- Teaches students:
- Ages 14 to 55
- Teaching since:
- July 2007
My endeavors in music first began playing drums back in elementary school. I continued playing for five years and participated in my local high school's marching and jazz band. I left public high school and attended Xaverian Brothers in Westwood, MA. It was here that I switched to playing the guitar. I took music theory, guitar and piano instruction courses and also played in the jazz and choir band and performed for Xaverian's masses and functions. I decided that I would pursue my music career at Berklee.
I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a bachelor's degree in Performance. I began as a metal and blues/rock player but began studying jazz upon entering Berklee. I have eight years of private instruction and have studied with many guitarists including David Tronzo, Joe Stump, Sal Difusco, and Chris Buono. I play all styles of music including blues, rock, jazz, funk, metal, country, and metal. I also have extensive knowledge on contemporary/jazz harmony and music theory.
I have had the pleasure of being able to play live performances and recording sessions. I've worked with artists from Boston, Buffalo, Toronto, & Nashville. I've learned little nuisances for both environments and grown much as a player having experienced both.
I love teaching because I enjoy seeing my students grow and develop their skills on the guitar and to know that I had a part in that growth is a feeling like no other. I remember as student piecing together all the theory and fret board navigation and always appreciated how my teacher's stuck with me and would always try and help me out.
I have always found the guitar to be a great instrument to learn and have found it and music in general to be a great way to inspire creativity. Whether you play to create art or whether you play for yourself, it all comes from a passion for music.
*** Lesson Details ***
I enjoy teaching all ages, either beginners or advanced musicians. I am always patient when it comes to learning music. Music is a language and can seem like learning to talk all over again. If a student is having a hard time with a concept, I try to break it down and try other methods in explaining so as to assure the student understands.
I understand that people learn at different rates and I always try my best to keep students interested in the guitar. I always try and incorporate fun into lessons while at the same time making sure students practice the materials given to them. In the end, it's all about playing music and I always encourage jams with play-along-tracks and playing in a duo setting.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a semi-hollow guitar, metronome, and music stand.
*** Specialties ***
Metal, Blues, Rock, Jazz, Funk, Latin, Reggae, Country, Pop, Punk, Performance Skills, Jazz Harmony/ Theory, Guitar Linear/ Arpeggio Concepts, Scalar Techniques
James G has been a terrific guitar teacher for my 11 year old son. It is his first time taking guitar lessons and James has been patient and very engaged with my son.James is very kind and conscientious about making sure my son understands the lesson and what he needs to do to practice. James is a very good listener and he clearly cares about making the lesson fun and interesting for my son. My son looks forward to these lessons each week and because of James great style and ability to connect with my son he has kept him interested and very excited about playing the guitar. We couldn't have asked for a better fit.+ Read More