On a mission to create a world of competent and capable musicians!

[03/23/20]   These are strange times, yall.

I'm working on lesson plans to get existing students through the rest of the month. Webcam lessons will be available starting on Tuesday for those who want to continue.

I'll be reaching out to all of you over this week to create a plan. We're all in this together.


Photos from GuitarSmart's post

Guitarsmart's yearly gig at House of Blues Chicago with Trippin Billies.


The Friedman gets to hang out in the studio when gigs slow down in the winter!

Music Lessons Were the Best Thing Your Parents Ever Did for You, According to Science If your parents ever submitted you to regular music lessons as a kid, you probably got in a fight with them once or twice about it. Maybe you didn't want to go; maybe you didn't like practicing. But we have some bad news: They were right. It turns…

Can We Recreate The Motown Sound? | Reverb Premiere

Congrats to my good friend Mendell who got to play bass on this awesome piece about the Motown Sound.

What makes Motown sound like Motown? Will Kurk and Joe Shadid explore the musical must-haves of the beloved Motown sound...and find out whether we can emulat...

Down to Business: Elgin studio owner loves passing on a passion for music

Neato Eric Justen, owner of GuitarSmart in Elgin, lives and breathes music and hopes to pass that passion on to the students he teaches to play guitar, piano and other instruments.

Ukuleles are great for younger beginners. They're small and so much easier for small hands to hold. It's a great confididence builder and most of what you learn carries over to guitar!

Definately GuitarSmart's instrument of choice for the younger beginners...but us adults have a blast with them too. I play mine all the time!

Go scoop one up from Scott and FatCat then come upstairs and we'll teach you how to play it!

Ukuleles! People always come in asking if I carry them. I do now. These are nice little Diamond Head soprano ukes in sparkle finishes. They come with color-matching bag. $55 each! get 'em while they're hot!

Freddie King - Goin Down


Timeline Photos

Cloud guitar at the Prince store in the Minneapolis airport.

Freddie King - Goin Down

Freddie King!!!

Kind of Blue 60th Anniversary

Great stuff from the guys at SweetWater.

In 1959, Miles Davis went to Columbia Records in Manhattan to forge a new style of music improvisation. With the company of other legendary musicians, like J...


It's Friday - you've got to smile!
Yep - this wold be my face too! Drummers.... help please!!!!
Have a great weekend

Great show tonight in NY.

steppin out Live Cream Vol II

Don't sleep on Clapton.

Final Fantasy VII - Let the Battles Begin / Those who fight (Gingertail Cover)

Those who fight! Become my Patron and get all the songs mp3 and wav! ♬SUPPORT ▹ Сбер – 4276700154448306 Yandex.Money - 410...

Isaiah Sharkey & Abasi Concepts

Amazingly cool instrument being played by one the most impressive players out there right now.

Guitarist, singer & songwriter Isaiah Sharkey joins the Abasi Concepts family. Find Sharkey and his Larada Space T on stage with John Mayer.

Why TNT by AC/DC is Ridiculously Difficult

That backbeat.

Support the channel and enjoy my music ★ Follow me online ★ www.facebook...

Wampler Pedals

FINALLY, it's back today! So this means I can stop posting Game of Thrones meme's and get depressed by the fact it's nearly over. Can it go on forever please??


Photos from GuitarSmart's post

Fundamental Changes in Guitar

Nicolas Caged System

Timeline Photos

Guitarsmart has been slow to get art up on the walls. Only took about 6 weeks!

[01/29/19]   Closed tomorrow due to the cold. Stay warm everyone!

[01/20/19]   We're moving down the hall!

HoB Chicago was a blast this year!

Fretboard Anatomy

my PA got stolen... and it was kind of awesome -

Music lessons make children smarter, new study reveals

We already knew this ;) A recent study shows that studying music can boost a child’s brainpower and academic ability.

Check out Saenger Guitar Studio for music lessons in Chicagoland. Dave is a solid dude and an amazing musician with an impressive resume!

I’m absolutely thrilled to get the opportunity to play the last 2 weeks of Beautiful in Chicago. This band/show are fantastic!

Fretboard Anatomy

What's the point of ear training? -

House of Blues Chicago last Friday. Guitarsmart got to play for another sold out crowd!

[12/21/17]   GuitarSmart is touring all week. He'll be back on Tuesday!

Want your school to be the top-listed School/college in Elgin?

Click here to claim your Sponsored Listing.




63 Douglas Ave, Suite 305
Elgin, IL

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 21:00
Thursday 09:00 - 21:00
Friday 09:00 - 21:00
Saturday 09:00 - 21:00
Sunday 09:00 - 21:00
Other Elgin schools & colleges (show all)
Sustainability, Safety & Career Technology Programs ECC Sustainability, Safety & Career Technology Programs ECC
1700 Spartan Dr
Elgin, 60123-7193

Sustainability, Safety and Career Technology Programs at Elgin Community College

Judson University Dance Judson University Dance
1151 North State Street
Elgin, 60123

The Official Facebook site for Judson University Dance Team. Please "LIKE" us and check out and follow us on twitter @juathletics.

Judson University Exercise and Sport Science Judson University Exercise and Sport Science
1151 N State St
Elgin, 60123

We are a department that DOES! We love to serve!!! Ask us what we are doing!!!

Friends of McKinley Elementary School Friends of McKinley Elementary School
258 Lovell St
Elgin, 60120

Friends of McKinley - raising funds for fun!

Sacred Spirit Bodyworks Sacred Spirit Bodyworks

Yoga, massage therapy, reflexology and more, help your body heal naturally.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
195 Nesler Rd
Elgin, 60124

AIGA Judson AIGA Judson
1151 N State St
Elgin, 60123

This is the official page for the AIGA Student Group of Judson University.

Larkin high school Larkin high school
Elgin, 97702

Caritas Felices L.T.D Elgin Caritas Felices L.T.D Elgin
Ford Ave
Elgin, 60120

Caritas Felices L.T.D. Elgin is an home licensed daycare, providing the best environment for children's first years and prepares children for the future.

Schools By Floodlight Schools By Floodlight
25 S Grove Ave
Elgin, 60120

We create customized websites, web-based tools & branding for school districts, making connecting with students & communities easy & enjoyable!

Judson University Men's Basketball Judson University Men's Basketball
1151 North State Street
Elgin, 60123

The Official Facebook site for Judson Men's Basketball. Please "LIKE" us and check out and follow us on twitter @juathletics.

Larkin High School's Wizard of Oz Larkin High School's Wizard of Oz
Larkin High School
Elgin, 60123

Larkin High School's Wizard of Oz! Dorothy: Brady Kirkland Scarecrow: Cory Poll Lion: Miranda Crane Tin Man: Mike Rusenovich Wicked Witch: Camila Ramos Wizard: Anthony Contreras Glinda: Rachel Lawrence Uncle Henry: Gabe Hirst