William's Guitar Studio

William's Guitar Studio

5.0 (20)
5 hires on Lessons.com
18 years in business

About this pro

Are you interested in learning to play the music you love, using techniques that are actually healthy for your hands?  My instruction promotes efficient, ergonomically sound, time-tested playing techniques.

Do you want to play well?  Then you need to learn to practice well.  Quality practice coaching will make a profound difference in your ability to learn and play music effectively, but it takes time. That's why I offer full hour lessons at a reasonable price.

I offer training for acoustic as well as electric (steel and/or nylon string) instruments and provide instruction in popular music styles as well as formal classical.
I am a professional guitar instructor. I earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and graduated with High Honors. My formal training includes classical guitar performance, jazz guitar and improvisation, music theory and arranging, psychology, piano, violin, recording, and much more.

With over 25 years of teaching experience and well over 30 years of experience playing music, I have enjoyed working with students as well as other musicians with broadly diverse backgrounds. I have performed solo, played in rock bands, blues and jazz combos, duos, trios, and classical guitar quartets as well as large guitar ensembles.

Students currently studying with me include young through older adult and retirement age students with performance goals ranging from the private, personal enjoyment of playing music, to professional and semi-professional aspirations.

I strive to provide a friendly, comfortable learning environment my students can thrive in. I won't pressure you to play in recitals in order to increase my studio size, but I will greatly encourage you to play an active role in customizing your own individual curriculum. As soon as you have the skills to do so, you should be learning to play the music you love.

Regardless of what your musical goals are, I would love to help you learn the skills you need to reach them. Thank you so much for your time.  I look forward to hearing from you.
Experience:
Private Guitar InstructorApr 2001 - Present
William's Guitar Studio
Private Guitar Instructor Oct 2004 - Jun 2006
East Valley Yamaha Music School
Private Guitar Instructor Nov 1997 - Mar 2001
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Behavioral Health Community Support Worker Nov 1997 - Apr 1999
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Private Guitar Instructor Oct 1996 - Nov 1997
Music Masters
Student Teacher Aug 1995 - May 1996
Washington County School District
Private Guitar Instructor Jun 1994 - Jul 1995
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Counselor Assistant Apr 1994 - Nov 1994
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Private Guitar instructor Jun 1992 - May 1994
Shenandoah Conservatory Community Arts Program
Private Guitar Instructor Jul 1991 - May 1992
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Private Guitar Instructor Jul 1990 - Jun 1991
K & S Music
Education:
Bachelor of Music in Music EducationAug 1991 - Jun 1996
Shenandoah University Conservatory
Magna Cum Laude Honors

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Chandler, AZ 85226
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20 Reviews

5.0

  • Dana Larsen

    I’ve been studying classical guitar with William (at his location) for about 6 months. Initially, he helped me find an instrument that would meet my needs and taught me how to care for it. I’d call him a connoisseur of classical acoustic guitars! He knows how they should sound and has valuable guidance to provide for beginning guitarists like me who may not be as able to see or hear the differences. I’m glad I got his advice before making a commitment / investment on a particular instrument. I am 46 and have a musical background (I already play both piano and trombone). William has very effectively adapted his teaching to fit with the skills I already have. In some cases that means speeding up and in other cases going back to basics to make sure I have the fundamentals down. His knowledge of music and musical instruments enables him to very effectively describe to experienced musicians how the guitar is different from what they are used to and what they’ll need to pay attention to. William has been very focused on the details of correct technique, preferring to slow down and work specific things rather than moving on or cutting corners for the sake of getting through the method materials. If you want to learn how to play completely, correctly, efficiently and without hurting yourself William is your teacher. One of the things I appreciate the most is William’s patience. He’s a stickler for correct technique so he doesn’t let errors slide, but he corrects in a way that is both helpful and encouraging. There’s no bit of guidance that he’s given me that, when I put it into practice, doesn’t dramatically help my progress. I’ve learned in a very short time to really listen to him. He knows what he’s talking about. I can wholeheartedly recommend William to anyone wanting to learn to play guitar. He’s one of the best music instructors I’ve ever had! I’m happy to answer anyone’s questions on my experiences with William or this review.

  • Mike Zwahlen

    I am 48 years old and started taking lessons from William a few months ago. William is very patient and thorough. I have learned more in these few months than I have in all the years I have been trying to teach myself. I would highly recommend William if you are looking for a guitar instructor, regardless of your background or specific music style interest.

  • Laura

    Lessons with William are worth every penny! William came as a recommendation from a group of professional musicians – that’s like getting advice on buying a car from a Formula 1 driver! William understands that music is truly a language you learn to speak fluently. It takes hard work, persistence, and the ability to develop the character it takes to do something really difficult! He not only has developed the skill of reading and playing music, but he knows how to make someone the best version of themselves. William is a part of our family and his influence is a life long blessing.

  • ROGER LEE CARR

    PERFECT ENVIROMENT FOR TEACHING


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What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Bachelor of Music in Music EducationAug 1991 - Jun 1996
Shenandoah University Conservatory
Magna Cum Laude Honors