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Diego A.

Chicago, IL

Fundamentals of Guitar for beginners
- Basic, Intermediate, & Advanced Chords
- Popular chord progressions
- Basic Chord-Melody
- Learn Chords to your favorite tunes!
- Learn your favorite melodies!

Diego is one of Chicago's most sought-after nylon-string guitar coaches and instructors. He has taught over 4000 private lessons and has given lectures and workshops in over 300 universities, elementary schools, and music schools, both nationally and internationally.

He graduated with highest honors in flamenco guitar performance from the Fundacion Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco (Seville, Spain). He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Research Psychology and focuses on applying the psychology of learning, skill acquisition, and expertise to learning guitar. With this knowledge, Diego Alonso is able to teach and coach guitar with utmost precision and effectiveness.

WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT FROM PRIVATE LESSONS?

The very first things we'll learn to do in our private ...

About Diego

Diego is one of Chicago's most sought-after Spanish and Flamenco guitar coaches and instructors. He has taught over 4000 private lessons and has given lectures and workshops in over 300 universities, elementary schools, and music schools, both nationally and internationally.

He graduated with highest honors in flamenco guitar performance from the Fundacion Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco (Seville, Spain). He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Research Psychology and focuses on applying the psychology of learning, skill acquisition, and expertise to learning guitar. With this knowledge,
Diego is able to help students achieve their goals quickly with utmost precision and effectiveness.

WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT FROM PRIVATE LESSONS?

The very first things we'll learn to do in our private lesson will be to RELAX, BE PATIENT, and HAVE FUN. Yes, mastering (or even just getting decent at) the guitar takes time and dedicated work, but it should NEVER...BE...RUSHED. Ironically, by relaxing and taking it slow, you'll excel rather quickly and, more importantly, CORRECTLY.

Lessons are based on time-tested methods in guitar pedagogy as well as on up-to-date scientific research in the neurological and psychological processes of skill acquisition and expertise. Key concepts you will learn to incorporate into your practice are "deliberate practice," "spaced practice," "interleaved practice," "performance practice," "mental practice," "conceptual practice," and more. My goal, as a teacher, is to help students learn to practice effectively and efficiently in order to develop the neurological pathways necessary to form, improve, and maintain high-level, musical skills.

CAN ANYONE LEARN GUITAR?

Absolutely! I accept students over 6 years old and at any experience level. Whether you've never touched a guitar before our first lesson, have been playing for a few years, or have your Master's degree in guitar performance, I can and will help you achieve your goals (so long as you do your homework).

WHAT KIND OF GUITAR DO YOU NEED?

For flamenco or classical lessons, you will need a nylon-string guitar (e.g., classical or flamenco), NOT a steel string guitar. If you don't own a nylon-string guitar, you can certainly rent one, but it must be available to you for home practice AT LEAST 6 days/week. For general guitar (with a pick), either a nylon-string or steel-string guitar is fine; however, beginners should use nylon-string guitars.

CAN YOU GUARANTEE RESULTS?

YES! If you follow my instruction and practice plan, I can certainly guarantee results!

Consistent and correct practice are the keys to success. The more consistent you are and the more correctly you practice, the sooner you'll reach your goals. This requires you to commit to practicing 6 days/week for an absolute minimum of 20 minutes/day up to a maximum of 3.5 hours/day; NO EXCEPTIONS! Again, you also MUST be practicing CORRECTLY. I'll show you how, but if you aren't practicing this way and are not consistent with your practice plan, I cannot guarantee results.
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Tim April 19, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Great first class.
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Aaron April 4, 2016
Classical Guitar · Online
I appreciate Diego's teaching and how he is able to catch the subtle things I am doing wrong over a web cam no less. His pedagogy sets a high standard for playing, but the lessons progress naturally and logically.

As a teacher, Diego is very patient while encouraging me and knowing when the teaching pace should pick up or slow down. This makes his teaching very efficient while ensuring strong fundamentals.

I look forward to many more years of instruction by Diego and am happy to have found such a knowledgeable and skillful maestro.
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Marwan S. February 11, 2016
Flamenco Guitar · Online
Verified Student
My son Robert has been taking guitar lessons with Diego for over a year now. Lessons were taking place at Diego's premises until we moved back to our country. Robert totally refused to work, or even consider the possibility to work with any other teacher besides Diego. Ever since our return, Robert has been taking his weekly lessons over Skype.

Diego is professional, talented, deligent, patient, caring, well prepared, well knowledged, knows how to prepare and challenge his students and most importantly, puts his students interests first.

There are no words I can use to explain the joy my son has when he takes his lessons and when he finishes and performs one of Diego's flamenco pieces, nor can I explain his anxiety when waiting for his lesson to begin. Diego is truly a great teacher and mentor to his students and I strongly recommend him to be the guitar teacher of choice.
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Diego A.

Diego A.

Chicago, IL 60614
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$40 / 25-min
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Michael S.

Chicago, IL

From theory topics such as reading sheet music and harmonic structure to playing the guitar solo of your dreams, we can do it all! Being dedicated to learning something new is all I ask!

About Michael

Like any musician, music is my life.

I love to soak it in any way I can! Whether it be listening to records, jamming with my friends or watching all the live concert footage of Stevie Ray Vaughan I can get my hands on.

I'm that guy you see in the supermarket who is bobbing his head to the music over the intercom while picking up a loaf of bread.

Graduating as music major with a concentration in instrumental performance for guitar, I have developed many important skills that pertain to putting on a good show as well as being musically proficient. I have a love for Blues, Funk, Jazz an
d R&B music, and the ease of self expression in these genres. My undergraduate study combined with onstage experience has given me the time and instruction to learn how to blend with other musicians as well as share these concepts with students.

I have performed in various ensembles within Columbia College Chicago's curriculum as well as my own solo project, MICH, where I write, sing and arrange original material. I have also had the privilege of performing with Todd Rundgren and Charlie Sexton, and being mentored by drummer Frank Donaldson of Rasputin's Stash and Ramsey Lewis.

*** Lesson Details ***
Studying at the college level taught me a lot about what not to do as a teacher. The material is already difficult enough, so why would I be difficult with you?

I strive to be more of a mentor and friend rather than taskmaster. However, I do require structure and commitment to getting better. My curriculum will revolve around you and your needs with added material that I feel will help you succeed. A typical lesson plan will include sheet music reading skills (don't be scared it's easier than you think!), chord and scale knowledge, physical technique, and tying all of these ideas together by learning a song in a genre you love.

All of these concepts culminate to the discovery of your own personal voice. Expressing yourself is the ultimate goal of music and my job is to help you get your point across!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private practice space in my home. Large room with multiple amps and guitars, so no need to bring an instrument for lessons if you don't want to! Steps away from Belmont Blue line stop!
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Simon Cäsar Ciglia February 24, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Really enjoyed it
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Yakov Fattakhov February 17, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I enjoy his classes! Always tries to help you improve. Thanks!
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Alex R. December 22, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
awesomeeeeeee
very fun helps you understand well and awesomeeeeeee
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Michael S.

Michael S.

Chicago, IL 60618
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$20 / 30-min
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Shaun Z.

Chicago, IL

I teach all skill levels and styles. I provide a progressive curriculum with topics ranging from music fundamentals, to advanced concepts of improvisation.

About Shaun

A little about myself, I am a graduate from VanderCook College of Music where I received my Bachelors of Music Education degree and Illinois Teaching License. I focused primarily on classical guitar as my major instrument. I have a strong passion for playing guitar and teaching it. I have been teaching lessons for 7 years, and have had a wide array of students. I teach all ages and all skill levels.

Here's a quick list of the type of things you can expect to learn through my lessons;

Proper holding position, posture, and playing technique.

Finger picking playing style

Ability to re
ad written sheet music

Ability to read and count rhythm

Play a wide variety of repertoire ranging from pop to classical

Improvisation of grooves, melodies, and harmonies.

And most importantly, musicianship.

I prefer to have one, one hour lesson per week. I offer "in home" and "in studio" lessons.
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Pedro V. April 8, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Shaun is really patient and explains you pretty well any question you got. He has a lot of experience in playing guitar.
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Jim October 18, 2015
Guitar · In home
Wow! Shaun has far exceeded my expectations. He is an amazing teacher. He is prepared every week with lesson plans, he is a walking Encyclopedia for all things music and he is an extremely nice guy. Shaun is the real deal. He has the skills to teach everyone form the beginning guitar player to a seasoned professional looking to advance their skills. He is a patient person that takes the time to make sure you understand what he is teaching and more importantly he can explain why something has to be done a certain way. Shaun takes some the most complicated aspects of the guitar from rhythm to scales and makes it easy to understand and apply in the real world.
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Ashley September 10, 2015
Classical Guitar · In home
I have been working with Shaun for about a year, and have truly enjoyed my experience with him. He is an excellent instructor, very focused on technique and learning to play guitar the RIGHT way. I have learned to read music, improv, and am now learning performance pieces. I would definitely recommend him as an instructor.
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Shaun Z.

Chicago, IL 60647
(9)
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$50 / 60-min
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Ryan B.

Chicago, IL

Been teaching guitar for 2 years, but have a lot of knowledge and experience to pass on to students. I specialize in folk and acoustic guitar, especially finger picking, but also love the blues and some good ol rock n roll. I try to incorporate the theory behind music as much as I can so you can understand what you're playing and build upon your knowledge in the future, even after lessons have stopped.

About Ryan

Ryan is a musician from Jefferson Park who plays a plethora of different instruments. He specializes in guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele, but also dabbles in accordion, piano, drums, harmonica and several others. Learning to play instruments is one of the true pleasures in his life and he hopes he can make it one of yours, too.

As a teacher Ryan's goals are simple. First and foremost he wants to make his lessons comfortable, interesting and fun. A close second is to build a strong base on the basics, so that as advanced techniques are built upwards, the structure (of skill) can support i
tself. And third, an understanding of the theory and history behind the music is a great way to engage in the music beyond just the rote learning of technique.

After a brief foray in physics, Ryan settle into a degree in music at the University of Illinois, specializing in Ethnomusicology (the study of music of different cultures). This education gave him a strong background in music theory and history in the Western tradition, but also opened him up to a vast experience with a diverse cross section of music from around the world. His insatiable love for learning new instruments started here, where he studied music from West Africa to Bali.

Currently Ryan is a co-lead singer, songwriter and stringed instrument player for the local band Distant Brothers, a folk rock band based out of Chicago. They play venues throughout the Midwest, with some of the notable venues being Metro and Cubby Bear in Chicago. Another highlight of his time with the band has been a collaboration with Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra, where he not only was able to play in collaboration with the orchestra, but joined in the arranging and conceptualization of some of the pieces played.
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Manopriya February 27, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Ryan is a very good teacher. I have been trying to learn how to play for a long time, but his techniques helped me grasp the basics quickly. He provided notes, recordings and homework after every class which helped a lot while practising and getting better at playing the ukelele. He was able to solve my doubts and issues effectively as he would imitate my play and figure out my problem areas and advise accordingly. He's very patient and consistent, it was a great experience learning with him!
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Liz December 15, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I really enjoy taking lessons with Ryan! He took time to really listen to and understand what my goals are and is helping me work towards them, which is no small feat for a complete beginner. He explains new concepts in ways I can understand and I feel comfortable asking for clarification if there is something I'm having trouble with. He also gives me a variety of different exercises (chords, scales, picking, strumming, full songs) to keep things interesting and to keep me engaged. I also like that he adds in a little music theory so that I know why I'm doing what I'm doing. In all Ryan is kind, chill, accommodating, talented, and thoughtful, so I would definitely recommend him as a teacher.
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Dan E. December 2, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter gets along with him. He's easy going and she enjoys her lessons. Recommend!
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Ryan B.

Chicago, IL 60646
(6)
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$25 / 30-min
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Erik L.

Chicago, IL

I customer tailor each lesson for each student. My job is not done until the student has achieved their goals. For more specific info please read on.

About Erik

Learning music is about more than scales, chords, and theory. I've gone through many guitar teachers and often I felt like they sent me away from each lesson with a sheet of homework and no method of integrating it into my playing. It frustrated me to think that I was being metaphorically taught the dictionary when I really wanted to be a writer!

When I think about the greatest guitar players I've ever heard. I certainly wasn't the scales or chords they used that struck me, it was their effortlessness!

Using methods I have learned from Sam Mosching and Kenny Werner, I teach students how
to grow as musicians, not just become a music theory textbook. I start with what the students goals are first, and then map out how to achieve them. This is accomplished through study of usual topics such as intervals, song structure, soloing, left and right hand technique, and chord construction, but it reaches far into much neglected topics of tone, critical listening, basic repair, and communication with other musicians.

The styles I know best are Rock, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Folk and Pop.

About Me:
Music is a serious passion of mine. For about 10 years, I have written songs, sang, played guitar, and worked as a Recording Engineer. Every day when I wake up, the first thing I reach for is the guitar.

When I first listened to Eric Clapton, I knew I had to pick up the guitar. I obsessively studied everything I could get my hands on about Rock and Roll in all its incarnations. I soon branched out into learning about Jazz, Latin, Folk, Bluegrass, and many other styles. It didn't take long before I realized there was a commonality in all music, and that styles were meant to be blended and experimented with.

While learning on my own, I fell into many bad habits that numerous musicians have at all skill levels. It took me a long time to overcome them and I vowed to start teaching to help others avoid them.

Currently, I play out 3 times a week at Underground Wonderbar, AliveOne, and Lokal. I play, sing, and write songs in Bellweather Labs and Slowbots.
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Chris April 22, 2016
Guitar · Online
My son is almost 14 and although he's always had the option to pick up instruments from his school he's never felt any interest until he started guitar this year. His teacher (while great at what he does with the competitive bands) sees the guitar as more of a laid back course and my son was getting frustrated with how much time was going into learning nothing. Well, that all changed with the first lesson with Erik. Erik is laid back but invested in helping his students get what they want out of lessons while also letting them get a little head start to really fuel that passion for music that can keep you coming back to playing for years. Tommy (my son) felt like his interest and opinions are heard and is excited that he's already learned more in his first lesson with Erik than he had in 2 courses of guitar at his school!

I was also thrilled with the speed and quality feedback I got from Erik when I asked about guitars to look into purchasing for Tommy to have at home (school doesn't allow students to bring them home) for actual practice time and just general enjoyment of learning new music. Thanks to Erik I got a great started instrument at a really good deal that should last until my son want's to buy himself a more expensive model. I can't wait to see how far Tommy takes the guitar with a teacher who is technical and yet remembers music is about enjoyment.
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Nicole Pasquale March 11, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Erik is patient and really takes the time to structure a plan to help you reach your goals. It is clear from the moment you meet him that he is extremely passionate about guitar on both a personal and instructional level. I would highly recommend his lessons to anyone looking to learn guitar or expand their existing skill set.
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Justin January 1, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
He was very nice and patient.
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Erik L.

Erik L.

Chicago, IL 60626
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starting at
$25 / 60-min

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