Guitar Lessons And More With Matt O'Brien

Guitar Lessons And More With Matt O'Brien

5.0 (24)
Best of 2020
4 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
23 years in business

About this pro

***ALL OF MY LESSONS ARE CURRENTLY TAUGHT ONLINE USING SKYPE OR ZOOM***

FIRST LESSON IS FREE!!! PLUS 4 MORE LESSONS AT A DISCOUNTED PRICE!!! Details are on my website:

www.mattlovesguitar.com

Whether you are starting from square one, or you've reached a point where you can't go further on your own, or you would like to sharpen skills you already possess and want to take them to a higher level, I'm your guy.

I've helped thousands of students reach their goals and I've shown every single one of them how to have the level of success with their instrument that they've always desired. I have 20+ years and over 20,000 hours of guitar/string instrument teaching experience and a total of 30 years of guitar playing experience with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music.

I have 20+ years with over 20,000 hours of guitar/string instrument teaching experience and a total of 30 years of guitar playing experience with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music.

I focus my lessons strictly on the needs and skills required to ensure my students can perform ANY genre of music in front of ANY audience.

I have taught various forms and techniques in basically ALL genres of music both past and present.

I teach acoustic guitar, electric guitar, classical guitar, jazz guitar, ukulele, bass (5 string), mandolin, and tenor banjo (Irish tuning).

I embrace ALL forms of music and I will always encourage my students to pick out songs that they enjoy to make the lesson rewarding and engaging!

I will also provide the student with exercises and drills that will strengthen their core, empowering the student to learn newer songs quicker and easier.

I firmly believe I'm the teacher for you for one reason: you will see instant results not only on the first lesson, but also in every lesson moving forward!

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME PRIOR TO SIGNING UP FOR LESSONS IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS!

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Credentials

West Chicago, IL 60185
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24 Reviews

5.0

  • Jim Lloyd

    Easy going and works with me.

  • Matt McHenry

    Matt has given me great advice on playing the guitar correctly. His professional online setup makes learning new things easy. He has vast knowledge of music, technique, and patience helping to excel to experience levels I never thought would be possible, even in the couple lessons! I recommend him very highly.

  • Steve Bitte

    Matt is a knowledgeable and patient guitar instructor who can teach multiple instruments such as ukulele and bass guitar. His versatility in a wide range of genres make him an asset to any music student. His flexibility allows him to customize the student’s lesson experience. His online setup is spectacular - multiple camera angles and professional sound - makes it sound like I’m listening to music on my computer. Any student aspiring to improve remotely should seriously consider booking lessons with Matt.

  • Kyle Melles

    In the five years I learned guitar with Matt, I grew more than I ever thought possible. Matt does an excellent job of ensuring that students do not pick up the bad habits that most guitar players fall into when learning for the first time. While building a solid base in the fundamentals, Matt has a vast knowledge on rock and other modern genres and teaches technique for any type of player. With Matt I learned to play with my electric and acoustic guitar and felt experienced with both over a short period of learning. I learned to play some of my favorite songs, even the ones I thought would be too hard to ever learn. I was able to perform live 5-6 times with Matt's help in practicing the songs. Matt is also very personable teacher with a clear attention to detail and patience that makes for an excellent experience. Highly recommend Matt as a teacher to learn or to improve your guitar skills.


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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

My comprehensive instruction is always tailored to my student's short term, and long term goals.

My teaching style consists of a fun, relaxed, and engaging student paced learning environment.

My promise to you as my student is that together we will discover what it takes for you to become a proficient musician with the ability to perform in front of any audience.

My classes with you will include the following content:

• Warm up exercises

• Fundamentals

• Mindfulness techniques

• Note reading

• Tab reading

• Sight reading

• Left hand/ right hand techniques

• Burst practicing (burnout prevention)

• Micro movements/economy of motion

• Proper posture both sitting and standing

• Stage performance techniques

• Embellishments

• Improvisation

• Unorthodox techniques

• Scales and Keys

• Theory

• Fretboard mastery

• Chords (all types)

• Songwriting

• Transcription

• Self sufficiency


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

Roosevelt University (Chicago Music College)

Extensive music education complete with all the courses that made me the musician and guitar instructor I am today.
Concentration in classical and jazz guitar.
Guitar instructor at a family-owned Chicago suburban music store since 2006. I am working 6 days a week, teaching 40 to 60 students weekly, and I'm also currently teaching 2 student bands.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
    • FIRST LESSON IS FREE AT NO COST TO ENSURE THAT TEACHER AND STUDENT ARE COMPATIBLE!
    • Lessons moving forward will consist of one private/online 30 or 60 minute lesson per week held at the same day and time each week and are scheduled by the month.
    • Tuition deposit is $35.00/half hour lesson or $66.00/hour and one month’s tuition due upon re-enrollment (depending on how many days are within a month):
      4 Lessons = $120.00 ($240.00 for hour lessons),
      5 Lessons = $275.00 ($550.00 for hour lessons).  
      Tuition deposit is non-refundable.
    • Re-enrollment payment for lessons must be made by the last lesson day of each month to remain on the next month's schedule.
    • No refunds, make-ups, or credit will be issued for missed or discontinued lessons after they are scheduled.
    • Venmo (PREFERRED), Paypal, or Google Pay only (please make payable to Matt O’Brien)
    • Students are responsible for all books and materials (picks, strings, and other accessories).  The teacher can supply any item(s) for the next scheduled lesson as long as a deposit is made to the teacher for the potential cost of the item(s) prior to purchase.
    • Reschedules are only accepted based on teacher and time slot availability.
    • Students are responsible for attending their lesson at the specified time and day every week.
    To ensure success with student progression through the given material, it is expected that each student attends their weekly lesson on a consistent basis.

How did you get started teaching?

I realized how music affected me positively on several levels. Throughout my learning process, I wholeheartedly felt in my soul that I wanted to share my knowledge and passion with others through teaching the guitar.


What types of students have you worked with?

I've work with students of all ages and even teach students who have special needs. No challenge is too tough to overcome, and I enable my students with that mindset during the course of lessons.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

My best advice would be to make sure that after every lesson, you have progressed and that you are cultivating the skills and tools needed to keep challenging yourself in your daily practice.