Paul William

Paul W.

Chicago, IL

About Paul W.

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Paul teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: March 2000
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

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.

Photos and Videos

This is my student Matt Ricciardi playing the Red Hot Chili Peppers solo for "Strip My Mind" & then improvising over the chord progression.

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 Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency
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42 Reviews on Paul W.

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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
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
Super cool guy, very knowledgable with music, very patient. I recommend.
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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 Apr 7, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
Great teacher, would recommend!
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Steven Glynias Mar 7, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
Knows his stuff able to break down so it can be understood very accommodating with schedule cancellations etc