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Teachers at the Old Town School

Chris Winters

Guitar, Ukulele

Chris works as a lead guitarist and a band leader. He has performed with Mississippi Heat, touring Europe in May 2000, and at the Chicago Blues Fest in 1999. He opened in 1995 for George Benson at Ravinia with Otis Rush, and played the 1997 Chicago Blues Fest with Aaron Burton.

Teaching styles: blues, fingerpicking, jazz, theory, slide guitar, and rock.

Additional info: Teaches children and adults, beginners to advanced students. Extremely knowledgeable about the history of rock and roll and different styles of blues electric guitar issues and methods.

Education: BA, Berklee School of Music

Started at the Old Town School in October of 1994


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 01/03/2022

Mondays 4:45 pm – 6:15 pm
Tuesdays 3:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursdays 3:00 pm – 9:45 pm
Saturdays 9:45 am – 2:30 pm


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 02/28/2022

Mondays 4:45 pm – 6:15 pm
Tuesdays 3:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursdays 3:00 pm – 9:45 pm
Saturdays 9:45 am – 2:30 pm


Group Classes for the session beginning 01/03/2022

Extended Play: Chris Winters with Chris Winters

$214 ($194 members)

01/04/2022 – 02/22/2022 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 4Ever with Chris Winters

Students have been known to repeat this class endlessly! And of course, learning the guitar is a lifelong journey.

$214 ($194 members)

01/05/2022 – 02/23/2022 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 4Ever with Chris Winters

$214 ($194 members)

01/07/2022 – 02/25/2022 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave


Group Classes for the session beginning 02/28/2022

Guitar 4Ever with Chris Winters

An intermediate level course beyond guitar 4, with an emphasis on musicianship. Continue to work on playing with others, playing from memory and creating your own ongoing organic songbag. Students have been known to repeat this class endlessly!

$214 ($194 members)

02/28/2022 – 04/18/2022 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · In-Person @4545 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar Fingerboard Theory with Chris Winters

Approach music theory from a guitarist’s perspective. Examine intervals, chord and scale construction, inversions, and progressions in the context of traditional & pop genres. It is highly recommended that all students of the guitar make it a point to enroll at some point in their musical journey. Leave this class with enough material to keep you busy for years. Whether you want to write your own songs, become a hot lead guitarist or just increase your musical vocabulary and ability to jam and make music with others- this is the class for you!

$214 ($194 members)

02/28/2022 – 04/18/2022 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 1 with Chris Winters

GUITAR 1: SKILLS Your musical journey starts here. Learn chords, simple strums and tuning in a fun relaxed group setting. You’ll be introduced to the basic elements of rhythm and harmony that will have you making music in no time! Guitar 1 is for the rank beginner. If you play a little or used to play years ago, challenge yourself and enroll in Guitar 1 Rep. Students leave Guitar 1 with the following: Basic Open Position Chords A D E G C Am Em A7 B7 D7 E7 G7 A sense of playing single notes...a few licks Essential Boom Chicka Strums in 4/4 and 3/4 I IV V tunes in A D G and E A solid sense on how to read a Lead Sheet The desire to keep playing.

$214 ($194 members)

02/28/2022 – 04/18/2022 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Extended Play: Guitar with Chris Winters

The Extended Play class serves a group of students who have gathered together around a particular teacher to continue study of the guitar. Each section is specific to that teacher. New comers are of course always welcome. It is suggested that they possess skills of Guitar 3 rep proficiency.

$214 ($194 members)

03/01/2022 – 04/19/2022 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 4Ever with Chris Winters

An intermediate level course beyond guitar 4, with an emphasis on musicianship. Continue to work on playing with others, playing from memory and creating your own ongoing organic songbag. Students have been known to repeat this class endlessly!

$214 ($194 members)

03/02/2022 – 04/20/2022 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 4Ever with Chris Winters

An intermediate level course beyond guitar 4, with an emphasis on musicianship. Continue to work on playing with others, playing from memory and creating your own ongoing organic songbag. Students have been known to repeat this class endlessly!

$214 ($194 members)

03/04/2022 – 04/22/2022 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave