Jake Smith

Jake S.

Methuen, MA

Lesson Details

Country Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Together we'll study the guitar styles of great country guitar players, young and old! Whether you like the music of George Strait, Taylor Swift, or Brad Paisley (or all of the above!), all country guitar has the same fundamentals. I can show you how to play your favorite country songs, and how to play a rippin' country guitar solo! Whatever your musical goals, I'll do my best to help you reach them!
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Jake teaches



Jake delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2009

A "Summa Cum Laude" graduate of Boston's Berklee College of Music, Jake specializes in teaching guitar, electric bass, mandolin, and ukulele. Jake works closely with his students to help them reach their personal goals. Every musician uses a similar set of essential skills in their music, whether they play classical or contemporary music. Through the use of modern and classic music that the students are drawn to, Jake places emphasis on these traditional musical skills that have stood the test of time.
Jake maintains an active performance schedule as well. He serves as the lead guitarist for "60's Invasion", a Boston and Southern New Hampshire area show band. He also performs with "The Rhythm Exchange Jazz Quartet", "The Deep Blue "C" Studio Orchestra", and has performed multiple times for Former President George W. Bush and Former First Lady Barbara Bush. Jake has studied privately with Jon Finn (The Boston Pops Orchestra, The Jon Finn Group), Bruce Bartlett, Jon Wheatley, Ed Saindon, and Clay Steininger.

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Adjunct Faculty - Guitar Instructor
Sep 2018 - Present
Northern Essex Community College

Music Teacher
Sep 2009 - Present
The Guitar Garage (Methuen, MA) and Private In-Home Lessons

Guitar/Bass/Mandolin/Ukulele Instructor (2009-Present)

Ensemble Lessons (2014-Present)

Private In-Home Lessons (2015-present)

Jan 2009 - Present

60’s Invasion – Guitarist (2015-Present)

Deep Blue “C” Orchestra – Guitarist/Assistant Conductor/Arranger (2015-Present)

The Rhythm Exchange Jazz Ensemble – Guitarist/Arranger (2011-Present)

Megan Harney and the Back Bay Band – Guitarist (2014-Present)

Theater Orchestras for productions of “Suffolk University Fall Festival”, “Spring Awakening” (semi-pro production), “RENT” (college production), “Footloose” (college production), “Bells are Ringing” (High School Production), “Les Miserables” (High School Production), “Bye Bye Birdie" (Middle School Production) – Guitarist

Berklee Latin Jazz Ensemble, Directed by Dan Moretti – Guitarist (2014)

Berklee Mixed Pop and Jazz Ensemble, Directed by Bobby Gallegos – Guitarist (2014)

Jazz-Rock Big Band / Hockey Pep Band for University of Massachusetts Lowell, Directed by Dan Lutz - Guitarist (2009-2012)

UMass Lowell Marching Band, Front Ensemble – Front Ensemble Coordinator (2012) and Bassist (2011-2012)

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Bachelor Of Music in Professional Music
Sep 2013 - Aug 2015
Berklee College Of Music
Guitar Performance
Sep 2009 - May 2012
University of Massachusetts Lowell


Eagle Scout
Sep 2009
Boy Scouts of America

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Rose Mary L. Mar 3, 2016
Blues Guitar · In home

Jake is quite good. He is easy to talk to and understands what I expect
to get from these lessons. We discussed aspects of learning which included
how to hold the guitar, hand position, etc. He gave me exercises to
practice and we played together given what I already know. I enjoyed the
first lesson very much and would recommend him.

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