About James R.
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I'm a trained Musician (Private Lessons) and have been Studying & Teaching for over 37 years. I've taught, Recorded & Played everywhere from small to Large venues from NJ, NY to CA and back. So you don"t just get the Lesson, You also get all that culture and experience along with it in every Lesson you take. All Lessons are done at UBG Music School, located in North Brunswick, NJ which I am the Owner and Head Teacher at the School. I do offer Lessons through Skype & Hangouts (Google) as well if for some reason it's more convenient for you. I Guarantee you"ll learn more studying with me in one year, then with anyone else around. I Pride myself in giving my student 100% my undivided attention in every Lesson. The School is equipped with a Class A Recording Studio (which I incorporate into the Lessons) so you not only get a Great Lessons but you'll also get the experience of working and being recorded in a Professional Recording Studio. You will learn a lot in a very short period of time, but you will also have a lot fun doing it as well. For The person interested in learning Guitar I'll teach you to Understand that you'll Develop Correctly, and Much Faster By always practicing on the Acoustic Guitar, and then if you'd like to go and play or perform on the Electric Guitar, you'll be 100% Better as a Musician then if you just played only on the Electric Guitar. That is a Key element to what all the Professionals Musicians like myself do. I no longer accept every other week lessons, only weekly lessons.
I have a 24 hour Cancellation policy, if I'm not notified within 24 hours of your lesson I will accept payment.
Thank you and I Look forward Helping you reach your goals.
Teaches students 8 and up
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
Teaching since 1980
I've taken lessons before and have always become disappointed because there was never any structure to the lessons and theory was treated as secondary. I wanted to really delve into theory because that is the knowledge needed to have no limits. Finally, I found Jimmy. He is a true teacher. Jimmy makes sure he teaches you the theory behind what you are doing. I have been playing for over ten years and was not progressing. After just a few lessons with him, I am starting to truly see the fretboard. I am finally excited again!Show More
Great at explaining music for beginners in a way that is simple, fun and efficient!
I'm quite an experienced singer. I've been seen in a cappella groups and bands and solo for many years however recently I've had trouble reaching my higher range and difficulty with falsetto. James has helped me to figure out the issue and I'm working on proper breath support and other issues I was having. My hope is to continue singing for the rest of my life and James has given me proper approach for vocal longevity.Show More
James brings experience, patience, and a solid plan to help make you a better musician. As a beginner he is helping me grasp the fundamentals so that I have the tools necessary to take on the next challenge in my journey to become a musician.
Jimmy has a nice balance between encouraging interest and basic understanding of music theory, with the fun of learning an instrument. His clear passion for music and teaching others to enjoy it too helps me progress on my personal goals, timeline and availability.Show More
Jimmy is very knowledgeable and very approachable. In a short time, he has helped me to unlock the fretboard. Highly recommended.
Jimmy is an awesome teacher all around! He is very patient and makes me feel comfortable and confident. He has many helpful tips that progress me quickly and clearly truly cares about teaching! I highly recommend taking lessons with Jimmy!
James has been a great teacher so far. He never wastes time and is clear and concise. I plan to continue with my lessons for the foreseeable future!
James teaches how to play the guitar with proper technique. He teaches music theory which is essential in becoming a true musician. He is also very patient and easy to learn from. If you are serious about learning how to play guitar this is the best place to start. I have had three lessons and already feel much more confident in my guitar knowledge and playing abilities.Show More
I spent my first year learning to play guitar via the intranet including many hours spent watching YouTube videos. While I learned many scales, chords, songs and some theory, I never had a clear and logical approach to learning or practice.
My first lesson with Jimmy was an eye opener as I had to re-learn my technique and eliminate the bad habits I copied from the internet. I have completed a number of lessons now and found Jimmy's method has given me everything I was looking for - a solid approach providing music theory and practice routines. My playing has improved dramatically. I am confident Jimmy can help me achieve my music goals.
My singing has improved since I started working with Jimmy. I've learned I was doing some things wrong and corrected them. Trey (Age 14)
I appreciate Jimmy's patience and flexibility. He is very knowledgeable. Trey's mom
Jimmy is very knowledgable and excellent at teaching. He is the real deal, and I am so glad to have found him.
I've taken 6 vocal lessons with Jimmy so far and he is an excellent instructor, very patient, knowledgeable, passionate
I have to find my own music sheet
Great teacher. willing to start with the basics. very patient and encouraging. I plan on taking classes with him for a long time. Would highly recommend!
Great so far! Laid out a clear picture of where the voice needs to come from and basic ideas for practice.
James is an excellent voice teacher. He is very thorough in terms of explaining the concepts behind a proper singing voice (which is something I was missing in my approach to singing). Within just a few lessons with James, I had already gained a deeper understanding of how a singing voice should sound and feel as opposed to a normal speaking voice. He also takes the time to thoroughly answer any questions you may have as they come up during your lessons.Show More
Jimmy's been a great teacher and has made it exciting to learn music in general. I look forward to my future lessons with him.
Jim is a through and through professional. He has a very measured and logical approach to his lessons, and manages to keep things fun while drilling the fingering, patterns, and vocabulary into your head. I've been taking lessons with him for a couple of months now and I feel like I am learning a lot every week, and I'm getting measurably better. Just be sure to do your homework! Thanks, Jim!Show More
I’m an adult student with a job and Jimmy has been very adjusting about rescheduling my lessons if the need arises. I bought a set of 5 lessons to get a feel for being taught drumming as a beginner. The lessons have been useful as Jimmy sticks to basics and is patient and knowledgeable.Show More
When my 7-year-old son asked for guitar lesson's, my wife and I were at a loss. As we are not musically inclined at all. We found Jimmy from a friends recommendation and could not be happier. Our son, loves his lesson's with Jimmy, he is learning music theory , how to read music and how to make his guitar sing (for a 7-year-old, at least). Jimmy is very patient and attentive to the needs of such a small learner. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking to play.Show More
Jim is a very good instructor for me. He has great patience with me and proceeds in an orderly professional manner.
Very professional and knowledgeable in the field. Highly recommend.
Jimmy is a great teacher, he has tons of knowledge to share and also a lot of patience!!
I'm an ABSOLUTE BEGINNER, and James is very patient and thorough. I look forward to each lesson!
I've only just had my first lesson with James (aka Jimmy), and it is evident he has a very deep knowledge and experience. The manner with which James imparts his obvious talent and/or complex music theory to a novice like me is expressed in perfectly understandable terms. I hope to continue anon with James as I am able.Show More
I have been taking voice lessons with Jimmy for the last 5 months. I never had musical training and was not even sure I had a voice ..... but I really wanted to sing and decided to give it a try. Jimmy is very knowledgeable about both physical and mental/emotional aspects of singing. It has been quite a journey..... but now I know that I do indeed have a voice. Of course it was a lot of work - Jimmy always had a homework for me - but It still feels like a miracle.
I am looking forward to further lessons with him so that I can keep learning.
He is a very good instructor.
Great first session - he took my fear away 👍 ... looking forward to next session!
I'm taking vocal and harmonica lessons from James. He has made it fun to learn and has been very accommodating in his schedule. I have no music background but I am learning quite quickly, thanks to James.
Jimmy is the best. After learning to play the guitar on my own, he helped me correct many poor habits, and understand how to get a better sound. He introduced me to music theory, and helped me learn my way around the instrument. He breaks down very complex information and makes it understandable. I learned more from him in a few months than years of searching around the internet.Show More
He makes learning fun and easy
I have enjoyed and learned from my lessons with James
At 61 years old I wanted a challenge, and that was to learn how to play the bass guitar. Having had absolutely no previous training, and being quite terrified, James gave me the confidence that this was possible to achieve.
His knowledge to teach a simple approach in the theory of music, his patience, and ability to instruct in a way that makes sense, made learning exciting for me.
Highly recommend him to anyone who is interested in going beyond what they think they're capable of in a caring one on one environment. :)
Just the first lesson so hard to judge but James was very professional and seems like he is heavy on technique as well as theory which will be good for me, looking forward to applying myself and seeing if I can get some good playing skills
James is knowledgeable about the subject and has a technique to teaching that makes it fun and enjoyable to learn and encourages you to practice. His process is methodical as well as informative but he also brings in the student's technique to make sure you're developing properly when it comes to applying what is taught theoretically.Show More
Jimmy is very locked in as an instructor.
I struggled with some of his instructions at first but he will push and guide you in the direction you need to go. With this guidance comes exercises physical as well as verbal. He will paint pictures so you understand your instrument better. Then use exercises so you can understand what those pictures actually are.
He understands all his crafts very well and wants you to be able to do the same.
I've only taken 5 lessons with Jimmy, but I have already learned more than a lot of my friends who have been playing guitar for years! I'm really grateful for all the help Jimmy has given me in such a short time!
The lessons I received were informative and useful to expand my playing of the guitar
Brand new music student learning harmonica. Jimmy has been great working with a new student having no background in music. He provides both music theory and simple to follow instructions for learning to play. Taking lessons online has not been an issue. Follow-up for each lesson is provided by email and Jimmy is very responsive to questions between lessons.
I'll continue taking lessons with Jimmy and expand to other instruments.
James was great! He clearly showed me some basic steps in learning how to play the Harmonica and I am looking forward to more lessons with him. He has a very pleasant and easy-going manner.
GREAT explaining! TY James
I have been taking lessons with Jimmy for years now for music theory, acoustic guitar, singing, recording, and now songwriting. Its awesome to have all those options in one place. Jimmy has a lot of experience when it comes to writing songs and it shows in the way he teaches. He always shows excitement towards the new songs I bring to him, and encourages me to keep writing. He has taught me how easy it can be to create songs, while taking what he has taught me with music theory to push the song to the next level. The best part is when I decide I like a song, he has the ability to record it for me in his studio. This process of recording and listening to what you have created is invaluable. I always look forward to lessons with Jimmy and highly recommend him.Show More
I've been taking acoustic guitar lessons with Jimmy for a year and a half. When I started with Jimmy, I had no music theory background... none. I know I still have a lot more to learn, but now I am familiar with concepts including modes, constructing the diatonic major scale, sharps and flats, the circle of fourths and fifths... the list goes on. Jimmy has even guided me through transposing a chord progression. I could go on, but to summarize, because of Jimmy's teaching style, willingness to answer questions, and music knowledge, I now know a lot about how music works. :-)Show More
As Jim states on his bio, he teaches from age 8 and up. I'm one of his "up" students who's been playing guitar for a few years, but never took time to learn theory because I thought it was too confusing or difficult to learn. After being stuck in a rut for the past 30 years, I finally realized that I could be a guitar player, instead of just playing guitar, by understanding WHY I'm playing what I playing. I planned to take a few lessons to see how it would go. That was 4 months ago. Now when I pick up my guitar, I have a plan and am excited to learn more each week. Jim's approach to teaching theory makes it clear for anyone of any age or expertise. If you're young and want to learn the right way, Jim will teach you the right way. For us older folks, I found out you CAN teach an old dog new tricks... I highly recommend Jimmy!Show More
I have been taking songwriting with James for 4 months now. I have learned so much in that time. I still continue to grow my songwriting skills with his lessons. I would recommend James if you’re looking for songwriting lessons.
My lesson with James was excellent
He is quite good, very personable and has great musical knowledge
Looking forward to my next lessons!
Enjoyed my lesson
Looking forward to the next
I enjoyed the lesson very much!
He is very nice and patient, and my first class was so good. I am very looking forward to the next class
James is a great teacher. I have been taken singing and songwriting lessons with James for around two months now. I have learned a lot of skills and confidence, I never thought I could have. James also makes sure he’s going through the lesson at a speed you feel comfortable with.Show More
I really love James, not only because his understanding of vocal techniques but also because of his humor and easy-goingness.
First lesson was very interesting and can't wait to move forward !!
I've met James weekly for the past five weeks and I'm very happy with the experience. I'm new to acoustic guitar and these are my first lessons - James is patient and teaches the basics about the instrument, music theory and introduces chords, movement and reading in a way that logically builds. He is approachable and in tune (pun intended) with my learning curve. I look forward to each lesson and learning to play a little better each week!Show More
I've been taking lessons for a year and I really enjoy Jimmy's approach. Jimmy takes the time to explain the proper technique for everything, including the different ways to hold the sticks.
He is always available to answer questions which really helps between lessons.
Soon to be sainted for his patience. Highly recommend Jim for his manner and positive approach.
First lesson and so far so good!
I used to play drums, but since I live in a small studio apartment, I had to give it up for a while. I decided to take guitar lessons as a replacement. I did some research online for teachers and based on the reviews and videos, I decided to contact Jimmy.
I knew nothing about guitar, music theory, scales, chords, etc...nothing! I was nervous and overwhelmed about learning and studying it all. I've been taking lessons for about three months now and within the first month, I was already learning scales and chords. Jimmy's structure is very efficient and thorough and tries to make the learning process easier for his students to understand.
As a person, Jimmy is cool, laid back and very down to earth. He's very flexible if you need to re-schedule a lesson. He's always available by phone/text or email if you have any questions or if you're stuck trying to figure something out. The stuff he teaches and the advice he gives will definitely help you apply it for when you perform or jam with other musicians. A quote he repeatedly says has stuck to me: "It's not about practice, practice, practice...it's about WHAT you practice." And it's true. Jimmy will teach you how to be a trained musician, not just an average guitar player.
Even though it's only been three months, I've learned so much! I really look forward to where I'll be in the next few months/years. He's also giving me the opportunity to get back into drumming! I'm very glad I decided to take lessons with Jimmy!
Very friendly and patient, knows his music theory as well as his instruments.
Very helpful and great sense of humor
Patient, knowledgeable, professional
Friendly, knowledgeable and easy to work with. I learned a lot.
I have been taking lessons with Jimmy for a few months now. I have seen great improvement with my skill and overall knowledge of the guitar and music. He is a very patient teacher while being able to push you to achieve your best. He is very flexible with scheduling and any time I have an issue he works with me to reschedule. Overall I really enjoy learning from Jimmy and will continue to take lessons with him. I highly recommend working with him!Show More
I have been studying with Jim for almost two years now. He has a great structure to his studying that creates an organized and focused outcome. He is very personable and can take on any types of students. Jim makes a comfortable environment for any student to enjoy learning and to have a great instructor as well. Highly Recommend!!Show More
Started with Jim Back in Feb 2015...Im in my 50's and didn't have a clue, my girl gave me a guitar for Christmas and new it was on my bucket list to learn, and learn I did with Jim. Patience and clear, no pressure lessons are what I got. All I wanted to do is sit in my yard and play something that sounded like something, lol.... I am slowly getting better and better as long as I keep to my practice and Jim is always there to help even when I am not in class so to speak. He answers you phone calls and texts if u have questions or forgot something, even sends videos if u need it... Glad I got on board with this guy and I am hoping for more and more enjoyment from my instrument...Give him a shot, I did and pretty sure you wont be disappointedShow More
Jim has a natural talent for teaching, he is knowledgeable and patient. Almost completed my first 5 lessons and I have already signed up for several more.
Jimmy has a very in-depth approach to teach music, starting from the fundamentals and building on top of them. I've been studying acoustic guitar and mainly music theory with Jimmy for the past 3 months with no prior music knowledge, and I believe I already learned a huge amount about music.
I prefer taking the 1 hour lessons each week, since it provides enough time to think about the material being taught and to ask meaningful questions. I believe Jimmy's objective is to get the student to think about music critically, not just to memorize information.
I fully enjoy the lessons and think they are worth the effort and time!
I've been taking lessons for almost a year, and am still very happy with Jimmy's teaching technique and content. He continues to explain things clearly and lessons are still fun. He challenges but is not unreasonably demanding because he understands that there are other things going on in life.Show More
My 11y daughter started guitar with James. James is giving her a nice learning experience by combining the basic theory and playing songs. My daughter loves playing guitar and enjoys the class very much. I am happy that she started learning guitar with James. He is a dedicated teacher.Show More
Jimmy teach music not just guitar. He teaches common senses ways to make it easy to understand and retain. He is an excellent teacher
Jimmy is a great music teacher. He blends music theory and application in the right proportion to suit your needs. By teaching the fundamentals of music theory, he enables you to build a strong foundation. It's challenging for me to find time to practice but music lessons from Jimmy inspires me to make time to practice and dig deeper into music theory. The best part about his teaching style is that he structures and adapts his lessons to ensure that the student is having fun learning.Show More
If you want to learn the correct way and understand the why behind it he's your guy. James's (Jimmy's) enthusiasm and love of music shows in all he does, from lessons to recording, I wholeheartedly recommend Jimmy Ruperto!!
Jimmy is one of the best instructors I have come across. Not only does he have tremendous knowledge and experience but he makes his students feel welcomed and brings a personal connection with the student rather than the other instructors who were straight to the point. I went through music theory which helped me a lot because history of music and the roots of it really is a fundamental value to have when picking up any instrument. I recommend jimmy to anyone who has been thinking about music, who's never know how to play music and who has been scared to start again because of prior instructors. Jimmy can help with all.Show More
Well, if we get to only chat for 20 minutes and with no hint of music, how is that a music lesson. Quite disappointed.
Great first lesson. Jimmy is polite, personable, punctual, professional and easy going. He set the tone for what is expected and what steps to take to become a successful musician.
Can't wait for my next lesson!
James was very flexible about working with my schedule. He's also very patient and clear, and works well with students of any level. He clearly knows his stuff, backwards and forwards, and is happy to help everyone get to the next level. I'm enjoying working with him!Show More
James is very kind and patient! He worked well with my daughter and she truly felt comfortable with him! I highly recommend him if you are looking for a vocal teacher!
I have been taking lessons with Jimmy for 3 months now and have learned so much in that time. I was excited to learn the acoustic guitar, but a bit nervous since I have never taken any type of musical lesson or have ever had any success with learning an instrument. Jimmy's patience and fun personality put me at ease right away. I am an elementary teacher of over 20 years, so I could tell that I had made the right choice in coming to Jimmy for lessons. Jimmy takes the time to teach music theory, which I appreciate, and answers any questions that have. He is a very dedicated musician whose experience and knowledge become apparent as he teaches his students, and when you view his studio. He is very reliable, always getting back to me quickly when I correspond with him. If I have had to change lesson days due to weather or family commitments, he is always understanding and flexible. I highly recommend him to other perspective students and look forward to growing as a musician with him as my teacher!Show More
A friend and I talked about learning to play the guitar. This friend gave me a gift of my first lesson three months ago, and I've already learned a lot more than I ever expected in such a short time. Jimmy is such a knowledgeable teacher, and a very patient guy, There have been several times when I've asked him to review something he's taught me. He explains things clearly and in a respectful way, never making me feel inadequate. I am learning so much about music theory and why he is teaching me what he's teaching, and that helps things make more sense. (Well, most things! Haha!) I highly recommend Jimmy as a teacher and thank my friend Tim for such a great gift.Show More
Over the past 2 months, I’ve found Jimmy to be a phenomenal teacher. While I’ve spent my whole life experimenting with my voice, what I’ve learned in these past months has completely transformed both how I understand singing and my voice itself. No doubt, I still have a long way to go, but over this short period of time, I really cannot believe how much Jimmy has already helped me tap into a fullness and range I never thought my voice had.
I think what’s best about Jimmy is he fully understands what it takes to become a good singer, and how to fully find one’s singing voice. I will admit, the exercises Jimmy has you perform seem a bit odd at first, but it’s all part of the learning process to understand the mechanics of how to sing properly. Like all things worthwhile, results don’t happen overnight (although a couple months isn’t too shabby), but I can promise that if you study with Jimmy, you will have a teacher who has walked the path, knows it backwards and forwards, and will be able to help train you to sing fuller, healthier, and typically with more range. Furthermore, Jimmy tailors your lessons to your genre of choice!
Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.
He is awesome instructor my son is autistic and he took his time with him and he focuses and completes his lessons with great excitment
Jimmy is a great instructor. He takes you seriously no matter what you skill or knowledge level is. When I started with Jimmy I could play guitar but generally only Cowboy chords.
Jim was patient, he analyzed how I played , what I knew and he tailored lessons around what I knew. That way I got the most out of my time and money spent. I can go on and on about Jimmy but for you sake I'll just say that I highly recommend him
Jimmy is the best vocal teacher around. I call him my vocal coach because his teaching is more like coaching. He allows you to develop at your own pace. He does not rush you. His patience and diligence to help you develop your abilities as a singer demonstrates how much he cares for you to be your very best in a short period of time. His recording studio is state of the art in that you feel you are a professional singer recording your music. He is the best out there!Show More
I've had lessons with Jimmy for a year. I didn't talk with him as much during our lessons in the beginning but soon, I was able to laugh and really start talking with him. As a teacher, Jimmy makes sure that you're comfortable learning with him from day 1. He slowly eases into the learning of music theory and how the guitar works. He makes sure that you stay interested while learning what's necessary about music. You can tell that he has a enormous passion for music, that he's even made mine evolve to the point where not only am I learning how to play the guitar, but singing as well! Having learned from him, I was able to stay relaxed and comfortable. He makes sure to understand the way you learn and uses it to help drive your passion to the right direction. Learning from him was one of the best choices I've made. And choosing him as your teacher will be one of the greatest experiences you'll have!Show More
My 9 year old daughter has been taking lessons with Jimmy for about six months. She has learned a lot about the guitar in general, as well as music as a whole, and I love to hear her strumming away in her bedroom. Jimmy is a patient and kind teacher, he's very good with kids and my daughter looks forward to her lessons with him all week. I am astounded by how much she's learned in just six short months.Show More
I have been taking lessons with Jimmy for 3 years and could not ask for a better teacher. He makes my interest grow and has a wealth of knowledge and the patience to share it. He challenges me regularly. I only wish I had found him sooner as previous instructors never had the flexibility or patience that Jimmy has.
Learning in such a relaxed environment has worked very well for me. My son has since started lessons with Jimmy as well and it has become a great experience for both of us.
Jimmy's patience with my 6 year-old son was remarkable. I was reluctant to start him so young, but Jimmy explained things in a way he could understand, and always encouraged him to ask questions. My son learned so much, and he was really excited to learn, thanks to Jimmy's calm demeanor and skill as a teacher. I would recommend Jimmy to ANYONE that wants to learn, he is a wonderful teacher!Show More
Jimmy is just unbelievable. He's friendly, and always finds the positive in the process of teaching. I've studied guitar, and recorded vocals in his studio.
He makes himself available, and is gracious when circumstances prevents the lesson for that week. Given my busy schedule, I've had to stop the guitar lessons. However, I just saw that they may be able to be done online?...If that's the case, please contact me Jimmy. I'd love to re-start asap.
I've been taking lessons with Jimmy for over a year now. He's a great instructor and really takes the time out to ensure I understand and grasp all the concepts he teaches. Learning in his studio has been fun and inspiring because I get to experience what it's like to record music. It's also a very useful in hearing myself recorded so I can play it back and see where I can improve. Jimmy is a great guy and a true professional. I would highly recommend taking lessons with him.Show More
My son Ben has been taking lessons with Jimmy for over a year now and his progress is astounding. He had previously taken lessons with someone else and in just a few months with Jimmy far surpassed what he learned in 9 months elsewhere. Jimmy is affordable, helpful and really breaks down what is needed to successfully play guitar for a beginner and is pushing Ben further as he grows. TAKE LESSONS WITH JIMMY!!!!! :)Show More
James is a really great teacher with his clear explanations and making sure you really understand him. He will test you on the things he taught you to make sure you're not forgetting. I take theory lessons and guitar lessons with him, so I'm tested all the time. He's serious with his work, but he makes it fun and enjoyable. It really is fun and a great way to get what you want from learning music. It is DEFINITELY worth it to take lessons with him. If you don't, then you're missing out on great experiences.Show More
I have been taking lessons with Jimmy now for over 2 years. Jimmy's understanding and patience goes above and beyond what you can ask for in a teacher and mentor. Every time I step foot into his studio I walk out inspired to want to learn more and create. Jimmy will change gears during a lesson if the student wants to go in a different direction that day. Nothing throws him off and I know he has his students best interest at heart! I have taken lessons with another teacher in the past and I have never had the personalization that I have with Jimmy. His availability goes above and beyond and is always available if you have any questions. You will learn so much and be so inspired to make music!Show More
I have been learning for past 3+ years with Jimmy and I got to tell you he a great teacher. I have lot of respect for him and his teachings. Not only he teaches guitar lessons he give me advise for personal developments. Three major things I like about Jimmy: He is available anytime to answer questions, He records lessons for me to practice at home and a clean studio.
Finally, I strongly recommend taking classes from Jimmy and I am sure you will see the difference and enjoy his teachings.
Well they say you get good things late in life such is the case with jim rupperto.
I’ve studying with jim now for 6 yrs i’m 63 always wanted to play the classic lead guitar players page, frampton, clapton etc after going through 8 guitar teachers finally found jim at this age and its been the most rewarding experience of my life I’ve learned so much from jim its unimaginable I’m at a level I thought I would never reach composing my own music learning music theory which I had a good handle but Jim brings it to another level. I really don't know what to say, but i will say this if your young don't waste time see jim immediately for an experience you won't forget. I will definitely continue to study with jim, because I know theres even more to learn and I really enjoy our sessions together they are very stimulating and rewarding. thanks for your time palm
Jimmy was one of the best teachers I had. He really taught me so much and made me a more comfortable singer and come out of my shell. I learned so much in the short time with him and I would recommend anyone to take lessons with him. He knows everything there is about music and is one hell of a good teacher!Show More
Jim explains music theory in such an easy to understand way. He goes step by step from the beginning. At every lesson we would review what I learned in previous lesson. I have taken music theory at mercer county college and I have to say that I learned more from Jim than I did in a whole semester. I highly recommend him.Show More
I have been taking lessons with Jimmy for about 3 years now and couldn't be happier. I remember being amazed at how quickly I progressed early on, which instantly got me hooked. He focuses hard on your guitar foundation as well a your music theory foundation, not just on how to play a few songs. Since Jimmy has his own studio, you have the capability to record your own songs as much as you would like. The studio also provides a new way of learning that no where else offers by going through your own recordings step by step to pinpoint problem areas. I look forward to going to Jimmy's every week. He is a funny, kind and easy to talk to guy with a passion for what he does.
I would recommend Jimmy to anyone that is serious about learning guitar or music theory. With his strategic approach to teaching the material, you will not only understand music, but you will know how to create your own right on the spot. His lessons are very knowledgeable and most of all fun. He is a patient teacher and will guide you on the correct path you so can become the greatest musician in a very short time. I have been training with him for little over a year and my skills already surpassed others that have been for multiple years. Teachers like Jimmy are rare and very hard to find. If you are serious about music then you should train with Jimmy. See the results faster than you ever thought were possible.Show More
Jimmy is a great guitar teacher with a great approach. He helps you build a rock solid foundation for playing the guitar, which makes it easier to just sit down and play. This foundation includes calisthenics for the fingers, and learning music theory. Combined these elements make playing the guitar feel more natural, and more fun than site reading out of a Mel Bay book. He always follows up on previous lessons by quizzing you on previous material. Jimmy's a great teacher and I'd recommend him for all ages and all experience levels.Show More
Jimmy is the best instructor ever!! I went into playing drums not really having any knowledge of music what so ever. I have been playing for 7 months now and I have learned so much. He is so encouraging and is always giving you positive feedback on how your doing and it makes you feel good about yourself and how you play. I am always learning new things about my instrument and how important my roll as a musician is no matter who I am playing with or for. With Jimmy the lessons might be once a week but he is always there no matter what day or time to help you out with any questions you may have. He is the best there is no one else like him!!! Every lesson is fun and I look forward to going every week!!Show More
My son always wanted to learn guitar! As my school district offers variety of music lessons, I thought private lesson would be more enjoyable. Close friend refereed us to James and my son is taking private lessons since last June. James has strong knowledge in music and he has fun way of teaching. His studio space is also very professional. My son is enjoying every lesson and he is learning at steady speed. James is a great teacher.Show More
I had been playing guitar for a few years prior to taking lessons with Jimmy and I was able to play and learn songs but that's it. I wanted to understand how and why music worked. Jimmy was able to explain what I wanted to learn along with helping me improve what I already knew while helping to break bad habits I didn't know I had. Excellent teacher and easy to learn from.Show More
Jimmy is an awesome guitar teacher! A couple of yrs. ago, my 12 year old son was looking at getting professional guitar training, because though he was interested, he had very little k/w etc..and one of his friend's Dad recommended Jimmy.
You can see right away, that Jimmy is excellent with kids..and my son seems to enjoy every session with him. Jimmy's coaching technique is worth a mention as well. He makes it a point to make your basics very strong, which equips the person with enough skill to actually 'create' their own music versus simply 'copying' an existing song etc. I've been thoroughly satisfied sending my son to Jimmy for guitar sessions and the result shows. I see my son now playing quite fluently...and with confidence and will try and take a shot at making the cut for his High School's music/guitar team.
Also, looking at some of the other music instruments displayed in his studio, does seem Jimmy's a very talented musician, well versed in several areas.
Finally, Jimmy's studio is one nice n cozy place, where parents can do office work, sit and stretch out, watch TV, read and doze off or simply watch their kids learn guitar. I like being there as well :).
I have been playing the guitar for over 20 years, on and off.At first I just wanted to learn a few songs and impress people. I LOVE music and really wanted to play for myself. i have taken lessons from multiple people. Taking lessons with Jimmy took me to a new level. I thought I just wanted to to play fast but Jimmy taught me technique, music theory, composition, live playing concepts. I have learned more with Jimmy in 1 year than 4- 5 years with other teachers. The Light Bulb is on and I am playing better then I could imagine. BTW: people are impressed but I don't care, because I love music!Show More
I am a Trained Musician who has been Playing, Studying, & Teaching for over 37 years. I'm Schooled through all Private lessons by many teachers and I have formulated my skills of teaching through a combination of rearranging what I've learned, to give it a more common sense approach to music and music theory. It's extremely important that the student have a clear overview, and maintains a organized perspective on how you Should think first, then apply it to the Instrument. One of the most important things is to keep the student inspired to reach their goals, keep it fun, but also help them to push beyond what they thought they could never achieve. I'm the Head Instructor for all the Lessons: Guitar/Singing/Songwriting/Bass/Drums & much more.
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