Duane Denison

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Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Lead Guitar, Rock Guitar
100+ lessons booked on Lessonface
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Duane Denison, Guitar Teacher at LessonFace.com

Price per lesson

From: $45.00 / 30 Minutes
To: $90.00 / 60 Minutes

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Duane Denison first came to public notice through his work with Chicago based alternative rock band The Jesus Lizard, whose albums "Goat" and "Liar" made Rolling Stone magazine's "Top 100 Albums of the 90's" list. He has since gone on to perform and record with a variety of bands and artists, including Tomahawk, The Unsemble, Hank Williams III, Beverley Knight, and numerous others. Mr Denison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music from Eastern Michigan University and has studied guitar with such notable figures as Juan Serrano and Paul Warren, among others. He began performing with local rock outfits at the age of 15 and within a few years was teaching guitar as well. 

I would describe my teaching style as a combination of theory and practice. I try to present concepts and ideas in a simple, direct manner (with tablature or standard notation documents whenever possible, which the student can collect and form into a workbook) and then provide examples of how to use these concepts in a performance setting.  I feel that scales, excercises, and etudes are important but should also be supplemented with songs and actual compositions. I'm also not above taking requests and teaching specific things that the student may wish to learn, such as famous tunes, solos, standards, etc provided it's within my realm of knowledge.

Times outside of the regular schedule may be available on request.

Reviews of lessons with Duane Denison

Very knowledgeable, friendly and patient. Great balance between theory and practicality. His exercises can be integrated into your guitar playing as much as giving you a better understanding of the instrument.
Matt, Electric Guitar Student
May 25th, 2016
Amazingly talented, a great teacher and very easy to get along with. What else is there to know? His knowledge of music theory, rock and experimentation makes him a great resource for any weirdo guitarist wanting to expand his/her horizons!
Ryan, Electric Guitar Student
May 5th, 2016
Duane's the best!
Derek, Electric Guitar Student
April 28th, 2016
Mr. Denison is an excellent teacher. He was very personable, knowledgeable, and passionate. It was an honor to study with an amazing guitarist and musician. I look forward to taking more lessons when my budget allows.
Patrick Sise, Electric Guitar Student
April 28th, 2016
Jana, Electric Guitar Student
March 30th, 2016
Duane is awesome. He sent me materials in advance to look over and broke everything down very clearly for me. The materials he sent felt like a perfect fit for what I was looking for in terms of challenge and skill level. He's extremely talented and skilled so that helps, too. I'm excited for our next lesson.
Jessica, Acoustic Guitar Student
January 14th, 2016
Duane was great; he was very casual, informative and happy to discuss any aspects of both his own music and general musical practise/practice.
Cam, Electric Guitar Student
September 18th, 2015
He's way too awesome to be so nice, but he is.
Electric Guitar Student
September 3rd, 2015
I had my first one hour lesson today with Duane. He was fantastic. He clearly articulated his ideas in a simple, straightforward, easily graspable manner and with (here's the best part) humor! He sent me a few exercises before the lesson so I had time to get familiar with what were covering. Duane shared a lot of really useful ideas and tips about the technical and mental aspects of learning, playing and performing. He gave me ideas on how to expand the material by transposing keys, learning different positions on the neck, etc, and how to make the material more musical as opposed to merely mechanically playing scales or modes or arpeggios. He maintained a very clear professional and positive attitude throughout while remaining friendly, open and accessible. There is a distinctly refreshing absence of any dynamic resembling anything like, "I am the great and powerful teacher and you are the lowly student groping around in the dark". I felt he was treating me as a peer who wants to expand his musical foundation and experience in a challenging yet comfortable and supportive setting by someone with the knowledge I seek. And that's exactly what I'm getting here. It's inspiring. Thanks Duane!
Tyler, Electric Guitar Student
May 2nd, 2015
Excellent, knowledgable and clear communication, unrivaled skill and ability to convey it.
Bogi, Electric Guitar Student
April 7th, 2015
He is a very good teacher and keeps the lesson interesting and funny.
Atio, Electric Guitar Student
January 25th, 2015
Duane is an all-around nice dude. Well prepared and keeps it interesting. It doesn't hurt that he's a killer guitar player and songwriter either.
Kevin, Lead Guitar Student
November 8th, 2014
Highly Recommended!
Brad, Electric Guitar Student
November 7th, 2014
I am already not confident at all when playing guitar, so when I signed up to take lessons with one of my idols, I was incredibly nervous. But Duane is a fantastic teacher. He's patient, straightforward, and best of all, really knowledgeable about the instrument. He took time to answer any questions I had, and has such an easygoing personality, it's easy to forget that he's a rock guitar god! I'd HIGHLY recommend taking lessons from him, no matter what your skill level. Just an excellent all-around experience.
Aaron, Electric Guitar Student
August 10th, 2014
Duane was great. He was a very clear communicator, patient, and made it fun. Look very forward to future lessons with him.
Stephen, Electric Guitar Student
March 20th, 2014
Doug, Electric Guitar Student
March 12th, 2014
Master class feeling with great dialogue. I would recommend Duane to any guitarist who wants to learn more.
Keith, Electric Guitar Student
March 11th, 2014
Jordan, Electric Guitar Student
February 26th, 2014
Duane has a lot of knowledge and can explain to me everything I need to know. I am inspired and will take more lessons!
Maartje, Electric Guitar Student
February 19th, 2014