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Classical Guitar Classes Cicero IL

Classical guitar classes include lessons on right hand positions, rest stroke, free stroke, playing scales, pedal tones, vibrato, basic arpeggios and more. See below for local music schools in Cicero that give access to instruction in guitar playing techniques as well as advice and content on playing classical guitar.

Paul C.
(877) 231-8505
Addison Road
Riverside, IL
Subjects
Trumpet, Piano, Ukulele, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Classical Guitar, Singing, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Flamenco Guitar
Ages Taught
10 to 99
Specialties
My experience has been concentrated in classical guitar. However, I was a voice minor for all three degrees, and have sung in professional choirs (His Majestie's Clerkes, now Bella Voce) and paid church choirs (St. Luke's in Evanston as well as St. Chrysostom's and St. John Cantius in Chicago) for the past 26 years. My first instrument was trumpet, which I played in high school and college. I also studied piano in high school and college. In graduate school I performed in early music ensemble…
Education
Indiana University - Musicology - 1969-1973 (PhD degree received) Indiana University - Music Theory - 1963-1967 (Master's degree received) Georgetown College - Music Education - 1958-1962 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Ramsey Z.
(877) 231-8505
N Maplewood Ave
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Music Performance, Music Theory, Music Recording, Guitar, Classical Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 90
Specialties
I specialize in improvisation. I always make sure to teach my students how to improvise so they can find their voice and develop their own style.
Education
Illinois State University - Music Business - August 2003-May 2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Joseph M.
(877) 231-8505
N Main St.
Skokie, IL
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Classical Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 65
Specialties
I use Mel Bay and Berkley guitar methods for begining students for pick guitar. The Sagreras or Parkening methods for classical guitar. -I give students a well rounded education in all the major styles-techniques, teaching them finger picking as well as pick technique, chords and improvisation. -I specialize in building a strong foundation both musically and technically for people that have not played guitar or even music before and helping them to reach the musical goals they desire.
Education
Roosevelt University - Music, Business, - 1977-1982 (not complete)
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James P.
(877) 231-8505
Casa Stolana Dr.
Wheaton, IL
Subjects
Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Classical Guitar
Ages Taught
8 to 80
Specialties
I am fluent in teaching and performing rock, classical, heavy metal, blues, jazz, funk, and R&B.
Education
New England Conservatory of Music - Classical Guitar Performance - 09/08 - 05/10 (Master's degree completed) Northern Illinois University - Classical Guitar Performance - 08/05 - 05/08 (Bachelor's degree received) College of Dupage - Musical Studies - 09/02 - 08/04 (Associate degree received) St Francis of Assisi - High School - 08/98 - 06/02 (High School diploma received)
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Joseph K.
(877) 231-8505
W. 64th PL
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Guitar, Music Recording, Drums
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Guitar, Audio Engineering (Live and Studio), Music Production, Beginning Drum kit Rock, Folk, Reggae, Blues
Education
Cosmopolitan Prep - - 9/97-5/98 Columbia College Chicago - Audio Arts and Acoustics - 9/2004-5/2006
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David B.
(877) 231-8505
N Washtenaw Ave
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Piano, Clarinet, Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Cello, Songwriting, Saxophone, Music Performance, Music Recording, Classical Guitar, Trumpet, Tuba, Guitar, French Horn, Upright Bass, Flute, Percussion, Trombone
Ages Taught
4 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in non-wind instruments, especially drums, percussion, bass guitar, piano and 6 string guitar. I consider myself extremely versatile with various styles and genres. I apply several teaching methods to reach as many kids as possible, with a focus on hands-on learning.
Education
DePaul University - Jazz Studies - 2010-2012 (not complete) University of Colorado at Boulder - Music Performance - 2003-2006 (Master's degree received) Ball State University - Music Education and Performance - 1998-2003 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Bryan A.
(877) 231-8505
W Argyle
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Music Theory, Music Performance, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Songwriting
Ages Taught
4 to 99
Specialties
music, all styles of guitar, music theory Classical guitar, rock, folk, blues, jazz, pop, punk, metal
Education
Northwestern University - Music Performance - 2005-2007 Northeastern Illinois University - Music Performance - 2002-2005 Libertyville - - 1994-1998
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Jason W.
(877) 231-8505
Park Ln
Glenview, IL
Subjects
Music Theory, Guitar, Classical Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
My degrees are in classical guitar but I have experience teaching rock, jazz, blues, and folk as well. I can also teaching beginning electric bass.
Education
Southeast Missouri State - guitar - 9-01-01 to 5-15-06 (Bachelor's degree received) Northwestern University - guitar - 12-27-07 to 12-20/08 (Master's degree received)
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Joseph K.
(877) 231-8505
S. Gratten
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Guitar, Music Recording, Drums
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Guitar, Audio Engineering (Live and Studio), Music Production, Beginning Drum kit Rock, Folk, Reggae, Blues
Education
Cosmopolitan Prep - - 9/97-5/98 Columbia College Chicago - Audio Arts and Acoustics - 9/2004-5/2006
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Ken C.
(877) 231-8505
W. Beach Ave.
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Guitar: Pick and rock fingerstyle techniques; Basic note-reading, picking up music by tablature and/or ear and fingerboard pattern-orientation through Fretboard Logic. Bass: Similar to guitar using pick, thumb and/or fingers. (I don't play slap bass all that much due to nerve problems in thumb) Genres: Though I'm currently studying Jazz exclusively, I teach and play rock n' roll, rock, pop, metal, blues, country, and rockabilly.
Education
College Of DuPage - Music Fundamentals & Pro Audio Technology - 1992-1995 (Associate degree received) Columbia College - Music Theory/Composition & Audio Production/Science - 1995-1998 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Put That Guitar Down

Put That Guitar Down
(and really improve as a musician!)
By Chris Standring ( www.chrisstandring.com )

For all the words of encouragement you have ever heard pertaining to picking up the guitar and practicing, either from me or your own sources, this article may come as a bit of a surprise to you. For once I am going to tell you to put the guitar down!

A little confused? Don't be, I'll try to explain. And the best way I can get my point across is by sharing an experience I personally had some time ago.

Back in the 80's, I went to music college in London. I feverishly studied classical guitar for 3 years. Practiced for hours each day. During this time I really developed some good disciplinary skills as far as practice was concerned. I would split up the day. Morning playing Bach fugues or whatever torturous classical guitar piece that had enslaved me at the time. A break for lunch, and in the afternoon I would pick up my electric guitar and plough through violin and flute music, which I'd rented from the music school library, to get my sight-reading together. Reading jazz and pop music is very different from classical music because phrasing interpretation is relative to the genre being played. So it is as much about listening to the band as it is reading the note values. So I wanted to get that together. Finally I worked on jazz harmony, specifically vocabulary for playing over changes. The Charlie Parker Omnibook was my bible, but I would also listen to be-bop players and steal their phrases and try to figure out how I should work them into my own playing. I remember stealing from Cannonball Adderly, Miles Davis, Mike Brecker, and I fell in love with the swinging styles of pianists Red Garland and Wynton Kelly, both of whom played on Miles Davis' album "Milestones", a record that had a profound effect on me. Just as importantly, I listened to the way these musicians would feel the music. It wasn't just about the notes.

Wynton Kelly in particular had a certain thing about playing over altered chords. He would play 4 note phrases that would be repeated in thirds going down. Sometimes in whole tones. In fact many jazz guys I knew at the time would make fun of his style a little bit by singing his name as they played those motifs, going "Wyn-ton-Kell-ey-Wyn-ton-Kell-ey" and so on. After I got the hang of his ideas I would find myself sitting at the guitar and working out my own variations of those ideas. Pretty soon I had a whole bag of Wynton style 'tricks".

And then something interesting happened...

I would practice and practice these new motifs and melodic ideas and really try to work them into my playing. Pretty soon I had a pretty broad library of resources I could draw from. And I would practice them over Jamie Abersold records and so on. The woodshedding continued. Over time, I realized that some of those phrases were technically difficult to play on guitar (...

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