Ed Finn

Ed F.

Hobe Sound, FL
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Music Recording

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I am certified by Avid for ProTools 10. In addition to being an audio engineer, I am a career guitarist and a music producer.

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Ed teaches



Ed delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 9+

Teaching since:
August 1985

Professional guitarist since 1966
Professional educator since 1985
Certified music instructor by the state of California
Faculty member of a famous guitar school
Guitarist for Tony & Emmy award winning actress/singer Nell Carter 1990-1995
Guitarist for gold record recording artist/pianist Roger Williams 1996-2011
Played on various television and film soundtracks
Various television and film appearances
Avid Pro Tools 10 Certified User Level

Lessons with me are tailored to you. If you want to learn songs and licks, I'll teach you songs and licks. If you want to learn the guitar in a deeper more technical sense, I'm prepared to take you as deep as you want to go.

Help is on the way. I'll teach you what you want to know.

*** Lesson Details ***
Like Burger King...Have it your way. You set the agenda. I'll help you define a goal. I'll always tell you what I think you need to work on to improve your skill and your craft.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pro Tools 10
Digital Performer
Mac & PC

*** Specialties ***
Applied Harmony & Theory for composing, arranging, and improvising music.

Ear Training to learn what to listen for in a rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic sense.

Sight Reading to translate a composers musical ideas back into sound whether it was written earlier today or 500 years ago.

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Adjunct Instructor of Jazz Guitar
Aug 2014 - Present
Black Hawk College, Moline, IL

Private lessons for Jazz Guitar majors taught remotely on the internet via Skype.

Aug 1985 - Mar 2017
Musician's Institute, Hollywood, CA

Classroom instructor and private counselor since 1985.


Professional Guitar
Mar 1983 - Mar 1984
Musician's Institute, Hollywood, CA
Audit Jazz Improvization
Sep 1980 - Mar 1981
Florida Atlantic University @ Boca Raton
Audit Classical Guitar
Sep 1975 - Jan 1976
Jefferson State College, Birmingham, AL
Music Education major / English minor
Sep 1969 - Jun 1971
Black Hawk College, Moline, IL


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Certified Instructor in Private Postsecondary Education
Aug 1990
The State of California


Instructor of the year
Sep 2004
Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA


National Association of Music Merchants
Oct 2004

NAMM is the not-for-profit association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages.

D'Adarrio Education Collective
Jan 2004

a global community of music educators who are committed to inspiring the next generation of lifelong musicians. Our program provides music teachers with access to resources and other tools to help support their role in education. The Education Collective will grow to include opportunities to network with other teachers, share your knowledge and content, and attend special educational events. Our goal is to support those that support the future of music.

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4 Reviews

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KYLE Dec 27, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Ed is very knowledgeable and makes the learning process enjoyable

Larry Nov 10, 2018
Guitar · In home

Ed's vast knowledge, experience and easy demeanor is helping me finally gain a better knowledge of the fretboard and expand beyond "blues box 1" and connect the patterns. I think I see a light bulb.

Larry Oct 22, 2018
Guitar · In home

Ed has a pleasant easy going personality. I've had a couple of teachers who were great players, but lousy teachers. I quit my last teacher because he was completely unprepared and what we did had nothing to do with what we did the previous lesson that I had spent so much time practicing. I got the feeling he thought he was so good he could just wing it. Wrong. I've only had one lesson with Ed, but he seems well prepared and he has his program structured so the student can learn in a progressive manor.

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Christopher hallberg Mar 28, 2018
Guitar · In home

Never touched a guitar until now I am68 he is very patient and I am learning alot

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