James R.

James R.

2 Reviews
Seattle, WA

About James R.

Background Check: Last verified 09/19/2013
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Male Ages Taught: 5 and up
Female Ages Taught: 5 and up


I've been exploring music since age 13 when I started with bass and guitar. I've gigged around the Puget Sound area with different types of bands, I've been playing classic-rock, blues, folk, big band, r&b, punk rock, reggae and alternative styles. I've also played in jazz and blues ensembles while studying music in Boston and Seattle.

*** Lesson Details ***
I provide my own student binder that is divided into two main sections: Songs and Fundamentals.

I will write up any song for you that you'd like to learn, assuming it's within your skill level. If you have no particular recommendations, I bring in songs regularly of my own choosing as well. Student notebooks come with at least five beginner songs. I am happy to go through songbooks students may have purchased.

In the fundamentals part of the student binder, scales, chords and theory are presented in an easily readable fashion. These parts of lessons become improvisation time, as the student learns how to apply these scales and chords.

I do a mixture traditional music notation and tabulator in my sessions. Accessories required are a tuner, three-ring binder with sheet protectors and music stand.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring one of my acoustics to my lessons.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I play all kinds of music and can assist with anything from pop to jazz to metal to folk and acoustic playing. Some of my personal favorite artists are The Beatles, John Frusciante, Paul Simon, The Smashing Pumpkins and Bob Marley & The Wailers.

Photos and Videos

a three piece jam on a reggae classic, slow build to the real deal!


In-Home guitar Teacher Feb 2013 - Present
Virtuoso Music

Private Instructor Jan 2005 - Present

I've been teaching Guitar and Bass since high school and now also teach Ukulele and Songwriting lessons as well.


Area of Study: Songwriting Oct 2009 - Present
Seattle Central Community College
Area of Study: Guitar Performance Oct 2007 - Present
Berklee School of Music

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
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2 Reviews on James R.

RachealA October 3, 2011
Mother of 12 Year Old Student

James is a fantastic teacher. He totally resonates with my 12 year old son. He's patient, kind and enthusiastic. Ricky and I both feel lucky to have him as his teacher. Thank you, James!
LeisaW September 2, 2011
Knowledgeable, Relevant, Friendly

James has expertise, talent and a genuine desire to see our son truly learn guitar. He meets our son at his level and makes learning enjoyable and effectual.