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James S.
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James S.
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Perfect playing the acoustic guitar with guidance from a professional with decades of experience
I can help you master the guitar in the shortest amount of time! Experienced teacher with over 10 years of experience has helped many students achieve their goals on the instrument with guaranteed results. Everyone has their own journey with music and these lessons are here for you to achieve them. Whether you want to play electric or acoustic, learn songs or create songs. master the basics or go beyond the basics. Become a better player, musician, improviser, songwriter, artist.
About James S.

If you seriously want to learn the guitar, I’m an experienced and dedicated teacher who has studied with some of the greatest teachers, artists, authors. I will provide you with the advantage of not only having a solid foundation on the instrument, as well as developing technique so you can teach yourself any song any style. Acoustic, Electric, Blues, Rock, Improvising, Learning the fretboard, develop technique and understand music properly without having holes or missing elements that will stop you from progressing to the next level. Hi, my name is James! I'm a guitar teacher. Learning and playing a musical instrument can be such a positive and rewarding benefit to have in your life. Work with an instructor with a proven track record, Someone who knows how to communicate properly for you to achieve maximum results in the shortest amount of time. Think about the feeling of accomplishment when you learn a new song, or realize you're improving, learning, getting better Think of the first time you say to yourself "Wow, that sounds pretty Good"! Even though these lessons are structured in a proven system that provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of music. These lessons are about you! Everyone's journey on the instrument is different. Everyone has different musical tastes, with different situations, wants and needs. I want you to be the best you can. Playing the music you want to play. Think of me not only as an instructor, but as a friend, coach, mentor cheering you on, because I know you can. Whether you just want to learn a couple of chords and play some songs. or dive deep into advanced concepts and techniques. like soloing, Songwriting, Alternate tunings, creativity, playing with a slide, tapping, sweep picking, building chords and melodies, composition, modes. Improvisation, Fretboard Mastery, Harmony and Theory, Reading, working with effects With over 10 years of teaching experience. I want you to have an advantage musically, I have studied with some of the greatest musicians, authors and educators. I attended Musicians Institute (Hollywood, Ca.) where I maintained a 96 average in Harmony and Theory (The science of music). As a professional musician, my album of original acoustic finger-style music has been featured and played throughout the world. I have also performed live on various radio stations throughout the country. Recently I was involved in a Experimental Post-Rock instrumental project. I have also contributed product reviews for Future music.com. I have helped and worked with many students accomplish their own individual goals on the guitar. For instance, I worked with a student who was primarily a rock guitarist, earn first seat in a very prestigious High School Jazz band. I've also helped students pass their NYSSMA (New York State School Association) certifications in both the Classical guitar and Jazz guitar program. I've assisted and prepared students for Talent Shows, band auditions, open mics. music camp and college. I have worked with retirees who always wanted to learn how to play, but never had the time. My rates for in person lessons start at $40 for a half hour to $60 an hour. I am in the process of teaching exclusively online. I have adjusted my rates to kickstart my online only lessons. So if you want to work with an experienced, knowledgeable and personable teacher, who will work with you achieve your goals, gain insight and excel, there is no better time than now. Electric, Acoustic, Bass, Ukelle , Rock, Alternative Blues, Reggae, Pop, Hip Hop, Funk, video game music, Classical, Jazz, Finger-style, Folk, Country, shred, Metal, Punk

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Awesome teacher and really enjoys what he does. Also really tries to help you learn the materials and have fun at the same time. Great for all levels.

Posted Sep 29, 2022
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My 12 year old daughter's first class with James was amazing! he is a great teacher made her feel at ease and she learned soo much in one class. shes looking forward to continuing classes with him, this is the second time she took a guitar class and would like to learn with James shes pretty excited!also he gave her some homework which i thought was pretty thorough.

Posted Sep 10, 2022
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James pushes you past what you THINK you’re capable of— so get ready to be CHALLENGED! 🤘🎸 I’ve never progressed with another guitar teacher so quickly. I seriously learned more from him in the first 3 lessons than I did in an entire YEAR w my last guitar teacher. He has a really unique approach and so many skills to share. James has uplifting, magnetic energy, and lessons are never boring— they’re FUN and the highlight of my week! He starts off asking what music YOU like, what YOU want to work on; what your dream songs to play would be. Every week he gives you loads of materials and songs tailored to you; amazing badass songs you actually WANT to play, none of this lame-o “let’s start off with ‘Yankee Doodle, Twinkle Little Star” stuff (unless you’re 5 and that’s your jam 😆). I’m kind of shy and sometimes get embarrassed learning new concepts but he never makes me feel stupid or discouraged. He’s really patient when you need things explained more than once or more than one way. He holds you accountable, he’ll be able to tell if you slacked on practice— so don’t bother lying 😆. He’s chill about the efforts you choose to put in, but his lesson materials are not the kind where you can cut corners because they further your skills, not stagnant them. James is also really flexible. In my case, I’m struggling with pretty serious health problems right now and he’s been very kind and understanding. Some weeks I’m unable to get much practice in because of my medical treatments, so he makes adjustments to the material load, or gives me easier stuff if that’s what I’m needing. What I’ve found really valuable is this: if you have serious goals, you need to seriously PRACTICE. If you combine what he teaches in lessons along with a commitment of consistent practice— you’re gonna be GREAT! 🎸 In all genuine honesty, he is worth 10x what he charges. I hesitate saying that because I hope in the future I’ll still be able to afford him. 😅 🙏 He is a ROCKSTAR! I am so lucky 🍀

Posted Aug 4, 2022
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Instructor details
Acoustic Guitar
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
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Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$15
45 minutes
$20
60 minutes
$25
90 minutes
$30
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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