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Diego A.

Evanston, 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!

About Diego

CURRENT LESSONS
- General Guitar Lessons for Beginners
- Finger-style Guitar for Beginners
- Classical Guitar (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
- Flamenco Guitar (intermediate and advanced)
- Rumba Guitar (beginner, intermediate, and advanced)
- Latin Guitar (beginner, intermediate, and advanced)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Diego A. has taught over 2000 private lessons and has given lectures and workshops in over 300 universities, elementary schools, and music schools, both nationally and internationally.

WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT FROM PRIVATE LESSONS?

The very first things we'l
l 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 always be enjoyable, relaxing, and 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 scientific research in the neurological and psychological processes of skill acquisition and expertise. The goal of the Spanish Guitar Institute is to help students quickly and correctly develop the neurological pathways necessary to form, improve, and maintain high-level, musical skills.

CAN ANYONE LEARN GUITAR?

Absolutely! I accept students over 8 years old and at any experience level. Whether you've never touched a guitar before our first lesson, have your Master's degree in guitar performance, or have been playing professionally for 20 years, we 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 lessons, either a steel-string or nylon-string guitars is fine.

CAN YOU GUARANTEE RESULTS?

YES! And NO! Results are only possible if you can commit to practicing 6 days/week for an absolute minimum of 30 minutes/day and a maximum of 3.5 hours/day AND are practicing CORRECTLY.

As a student, you will be expected to stick to a CONSISTENT (i.e., 6 days/week) practice schedule which your instructor will help you develop based on your goals and current musical level. Only you can guarantee your own results but our instructors can teach you the most effective practice skills necessary to reach your goals.
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Scott H. June 8, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
Been talking lessons with Diego for about half a year now. He's been one of the best teachers I've had (being 40+, I've had an opportunity to experience quite a few). He's enthusiastic about my progress and works hard at presenting material in a way, and at a pace that's right ofr me. I've been incredibly pleased with the quality of his instruction, and super happy with the progress I've made with his guidance. I'm looking forward to continuing my lessons with him.
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M H. June 6, 2015
Classical Guitar
Absolutely terrific. I really enjoy lessons and the way we work through technique together. He has a really clear way of explaining things. I am really pleased with the progress that I'm making with his instruction. Very enthusiastically recommended!
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Jonah K. October 30, 2014
Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Diego is a great teacher! I have been taking lessons from him for a while now and I have improved considerably. He is very clear with his teaching using the information learned through his information psychology. He explains why we must do something a certain way and this leads to a better understanding of flamenco and the guitar. He teaches not just guitar, but also how to practice. Diego is incredibly friendly and makes learning something so difficult manageable and fun!
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Diego A.

Diego A.

Evanston, IL 60202
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starting at
$70 / 50-min
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Paul W.

Chicago, IL

I tailor all my lessons to the individual students interests and wants.
Whatever your goals are, I'll help you get there.

About Paul

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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Adam F. July 25, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Paul is fantastic! Very nice guy. Our daughter thinks he is super cool.
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Luke H. June 22, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
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.
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Brian C. May 22, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
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.
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Paul W.

Paul W.

Mount Prospect, IL 60056
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Nathan T.

Chicago, IL

Get comfortable holding the instrument and learn to enjoy and relax playing guitar. Bring in a song to learn, or just jam. Ear training offered, so you can learn how to play your favorite songs or jam with friends.

About Nathan

Music begins with the body. We can begin by making it very comfortable to hold an instrument and produce sound. From here rhythm, melody, and song come naturally.

My goal is to be there to help you absorb the music with as little obstruction and effort, making learning easy, enjoyable, and gratifying.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitar
Hand Drums and Percussion
various handmade wood flutes

*** Travel Equipment ***
Hand Drums and Percussion
Saxophone
various handmade wood flutes

About my musical lifeline:

Percussion is my latest love, and feels very true to my heart and purpo
se. This journey has been heavily inspired by a year of ceremonial music study in New York, as well as a recent month-long trip to Morocco, where I studied with masters who hold centuries-old lineage. To me, percussion is about using the whole body, filling a space, and moving between raucous excitement and quiet tenderness.

Upon my first visit to North Africa, my fixation on saxophone re-fixed on ancient wood flutes. I now make Moroccan Neira and Ney flutes. Flute is now my preferred instrument of melodic expression, one of the most ancient forms of music, the drum's sibling.

Guitar has always been a very personal instrument for me -- one that I play in order to relax, rejoice with friends, or explore my thoughts and emotions. I would say that I am a folk guitar player, only because all of my experience has been with folk! That said, I know some jazz and pop songs, as well.

As a saxophone player, I have toured with two different groups nationwide, and played live shows with even more. I've also played on professional recordings. While my background is based on theory and written music, the majority of my saxophone career has been a search for expression, improvisation, spontaneity, and mutual creation with other musicians.
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Cynthia S. June 1, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Nathan has been wonderful working with our son. He has shown patience, flexibility, and a willingness to let the lessons develop on their own while maintaining the core concept of the lesson plan. He works equally well with a structured format or improvisation. His organic approach allows for freedom and creativity, while maintaining an eye for theory and structured chord reading. He has bonded well with our young student and makes each lesson a joyful music session. Nathan is highly recommended by us and our student.
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Tasha P. April 26, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Making great progress

I'm writing about my son's ukelele lessons with Nathan. He's a young beginner, who was very hesitant about learning an instrument. Nathan is great with children; he's very adept at making them comfortable and following their readiness cues.

It's only been a couple of months at this point, but my son has gotten more excited about playing and is learning more every week.
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Nathan T.

Nathan T.

Chicago, IL 60645
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starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Florin M.

Chicago, IL

Berklee college of music material

About Florin

I am an experienced guitar teacher / player with a BA in Instrumental performance and an MFA degree in Composition.
I have experience teaching all levels, in various styles (Basic theory, Improvisation, Jazz, Blues, Rock/Fusion, Classical Guitar) and I have taught students ranging in age from 6 to 55.
From August 2008 'till May 2010 I was a full-time teacher at Fun with Music in Chicago
I have studied in Chicago with Frank Dawson (Chicago Jazz Ensemble), Norman Ruiz (classical guitarist), David Bloom (Bloom School of Jazz), Peter Lerner and Bill Boris (guitar theory & improvisation).
I ha
ve shared stage with major names from the Chicago Jazz and Blues scene like George Freeman, Ari Brown Quartet, Clyde “Lightning” George.
I am also experienced in teaching music theory, orchestration & composition.

*** Lesson Details ***
For a beginner student at any age I try to shape my lessons in such a way that the student gets more familiar with the instrument in a pleasant way as much as possible. I am laid back when necessary and especially for a beginner I try to use more than one method so that when difficulty appears I may try to switch gears so that the student still finds it exciting to practice or to finish their assignments. A lot of times this becomes possible when, let's say, practicing a scale can be put aside and playing a few chords from the student's most favorite song is done instead. Then the interest and the joy of playing is still high for them.
For a more advanced student I can also be strict when, for example, improvising requires an extra amount of effort by studying alternative guitar techniques.
I use different curriculum materials, from the Carcassi method book in classical guitar to Berklee College material for an advanced student or from various 'Guitar for beginners' materials or books to simply deconstructing various songs or tunes and playing them at the student's request.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Has full recording studio set up in his apartment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
guitar(s), books, CDs,

*** Specialties ***
Basic theory, Improvisation, Jazz, Blues, Rock/Fusion,
Classical Guitar
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Agnieszka B. January 13, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
He is a great teacher. He is always on time, very organized and my son really enjoys guitar lessons with him.
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Florin M.

Florin M.

Chicago, IL 60631
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Joseph M.

Skokie, IL

As far as general guitar technique am able to teach to a advanced level except for heavy metal electric and jazz styles. For any kind of fingerpicking can teach to a advanced level.

About Joseph

My Story:

As a guitarist in my early years I spent much time reworking my technique and gaining insight in how guitar playing really works. My early struggles gave way to a solid knowledge of the guitar and music.

This was gained through no small part through my High School music teacher, through master classes of Manuel Lopez Ramos and Abel Carlevaro and others.

These master classes helped me in a big way to develop teaching systems and principles that can help anyone to learn guitar easier and more effectively.

You
will gain from the knowledge of these world class guitarists and teachers which will help you to play better and more musical.

And from my musical background-of playing hundreds of songs and compositions of many styles and understanding of musical structure.

Teaching philosophy

I will give you simple technical training to help the hands work together and develop a musical sound. As I teach I look for your gifts (in creativity, musical playing etc) and actively look to enhance that gift.

When problems come along in your studies, I help you to solve them in a way you can apply them for yourselves. Teach and show students how music works and how to play artistically.

How to Start

Will work with you to find a convenient time/day to schedule lessons at your home or our studio

There is a money back guarantee on the 1st lesson so you can try and see how lessons can help you to reach your goals. Selecting the "get started now" button will put you in contact with our student counselors.

P.S. Take the first step in learning music by contacting us.

*** Lesson Details ***
Teaching for over 13 years in all major styles. Helping beginning or returning students of all ages (kids and adults). and backgrounds to learn music.Have taught all ages from 5 to 60 years old.

Will work to develop a personalized plan specifically for you and/or your child or family member.

Studied at Roosevelt University as a classic guitar major with music education and jazz studies.

Give students a well rounded education in all the major styles-techniques, teaching them finger picking as well as pick technique, chords and improvisation.

I specialize in building a strong foundation both musically and technically for people that have not played guitar or even music before and helping them to reach the musical goals they desire.

For the pick guitar I use the Mel Bay method along with handouts for chords/exercises and finger picking patterns This gives you flexibility to explore many musical styles.

For classic guitar I use the Sagreras or Parkening methods plus the same handouts as for pick guitar.

For electric bass I use the Hall Leonard Method, plus handouts.

I teach children how to practice and to keep a practice schedule.

I operate with a patient approach, a comfortable learning process. This helps you to learn properly and builds a solid foundation for your playing.

Lesson Progression

In general after 3 months you will know all the basic chords and how to change them. How to play the blues scale, read music /tab plus some songs with basic chords.

For the electric bass you will play blues patterns, read music and tab.

After 6 months you will be in general able to play bar chords, and more complex songs (with full chords).

For the electric bass more complex songs, movable major scales.

Keep in mind as you move through these studies you will be enjoying playing music and be moving towards the goal you had in mind in taking up music including learning the music, the styles you wanted to play.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and a foot stool. I can get them or show them where to get a method book They would just need a guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can teach lessons at the students home in Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Morton Grove, Skokie, Wilmette and adjoining communities.

*** Specialties ***
Be encouraged that you and/or your family member can learn to play and it's not as hard as you think.

What I have found is it takes no special talent to play the guitar, just the desire to practice and learn. Lessons with a teacher helps you to learn quicker and more problem free, unlike other approaches. A teacher can help you personally when you have problems and questions. The investment you make will help you or a family member to play music for many years...

Teach most major styles folk, rock, blues, classical, finger picking, Jazz (Bossa Nova)
Also gospel, praise and worship guitar.

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StephenS1 February 15, 2012
Great teacher

My daughter enjoyed lessons with Joe. He was patient and good at explaining to a beginner.
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JosefP January 4, 2011
Great teacher !!!
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Joseph M.

Joseph M.

Skokie, IL 60077
(2)
starting at
$29 / 30-min

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