James Van Meter
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James Van Meter

James V.

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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
The guitar can be an intimidating instrument for the beginner and an ever-expanding maze for the seasoned player. I want you to think about every time you practice as an adventure into a brave new world, navigating your way through chords, scales, and music theory concepts, your world of music will expand.

My teaching method is guaranteed to get you playing the guitar and having fun in no time! I’ve created a step by step program that is tailored to each individual student. Whether you're a beginner who doesn't know where to start or have been playing for years and finally want to take your playing to the next level, I accept students at any level.

I'll give you all the tools you need to succeed including jam tracks, chord & scale diagrams, and tablature. With my course you will learn the notes on the guitar, chords, scales, strumming and picking techniques, music theory, sight-reading, ear training, modes, arpeggios, sweep picking, tapping, finger-style techniques, hybrid picking, effective practice routines, songwriting, and your favorite songs. Feel free to ask me anything!

About James V.

James is a professional guitarist with over 10 years of experience performing and teaching. He plays and teaches many genres of music including Rock, Metal, Blues, Jazz, Country, Funk, R&B, Classical and Modern Fingerstyle.

Like any artist, he aims to work with many other musicians and teachers learning all he can from them. This approach to learning has allowed him the opportunity to work with and be mentored by teachers such as Don Steel, and Matthew Baynes a former student of Paul Gilbert and Frank Gambale. James is heavily influenced by players such as Steve Vai, Rick Graham, Paul Gilbert, Zakk Wylde, Guthrie Govan, Mark Lettieri, Nick Johnston, Andy Timmons, Eric Johnson, Derek Trucks, Antoine Dufour, Don Ross, Andy Mckee, Paul Jackson jr., and Norman Brown.

As a “gigging musician”, James earns a living playing gigs at different venues around the state of Florida. He has performed with many different bands playing covers from era’s ranging from the 60’s through today, as well as original works. This experience has provided many opportunities for him to work with many incredible musicians at venues such as Universal City Walk, Disney Springs, EA Sports, and Warped Tour.

He began playing when he was fifteen years old. During his high school years, he implemented a combination of both teacher-directed learning and self-guided study. Having experience in both learning styles allowed him to develop a solid and well-rounded teaching method and philosophy, believing that having a teacher is necessary for progression, and self-guided study provides the discipline to learn, coach, and become proficient.

He started teaching shortly after he began learning the guitar, laying the groundwork for a beginner centered learning method, because it was fresh in his mind at the time. This began a foundation for a thorough method to add layers of complexity up to the more advanced student. His patient demeanor and kind character create a safe place for the student to feel comfortable learning at their own pace, while James uses positive reinforcement to encourage the student to keep progressing. It is his goal to have his students playing music as soon as possible while along the way learning music theory concepts and how they apply to the songs his students want to learn.

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Michael
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One of the best in the business, and don't take that lightly. Very easy to work with and he has a humble attitude collaborating with Grammy winners to local artists. 100% recommended.

Posted Apr 16, 2020
Tommy
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James Is a Great and truly talented instructor. His extensive knowledge of music theory, teaching techniques and patience made learning guitar a breeze. Every time we scheduled a lesson, James was there at least 10-mins early without fail. I would highly recommend taking lessons from him.

Posted Apr 6, 2020
Chris
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He is a great teacher. Very thorough, very comprehensive and easy to understand. He is very patient with new beginners and willing to adapt to each persons learning preferences.

Posted Apr 1, 2020
Amanda
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Zack made it so easy for me to learn guitar and develop a passion for the instrument. He met me where I was at and kept inspiring me to keep going. I was surprised how easy he made it and how patient he was with me even when I was slow at something. I can’t wait until my son is old enough for lessons because we will be using Zack! Thanks for all you do, Zack!

Posted Apr 1, 2020
Dez
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I really enjoy my lessons with James! He’s very nice and very helpful. I’ve learned so much that I can’t seem to put my guitar down! Highly recommend this instructor!

Posted Mar 30, 2020
William
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James is an amazing teacher! He’s very thorough with his teaching, and patient with his students. He continually challenges you to grow and learn, all while keeping the lessons interesting.

Posted Mar 29, 2020
Joshua Williams
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Mr. Van Meter is one of the most knowledgeable and professional instructors/players I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. Not only will he teach you everything there is to know but he will also make it fun at the same time... My time spent with him has exponentially increased both my skill/knowledge of the guitar... Choosing him was one of the best decisions I ever made!

Posted Mar 29, 2020
Josh
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James(Zack) is extremely thorough and covers anything I want to learn on guitar. His advance teaching skills make it easy to learn the instrument and the lessons are always fun

Posted Mar 29, 2020

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