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Paul W.
Chicago, Illinois
I have a firm background on music theory, so I am able to explain everything that I am teaching.
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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Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2000

Education

Bachelors Degree in Instrumental Performance / Jazz Guitar

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Teaches ages 5+

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Speaks English

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Paul W.
Chicago, Illinois
I have a firm background on music theory, so I am able to explain everything that I am teaching.
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.

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2000

Education

Bachelors Degree in Instrumental Performance / Jazz Guitar

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 5+

Speaks

Speaks English

Speaks

Has background check

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Paul is an excellent teacher and I would highly recommend him for lessons! I came in to learn how to play the bass, I felt like he took the time to understand my music goals and work with me to get there. A great experience!

Posted Apr 15, 2022
Teacher's Studio

Paul is patient and intentional in his lesson plans. I've been playing guitar for years but had never studied music theory before and the amount I've learned from Paul in such a short time has been immense. I feel confident to tackle increasingly complex songs now, and I feel that Paul has given me the tools to understand so much more with the music I'm learning. Highly recommend a lesson with Paul!

Posted Jan 18, 2022
Student's home

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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