When we meet for guitar lessons, we'll focus on what you want to learn. This helps you (or your child) learn faster, develop a lasting interest in music, and most importantly have fun.
All ages and levels of experience are welcome.
Every student learns differently, so we will custom tailor the lessons to your interests. You can learn the style of music that you are interested in, from rock and pop to jazz to classical guitar.
You'll be learning from a teacher with over a decade of experience helping students reach their goals and have a blast making music.
So what can you expect to learn?
- Beginner to advanced technique
- Songs in the style of music that you are interested in
- The fundamentals of music presented in a way that is interesting and that makes sense
Where do lessons take place?
I travel to students' homes for lessons, making it easy for you to fit guitar/ukulele lessons into your schedule without having to deal with the hassle of traffic.
I also teach private lessons during the school year at several schools in Chicago, which allows students the flexibility of meeting for lessons earlier in the afterrnoon.
To set-up a lesson time that works for you, go to the contact page to get in touch.
Who should take lessons?
Lessons are designed for kids and adults who have busy lives. Meeting at your home lessons allows you to schedule lessons when it works best for you, and leaves more time for practicing and playing.
All that's needed is a desire to learn. You don't need to have any experience with music to start learning guitar or ukulele.
The goal is to remove as many barriers as possible to learning so that you can start playing as quickly as possible.
How are lessons structured?
The most common set-up is to have a lesson once a week for 30 minutes per lesson. Different arrangements are possible for joint sibling/family lessons. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
My name is Brian Riggs and I've been teaching guitar lessons for the last 10 years. In that time it's been great to see all the progress that my students have made. Teaching guitar lessons in an amazing city like Chicago has given me the opportunity to meet many great people and share my love of music and the guitar.
I have a degree in classical guitar performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts and have a lot of experience performing as a classical guitar soloist, and in groups playing a wide range of styles.
My students play music by just about every artist you can imagine. Some of my favorite musicians/bands include Wilco, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, and the White Stripes (among many, many others).