Guitar Lessons And More With Matt O'Brien

Guitar Lessons And More With Matt O'Brien

5.0 (40)
Best of 2022
7 hires on
1 employee
25 years in business

About this pro


Whether you're 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!

I also teach students of all ages who have special needs.


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West Chicago, IL 60185
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40 Reviews


  • Marsha Ramsay

    He takes his time and explains the why and wherefore of how your fingers should be placed and does not rush you through but teaches you at Your pace and not his. I think he’s a Great Teacher and since I also was a teacher of children I think I’m a fairly good judge of the way of working with people!!!

  • Joseph W.

    I started working with Matt because my practice needed structure and guidance and so far Matt has been extremely helpful in providing me with those things. Having been self-taught up until now Matt has been very helpful in discovering what's been missing from my practice while also exploring new music and topics that have quickly expanded my knowledge and skills. I look forward to our lessons each week because I know I'm growing as a guitarist and that's what matters most to me!

  • Kevin F.

    Matt responded right away and we set up the first lesson a few days later. Even though the lessons are “virtual” over Skype, Matt goes the extra mile by using three camera angles to help see his fretboard better and also tailors his approach to your specific skill level and taste in music.

  • Charles M.

    As an extremely inexperienced player, Matt took the time to break the guitar down in easy steps for me to understand and enhance my learning experience.

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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


         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



         Unorthodox techniques

         Scales and Keys


         Fretboard mastery

         Chords (all types)




         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.
    • SUBSCRIPTION PLANS start at $35 per half hour and $68 per full hour.
    • Students have the choice of the Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum plan. Subscription plans are to be paid 7 days prior to the first scheduled lesson of the selected plan. There is also an Iron Plan available where you can pay one lesson at a time.
    • Advance payment reserves the day and time of your lessons. Subscription fees are non-refundable.
    • Accepted forms of payment for subscription plans are Cash, Zelle, Venmo, and Paypal
    • Subscription plans do not include any retail teaching materials such as books or instruments, nor does it include supplies such as metronomes, tuners, strings, picks, music stands, etc.
    • Students are responsible for attending their lessons at the scheduled time and day each week. To ensure appropriate student progression with the given material, it is expected that each student consistently attend their weekly scheduled lesson.
    • For any lessons missed by a teacher, a rescheduled make-up lesson with the teacher will be scheduled promptly. 
    • If there is a conflict to schedule a make-up for a teacher’s missed lesson, only then will the teacher issue a credit. 
    • For any lessons missed by a student, a make-up lesson will be arranged only with a minimum of 7 days advanced notice to the teacher for that missed lesson. In the event of illness, a make-up lesson will be offered only if availability allows. In the event of emergencies, the missed lesson will be issued a credit. 
    • Make-up lessons are NOT guaranteed and are given pending availability and scheduling. Subscription plans reserve the time and day of your lesson, not the lesson itself. Credits are not issued when a student has to miss a lesson. PLEASE NOTE: If you are a NO CALL/NO SHOW for a lesson, the teacher will not issue a credit or a makeup for that missed lesson. No exceptions.
    • No refunds, make-ups, or credit will be issued for missed or discontinued lessons after they are scheduled.

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.