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"I'm not cool, I'm not hip, and all I know about guitars is that they look cool, sound cool and if you can play one...YOU'RE cool. Mostly, I love the SOUND of an acoustic guitar, and after years of listening I decided to learn to play in an effort to divert some of my stress accumulated from my career. If you are interested in guitar in any way, this is the place to learn how to play! I am now a beginner student at Guitar Chicago, and I am lucky enough to work with the man himself, Jim Lenger. Jim has an uncanny ability to crawl inside my brain and understand how I learn, and he uses a great balance of technique, style, music references theory and demonstration, as well as understanding the instrument itself. Why can't we all be this cool???
Initially I bought a package of lessons at Guitar Chicago because it is 2 blocks from my office in downtown Chicago. I had no expectations walking into my first lesson, and In only a month we are moving from basic chords and progressions into practical applications, improvisation and writing. In fact, my office is now relocating to the dreaded suburbs...about 25 miles away from my current office! I can't stand the idea of NOT taking lessons from Jim, so I'm going to attempt the commute. I have a feeling it will be worth the effort! I never knew that I would love playing the guitar this much, and I can't wait to continue learning!!! Jim cares about his students, and only hires the best instructors so no matter who you work with you will be in great hands. What are you waiting for???" -- Kelli A.
"It's a refreshing break. I appreciate their ability to adjust to my situation whether I practiced or not. They cater the lessons to my needs. I always get something out of lessons." -- Bob T.
"I've been working with Jim for more than two years and the experience has been terrific. Jim has been and continues to be a great teacher in developing my lesson plan to reflect my musical preferences and abilities. I might never give up the "real job" of attorney that I've had for nearly 30 years to pursue a musical career, but I can say this without hesitation - for all of you professionals out there who still have "guitar god" aspirations, Guitar Chicago is the place to come." -- Frank P.
"Jim is so encouraging and patient while navigating the lesson through all the complexities and beauty of the guitar. One does not have to have a musical background to study with him. The Guitar Chicago style of teaching allows the student to have a practical learning experience first. I highly recommend Guitar Chicago." -- Catherine Z.
"Jason has been a great guitar teacher, at all times genuine, encouraging and refreshingly non-pretentious. I'm a 32-year-old father of two with no musical background, and he has been absolutely flexible with my schedule, pace and many botched chords. Most importantly, he understands what the student's goals are and works in tandem to help me reach them. Most important, I'm having a great time." -- Seamus O.
"Forrest is an awesome guitarist. He has been teaching me for about a year now and I have learned a lot. I can now go and play songs by myself or with my friends and he has helped my playing improve enough to be a really fun hobby." -- Jason H.
"My 8 months of studying guitar with Troy was time well-spent. His instructions were always encouraging & geared to my pace & "skill level". He was very generous with his time in making up a couple of my sick days. I just hope my next instructor will be nearly as proficient & personable as Troy." -- Mike C.
"As a suburban commuter to my job in the loop, finding Jim has made it possible to continue my interest in learning guitar. He has been flexible and accommodating in rearranging lessons based on my schedule. Also, I like Jim's laid back, yet cerebral, teaching style." -- Robert B.
"I consider myself lucky to have Jason for my teacher. His impressive ability and scholarship are united with infectious enthusiasm and a real desire to help me accomplish my goals as a student. I can hear and feel my progress with every lesson. Jason is flexible and capable; he's willing to guide me down whatever avenues I care to follow. It sounds trite, but he makes learning to play guitar fun and easy. I feel like I'm robbing you guys blind. I hope you don't get wise and start charging $100 a lesson. I'd hate to have to sell my car." -- Stephen C.
"I'd dreamed of playing guitar ever since I was a teenager, but life somehow got in the way and I never seemed to find the time. As a middle-aged woman, part of me doubted that I should pursue that dream again. But my lessons at Guitar Chicago encouraged and inspired me. Jim is such a great teacher that I quickly overcame my fears and discovered that I might have some talent after all. Nowadays, the highlight of my week is going to class. And every time I leave, my passion is further ignited. Not only is my money well-spent, but I feel lucky to have met a mentor who is an outstanding guitarist himself and whose patience and knowledge make the lessons fun!" -- Joanne P.
"Jason is a terrific teacher! This is the third time I've tried to take lessons in the last 5 years, and the first time I'm actually sticking with them. Our class focuses around playing songs I've always wanted to play, which is a great way to stay motivated each week. In addition, Jason also does a great job of explaining the "big picture" about everything we do." -- Jose V.
"I enjoy playing the guitar in my retirement. It's fun going from teacher to student." -- Pete B.
"Jason is a patient, knowledgeable instructor. He's geared the lessons entirely around my goals and has taken the time to fully answer my questions. In the short period of time we've worked together, my playing and my confidence have both improved ....and I'm having more fun playing the guitar now than I have in YEARS! Thank you Jason...and thank you Guitar Chicago!" -- Will P.
"I am on my fifth lesson and I am astounded on how far I've come. I am already learning to play one of my favorite songs. Jason is always relaxed and is very encouraging. I look forward to my lessons." -- Murad S.
"They make the guitar fun to play, but I also learn many things about how to play it." -- Sean H.
"I was hesitant to take lessons in the past because I wasn't sure I'd get to focus on what I wanted to learn. Troy caters the lesson to his students' desires. For me, personally I just want to learn to play songs and don't care much about music theory. This is great for people that already play but just want to improve on their techniques and skills." -- Ronald S.
"I have been taking guitar lessons for the last 3 months, and I already feel like I have accomplished so much! Jason not only has the proven experience but he also has GREAT teaching skills that have helped me reach my goals at a quicker pace. It's a very collaborative learning environment and it's exciting to know that I can pick a song and be able to work on it and not have to wait years to try it!" -- Monika J.
"I like their program. Even though I have a busy schedule there is plenty of fun things to learn on guitar." -- Taylor W.
"Daniel has made learning guitar a great pleasure. He is extremely patient and fun to work with. I have small hands and not much of a musical background and was sure I was doomed to fail but Dan has really made me feel confident about my abilities. I have improved SO much over the past few months. I highly suggest studying with Daniel at his new location at Guitar New York." -- Annelisse F.
"I used to try to go with what many teachers say - thumb straight up, opposite to index or middle - the schoolbook "correct" technique. Your approach makes so much more sense, and I am already playing much more relaxed!" -- Mike
"GUITAR NEW YORK IS THE BEST. I took lessons with Troy for 3 months - then, the next thing I knew he got me a gig covering the Allman Brothers Band at The House of Blues, people! Somehow, these guys just know how to break down the instrument so it makes sense, and after a few lessons you're flying." -- Wes W.
"Troy is absolutely fantastic. He tailors lessons to match whatever your goal is, whether it's playing in a band or just for yourself, and he goes at the pace you want to go. He's flexible, patient and personable, and he has a knack for breaking down musical concepts and relaying them in a way that's easy to understand, which I really appreciate. I highly recommend him as a teacher and Guitar Chicago as a school." -- Danielle N.
"Troy has made learning how to play the guitar so easy. After several attempts to learn by myself with books and various online tutorials I was about to quit when I found out about Troy and Guitar New York (formerly with Guitar Chicago) and I was able to learn multiple songs/solos within a couple months, which is huge because I had ZERO guitar experience prior to taking the lessons. Troy does a great job of explaining the little things that help make learning guitar easy. Things that I couldn't pick up on my own with the textbooks or online tutorials. After several lessons, I was able to learn songs on my own, but was enjoying my lessons so much that I decided to continue lessons and since then have learned much more than just how to play songs. Troy has a great way of teaching Guitar Theory without even really focusing on it by incorporating it into solos, songs, and lessons that make it fun to learn and understand the importance. I highly recommend Guitar New York and Troy!!!" -- Leigh G.
"I just started guitar lessons 2 months ago and Troy has been an excellent teacher. The lessons are very relaxed and the pace is perfect for me. I love coming to the lessons each week and learning that "one more thing" to build upon what I've already learned. I'd wanted to learn guitar for a long time and I'm glad I'm finally getting to it." -- Rob T.
"I linked up with Troy while I was traveling each week on business and decided to take advantage of the extra time I have away from home to learn something I always wanted to learn, guitar. Going in I was merely expecting to get linked up with some college student to teach me how to bang out a few chords. What I found instead was professional, working musicians that not only play and produce music for a living but also have an incredible formal music education and ability to teach. Troy has been amazing in working with me to achieve the balance I was looking for of not only learning to play, but also learning to read and understand music. Great setup, great people, lucky to stumble upon them." -- Ken R.
"I look forward to lessons. You don't have to start out with songs like 'Mary had a little lamb' (although you can), you can pick what you want to play." -- Will Hylton
"These are the Troy Truths: 1. Whatever song/style you want to learn, he will teach you. And make it seem effortless. This guy's a pro. Not like Marge Simpson "I just have to stay one lesson ahead of the student". He has quite the impressive resume coupled with crazy talent. I've seen this guy in action; trust me. 2. He'll not only teach you that song or style, he'll give you the "why" behind what you're doing. He teaches in-depth music theory, so you really understand how it's all put together. Pretty cool for the music student on the search for enlightenment. (PS- he writes legible notes, which is a rare gem in the music world for some reason). 3. Not content with just playing what somebody else created? With his theory fundamentals and technique instruction you will be creating your own music lickety-split. And isn't that what the veteran student is all about? Maybe, like my husband, you've got years of guitar under your belt, but just need that extra boost. Well, here you go. (Get confident, stupid!)" -- Bridget G.
"The instructors at Guitar New York excel as both musicians and teachers. Though the lessons are laid back and fun, they always make sure progress is being made to my long term goals. They are very good at recognizing when the pace is too fast or slow and adjusting it right away. Admittedly, I'm not the best student. But somehow, without my knowledge (or consent) they have gradually been able to peel back the layers of procrastination and laziness that I have spent a lifetime developing and perfecting. In addition to being great at their jobs, they are genuinely nice guys. Unlike some other instructors I've tried in the past - I never dread going to my lesson - it's always going to be fun and I'll always come away with something new. I'm fortunate to have found such good instructors!" -- Douglas D.
"Jim is an excellent teacher at an affordable price. He is very open to suggestions and is very flexible with scheduling. He also provides a very comfortable environment." -- Tony Carlson
"I like to learn about guitar. It is fun to use that to write my own songs!" -- Michelle Ott
"Playing guitar during the work day is hard to beat. I shut down my email, walk down the street, grab a pick and start playing. Jim's approach to teaching is clever, they keep things at an appropriate pace and he sets the lesson plan according to what is most important to the student. His knowledge and talent runs deep, and he's not a bad guy to hang out with in the middle of the day." -- Scott Corley
"Started taking lessons with Troy after 7 months of self-teaching. Now 6 months of lessons later, and about to play live for the 1st time, he has definitely helped me overcome many hurdles, and achieve many milestone in my playing. My playing ability has vastly improved since I started taking lessons. He's a great teacher who tailors lessons to meet your goals and/or musical tastes." -- Dave S.


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