This week, Laura and Sara are joined by Bob Goins, owner of Classes on Clark. Bob teaches guitar to people of all ages, and is currently located in the beautiful space above Brimfield at 5219 N. Clark. During this episode, Bob even plays a lovely rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to demonstrate fingerstyle guitar for our listeners!
“I knew how good [playing the guitar] made me feel and I wanted others to feel that good too.”
– Bob Goins
Listen to Episode 17 with Bob Goins!
Here are some references from Episode 17 that you may want to check out:
- Bob is from Dayton, Ohio. He started playing guitar at age 7 and the first song he learned was “More Than a Feeling” by Boston, which was brand new at the time! He taught himself to play songs directly from that record.
- Bob moved to Cincinnati in 1993 and started giving lessons out of his apartment. His friend owned the former Children’s Music Association in Cincinnati, and one day he was asked to fill in and teach guitar there, and the kids loved him. They offered him his first professional teaching job.
- Bob was all packed and ready to go to Oregon (due to a fascination with Puget Sound) when his friend called and told him he was going to Chicago for the weekend and asked if he wanted to go with. After loving his visit so much, Bob changed his plan and moved to Chicago in 1997. He was working here at a coffee shop, when his friend encouraged him to go get a job at the Old Town School of Folk Music. He started there in 1998 and has been teaching there ever since.
- Bob formally lived in Lincoln Park for about 16 years, but one of his students showed him Andersonville, and he fell in love with the idea of living and working in the same neighborhood. He talked with the owners of Brimfield Antiques (5219 N Clark) about renting their upstairs room during weekday afternoons to teach, and Bob has been teaching Classes on Clark there since October 2017.
- You will receive a Music 101 lesson in this episode! Bob teaches fingerstyle guitar, which takes all three parts or music (harmony, melody, rhythm) and puts them together in a finger picking method that allows listeners to recognize the song without hearing it sung. He then graces us with a rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” cheering for his north side Cubs.
- Both children and adults alike start lessons with a lot of excitement when they are first beginning to learn guitar. Bob doesn’t believe in teaching scales, but teaching around the chords and muscle memory. Bob believes that we are all natural musicians and it gives us a great sense of accomplishment to learn to play.
- Bob’s taught beginners who start at the age of 80 years old and now have a lot of time on their hands. Some come to music because it’s something more than the day-to-day of life.
- Bob often plays at Simon’s Tavern (5210 N Clark) here in Andersonville. He plays solo as Bob Goins, plays in a duet called the VandaBobs, a trio (that keeps changing names), and a quartet, last called Treated and Released. The next band name his going to play under is the Aggravated Anglers.
- If given the chance, Bob would like to trade places with Transistor (5224 N Clark) and George’s Ice Cream & Sweets (5306 N Clark) for a day.
“Music touches on things inside of you, and it opens up parts of yourself that you may not have otherwise acknowledged. It doesn’t judge or grade you, music just is.”
– Bob Goins
Bob Goins is temporarily closing Classes on Clark in September 2018 to relocate, but is teaching classes up until that point. Please email him directly at email@example.com to schedule.