musical notation. I’ve also been playing electric bass guitar for 13 years now and have the same skill set as my guitar playing. In fact I am hired to perform more often as a bassist than a guitarist.
I went to Columbia College between 2000-2003 and I completed a Bachelor Arts in Music, Concentration: Instrument Performance.
I also went to Harper College between 1997-2000 and I completed an Associates in Fine Arts of Music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor all my lessons to the individual students interests and wants.
Whatever your goals are, I'll help you get there.
If you just want to learn music theory or how to write a song, I can teach you all that and more.
I will teach you how to read music but if you don't wan't to do that, I will teach you how to read tablature.
I'll push you to learn your instrument and to practice but I won't force to practice anything that you are not interested in.
After about 3-6 months of lessons with me you will be able to play songs that you wanted to learn and you will also know all the essential fun basics of your instrument.
Learning the guitar or bass is fun! And as your teacher I will make you want to practice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons will be downstairs which has music stands, guitars, cords and books.

*** Travel Equipment ***
My guitar and music stand. They should have a guitar and an amp if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Anything from classic rock to blues, jazz, classical, modern rock, punk rock, music theory, improvising and songwriting.

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Experience

Group Class Guitar lessons
Oct 2012 - Present
Private School

I teach classes of 4-12 students guitar lessons. Any age group. 1st graders to adults.

Guitar and Bass Guitar Private Instructor
May 2004 - Present
Private Music Center

in Arlington Heights. Great lessons only music store that forms bands and has student concerts that the bands play at.

Guitar and Bass Guitar Private Instructor
Jan 2000 - Present
Guitar Store

in Fox River Grove. Great guitar shop that sells everything music related with great deals.

Education

Bachelors Degree in Instrumental Performance / Jazz Guitar
Aug 2000 - May 2003
Columbia College
Associate Degree in Instrumental Performance / Classical Guitar
Aug 1997 - May 2000
Harper College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

This is my student Matt Ricciardi playing the Red Hot Chili Peppers solo for "Strip My Mind" & then improvising over the chord progression.
Playing Jazz at my Senior Recital at Columbia College.
me playing bass guitar with one of my bands, Daniel Knox. I currently play in 4 bands.
Photo by Paul W.

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playing at Millennium Park.

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playing with Bobby Conn!

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my studio
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48 Reviews

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John Jul 14, 2017
Bass Guitar · In studio

I've had 4 lessons with Paul and they've been very good. I've had 4 other teachers over the years but Paul had tailored the lessons to my goals as a student rather than feeding me random information. He's very knowledgeable and his ear training is excellent. He's easy to work with and helpful. Highly recommended.

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Chris Kolodziej Jun 16, 2017
Guitar · In home

I told Paul that my goal is to be able to pick up the guitar at home or with friends and feel comfortable playing along. After 4 lessons I'm playing 12 bar blues, comfortable with several scales, and even writing my own chord progressions. Not only a good teacher he's been very accommodating to my work/travel schedule.

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Yanis Apr 16, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Paul is a great teacher. He's enthusiast, supportive and flexible. He challenges me a lot and I'm learning faster than before as a result. Thanks Paul!

Dan Apr 14, 2017
Music Theory · In studio

Paul rules. I came in looking for music theory lessons but we've grounded everything we've done in guitar technique. He's very flexible and willing to meet you wherever you're at. He's very supportive and excited and I've learned a lot in just 2 lessons.

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Kevin C. Jan 6, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Paul is the man and this first lesson was amazing!

Anant Oct 21, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I started with Paul about 6-8 weeks back and i am already starting to play some famous songs. which is great for motivation. He can mold the class as you desire based on your choice of music and style of learning. He is a wonderful teacher for all age groups. I would recommend taking lessons with him.

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Alex Sep 18, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I'm writing this because honestly, I would not be where i am today without the guidance and teachings of Paul. His ability to bridge the gap between technique and style is truly priceless & continues to reward me a decade after taking lessons with him. As a touring musician, I owe a lot of my understanding of music to him. Thank you Paul!

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Alex Sep 8, 2016
Blues Guitar · In studio

Extremely happy with Paul through three lessons. My son needed some help with a few songs for an upcoming performance, and Paul has been helping him master those songs. Paul is very knowledgeable and patient, and my son loves learning and jamming with him. Highly recommended!

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Pushkar Jul 13, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online

I had my first class with Paul. The session was amazing, Paul is really good at explaining the details of progressions. He's friendly and gets the class moving in the right direction at the same time so you don't end up getting too bored with instructions or while away the time chatting away(which isn't so bad for a first class). I will be sure to update the rating and provide more feedback as I go through more lessons. I really like how Paul doesn't force you to take a package of classes as with some of the other instructors I've heard about.

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Tamara May 27, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Super cool guy, very knowledgable with music, very patient. I recommend.

Jeanette May 23, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Paul has been the most amazing instructor. I have never played the electric guitar before and his level of patience has made it extremely easy for me to learn. He writes lesson plans and assigns "homework" appropriate for your level of experience which helps in learning or further developing your skill. I plan on continuing to take lessons with Paul for quite some time.

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Ravi May 21, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Paul is very understanding and molds the lesson as per the student interest and capability. He made me fall in love with my guitar in a different way. He is supremely talented and has great knowledge of music n guitar. I have been taking classes from Paul since last 2 months and it has been a great learning.

Thanks You Paul!

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David L. Apr 7, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio

Fantastic instructor. He seems to really know his stuff and the way he explained and demonstrated techniques was excellent. That coupled with his personality made the whole experience outstanding. As much as I learned in my 1st lesson it felt like just hanging out talking music.

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Dre Apr 4, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio

Great teacher, would recommend!

Steven Glynias Mar 7, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Paul's been a great instructor, flexible with my busy schedule, and makes learning guitar at a novice level fun! It's been great to get a mixture of the fundamentals and familiar riffs. Definitely recommend for anyone just starting out or just looking to hone their skills with a teacher who can customize a lesson to fit your needs!

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BRIAN Jan 28, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio

Knows his stuff able to break down so it can be understood very accommodating with schedule cancellations etc

Nora Jan 25, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Paul is an awesome teacher! He's friendly and encouraging and never made me feel bad if I didn't have time to practice. I learned a lot in just a few meetings, gained confidence, and had a lot of fun. The lessons didn't feel like lessons and the time flew by. Thanks, Paul!

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Charly L. Jan 16, 2016
Guitar · In home

Great instructor! He definitely knows his stuff! Have learned a lot in a short amount time! Highly recommended!!!

Daniel Dec 7, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Excellent instructor!

David F. Dec 2, 2015
Guitar · In home

My first time taking guitar lessons. Paul is very informative, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to work with. I'm sure I'll have more to say later on, this was my 1st lesson. So far, I would highly recommend him. A+ 5*

Ken M. Nov 12, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home

Paul has been a great teacher. We have been going over songs that I want to play and he writes it out in bass tab.

I would highly suggest going to Paul.

Christopher Corl Sep 25, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Paul is a great teacher, I've been going to him for 2-3 months now. I like the suggestions he makes for songs he thinks I would like to play.

Stephanie R. Aug 19, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Paul is a very patient instructor, given that I have no experience. His lessons do a nice job of building on each other. I like how he incorporates things I like to do, but challenges me to develop other skills as well. I would definitely recommend him.

Joseph H. Aug 14, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

Paul is the best instructor.I lost count of how many lessons we had but we are on like on our 8th lesson and we are already learning Roundabout!He writes tabs into parts and it makes everything so much easier on me.If I could I would give him 10 stars because I take bass and guitar with him.

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Deadra C. Aug 13, 2015
Guitar · In studio

After playing electric guitar for about 30 years, self taught, I decided to learn to read music and play acoustic guitar. Taking lessons with Paul has been a great experience. He has helped me accelerate my learning and is very knowledgeable in music.

Bill G. Jul 30, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

Paul was great! Super friendly and very talanted. He made learning the bass fun and exciting! He really knows his stuff.

Adam F. Jul 25, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Paul is fantastic! Very nice guy. Our daughter thinks he is super cool.

Luke H. Jun 22, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Paul is a good teacher that can break things down for you. I've been playing about 6 years and Paul has helped me learn some jazz and classical guitar. He's friendly and the lessons are fun.

Brian C. May 22, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Paul has done an excellent job of teaching me guitar and music theory. He's customized the lessons to help me achieve my own goals with the instrument. I'd definitely recommend him to others.

Alex M. Apr 26, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Paul is a very patient, enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher. He makes playing guitar fun and I always look forward to my lessons.

Dustin H. Apr 25, 2015
Guitar · In home

Paul is great. Super easy to talk to and teaches in a very laid back and casual way. He removes the pressure of performance and focuses on what you need to do to improve your skills. He makes it fun.

Abraham A. Mar 25, 2015
Bass Guitar · Online

Paul has been EXCELLENT. I've learned an incredible amount from him and gained much more confidence in what I knew from past training. Highly accommodating and encouraging. I'd recommend him in a flash.

Matt R. Mar 19, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I was an intermediate guitarist before I started working with Paul. I felt as though I was stuck and needed some help before I could get to the next level. Its been over two months and Paul has showed me a whole new approach to the guitar. These new techniques to playing have really opened my eyes and now I play with a sense of purpose and flow instead of just cord progressions. I can't wait to see my progress into the future. Thanks Paul

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Emma D. Mar 6, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online

I've had 3 classes so far and Paul has been really patient. As I'm new to learning the guitar, it's nice to have someone who is understanding and moves at a comfortable pace. He also gives good advice on practice techniques! Definitely give him a go!

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Cascino J. Jan 27, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I can't recommend Paul enough as a teacher. I took one-on-one lessons with him from middle school through high school, and learned so much during that time. He was extremely flexible in his methods and approach, teaching me both notes/scales, as well as a good amount of ear training and improvisation. Anyone from beginners to those with more experience would greatly benefit from taking lessons from Paul!

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Kevin C. Jan 25, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Paul is an incredible teacher! I took lessons from him from 5th grade through senior year of high school. In this time period, he taught me a variety of subjects including jazz guitar, improvisation, classical guitar, as well as bass guitar. He is very flexible and able to teach all these subjects and more. He was happy to help me explore different styles of playing and genres of music. He was always enthusiastic and well prepared for lessons. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a great guitar instructor!

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Yuying S. Nov 28, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Paul is AMAZING! He is the best music teacher I've ever had. He makes the class so fun and enjoyable, and he makes me love acoustic guitar even more. I started to take lessons with Paul as a beginner knowing nothing about acoustic guitar, and have learned so much from him. He is so patient and knowledgeable, he is able to answer all kinds of questions that I have relating to guitar and music. He has AWESOME personality, when you take lessons with him, time flies. He is very good at learning a new song quickly. Sometimes I pick songs that I want to learn, and show these songs to him during class, some of the songs that he has never heard before, he can recognize the chords right away, and wrote them down and teach me how to play. He is a great teacher, you won't be regretted to take his class!

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Magdalena L. Nov 12, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Paul is a fabulous instructor!! He is so enthusiastic about what he does and takes his time with our lessons. I have never felt rushed at a lesson and we always use up the entire hour. Paul is also very accommodating when it comes to the practice location. He adjusts his schedule to make it easier for me to commute to the destination of the practice. In addition, Paul picks up music very quickly, so any song you want to learn, he will write the notes down for you and teach you to play it! I highly recommend Paul as an instructor because he is very good at what he does.

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Jesse B. Oct 23, 2014
Guitar · Online

I have been taking online lessons with Paul for four months now. He creates focused lessons that not only help my playing but greatly expand my knowledge of theory. He is great at taking your input on what you hope to get out of the lessons. He is very open to working with my busy schedule. The online lessons are a great way for someone with limited free time to playing. I highly recommend taking lessons from Paul.

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Daniel B. Jul 29, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I have had a few guitar teachers in the past but none as personable and approachable as Paul. It truly makes a difference when you are not afraid to ask questions or not afraid to mess up. Paul worked with me at my pace and met me at my level. In addition to the lessons about guitar Paul is also very knowledgeable about music in general and has been opening me up to new artists. I recommend this teacher for anyone whether they are just starting out or looking to pick up where they left off. Paul's the best!

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Ash B. Jul 15, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Paul is a teacher who really cares about the progress of his students. In our first few meetings, he introduced me to different chords step by step and doesn't give too much all at once which helped me remember each chord easily. When I play he also corrects what I’m doing wrong by showing me techniques that will get me playing better. His lessons are also fun as he always incorporates different types of songs for each lesson. I've only been meeting with him for 2 months and I am already seeing some improvement in my guitar playing. At the same time, I’m also enjoying the process of learning! I highly recommend taking Paul’s lessons for all levels!

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Dean L. Jun 14, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I have been learning guitar with Paul for about 6 months now. I really like that Paul is open to teaching any type of music and customizing his lessons to the music I like. Paul is really a friendly and down-to-earth guy who you can tell really enjoys teaching. Paul recommends teaching some theory as well as songs, and he makes theory learning interesting and fun. For someone who's never picked up a guitar before I feel he's building a great foundation for years of enjoyment.

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Kathryn C. Jun 13, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Paul is a wonderful teacher for students who are just beginning to play. From the start he talked with my son about the types of music he liked and what specific songs he wanted to learn. He is totally excited about it and practices every day. He even formed a guitar club at his high school and goes to school early to play with his friends. This is the first activity that my son has consistently enjoyed and looks forward to each week. Paul thanks for your patience, your enthusiasm and your willingness to customize lessons to fit your students interests.. you are awesome!

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Mark A. Mar 21, 2014
Guitar ·

great teacher for beginner to advanced

Paul really got me into playing the guitar. I was disinterested when I first started but he encouraged me to stick with it and to keep practicing. When i got over being a beginner, we got more advanced and learned theory and I took lessons with him until I went away for college where I ended up majoring in music. I highly recommend Paul, even if you're just looking to play some songs and have fun!

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Jonathan R. Dec 31, 2013
Guitar ·

Great lesson

Paul is patient and truly took interest in me getting better at the guitar. He would check up on practicing after the lesson and was always available for any questions.

Pauls a great teacher. I highly recommend him for lessons.

John V. May 1, 2013
Guitar ·

More than just a teacher.

I took guitar lessons with Paul for eight years. He helped me realize my natural ear for music, and allowed me to figure out what I wanted to learn. Our lessons were always different. Sometimes I would bring in songs that I wanted to learn, and sometimes he would have things he thought I should know how to play, which helped me learn similar songs later on. When I was applying to college and needed to learn how to read music and play jazz guitar, he tailored all of our lessons so that I could learn those techniques quickly and most importantly, efficiently.

Paul's personality transcends the teacher-student relationship, which allowed he and I to become very good friends. Paul William is an excellent teacher for whatever you need to learn. You can't go wrong taking lessons from him.

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Linda A. Apr 23, 2013
Guitar ·

A very skilled teacher

Paul is a very skilled teacher. He has a lot of experience with guitar, and can play amazingly. He is very serious about my guitar playing, but doesn't put pressure on me. He is great about making sure I practice enough. If I have a problem with the song/tune we are currently working on, he is willing to change. One of my favorite things about Paul is that even though he's serious, he is really funny, and all of our lessons are fun. Another one of my favorite things about our lessons, is that most of the songs I learn, are chosen by me. He lets me have a say in the song choice. I definitely think he is a great teacher, and your son, daughter, etc. would learn a lot.

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Steve M. Mar 20, 2013
Guitar ·

Paul is the man

I am older than your average student. I had never taken lessons before and always wanted to learn to play guitar so I went out an purchased an acoustic guitar. I tried to learn from on line as well as purchased DVD's but it just didn't feel right. There was something missing like the human touch. I had heard about Paul from a relative who gave me insight about his background and his education. I decided to give him a try.

I called the place that he was working at and booked my first lesson. He carefully went over how he was going to teach me and then patiently worked with me.

I know that I will never be as good as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck or Paul William, but to know that I can play a little is very gratifying.

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