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Paul W.
Chicago, Illinois
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Beginner, Intermediate
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Beginner, Intermediate
I tailor all my lessons to the individual students interests and wants. Whatever your goals are, I'll help you get there.
About Paul W.

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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I had a great lesson with Paul! I felt like he took the time to listen to my music goals and provided me with the tools and techniques to get there. Looking forward to future lessons!

Posted Jul 8, 2021
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I cannot say enough good things about paul. First, despite having so many years of playing, he doesn't judge or look down on you for not having the same level of knowledge he has. Instead - he is able to communicate concepts, both basic and advanced, to you in a way that you can understand. Second, he caters to you in order to achieve the goals you want to achieve, not the ones he thinks you should have. Lastly, he's clearly passionate about playing, and music in general. he's a great guy to chat about, seems really down to earth, and goes above and beyond in order to make the most of the lesson. I cannot say enough good things about paul. Highly recommend you take his lessons!

Posted Aug 28, 2020
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As a young female, I was apprehensive about choosing a male teacher that teaches in his home. However, Paul has been professional and I have not had any concerns since meeting him and working with him. He is a well-planned, experienced teacher who artfully progresses students from week to week in a manner that is constructive and fun. In only 5 weeks I have learned more about playing guitar and guitar theory than I would have thought. He has been attentive to my goals and it is precisely the experience that I pay for.

Posted Mar 12, 2020
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Private guitar or bass lessons/groups of 2 or 3 as well
Jan 2017 - Present
I get hired to teach private lessons for guitar or bass sometimes teaching 2 or 3 people at a time.
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
Jan 2000 - Present
Guitar Store
in Fox River Grove. Great guitar shop that sells everything music related with great deals.
Guitar and Bass Guitar Private Instructor
May 2004 - Aug 2018
Private Music Center
in Arlington Heights. Great lessons only music store that forms bands and has student concerts that the bands play at.
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
Fluent/ Native Proficiency

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