Phillip Zweig

Phillip Z.

12 Reviews
Chandler, AZ

About Phillip Z.

Background check: Last verified 12/19/2014
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Phillip teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: December 1981
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

I teach music. The guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele just happen to be the particular instruments I choose. Music as a language, discipline, and art, is the goal. I've been teaching, performing, studying, composing, for some thirty years. I've studied and gigged in the classical, jazz, rock, blues, R & B, and country idioms. I've taught composition and improvisation to instruments other than guitar, (vocalists, fiddle, sax, piano, trumpet) I've taught all ages and levels. I currently pursue a doctorate of music in guitar at university. Students learn many things when studying with me. They learn physically how to play a particular instrument while learning music as its own language. Students learn how to learn, learn self-discipline, and access their musical expression, all potential life changing experiences. I am happy and excited to announce I am available for on-line lessons, and will now be able to work with students from all over the world, regardless of distance or location!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am laid back, but at the same time very goal directed. I like to do technique and/or vocabulary, note reading, and songs every lesson. After six months students are able to to 'jam', (improvise over chord changes such as the blues). They are well on their way to becoming literate, probably a third way through the first book. They probably can play a half dozen songs well, and are starting to strum (comp) chord progressions in a musically rhythmic way. They may even have played in a couple concerts by then.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Office studio w/ guitar, bass, amps, and seating for parents, computer with skype capability.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my guitar and writing tools, extra picks, extra paper etc. Students provide their own instrument, method book, staff paper, notebook paper. Hopefully they have a music stand and their own guitar picks and other items relevant for the study of their instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, theory/composition, improvisation

Education

I am currently in a doctorate program, my primary emphasis is classical guitar performance. Aug 2014 - Present
Arizona State University
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12 Reviews on Phillip Z.

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Tom B. Jul 17, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
real good first lesson. phillip seems like he will have the patience to teach me how to play the ukulele. phillip was even able to teach me how to play my first song. looking forward to our next lesson.
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Chuck W. Jun 12, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Phillip was very insightful and made my lesson very applicable to me!
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MT Q. Feb 6, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
I've been taking online lessons with Phil for almost two years now and have been enjoying every minute of it. It is very seldom you come across someone who truly loves music and shines through in teaching style. His love for music is an inspiration for me. Phil is an experienced professional, reliable, enthusiastic and his lessons are always meaningful and productive. If you're wanting to learn how to play the guitar or uke, Phil is the guy. Never to late to learn how to play an instrument. He is the best. ;-)
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Laurie P. Feb 3, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Phillip has been absolutley wonderful with my 7 year old son. He was able to teach him to play a song within the first two lessons. Since then he has laid the groundwork to build on to transform my son into a bonafide guitarist. He has worked on technique, reading music, chords, scales and keeping rhythm. He is very patient and jokes around keeping the lessons light and fun. He is very responsive to emails and is flexible with lesson times. I cannot recommend him highly enough!
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Anne C. Jun 20, 2014
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
GREAT UKE teacher. Patient, Encouraging, very knowledgeable, makes good comments about how to improve my playing. Makes complex music theory simple .
Nice and flexible. Listens well. MOST of ALL, makes me want to PRACTICE more
and study more. Pure MAGIC.
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Deborah F. Nov 12, 2013
Ukulele
Verified Student
Really encouraging teacher

It has been a real pleasure to have Phillip as a teacher. He is so positive and so encouraging. Although we've only just begun, Phillip has provided a good foundation (and the encouragement) to continue to experiment and improve my skills. Thank you, Phillip. I've really had fun working with you! (The next comment has nothing to do with Phillip, but I do find Skype lessons a bit awkward. But that's just me!)
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sarah K. Apr 1, 2013
Ukulele
Verified Student
Great teacher

I wasn't sure how taking lessons via Skype would work, not having that in person interaction, but it's been really great. Phil is a really good teacher and has an immense amount of patience and encouragement. Even when I haven't had any time to practice and I'm struggling with the lesson, he insists that I'm doing great and boosts my confidence. This is the first instrument I've ever played and I've appreciated the bits of music history he's thrown in to help me connect things and the lessons are always so much fun too.
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Kendall N. Sep 27, 2012
Guitar
Verified Student
Great Teacher for kids

My 11 year old son is taking lessons with Phil and he is a great teacher. He is very patient and explains thing well but doesn't dwell on things my son had already learned from a different teacher. He also does a good job of motivating my son to learn more and practice by teaching him songs that my son picked out.
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JeffP2 Jun 23, 2012
Feedback

Phillip is really helping me. He has great patience and is walking me along slowly but surely. I was really worried that I would get lost in all this and give up but the exercises he gives me makes it fun and makes me want to learn more.
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OndriaC Apr 26, 2012
My 7 year old son is loving his lessons. Phillip is very patient and makes it fun for him. I'm so glad we went with him for lessons.