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Playing Guitar in Jacksonville, Florida

by James W. - Jacksonville Guitar Teacher

Jacksonville, Florida, a beach town on the Atlantic coast of North Florida, is the birthplace of southern rock and a great city to be a guitar player. Jacksonville - or “Jax” as it's known locally - has rich music roots, origins of jam band culture and a diverse, live downtown music scene, which includes local and national artists, southern rock, indie, underground, country western/cross-over rock, Christian rock, hip hop and punk.

Jax natives encourage guitar playing and original songwriting regardless of age or skill level. Guitar players in Jacksonville will find a mix of new and established sounds and genres, heavily influenced by southern and country rock and live performance. There are many opportunities for local talent, and southern hospitality is alive and well. For those who want to jam, take guitar lessons in Jacksonville and get a start in town, discover these Jacksonville venues:

  1. Freebird Live in Jacksonville Beach attracts national talent and regional acts, so it’s a great exposure for young talent. They boast two bars, and seeing how a local band owns the “big stage” is a huge benefit to young musicians. Are you forming a band? Come watch and learn. This is the place to go to get your start. http://www.freebirdlive.com/

  2. Shantytown Pub is “Your neighborhood Springfield pub." Downtown and open to 18+ crowds, aspiring guitarists and graffiti artists can get in. Intimate. The real benefit is that Saturdays are Record Label Night. It’s a chance to hobnob with label owners and reps, shop a demo and get tips on getting started in the music industry. Some musicians who met here formed their own bands. Artists and their dogs are welcome.

  3. Burro Bar is an edgy experiment by the owners and friends of the old London Bridge Pub. Music is on every night. Simply submit your music to be accepted to the downtown fun, and set up and play. They have tech meets, live music, and a growing bunch of regulars – all aspiring artists are networking here! Local bands are encouraged to register. http://burrobarjax.com/

  4. Underbelly’s is also downtown and was voted one of the top music venues in Florida. Guitar players would do well to frequent this hot spot not far from the Central Station. If you love jam music, this is it! If you think you’re ready, it is also a chance to observe, get up and play, jam with humble seasoned professional touring artists and learn from them. A great atmosphere. http://underbellylive.com/

  5. Jack Rabbits is for national and local bands and is just south of downtown. This is a small venue and bar located just across the St. John’s River from Willow Branch Park where The Allmans had played Sunday afternoons for free. It doesn’t look like much on the outside, but inside its a-hoppin’! The staff are nice people; the sound system is stellar. Best of all, the stage is “roomy” so you don’t feel cramped when playing live. To get your licks in on guitar is not a problem, as this place is “built for live music.”

  6. Brewster’s Megaplex is a very approachable gig if there ever was one in Jax. Sporting four live venues, it just sings with good times. Located in the vicinity of the Town and Country Mall in Arlington area east of downtown, Go Big Entertainment book the Vans Warped Tour here. If you ever thought that you want to play the Warped Tour in Jax, this is for you. Go there to get a feel for what’s expected of your band. Most local bands will show up and play after competing in early rounds, a few great live bands play the finals, and the excitement is in the air every July on the stage. Both Ernie Ball and the Entertainment Workshop sponsor the event, and beginning and intermediate guitarists will benefit big time from the workshops. http://www.brewstersmegaplex.com/ www.vanswarpedtour.com www.ernieball.com

It’s a good idea to make the rounds and connect with other like-minded musicians so you improve your playing while taking guitar lessons in Jacksonville. And Jax will encourage you to do that in that down-to-earth way. People are not as judgmental about skill level here. I found that the kind of people I meet in Jax are full of energy to play, and socializing with them gives me a place I feel at home. I haven’t met anyone I didn’t like or who wouldn’t share knowledge. Live music is a way of life. It's easier to be inspired to study music in Jacksonville, due to the fact that you're surrounded by music makers who have been where you are now and now hold out their hand in friendship. And that’s what it’s all about.


Raymond (Remi) L.

Jacksonville, FL

Basic Popular Guitar:

Introduction: The Guitar and its parts
Sitting positions
The right position (left and right hand)
How to use the pick
Down Stroke Strumming
The diagram and Tabs
Basic Chords:
Harmonic Progression Reading
Repertoire (Easy American & Children Songs)

Intermediate Popular Guitar:
Up- an downstroke Strumming
Chords: Bridges, Substitutes, Altered, and Bar-chords
Repertoire (American, Latino & International Songs)

Advance Popular Guitar:
Advance Strumming
Chords: Dominant 7, Minor 7 chords, Major 7, Minor 7, Diminished, ½ Diminished, Add 9, Add 6, 7th-5th, 6th/9th
Repertoire (Other American & International Songs)

Electric Guitar:

"The Total Rock Guitarist" Method (by: Tobias Hurwitz)
Easy & Advance Chords
The Pentatonic Scale
The Art of Improvisation
Music Reading (tablature & music notation)

About Raymond (Remi)

I completed musical studies at the Conservatory of Music of San Juan, Puerto Rico and graduated MAGNA CUM LAUDE, with Majors in Musical Education and as a Performing Artist.
I am a qualified bilingual Music Instructor.
I have performed as a guitarist with several orchestras, musical groups, bands and as classical guitar soloist I have given numerous recitals and concerts.
I have worked as a Music Educator at the Social & Pedagogic Academic Institutes teaching pedagogic & didactic principles to teachers and at the same time I have been teaching classical and popular guitar at all levels and
ages at several other music schools.
I wrote a guitar method "MELODIC GUITAR" for beginners from 7 years of age and up, and this method has been translated from Papiamentu into the English and Spanish languages.
Although my music background is classical, I play and teach popular music, which I love.
Just to mention a few guitarists who appeal to me: Carlos Santana, George Benson, Paco de Lucia, Julian Bream.
I also teach electrical and acoustic guitar, bass-guitar, piano/keyboard, ukulele, Venezuelan & PR cuatro, songwriting and music theory.
Music is an International language; a way to express inner feelings!
And Teaching it, is my passion!

*** Lesson Details ***
Studying with me will be more than moments of instruction and learning.
In addition to acquiring musical knowledge and technical skills, each class is really a musical experience.
The dynamic during class is focused on making music and in having fun, developing new technical skills and reaching your goals!
The Students will be constantly experimenting with various aspects of music: the Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm. I will be at all moments musically accompanying the student, developing his or her musical hearing pitch, musical aesthetic values, creativity, and artistic expression.
I offer quality Music Lessons!

*** Studio Equipment ***
A Studio equipped with comfortable chairs, desk, keyboards, guitars, white board, music stands, amplifier,
Parents can sit in on lessons

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Blues, Modern, Latin, Classical and Popular Music


Helene S. August 3, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio
Learning the classical guitar from Raymond has been a lesson in patience and dedication for myself. I appreciate his attention to detail, his encouragement and his methodical method. This is my first experience with a music teacher that truly understands how to teach - imparting great insight and understanding. Raymond is a master teacher!
Catherine July 27, 2015
Piano · Online
Without realizing it, I am reading notes and playing on my piano again after 43 years.
Remi is very patient and encourages with a joyful attitude.
I'm blessed.
Jose C. July 21, 2015
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher. Enjoys teaching and encouraging student. Plays along with student which, of course, makes the lesson much more interesting and enjoyable, particularly for "Senior" students.
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Raymond (Remi) L.

Raymond (Remi) L.

Jacksonville, FL 32244
starting at
$20 / 30-min

James W.

Jacksonville, FL

Theory, Harmony, Fretboard Mastery, all aspects of guitar and related equipment. Fingerstyle, Lead guitar, Composing and writing songs for Pop, Rock, Jazz, and Country Genres. "Get it under your fingers fast the G.I.T. way." Integrated approach so you can sing, play, and strum with ease. Songwriting for today's styles.

About James

I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and running quickly. I help s
tudents get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop, Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.

Student Comments:
What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.


Stephen July 15, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
After just two vocal lessons with no prior vocal experience, I seem to be finding my voice with James' teaching methods. James has the musical theory background and the experience in the music industry that he brings to the table to make you a well-rounded musician/vocalist.
Marcus Z. June 6, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome experience! Instructor has a lot of knowledge!
Catherine P. May 7, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
AJ enjoyed his lessons and learned a lot.
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James W.

James W.

Jacksonville, FL 32221
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Walter M.

Jacksonville, FL

I have been teaching guitar for 5 years. We will do something different each lesson. Preferably do a theory day at the beginning of the month to a play/jam day at the end of the month. Every lesson will start with a warm up and recap of previous lesson. I believe playing an instrument should be fun and an expression of one's self. We will always enjoy every lesson and I will give you the tools you need to get through even when it seems hard.

About Walter

I am a guitar player here in Jacksonville, FL. I have been in various bands in the area, have experience in live performances and am accomplished with my instrument. I have been playing for 13 years and teaching for 5 years. I know theory and will be able to teach to my students. I mostly play rock and heavy metal but enjoy playing classic rock as well as pop and other genres.
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Walter M.

Walter M.

Jacksonville, FL 32257
starting at
$20 / 30-min

Baileigh W.

Jacksonville, FL

I've been playing guitar for 8 years now. Currently, I am enrolled as a performing music major in FSCJ for guitar. I've had many teachers that have given me a wide range in styles. Teaching people in the past, I have learned that everyone learns at their own pace and in their own way. I like to teach a bit of theory when I teach any instrument because more than anything I want people to understand the fundamentals which will create a stable foundation for any type of musician!

About Baileigh

Hello! My name is Baileigh. I've been playing guitar for 8 years now. Along the way I have learned piano, ukulele, bass guitar, and fundamentals for percussion. I'm currently going to school for music, which I hope will help me pursue a career in music composition and songwriting. Aside from music, I am very passionate about science and history. Sociology and astronomy are my strongest subjects. I'm looking forward to helping others invest in tangible knowledge that they will find exciting and useful many of times in the future.
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Baileigh W.

Baileigh W.

Jacksonville, FL 32224
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Tony S.

Orange Park, FL

Tony offers Professional Virtuoso Guitar instruction in Rock, Classical, Blues, Fusion, Acoustic finger style and World Music with an emphasis on Musicianship , Versatility and Technique. The music studio is modern, serene, and almost spa-like for relaxation and learning. Tony S. has been teaching guitar for 15 years and has been featured in Guitar World, Guitar Player, and Premier Guitar magazine as well as many others.

About Tony

Tony S. offers Professional Virtuoso Guitar instruction in Rock, Classical, Blues, Fusion, Acoustic finger style and World Music with an emphasis on Musicianship , Versatility and Technique. Skype lessons are also available for students outside of the city of Jacksonville, FL. The music studio is modern, serene, and almost spa-like for relaxation and learning. Tony S. has been teaching guitar for 15 years and has been featured in Guitar World, Guitar Player, and Premier Guitar magazine as well as many others. Tony also toured with Buddy Miles (Jimi Hendrix ,Carlos Santana) drummer as his guit
arist for 3 years
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Tony S.

Tony S.

Orange Park, FL 32073
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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