James Sera
Brooklyn, NY
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James Sera

James S.

Brooklyn, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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, but 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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13 Reviews
Greg H.
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James was very friendly and patient. He is knowledgeable and talented at what he does. I really enjoyed my first lesson with James and I’m looking forward to the rest of the classes.

Posted May 28, 2021
Maria L.
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James is the best. He tailors the lesson to what you want to learn and asks what types of music you like, so you can start playing your favorite songs.

Posted Mar 12, 2021
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James is awesome! He teaches both my kids (11 & 13) AND my husband! He’s great with all of them! He’s knowledgeable, a great teacher, has a really positive upbeat attitude, and he’s an awesome guitarist! You can tell he’s passionate about what he does and it shows during each lesson. Everyone is progressing, learning, and having fun! So glad I signed my family up with James :)

Posted Mar 2, 2021
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We love James! Excellent instructor!!!

Posted Oct 8, 2020
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James is super flexible and understanding. Has helped me improve my skills and is very understanding when I don't get enough practice in the week. Has a great attitude all the time he is helping me succeed and to be an independent guitarist.

Posted Sep 24, 2020
Gee III D.
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super cool and knows his stuff!

Posted Sep 22, 2020
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I like James's teaching style a lot. He's very encouraging and finds ways to sneak theory and style tips in when you least expect it.

Posted Sep 1, 2020
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Very patient and caring. Great communication. James is great instructor, very knowledgeable about music and patient enough to crawl, walk or run through whatever help you need.

Posted May 14, 2020
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James has been a fantastic teacher. He is extremely knowledgeable and a great guitar player. The lessons have been very informative and easy to follow. I'm progressing much faster than expected and looking forward to many more lessons!

Posted May 8, 2020
Tony M.
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What an incredible experience! James is a completely awesome instructor and all together a great person!

Posted Apr 3, 2020
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After very poor experiences at School Of Rock and Bach To Rock, which emphasized the depletion of my wallet as opposed to actually teaching my son guitar, I went online to search for a Guitar Teacher in my area. Several instructors came up on my radar. but something about James' profile intrigued me and I gave him a call. Instantly, I knew he was the right choice. From his buoyant and effervescent personality, to his savvy curriculum that combines both theory and learning to play songs that appeals to the student's musical interests, James possesses a unique quality that other instructors in the industry should emulate. Every week, my son really looks forward to having his lesson with James, and so do I, since he brings a positive energy into the house that's infectious. My son has progressed where not only can he read music and charts, but also has an arsenal of songs that he can play. In fact, every song my son has requested, no matter how complex, James has been able to teach him efficiently and effectively. Without reservation, I can easily recommend James as a reliable, fun and great guitar instructor.

Posted Jun 12, 2019
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I took lessons with James for about 18 months. Simply put, James is awesome. He is an awesome guitar player, and a fantastic teacher. I started out a total novice at the time of our first lesson. I could barely switch chords in the beginning. When I look back on what he tought me, I totally appreciate the importance of an actual teacher vs self teaching through videos and articles etc. A teacher is totally necessary and James' lessons covered all styles of music, music theory, improvising, and all done on both acoustic and electric guitars. He made learning the guitar easy and fun, which is always what he emphasized - learning should be fun and enjoyable. At the end of the day it is up to the guitar student to practice practice and practice some more - and with that discipline combined with James' instruction and coaching, you will be set up for success.

Posted Jun 6, 2019
Uzma K.
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Posted Mar 12, 2021

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