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  • Jack Cecchini Classic And Modern Guitar Studios

    Jack Cecchini Classic And Modern Guitar Studios

    Chicago, IL · Jack Cecchini

    (13 reviews)

    Jack has devoted his life to the study, playing, and teaching of the Classic and Jazz guitar.  To be a master of both styles makes him singular; he is one of few who can perform both classical music and jazz.  Cecchini is equally at home whether accompanying famous stars, performing with The Chicago Symphony, The Lyric Opera or performing a guitar concerto with The Grant Park Orchestra.  Cecchini and his jazz quartet have played numerous concerts on college campuses nationwide.  He has performed difficult show scores such as "Jacque Brel" and "Promises, Promises". He has pe
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  • Reverb Lessons

    Reverb Lessons

    Chicago, IL · Lana A.

    (3 reviews)

    Reverb Lessons is on a mission to make learning to play, sing or create music as easy as possible. Unlike a traditional music lesson company, Reverb Lessons has designed its customer experience around you: simply sign up online, book a time with your instructor and explore your creative side. You have the choice of taking lessons online, at the instructor's location, or at your place — whatever works best for you. All payment is taken care of head of time, so no need to worry about having cash for your lesson. Reverb Lessons puts all of its teachers through a rigorous interview process, ensuri
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  • Julia Merchant Music

    Julia Merchant Music

    Chicago, IL · Julia Merchant

    (2 reviews)

    My passion for music and performing sparked from childhood, collaborating with my musical family. Much of our time together was spent singing next to Grandma at the piano, picking up an instrument, and learning how it all works. I believe each student learns in a different, unique way, and am committed to discovering what practices and techniques work best for the individual. My goal at each lesson is have a collaborative experience with a positive and productive atmosphere.  A professional performer in the city of Chicago for over a decade, I began teaching 4 years ago after a collegue a
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  • Matt Brown's Guitar Studio

    Matt Brown's Guitar Studio

    Chicago, IL · Matt Brown

    (1 review)

    My teaching approach: I teach all styles of music, but tend to focus on fundamental musicianship skills. I have 16 years of professional teaching experience and 17 years of professional playing experience. Over the past 16 years, I've taught over 120 students of all age and ability levels. In the past, I was a guitar instructor for JamPlay.com and Capital University's Community Music School. I'm currently the guitarist and vocalist for Chicago-based band Dead Parade. I also play various theater, wedding, and restaurant gigs around Chicago. My influences are: I listen to just about every style
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  • Dave Byron Guitar Lessons

    Dave Byron Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL · Dave Byron

    My teaching approach: I perform all over the U.S., Canada, South America and Europe for various events. My teaching approach is technical ability, control of the guitar, use of alternate picking, building speed and accuracy, finger picking (Flamenco & Classical). Rhythm technics for Jazz, Latin Jazz, Funk, Blues Rock & Metal. Finger board theory, sight reading, use of dynamics and how to put it altogether to make music My influences are: Al DiMeola, Paco de Lucia, John McLaughlin, Joe Pass, Jeff Linsky, Yngwie Malmsteen My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Lessons wi
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  • Donna Del Valle Guitar Lessons

    Donna Del Valle Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL · Donna Del Valle

    My teaching approach: My goal is to guide my students through all the basics of guitar, and to make the learning process as simple and easy as possible. I am aware that not all all students learn at the same pace and having a patient and understanding teacher is extremely important and can make all the difference to these students. I teach both left handed and right handed students, for both electric or acoustic guitar.I teach Rock, folk, Gospel/Christian, R&B, Metal and more. I have been playing guitar for over 20 years and have been teaching guitar for over 10 years. I teach kids and teens o
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  • Eric Klotz Guitar Lessons

    Eric Klotz Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL · Eric Klotz

    My teaching approach: My approach to teaching is to give you the information that you need based on an understanding of your personal goals and interests. That may mean teaching skills through songs in your favorite style, exercises that will give you the skills to play what you hear, or the theoretical background to understand and play all kinds of music. I will help you play the way you want to play. My guitar lessons take place in: In the teacher's studio Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Fingerpicking, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory,
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  • Olivia Wallace Guitar Lessons

    Olivia Wallace Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL · Olivia Wallace

    My teaching approach: My teaching style is creative and dynamic. I listen to the student and adapt to her current skill level, while at the same time encouraging the student to reach her full potential. I specialize in fingerpicking (I was trained in classical guitar) but I also play and teach folk and pop guitar. I am nonjudgmental, empathetic, and encouraging. I think it is important to build confidence in beginning guitar players. My influences are: Elliott Smith, the Magnetic Fields, Wilco, the Kinks, Fiona Apple, Joni Mitchell My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or th
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  • John Barrera Guitar Lessons

    John Barrera Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL · John Barrera

    My teaching approach: the first 3 lessons are free and there is no contract. I do this because I think that people should get a chance to try something out that they are not familiar with. Musicians have their own individual voice on their instrument, I aim to develop that with my students. I am a very friendly and patient teacher because ultimately its about having fun. I encourage my students to ask me questions should they encounter during the week. My influences are: Paco De Lucia, Santana, some of the greats (David Gilmour Page, Hendrix etc..) Chili Peppers, Songwriters like Josh Ritter,
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  • Phil Circle Guitar Lessons

    Phil Circle Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL · Phil Circle

    My teaching approach: My method involves giving the student a complete understanding of their instrument, in order to better apply their skills to any stle they wish to play. We'll work together to take the mystery out of the fretboard, and explore the student's own unique "creative voice." Many of my students are pros, and many past students have also gone on to teach and perform. I also teach voice. My guitar lessons take place in: Either location Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerpicking, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Read
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  • Sean Dunn Guitar Lessons

    Sean Dunn Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL · Sean Dunn

    My teaching approach: My teaching approach is simple, I find out what the students goal is & then give them the tools they need to reach it. Its my belief that the student should not end up sounding like the teacher. In other words I teach you to sound like you! not me. This is a comprehensive study of theory from a college format taught in a logical order. Also technique, performance,record copying & live sound . My guitar lessons take place in: Either location Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: My studio in Lincoln Square & Loop. Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhyt
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  • Dwayne Richardson Guitar Lessons

    Dwayne Richardson Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL · Dwayne Richardson

    My teaching approach: I have toured, played with and opened for Sara Kelly, Gatemouth Brown, Jabluehop music, Malik Youseff,Ramsey Lewis,Buddy Guy,Stevie Ray Vaughan,Billy Branch and many other artists. I also have worshiped with Mike Bickels I.H.O.P. Ministry, Greggory Dickows Life Changers Ministry.I teach by the student learning songs they love and forming a foundation of musical knowledge from the songs. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar
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  • Dino Balocchi Guitar Lessons

    Dino Balocchi Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL · Dino Balocchi

    My teaching approach: Please see my website for details- wpbucktownguitarlessons.com. I first learned how to play guitar following along with early 90s alternative bands like the Smashing Pumpkins but then quickly turned to blues and improvisation in rock/blues/pop oriented music. I have a pretty deep understanding of the blues and pop music of all kinds (from Motown R&B to power pop/rock of the 70s & radio pop today). My guitar lessons take place in: in the teacher's studio or student's home Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: Bucktown, Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, Lakev
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  • Drew Krag Guitar Lessons

    Drew Krag Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL · Drew Krag

    My teaching approach: I have a unique philosophy to teaching guitar. For my beginners, I use a series of tricks that make learning the guitar a lot quicker and fun. I feel that anyone can learn how to play if they have the right teacher. For my more advanced students, I stress understanding the concepts involved (i.e. scales, rhythm, technique, etc.) in improvisation as opposed to just memorizing licks. My influences are: Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, Jimi Hendrix, Les Paul, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Dave Gilmore, Grant Green, Eddie Van Halen... I attended the National Guitar Workshop for four years
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  • Guitar Lessons In Your Home

    Guitar Lessons In Your Home

    Chicago, IL · Christie Chiles Twillie

    Instrument Type: Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Classical guitar, Electric bass Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerstyle, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Guidance In Equipment Selection Music Styles: Rock Guitar, Blues Guitar, Folk Guitar, Metal Guitar, Classical Guitar, Pop Guitar, Jazz Guitar Description about my music education organization's philosophy, experience, community, curriculum, and faculty: Our professional music school provides lessons to adult and children and have done so for 1
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  • Village Guitar Studio

    Village Guitar Studio

    Chicago, IL · Roger Panella

    Description about my music education organization's philosophy, experience, community, curriculum, and faculty: As the owner of Village Guitar Studio, I am a professional instructor offering guitar lessons in Chicago at my studio in the Ukrainian Village. In addition, I offer house call lessons in most areas of Chicago. I teach all levels of students, from beginners to advanced students. Lessons are built around the interests of each student. Please check out the website for more complete information! Instrument Type: Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar Music Styles Jazz Guitar, Pop Guitar, Roc
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  • Bucktown Music

    Bucktown Music

    Chicago, IL · Luis Solares

    Description about my music education organization's philosophy, experience, community, curriculum, and faculty: Lessons taught by degreed music teachers and are tailored to the individual’s interests. Students progress through nationally recognized study materials in addition to repertoire appropriate for their level. Lessons focus on note reading, theory, technique, musicianship, improvisation, and ensemble playing. Whether you are looking for structured lessons or fun music exposure, we meet your needs! Instrument Type: Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Classical guitar Music Styles Rock G
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  • Guitar Chicago

    Guitar Chicago

    Chicago, IL · James Lenger

    Description about my music education organization's philosophy, experience, community, curriculum, and faculty: Guitar Chicago is a school in downtown Chicago that is set up to be convenient for those working there, as well as a good location for people who would like to commute to the Loop for guitar and bass lessons. Lessons are easy to sign up for; you can try them for a month or you can take them for years. Instrument Type: Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Classical guitar, Electric bass Music Styles Rock Guitar, Blues Guitar, Folk Guitar, Country Guitar, Alternative Guitar, R & B Guita
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  • Kevin McClain Guitar Lessons

    Kevin McClain Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL · Kevin McClain

    My teaching approach: I offer an in depth look behind the techniques used and why. In conjunction with the physical form of the human body, certain techniques are the only logical approach when really looking at and considering the physics involved. Also, I engage my students into training the mind to analyze and comprehend the theory used in the composition of songs in order to recognize the creativity and strategies used in the structure and relationships between the notes, harmonies, and forms. This is the difference between just performing, and an over all understanding of the art of being
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  • Christopher Hopper Guitar Lessons

    Christopher Hopper Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL · Christopher Hopper

    My teaching approach: I believe that students interests should be addressed but also need to be prepared to be musicians. Reading standard notation and understanding how music works is essential to the process. I have a varied professional background, have performed in various parts of the country as a guitarist and bass player and have a BM in Music Composition and Classical Guitar Performance. My guitar lessons take place in: Either location Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: My primary teaching area is in Oak Park. Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Fin
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  • Britta Wakefield Guitar Lessons

    Britta Wakefield Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL · Britta Wakefield

    My teaching approach: I received a German Vocational Degree & Music License from the Kronach School of Music in Oberbayern, Germany. My music degree had an emphasis in Classical Guitar and Choir Leading. I have taught students ranging from elementary school to adults. My teaching approach is very step-by-step, according to the student's pace and ability, with a lot of positive reinforcement. My guitar lessons take place in: In the teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: My home in Glen Ellyn Guitar Techniques: Fingerstyle, Performance, Reading Music, Music
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  • Clovis Bordeaux Piano Studio

    Clovis Bordeaux Piano Studio

    Chicago, IL · Clovis Bordeaux

    Khinuu is lifetimes of musical love and experience. The present moment brings all forces together to create a cosmiagical explosion on the world vibe groove. Future generations will ask "How did they make their music sound so GOOD!?"

  • Paul Moeller Guitar Lessons

    Paul Moeller Guitar Lessons

    Chicago, IL · Paul Moeller

    My teaching approach: I teach students at the college level and some beginner students. Many of my students have gone on to pursue professional guitar careers. My guitar lessons take place in: In the teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: My home studio is located in South Elgin, Illinois just off of Randall Road. Guitar Techniques: Guidance In Equipment Selection, Recording and Production, Song Writing, Scales and Exercises, Music Theory, Reading Music, Jamming Skills, Improvisation, Performance, Vocal Accompaniment, Fingerstyle, Open tuning, Rhythm guit
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  • Sheaff Music

    Sheaff Music

    Chicago, IL · Phil Sheaff

    Description about my music education organization's philosophy, experience, community, curriculum, and faculty: Private lessons is what we do, and fun is the name of the game. If you're not having fun, we're not doing our job. We aim to inspire you. Your personal growth as a musician is what we feed off of. The gleam in your eyes when you "GET" something for the first time creates a magical feeling for us. We are truly dedicated teachers, and our goal is to make you shine. You'll love lessons with us. Instrument Type: Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Classical guitar, Electric bass Music St
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  • Christina Ma'at's Strings Lessons

    Christina Ma'at's Strings Lessons

    Chicago, IL · Christina McGarr

    Be an accomplished violinist in record time and learn violin from Christina McGarr. She also offers viola lessons, guitar, cello, music theory and more.

  • Ultimate Guitar

    Ultimate Guitar

    Chicago, IL · Hollis Hahn

    Learn how to play acoustic guitar or the piano with the help of Hollis Hahn, he is one of the best guitar teachers for beginners or advanced students. He has been providing music lessons for many years.

  • Gasse School Of Music

    Gasse School Of Music

    Forest Park, IL · Daniel Gasse

    The Gasse School of Music. founded in June 2001, serves Chicago and the near-west suburbs, including Forest Park, Oak Park, River Forest, Elmwood Park, and Berwyn. The school is dedicated to a simple, two-point mission: To provide quality, instrumental music instruction for children and adults of all ages, and Make the playing of a musical instrument a fun and enjoyable part of everyday life. Bringing the joy of music to anyone is a gift of incalculable value and the academic and life-skill benefits of musical instruction are well-documented. Those benefits suffer, however, if the process of
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  • Maxwell Music Lessons

    Maxwell Music Lessons

    Chicago, IL · Thomas Maxwell Smith

    I'm a college graduate that has been teaching music since 2010 graduation. I also have many connections in many industries that may further someone's elses career; as well as mine.  

  • Lessons & Beyond

    Lessons & Beyond

    Chicago, IL · Ian Meyer

    I grew up in a musical family. I've been teaching guitar (and bass/ukulele) throughout the Chicagoland area since 2001. I have taught hundreds of students of all ages and levels. My best trait as a teacher is patience. If you are trying, I am happy- no matter how little. I gear all lessons towards the goal of the student.

  • Merry Music Makers

    Merry Music Makers

    Chicago, IL · Camille McClain

    We offer private lessons in those instruments from the best teachers around in guitar, violin, piano, voice, and ukulele. These teachers have been hand selected by us for not only their amazing musicianship, but also their knowledge of teaching young children. Let's be honest, there are MANY good music teachers out there who can teach beginners, but it takes a special touch to deal with the youngest, budding musicians who may need help focusing on the lesson while also getting silly and having fun with it! On top of that, our teachers have all kinds of advanced degrees and perform in groups an
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  • Gallagher School Of Guitar & Drums

    Gallagher School Of Guitar & Drums

    Chicago, IL · David Gallagher

    The Gallagher School helps guitarists find their authentic connection to music through one-to-one music instruction. After years of working with a variety of both beginners and continuing learners, we know that effective practice habits lead to actual performance results. Through a commitment to learning, our students enjoy creative freedom with their musicianship. We first work with students to clarify their specific musical goals. From there, we outline progressive steps for each student’s personalized learning style and pace. Above all, we excel at teaching them HO
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  • Josh Garrett Music

    Josh Garrett Music

    Berwyn, IL · Josh Garrett

    Greetings! My name is Josh Garrett. I have been playing guitar since I was a child, and throughout the years I have learned a variety of techniques and music styles that are utilized by the modern professional guitarist. I have taken four levels of music theory coursework in college, and countless hours of independent study. I currently write hymns for chorus, and songs for voice and accompaniment. The approach I take with lessons is very practical, with a focus on teaching the student guitar technique as well as music theory. The music theory instruction I provide basically includes readin
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  • School Of Rock - Evanston

    School Of Rock - Evanston

    Evanston, IL · Ashley Downing

    Find your place in the music at School of Rock Evanston. We have a unique approach to learning music that helps kids blossom in unimaginable ways. Students are not only being taught an instrument—they’re learning to deal with life situations, building confidence, and becoming better people.At School of Rock Evanston, learning music in a lesson room is just the beginning. We get kids playing on stage as quickly as possible, teaching them to play as soloists and as part of a team. This immersive method motivates them to be their best, helping them learn skills faster and more thoroug
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  • The Chicago Academy Of Music

    The Chicago Academy Of Music

    Chicago, IL · The Chicago Academy Of Music

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  • Horse-Drawn Productions, Inc.

    Horse-Drawn Productions, Inc.

    Berwyn, IL · Vic Rochkus

    We understand how important your music is, and we want to help you become the industry leader you want to be.  That is why Horse-Drawn offers lessons and classes in all major areas. These lessons can be custom tailored to your individual needs, and can put you in the driver's seat on your own project. All of our teachers have many years experience in the music industry, and have taught both private lessons and group classes to clients all over the Midwest.  We deliver both the skills you desire, and the foundation we feel you need to accelerate your music production.
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  • Altered Stage

    Altered Stage

    Chicago, IL · Altered Stage

    Through personalized music instruction and programming, Altered Stage brings guitar lessons, bass lessons, drum lessons, and voice lessons to life. We specialize in working with absolute beginners, as well as intermediate players who want to hone their skills.It's more than just music lessons. It's a journey, tailored to your individual musical goals, tastes, and aspirations. Take what you learn in your unlimited lessons and participate with our members in jam sessions in our new studio suite, play with members at club-arranged gigs with other members, learn how to write music and record and p
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  • Etc. Music School

    Etc. Music School

    Evanston, IL · Mike O'Mara

    Led by Founder and Director Mike O’Mara, a longtime Evanston resident and teacher with 15+ years’ teaching experience, etc. Music School represents a holistic approach to musical and theatrical education wherein private lessons, ensembles, classes and original productions at every level involve and respect the students’ interests and strive to utilize them to foster motivation towards achieving each young artist’s goals via organic, collaborative study and experimentation. Class Structure:Each lesson, class and production at etc. is tied together at every level. From th
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  • Bloom School Of Jazz

    Bloom School Of Jazz

    Chicago, IL · David Bloom

    My 42-year-old school the Bloom School of Jazz has taught thousands of musicians from around the world.  Amateurs to seasoned musicians have come here to up there game. I have my own teaching methods that are different that what is normally taught. I teach music as a language.  I normally do a 30-minute evaluation to make sure that we are a good fit for each other. In the evaluation, I check out your theory knowledge, technique,  ear and improvisation.
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  • Piano Studio

    Piano Studio

    Skokie, IL · Andrew Hollander-Urbach

    Greetings prospective students!! My name is Andrew and I've been playing the piano for over 20 years, with an emphasis on jazz and popular music. I perform individually and with bands all over the Chicago area on piano, saxophone and guitar. I have Bachelor degrees in Music Performance and History, and I'm currently working towards my Masters in Music with a certification in Piano Pedagogy. I love teaching all age groups and can adapt to whatever style is best suited for the student. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me!
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Chicago Guitar Lessons

(19 reviews)

Chicago Guitar Instruction


Famous blues guitarist, Muddy Waters, spent much of his entire life and career in the city of Chicago. He actually flew Chuck Berry out to Chicago, and was able to set up an audition for him. The audition landed him a gig, and as a result the song Maybellene was made. Is your child the next Muddy Waters?

Maybe not; as with any skill, it takes lessons and practice to become great at guitar playing. At lessons.com, we believe in empowering people in Chicago, and across the county, to take lessons on any instrument they choose and to play well in any genre they desire. That’s why we have a long list of guitar teachers at Chicago’s local music schools, in-person guitar teachers, and online guitar teachers on lessons.com, and they are all ready to help you learn how to play the guitar well.

Look at our list of credentialed guitar teachers in Chicago and choose one within driving distance. Perhaps you have a guitar and simply don’t have the time to add driving to and from lessons into your schedule. Avoid the snow, freezing toes, and salt-covered boots and hire a guitar teacher to come to straight to your home for private lessons.

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