Greg Lanza

Greg L.

Saint Augustine, FL
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Lesson Details

Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Over the last decade of teaching guitar full time to hundreds of students, my passion remains the same - teaching my students how to play the guitar, not just the songs. My own journey as a heavy metal lead guitarist and songwriter who's transitioned to classical music, folk and the blues has prepared me to teach how to play the guitar in almost every single style of music.
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About

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Greg delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2006

For the last thirty years, from the day that I got my first electric as a teenager, to my work today as an acoustic guitarist for the band, Timberwood, and currently as a teacher of more than forty students a week, my life has been devoted to the guitar.

I'm an experienced veteran of the metal and hard rock scene of the 80's and 90's in eastern Virginia. As I grew older, I took formal lessons focusing on classical guitar, while growing to love the blues. The year that I turned 34, I quit my corporate job, took a leap of faith, helped to build and brand a new music school in Chesapeake, Virginia, working there as a full-time music school manager and guitar instructor.

I now teach an incredibly diverse group of students of every age, background and experience level in my home studio here in the fast-growing World Golf Village area of Saint Augustine, Florida and at the Jacksonville School of Music in Jacksonville, Florida.

My teaching philosophy is simple - teach how to play the guitar, not just how to play the songs. I pride myself on being a positive and patient teacher, dedicated to his craft and to each student's success.

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Experience

Guitar Instructor
Jun 2012 - Present
The Jacksonville School of Music

At the Jacksonville School of Music, I teach a diverse group of over forty students every week, each lesson personalized to meet the needs of every individual.

Guitar Instructor
May 2006 - Dec 2011
DnD Music

As a full-time guitar instructor at DnD Music, I taught over forty students every week, focusing on style, technique and note reading.

Education

Guitar Performance and Pedagogy Instruction
May 2005 - Dec 2012
DnD Music

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Child Care Development Associate
Jun 2018
Smart Horizons Career Online Education

In earning this certificate, I focused on child development and education.

Photos & Videos

Learn guitar from 30-year veteran player, Greg Lanza!
Saint Augustine, Florida acoustic duo, Timberwood

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Greg, playing a cover of James Taylor's "Carolina in My Mind"
Saint Augustine, Florida acoustic duo, Timberwood

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Performing at a benefit concert in Jacksonville, Florida

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Performing at Planet Sarbez! in Saint Augustine Beach, Florida

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Photo by Greg L.

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Greg and his wife, Heather, on their wedding day

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Watch Greg play!

5 Reviews

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Robert Feb 26, 2019
Blues Guitar · In studio

I was very impressed, satisfied and happy about my guitar lessons with Greg.
I'm German and booked just 5 lessons due to travel reasons. There was very vage input from me to Greg when we started (I always play the same; want to get new ideas; ...). Greg did not just provide a regular standard lesson. He focused and addressed 100%+ my desires and needs. Greg provided me very conrete and great input in several aspects to what I can do to improve my guitar playing. This was very useful to me and enabled me to move my guitar play forward. I highly recommend Greg to anybody.

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Janice D. Nov 9, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Greg is a great teacher! In just 4 months, I have learned so much about music theory, basic chords and history of guitar. He packs a lot of info in one lesson. He is patient and encouraging. He has exposed me to many artists who play guitar. He gives me good tips on how to form the chords easier. Greg makes learning to play guitar FUN!

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Heather Nov 8, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Greg is an excellent teacher. He keeps lessons interesting and caters to what his student wants to learn. The very first class he asked me to come next class with 5 songs that I ultimately wanted to learn. Over the course of the following lessons, he would incorporate skills needed to play those songs. He would reference my "dream songs" when learning other skills and explain that I would need this later to be able to play my songs. It is awesome because all while I was learning what I thought was random guitar knowledge, he was prepping me to play my "dream songs". He is also hilarious! He has a great sense of humor which helps keep the lessons fun and interesting. He is easy to approach if I am confused by something and is able to come at it in a different manner to get me to truly understand. He also has immense patience which is awesome for someone like me who doesn't always have time to practice as much as I would like. I would highly recommend Greg to any age student as he knows how to make learning guitar fun and approachable!

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Soraya Mar 7, 2018
Guitar · In studio

I started taking guitar lessons with Greg at the Jacksonville School of Music nearly 5 years ago when I was 11. Since I started taking lessons here, Greg has taught me nearly everything I need to know about guitar, especially music theory, which involves many things such as chord progressions and scales. This has helped me write songs and improvise guitar solos in songs. Because of his teaching skills, I was able to learn new guitar skills very quickly. I don’t think any other guitar teacher can provide me with as much guitar knowledge as Greg does. In my opinion, he is the best and most helpful guitar teacher in Jacksonville

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Heather M. L. Sep 12, 2017
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As Greg's bandmate, I can attest to his patience, professionalism, creativity and his dedication to the guitar.

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