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Adam Mackintosh

Teaches in Chicago, IL

From Berwyn, Illinois

Plays Bass, Guitar, Piano, and Ukulele


Mackintosh has been teaching professionally, to groups, privately and online for over 15 years as we move into 2022. Mackintosh says "I have found a truly unique way to express music fundamentals to literally anyone. Especially anyone who believes they have zero knowledge of anything musical or theoretical. Shortly after beginning lessons with Adam, students experience something that makes them now say, "now I understand what I've been listening to my entire life." In fact, Adam has heard that from students who have been performing for over a decade! Mackintosh keeps it fun and interesting by adding in elements of Songwriting and music history as he teaches basic fundamentals. The proprietary Mackintosh Music Method will only be taught in-person by the creator of the method for a short while. Mackintosh adds in closing, "The rewards are endless, mutual and if a student does the work and wants to play shows through college, there is really no greater gift than to be compensated to play live music and at the same time, impart knowledge of the guitar to other people from all walks of life who love music.

Below are some quotes from my past students.

-Adam M

"The experience that I've had with Adam learning how to play slide guitar has been unbelievable! He has been able to take this 45 year old rookie and give me the confidence I need to play live with just about anybody."

"Not only is Adam able to get me to the place I want to be, he is able to get me to leave my comfort zones with confidence."

"I love this experience learning with Adam because not only am I learning how to play guitar, we are writing original music."

- Fred Young

"Adam's teaching style is exuberant and professional, combining his technical expertise with his passion for playing guitar. He has the ability to teach to a student's needs, and is very encouraging to his students as he imparts the language of music. I think he rocks, and someday hopefully I will too....if I practice!!"

-Jeanne Kuhns

"Adam is a really great teacher, endlessly patient as I hack my way through new things as an absolute beginner. Whether you want basic chord structures or detailed chord theory, he'll gauge where you're at and teach to you, and he builds confidence so that you can take what you learn and begin writing and performing your own works, something I'm already starting to do!"

-Kathy King

Adam has the ability to discern an individuals "style of learning", and work with them on whatever level they are on. I think that's part of what makes Adam such a fantastic teacher. It is a beautiful thing that he is doing by sharing his God given talent and helping others unlock there creative spirit. I'm forever grateful for what Adam has helped me to see within myself.