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Boston, MA
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Hi there! I've been playing guitar since I was a teenager during the '70s. i play and teach rock,blues, jazz, fusion and read and compose music. What you can expect from me is a patient, serious, determined teacher who knows how to convey simple to complex technique and ability to those who are destined to be a student and musician. I can teach how to read, listen, interpret, improvise and evolve many musical skills.

About Gregg
I have had extensive jazz a rock studies from attending The Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, to becoming George Russell's teaching assistant at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston before he retired. I learned from a true master of jazz and contemporary music regarding composition, improvisation, theory and teaching students.

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My aim is to share my musical knowledge, sense of harmony and technique to dedicated students. All melody and chords come from scales, which is essential to understanding music, as well as rhythms. I also accept what a student wants to learn. An important attribute of mine is patience, and the understanding that each person processes information differently.

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rock, jazz, experimental, composition, rhythmic approaches, improvisation, musical notation techniques
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Mike Hays October 9, 2015
· Music Theory · In studio
Gregg was my musical instructor during the early 1980ties. What I learned in a few lessons with him was more that I could have expected. I was primarily focused on percussion, of which his vast knowledge was highly dynamic. I learned about poly-rhythms, Indian ti-hies, and complex time signatures. He had available much reference material that he provided me. And over the years his musical insights have not only supplemented my inquiries, but made me a better musician and person. I hope you have a chance to study with Gregg, as you will be introduced to a new and better way of musicianship!
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Gregg R.

Gregg R.

Boston, MA 02215
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About Bil M.

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Dorchester Center, MA
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About Bil
I am one of those individuals for whom teaching is just something that I have to do. I started giving music lessons sometime in the 80's and have loved working with all levels of skill and experience. My students say that I am patient, adaptive and encouraging, committed to making music fun.

I have a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in Jazz Piano and am comfortable and fluent in a number of musical styles, including pop, rock, gospel, traditional hymnody, jazz, and R&B. Although I love and study classical music, it is not something I teach at this point.

In addition to private lessons and performing, I do music transcription, workshops, and all forms of vocal and instrumental arranging. Bil Mooney-McCoy is a life-long Boston resident who has been playing music all his life. Having served as a church musician for more
than 30 years, I am currently the Director of Worship for the chapel at Gordon College, a small Christian school north of Boston. I'm often involved in city-wide music events in Boston’s faith-based community and in demand as a featured musician for church services, parties, concerts and other events.

I hold a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in Jazz Piano and am comfortable and fluent in a number of musical styles. In addition to private lessons and performing, I do music transcription, workshops, and all forms of vocal and instrumental arranging. My passions include morning coffee, finding new guitar chords, creating killer PowerPoint presentations, and trying to figure out how to use my smart phone.

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My priority as a teacher is to make the learning process fun, life-giving, and productive. I teach with patience and humor, at a challenging but not frustrating pace.

Some quotes from my students:
"I absolutely love learning from Bil! I've watched my playing and the playing of others at church vastly improve as a result of his training."

"[Bil] is filled with a large amount of knowledge, so while sitting under him you not only learn about how to play but you learn about music history and theory. Beyond being a good teacher he is genuine and friendly and cares about others."

"I have really enjoyed working with Bil. His patience and wealth of knowledge has helped me come out of my musical shell and has encouraged me to discover my musical voice."

"Bil makes learning theory fun! His deep understanding of music is complemented by his contagious enthusiasm."

"Bil has taken me to a different level. I went from tab and basic guitar chords, to building jazz chords and a far greater understanding of music theory."

There are at least two ways that might set me apart from other teachers.

Firstly, I have honed and developed "people skills". I am an ordained minister and have held positions where I was formally and informally in a mentoring/pastoring role. I bring that sensitivity to my music lessons, understanding that personal and emotional issues can be triggered by the engagement with the music and skills being worked on.

Secondly, I've had a remarkable broad base of experience. My coursework has exposed me to a wide breadth of ideas and tools; my work life has been long and varied; I have had extensive experience in many different cultural contexts, both musically and otherwise; and I work well with many age groups and skill levels.

Regarding my teaching approach:
For beginners, I have a fairly consistent set of topics and skill sets to cover. Generally, in a few months, piano students (particularly those in middle school through adulthood) should know how to play major, minor and seventh chords, how to read simple chord charts and some very basic accompanying skills. Guitar students should know a dozen open chords and have been introduced to barre chords, and to have learned several styles of finger picking as well as strumming. Bass students should know how to find notes on the board and will have begun to learn how to fill out a song with an expressive but non-obtrusive bass line.

For intermediate students, the pace, direction and focus on lessons depends upon the goals and passions of the student along with the amount of time he or she has to practice. My goals for students at this level and beyond is to learn how to learn. I will use outstanding recorded examples of particular skills or stylistic idioms to help my students understand and master each new concept. I often will check in with my student to make sure that we are on track with what they are hoping for.

For advanced students, we will generally target very specific objectives. I also try to add elements of theory, history, culture, and even life lessons to apply to the topics we address. Because of my background in pastoral ministry, I can serve as a mentor addressing the emotional and relational issues of playing music as well as its technical aspects.

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upstairs music room: fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, amps, drum set, seating for parents

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if for guitar or bass, that instrument; I expect piano students to have an available keyboard and for other students to have their own instrument(s).

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strong in jazz, rock, pop, gospel, sacred, R&B.
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Hardy C. June 23, 2017
· Songwriting · In home
Bill is a great instructor. I haven't been taught something I wasn't going to need to elevate my understanding.
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suzanne November 5, 2016
· Piano · In studio
great first lesson! bill was a great choice for me!
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Patricia R. April 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
He's the best. Will totally understand if I haven't had a chance to practice and still manages to make the lesson productive. He gives options on how I want to be taught and is willing to adjust. Have learned so much in so little time.
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Bil M.

Bil M.

Dorchester Center, MA 02124
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About Josh G.

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Sudbury, MA
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I've been teaching guitar for half a decade both privately and through schools. My goals as a teacher are to impart both a thorough understanding of the instrument as well as love for music to my students. I do this by making my lessons fun and tailoring them to each student's interests and skill level. My approach is simple: if my student walks away understanding the material present, I've done my job. If this means I have to explain it in 19 different ways, then so be it!

About Josh
Hi, there! My name is Josh and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2009 and have loved helping my students master an instrument, accomplish their goals, and have a blast learning music. I went to Manhattanville College and earned a BA in Jazz and Classical guitar performance in 2012. I'm a hardworking and dedicated teacher and my teaching style is straight forward, fun, and tailored to you. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Josh G.

Josh G.

Sudbury, MA 01776
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About Poh Hock K.

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Allston, MA
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I have been teaching classical and electric guitar for about 9 years and I structure my lessons according to a student's goals, and objectives on the instrument. My students have been able to learn tunes by ear, and understand chord progressions and structures, and play with a pick or finger style!
I specialize in rock, metal, classical and jazz, and I can also teach extended range guitars and alternate tunings. Learn to shred, sweep, alternate pick and hybrid pick like no one's business!

About Poh Hock
Hi! My name is Poh Hock. I have been playing music for at least 20 years and I have been teaching the guitar for about 9 years now. I provide lessons at your home, my studio and online!

I have a very hands-on approach to teaching and I believe that students should have fun while learning. I also do not teach based on a book unless requested and my lessons are tailored according to a student's needs, personality and goals.

I graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2013 with a degree in Music Performance and I am also a certified Yamaha Classical Guitar teacher. I currently play guitar with Metal Blade artist, Native Construct.
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Julian October 26, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Poh Hock is a great teacher that really has a passion for playing and teaching guitar. His style of teaching is very precise and methodical. I learned a lot of songs taking lessons with him but more importantly Poh Hock taught me how to practice material that I was working on. The lessons were really more like guided practice sessions. While some teachers that I've had might just use the lesson to teach material and have me practice over the week, Poh Hock used lesson time to really drill sections and get them to sound good. I absolutely recommend Poh Hock as a teacher for anyone who seriously wants to improve their playing and their approach to music in general.
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Alex June 20, 2016
· Guitar · Online
When I heard that the lead guitarist for one of my favorite bands, Native Construct, was offering lessons, I knew I had to give it a try. Having had only a year of experience beforehand, my skills were shaky to say the least. I've taken weekly .lessons for a few months and have seen a marked improvement in my fundamental skills. Not only does Poh Hock create a great learning environment, but he also creates a very relaxed one. If I didn't improve as much as he thought I should've over the course of a week, he didn't get on me about practicing more. Instead, he worked with me to determine where I was struggling and then would help me overcome it. I really can't recommend Poh Hock enough.
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Poh Hock K.

Allston, MA 02134
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About Guilherme F.

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Roslindale, MA

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Berklee graduate devoted to helping you make progress, whether it is a song you want to master, a new technique or simply the basics.

About Guilherme
Hello! Let's make music! I am a recent graduate of Berklee, where I earned my degree in both Jazz Composition and Guitar Performance. Whether you've just picked up the guitar or you are looking to explore a new style, I enjoy motivating my students to learn. Growing up in Brazil, I have a strong background in Samba, Bossa nova and other Latin styles such as Flamenco. With the opportunity to study at Berklee, I took full advantage of studying under renown professors of Jazz and Blues. I enjoy transferring this enthusiasm for music to my students, guiding them toward their goals and having fun along the way. I look forward to hearing from you!
I also perform regularly with my duo.
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John August 27, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Starting out, there was a good connection with my expectations and his knowledge.
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Amy B. April 7, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Guilherme is a wonderful teacher; I highly recommend him! He is knowledgeable, patient, and always kind. He adapts the lessons to my interests and musical taste and offers productive suggestions. He has assisted building my repertoire by noting the chords for songs I would like to play. He can teach all levels...you won't go wrong.
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Kai January 16, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Guilherme's method of teaching was one of flexibility. He was able to start my daughter off playing chords, strumming, and reading music because of her familiarity with the piano. She is quite excited to continue her lessons next week. I highly recommend Guilherme.
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Guilherme F.

Roslindale, MA 02131
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Stoneham, MA
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I offer you a chance to grow your skill level at the guitar, whether it’s rock jazz, metal, indie, classical. I offer a wide set of styles to learn.

About Matthew
Hello, my name is Matthew and I’m an experienced guitar teacher and performer. I play all sorts of styles from rock, jazz, hiphop, to even the most modern music today. I’m the most easy going teacher you can find, but I can also help you succeed beyond your expectations. All I want is my students to know that they can achieve anything they intend out of these lessons. In addition, I have experienced in the music business and can provide you guidance for your goals with music. I look forward to hearing from you.
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David N. May 21, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Matt was fantastic answered all my questions was very patient and showed up on time I can't wait for my next lesson David
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Rebeca May 14, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Matt is an excellent teacher, he is very patient and thorough with his lessons. He is really knowledgeable on guitar and music theory. I totally recommend him as an instructor.
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Matthew H.

Stoneham, MA 02180
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About Scott M.

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Jamaica Plain, MA

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I love teaching music. I first picked up my first guitar when I was 13, and haven't put it down since! I've had many different teachers over the years, but the ones that helped me grow the most, were the most patient, understanding, and encouraging. These are the values I bring to the forefront of my practice. I believe making music is something that everyone is able to do, when they find the process and conditions that work for them. It is my job to help you discover those things, and have fun in the process!

The guitar is a miraculous instrument because of its distinctiveness and versatility. It can sing lead, or backup the rhythm section. The direction you choose to pursue on the instrument is entirely unique to your experience and perspective. I've learned to create a wide range of sounds on the guitar from blues and rock to folk and soul, by playing with many different types of musicians over the years. I look forward to helping you learn the patterns and principals of music ...

About Scott
Hello fellow music lover!

My name is Scott, and I'm a musician with 15+ years of performance experience. I've studied performance at Berklee College of Music and performed in various configurations from funk/soul ensembles, to folk-rock bands and I write my own music that I perform as a solo artist.

I love teaching because it allows me to share my love of music and help people grow creatively in the direction of their choice. My feeling is, if you're choosing to invest in your artistic development, it should be an enjoyable experience based around what you're interested in learning about. To that end, all of my lessons are customized to the tastes and preferences of each student. We'll identify the goals you'd like to work towards, the music you want to play and take concrete steps in line with your creative vision.

My areas of e
xpertise include folk, blues, rock, soul, funk and pop music with particular interests in songwriting and improvisation. However, I'm versatile and open minded, so I'm willing to apply my skills to help you learn any style or sound that you are excited about!

Cheers,
Scott
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Khalil March 22, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great instructor with the knowledge to teach superbly, with the insight to reach high levels of efficiency!
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Dan March 13, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Scott is a patient and supportive teacher. He helped me tap into my musical intuition while also supporting a practical understanding of music theory. Working with Scott felt like having a mentor, rather a teacher, to support me on my musical journey.
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Kelly March 13, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Scott taught me introductory drums. Scott is warm, funny, and adaptable - he made learning fun and easy for me. I didn't feel dumb when I made mistakes, in no small part because Scott was very encouraging and pointed out the things I was doing well!

Another reason to take lessons with Scott - he's incredibly talented and plays multiple instruments. For example, I wanted to practice playing drums in a "band" setting, so Scott grabbed an electric bass and we started jamming.

10/10 would recommend, especially if you like laughing a lot while you learn a new skill!
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Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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About Edward W.

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North Attleboro, MA
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Most music teachers from stores will give you a very standard non-personalized approach to teaching. My style of teaching focuses on the student's goals and needs. I teach Guitar, Bass, and Ukulele. I also teach songwriting skills, good practice habits, and stage presence/performance tips, the necessary skills required to be an original performing artist that I developed with my own experience pursuing a music career

About Edward
Hello! I'm Edward, a musician of 20 years. Since I was 9 I have learned so much about all facets of music, and I'd like to share my knowledge and experience with you. I've done various things, like performing in bands, performing solo, writing my own songs, composing music, audio production, and much more. I can teach you not only skills on your instrument, but all about what's important about being a musician.

I also teach songwriting skills, good practice habits, and stage presence/performance tips, the necessary skills required to be an original performing artist that I developed with my own experience pursuing a music career
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Tom October 19, 2018
· Guitar ·
Eddie is a phenomenal guitarist, and an amazing teacher. He really conveys the lessons well and his knowledge of the craft is extensive. It only allows a maximum of 5 starts up there but take it from me, I’d give Eddie 10/10. Would recommend for sure.
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Jim September 6, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Edward has really brought me over the hump musically and made me into the musician I am today enough so where now I'm comfortable enough to play solo gigs. A very thorough teacher with a laid back agreeable personality, works well in many genres and techniques.
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Mikey free August 30, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
My guy god them wicked sick Weedley weeez naw mean ? Give him that paper
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Edward W.

North Attleboro, MA 02760
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About Jenilson M.

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Somerville, MA
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I am Brazilian and I have a lot of experience in Brazilian music ... Samba, Bossa Nova and MPB besides the various Brazilian rhythms. I work with a method / book of my own where I approach technical, harmonic and melodic questions, as well as improvisation.
I also teach classical guitar.
I really like working with singing accompanied by the guitar.

Sou brasileiro e tenho muita experiência em musica brasileira... Samba, Bossa Nova e MPB além dos diversos rítimos brasileiros. Trabalho com um método/livro de minha autoria onde abordo questões tecnicas, harmonicas e melódicas, bem como a improvização. Também ensino violão classico.
Gosto muito de trabalhar com o canto acompanhado pelo violão.

About Jenilson
• Experience as teacher of musical theory and instruments such as: guitar and cello.
• Great experience within Brazilian popular music.
• Pedagogical approach focused on student feedback and joint practice.
• Creative: Composer and developer of methods for teaching instruments.
• Patient, able to adapt to different audiences and excellent team spirit.

• Experiência como professor de teoria musical e instrumentos como: violão e violoncelo.
• Grande experiência dentro da música popular brasileira.
• Abordagem pedagógica focada no feedback do estudante e na prática conjunta.
• Criativo: Compositor e desenvolvedor de métodos para ensino de instrumentos.
• Paciente, capaz de adaptar-se a diferentes públicos e excelente espírito de equipe.

Achievements: • Invited to present Brazilian music in France through the Italian musician Roberto Cado
bri. Presentations as guitarist and singer in schools, subways and cultural centers in Paris, Frenes and Le Havre in Normandy. April 1988 to December 1990.
• Participation in bands, duets, solos and accompaniment of singers since 1994. Performance as guitarist, guitarist, singer and music producer.
• Participation of the closing show of the year 2011 of the Sonoro Space Academy Music School: preparation, rehearsal and execution with the students.
• Participation in 2016 as cellist in the UNB Symphony Orchestra (University of Brasília) in Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.
• Participation as cellist of the Camerata de Música Antiga of UNB since 2015.

Private courses since 1990 within the different domains already mentioned, with a very varied audience: Children (from 3 years old), adolescents and adults, within the school curriculum or individually, such as socio-cultural development.
Realizações : • Convidado para apresentações de música brasileira na França através do músico italiano Roberto Cadobri. Apresentações como violonista e cantor em escolas, metrô e centros culturais em Paris, Frênes e Le Havre na Normandia. Abril de 1988 a dezembro de 1990.
• Participação em bandas, duos, solos e acompanhamento de cantores/as desde 1994. Atuação como violonista, guitarrista, cantor e produtor musical.
• Participação do Show de encerramento do ano de 2011 da escola Espaço Sonoro Academia de Música: preparação, ensaio e execução junto aos alunos.
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Somerville, MA 02145
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About Jack E.

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Brighton, MA

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Want to learn your favorite songs? Always wanted to play the guitar to friends and family? Want to learn music in a fun and relaxed environment? My guitar lessons are tailored to your needs! It’s my goal that my students have fun learning the guitar, and can see results quickly!

About Jack
Jack is a gifted guitar player with lots of teaching experience and a terrific point of view.

Born and raised in Scotland, Jack started playing guitar at age 14 and fell in love with bands such as Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, and the Foo Fighters. Once he heard guitar virtuoso Steve Vai for the first time, that changed everything. Jack went on to attend a music school in Glasgow. During his time there he performed regularly in various bands playing rock, pop, and funk music, as well as teaching guitar on the side.

Jack recently graduated from Berklee College of Music, and hopes to write music for video games while continuing to teach guitar. As he says, “Teaching is so rewarding. My main goal is that students keep coming back because they’re having fun and feel rewarded too.”
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Janani October 17, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Jack is an incredible teacher! I was nervous and a little self conscious about my basic guitar playing skills in the beginning but he made me feel extremely comfortable and built my confidence in my skills. He refined my basics and would emphasize focus on me enjoying my playing but also enjoying the theoretical knowledge. He has an incredible sense of humor so the class environment was always positive and encouraging. Highly recommend Jack!
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Brandon October 16, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Jack is a great guitarist and a wonderful teacher. Learned a lot from him!
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Jae October 15, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
There is something about self doubt that really makes it hard to learn a new instrument, especially when you’re not a middler schooler. As a current college student in Boston, I’ve always wanted to learn how to play guitar (something about my ukulele just bored me at this point). When I looked for guitar clubs on campus, it turned out that every other member not only knew how to play guitar but also was really good at it too. Bummed there wasn’t a “beginner guitar newbie club” on campus, I turned to guitar schools around Boston. A lot of them dumbed down the guitar to a point where it felt condescending (ex: making up names for strings instead of learning notes). Discouraged, I searched online and happened upon Jack! His Scottish accent wasn’t the only thing that caught my attention, this guy can really shred! He manages to make you feel comfortable and never makes me feel dumb when I make a mistake or ask a question. He is the first guitar teacher in Boston, anyway, to actually show me how to be comfortable and confident with my instrument, even from the beginning.
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Jack E.

Brighton, MA 02135
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