James Walsh
Mount Juliet, TN
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James Walsh

James W.

Mount Juliet, TN
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
All aspects of using the Blues Harp, Harmonica and How to use a Guitar and Harmonica together for full musical fun. Integrated approach so you can sing, play, and strum with ease.

About James W.

New 6 Month and One Year Courses Taught: 1. Radio Introduction Personality Broadcasting. 2. Guitar Studies Advanced 3. Music Industry 4. Advanced Composition 5. Sound Design 6. Abelton LIVE 7. Premix Setup and Post Production
8. PR and Promotions Business
Background:
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and running quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop, Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.


*** Lesson Details ***
Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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Student Comments:
What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.

Reviews

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Norman
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Very knowledgeable guy. Wealth of info.

Posted Feb 17, 2020
Rabi
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James is a wonderful film acting teacher. He taught me the importance of self-confidence and postivity. I have a new-found positive outlook on acting, thanks to James. Now I can act in anything and I know I can do it. I recommend going to James for learning about any type of acting. His stories will charm and inspire you.

Posted Jan 17, 2020
Georgia A.
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Its been an awesome time learning with James! its so obvious he loves impacting his knowledge of acting and its industry to his students.. There's never a dull moment playing out characters and plotting story lines. Thanks James!!!

Posted Jan 3, 2020
Jeyney
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This spring semester started off very stressful, but after getting James to tutor me for my music business class it have been a big relief. My grades started going back up and the biggest accomplishment of them all is that I passed my class with a B+. “Thank god out of all the teachers on takelessons.com I chose him.”

James is very caring and understanding and most definitely knows his stuff when it comes to Music business. He really cares about his student’s and really wants to see them win , even when he’s not on the clock with you at the moment he randomly sends you helpful tips and interesting reading files that can help you along the way to become a success artist. I will most definitely keep him around while I'm on my Musical Journey ! and If I were you I would too.

Posted Dec 20, 2019
Caren
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Great approach to teaching beginners.

Posted Dec 19, 2019
Elaine
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He's very intuitive. He is good at explaining and teaching in such a detailed, fun way. I learned alot from him and would recommend him to anyone who is looking for an instructor who can teach you the best information and techniques.

Posted Dec 18, 2019
Brent
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I have taken one lesson so far with James, with many more to come hopefully. James has been nothing but motivational to get my guitar and singing to the next level. It seems he truly wants to see each and every one of his students succeed and believes that if we tell ourselves that we're the best, that we might just become the best. I am extremely optimistic that my playing is going to dramatically improve from James' lessons as after only one lesson I have learned more than I have self teaching myself over the past year!

I am really looking forward to my next lesson...James is great to work with. Very personable, and a very nice guy. Can't wait till Tuesday!

Posted Dec 16, 2019
Marcus
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Awesome experience! Instructor has a lot of knowledge!

Posted Dec 13, 2019
Stephen
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After just two vocal lessons with no prior vocal experience, I seem to be finding my voice with James' teaching methods. James has the musical theory background and the experience in the music industry that he brings to the table to make you a well-rounded musician/vocalist.

Posted Dec 10, 2019
Keri
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James is an awesome Life Coach ! He consistently helps me solve problems, and achieve my goals.

Posted Dec 9, 2019
Russell
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Very helpful and easy to understand!

James is an amazing teacher, he not only understand the guitar but also the theory to go along with it! He has helped me become a better musician all around! My minimal knowledge of music theory and guitar has grown tremendously since we began! Has is also helping me to cultivate my unique voice for the guitar! I would recommend hi to anyone interested in guitar lessons!

Posted Dec 9, 2019
Robert G.
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If you like guitar, you'll like James.

I have had about a dozen lessons so far with James, starting out as a complete beginner, with knowledge of only a few chords. In this short time, I have learned a great deal of theory, practice strategy, playing full songs, and even singing along with a few in time. James has been very hospitable and patient, and I recommend him to anyone who loves the guitar, regardless of skill!

Posted Dec 9, 2019
Abby C
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James is an amazing artist and communicator. He brings a wealth of experience to the table ranging from singing, playing guitar, putting a band together, recording, writing, to performing. He also knows the difficulties of living the artists/musicians life, as both he and his wife are performing artists. He loves sharing these incredible experiences with his students, making them applicable to the student's situation.

Although my son sees himself as a lead for his band, he comes across a bit shy and unassuming. James has been great at addressing this and pulling my son out of his comfort zone so he can reach his ultimate goal.

Also, my son was extremely particular about who he wanted as a voice teacher. I thought I would never find one to fit the bill. James was a perfect fit. I anticipate we'll be in touch with him routinely as my son pursues his music career.

James is a fun, experienced, talented musician, who makes his students feel quite at ease. I highly recommend him as a teacher.James is an amazing artist and communicator. He brings a wealth of experience to the table ranging from singing, playing guitar, putting a band together, recording, writing, to performing. He also knows the difficulties of living the artists/musicians life, as both he and his wife are performing artists. He loves sharing these incredible experiences with his students, making them applicable to the student's situation.

Although my son sees himself as a lead for his band, he comes across a bit shy and unassuming. James has been great at addressing this and pulling my son out of his comfort zone so he can reach his ultimate goal.

Also, my son was extremely particular about who he wanted as a voice teacher. I thought I would never find one to fit the bill. James was a perfect fit. I anticipate we'll be in touch with him routinely as my son pursues his music career.

James is a fun, experienced, talented musician, who makes his students feel quite at ease. I highly recommend him as a teacher.

Posted Dec 9, 2019
Paula D.
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James is a very patient, compassionate, knowledgeable, and inspiring life coach with a true gift for teaching and helping and a great sense of humor. I learn a lot from him. Definitely several points above average!:)

Posted Dec 4, 2019
Paula D.
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James is a very patient, compassionate, knowledgeable, creative, and inspiring life coach, and he helps me tremendously with realizing my vocational and educational hopes and dreams, plus he is a lot of fun to work with and learn from. Most definitely several points above average!:)

Posted Nov 19, 2019
Nicholas
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James Walsh has helped me in more ways than can I could even imagine in the past 6 months I have trained with him. His challenges and ideas lit a creative spark in my mind, helping me express myself through playing the role of a character nicely (absolutely loving the accent practice i am being taught in). He has also provided a very therapeutic healing for my mental health, helping me to be more spontaneous and witty, instead of the wooden and mechanical person I once was.

James has a ridiculous amount of connections, resources and ideas at his hands, and gladly offers him to me to help me in my Method Acting. For those looking for a career in Acting, Comedy, or Film, James is definitely your man for opening several doors.

Throughout the months, he has been very supportive and encouraging, oftentimes doing welfare checkups on me throughout the week and showing me new ideas and techniques in film, acting and spontaneity. He demonstrates patience with learning curves, and gives good assignments to work on through the week for the next time you meet up. He also is understanding if you cannot make an appointment.

In terms of the actual classes, they are phenomenal. Many classes, when deliberately practicing, feel more like an actual In-the-moment conversation rather than a mechanical " Do this than that" layout. He gives a lot of good and fair feedback for improvement at the end of the class, and following the advice never failed to be right. Be prepared for time to fly, though, as 45 minutes will feel like 10, especially if you are REALLY in character and going back and forth with him on random topics, which almost make you feel like you have a hidden persona lol.

All in all, James is very experienced and skilled in teaching students of all walks of life, from aspiring actors/actresses to would be filmmakers to people simply looking to learn life skills that are invaluable to life, career, relationships and even mental health! There is something for all in this coach's teachings, provided you are wiling to put in the work. Phenomenal teacher and an all around great person!

Posted Jul 31, 2019
Cory C.
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James is a very caring teacher who took the time to get to know my strengths and weaknesses. He has many years of experience in this field and it shows in his lessons.

Thank you James for the training, I grew as a improv student from the time I worked with you. I utilized this class as a test for my profession (business) and am grateful that I selected you as a mentor/teacher. I am happy with the results and may be knocking on your door again down the road. Stay tuned.

Posted Mar 13, 2019
Brandy
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Never showed up for the lesson

Posted Jan 25, 2019
Cory M.
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woot! Learning!

Posted Jan 24, 2019
Steve H.
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Just had my first lesson. I have never played a musical instrument or have any musical training. James made me feel comfortable right away. I thought I made a very good start. Feeling like I will really enjoy this and am confident I will pick this up faster than I thought.

Posted Nov 2, 2018
Mel
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James is very kind and mellow enough to make the most insecure person feel confidant and energetic enough to be motivating and fun!!!! Warm natured.... and his wife is so pretty!!! I could never sing infront of anyone but he made me feel so natural the first day!!! He is not pushy and does not make you feel rushed or nervous! If you are shy and know nothing about music this is the man to schedule with! Cool cat!!!! Ty James!!!! Can’t wait for more!

Posted Oct 7, 2018
Sarah B.
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James is a great teacher. He showed me a lot on my first day

Posted Jul 6, 2018
Adam
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Good at explaining and making sure I understand every concept i need to super well. Seems like he wants the best for me, which is a very important quality in any type of coach.

Posted May 23, 2018
Paula D.
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James gave me some very important information about how to act well. He suggested I audition for a play, which I am planning to do, and he gave me some good professional and vocational tips, James is also very compassionate and funny. Definitely several points above average!

Posted Mar 12, 2018
Shawn & Shane
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The boys are enjoying there guitar lessons & bonus info!

Posted Jan 27, 2018
Elizabeth
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He works very well with my child and goes into detail in all aspects.

Posted Jan 11, 2018
Carolina
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James is a great teacher. My son had lots of fun learning...singing is his passion and James is the teacher for the job...

Posted Dec 7, 2017
Erin Virgili
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James was a wonderful instructor! Not only did he make my son feel confident about taking lessons he offered great advice and guidance about the acting industry. I would definitely recommend him to anyone seriously interested in improving their acting skills. My son is 12 years old.

Posted Apr 6, 2017
Erin Virgili
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James made my son feel very comfortable for his first session!

Posted Feb 10, 2017
JW
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Good experience.

Posted Feb 6, 2017
Caren R.
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Great approach to teaching beginners.

Posted Jan 22, 2017
Stephen
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After just two vocal lessons with no prior vocal experience, I seem to be finding my voice with James' teaching methods. James has the musical theory background and the experience in the music industry that he brings to the table to make you a well-rounded musician/vocalist.

Posted Jan 22, 2017
Elaine S.
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He's very intuitive. He is good at explaining and teaching in such a detailed, fun way. I learned alot from him and would recommend him to anyone who is looking for an instructor who can teach you the best information and techniques

Posted Jan 22, 2017
Jeyney J
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This spring semester started off very stressful, but after getting James to tutor me for my music business class it have been a big relief. My grades started going back up and the biggest accomplishment of them all is that I passed my class with a B+. “Thank god out of all the teachers on takelessons.com I chose him.”

James is very caring and understanding and most definitely knows his stuff when it comes to Music business. He really cares about his student’s and really wants to see them win , even when he’s not on the clock with you at the moment he randomly sends you helpful tips and interesting reading files that can help you along the way to become a success artist. I will most definitely keep him around while I'm on my Musical Journey ! and If I were you I would too.

Posted Jan 22, 2017
Hal S.
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Just three lessons in I am already singing 100% better than I thought I ever could. He mixes in singing with guitar playing and music theory. James is the man.

Posted Jan 22, 2017
Rabbi W.
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James is a wonderful film acting teacher. He taught me the importance of self-confidence and postivity. I have a new-found positive outlook on acting, thanks to James. Now I can act in anything and I know I can do it. I recommend going to James for learning about any type of acting. His stories will charm and inspire you

Posted Jan 1, 2017
Russell L.
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James is an amazing teacher, he not only understand the guitar but also the theory to go along with it! He has helped me become a better musician all around! My minimal knowledge of music theory and guitar has grown tremendously since we began! Has is also helping me to cultivate my unique voice for the guitar! I would recommend hi to anyone interested in guitar lessons!

Posted Dec 31, 2016
Karen
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Shared principles and real world examples of improving personal and professional development. I was encouraged to start an organization through James' mentoring which has been flourishing since and continues to show promise.
Thank you James!!

Posted Dec 29, 2016
Robert G.
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If you like guitar, you'll like James.

I have had about a dozen lessons so far with James, starting out as a complete beginner, with knowledge of only a few chords. In this short time, I have learned a great deal of theory, practice strategy, playing full songs, and even singing along with a few in time. James has been very hospitable and patient, and I recommend him to anyone who loves the guitar, regardless of skill!

Posted Dec 29, 2016
Abby C.
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James is an amazing artist and communicator. He brings a wealth of experience to the table ranging from singing, playing guitar, putting a band together, recording, writing, to performing. He also knows the difficulties of living the artists/musicians life, as both he and his wife are performing artists. He loves sharing these incredible experiences with his students, making them applicable to the student's situation.

Although my son sees himself as a lead for his band, he comes across a bit shy and unassuming. James has been great at addressing this and pulling my son out of his comfort zone so he can reach his ultimate goal.

Also, my son was extremely particular about who he wanted as a voice teacher. I thought I would never find one to fit the bill. James was a perfect fit. I anticipate we'll be in touch with him routinely as my son pursues his music career.

James is a fun, experienced, talented musician, who makes his students feel quite at ease. I highly recommend him as a teacher.

Posted Dec 25, 2016
Paula D.
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James helps me discover and develop talents and gifts that I honestly did not know that I had! He also helps me with study and practice skills for my music.

Posted Dec 5, 2016
Jay
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James is a fabulous instructor with a perfect demeanor for teaching; he is very positive and always looks for opportunities to improve the performance of his student. My daughter has significantly improved and gained confidence. She is looking forward to continued instruction in the New Year. Overall outstanding experience!

Posted Dec 1, 2016
Jay Rieger
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James is a fabulous instructor with a perfect demeanor for teaching; he is very positive and always looks for opportunities to improve the performance of his student. My daughter has significantly improved and gained confidence. She is looking forward to continued instruction in the New Year. Overall outstanding experience!

Posted Dec 1, 2016
Jay
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James is a fabulous instructor with a perfect demeanor for teaching; he is very positive and always looks for opportunities to improve the performance of his student. My daughter has significantly improved and gained confidence. She is looking forward to continued instruction in the New Year. Overall outstanding experience!

Posted Dec 1, 2016
Georgia A.
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James is an awesome teacher! He has helped me work with my voice and not against it. Lots of helpful advice on not just singing but songwriting, script writing, Comedy prep. & the Harmonica. He is kind and impactful. I recommend James to anyone ready to move forward in their career. Cheers!

Posted Nov 28, 2016
Georgia A.
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Why would anyone defame such a wonderful teacher? He is so dedicated and follows through with his lessons by consistently sending links all through the week that helps with understanding all you need to know about musical sounds. Its been an intriguing experience for me. Pay no attention to anonymous critics; they choose to remain anonymous not to help you, but to help themselves. I would recommend James to anyone seriously interested in honing their skills in the acoustic guitar. Cheers!

Posted Nov 28, 2016
Keri
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Anyone with half a brain knows that if a student is unhappy they can change teachers easily. Only a coward writes anonymous reviews out of jealousy. Since Take Lessons guarantees all lessons a person with integrity would simply work things out over the phone instead of hitting "below the belt". Some teachers have learned from the best at M.I. in Hollywood so that is telling it like it is. This is not "Name Dropping." I have known James for 15 years and have found him to be the best teacher ever, period.
Don't believe anything you read in "anonymous" reviews.

Posted Nov 27, 2016
Anonymous
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He likes to name drop celebrities he has worked with more than teaching. He provides some value. He is knowledgeable, but I would not recommend. He has strong held personal views and acts conceited.

Posted Nov 27, 2016
Darcy
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James is an amazing teacher! We went through the material I had to prepare many times honing every details, and he was absolutely inspiring! He also gave me great advice on other topics like career choices, screenwriting, and pitching a piece to producers. Some of my audition material needed to be taped and he help me on that as well! Highly recommended as a teacher and a professional in the field!

Posted Nov 10, 2016
Paula D.
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James, besides the lessons, gives me helpful information on improving my singing, and also information on my other interests including guitar, harmonica, songwriting and comedy. As an added bonus, he gives me useful information on nutrition, writing, and other topics of information. Also many ideas on how to practice and words of encouragement. A great teacher. Definitely several points above average.

Posted Oct 28, 2016
Clayton
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Great first lesson, looking forward to the next one.

Posted Oct 21, 2016
Paula D.
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James is the most encouraging a positive teacher I have ever had. He sends me emails and links every day to help educate me a spur me on. He gears the lessons to exactly what I want to learn, and he gives me new ideas for developing mu musical and writing gifts and talents, as well as ideas on how to stay healthy, which is a must for any performing artist. He is very kind and compassionate, definitely several points above average.

Posted Sep 22, 2016
Paula
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James teaches me various types of music in a way that is fun and very understandable. He also helps me get my writing and music career off the ground and provides many useful links and information on virtually every subject of interest and inspiration. He is definitely several points above average. I would recommend him to anyone who is truly interested in learning,

Posted Sep 13, 2016
Julie
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Awesome! I really like James!

Posted Sep 9, 2016
Jennifer
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James is very encouraging (he won't let you get away with thinking you can't do something!), and he's helped me start to make sense of years of random bits of music theory and a lot of self-directed learning that I didn't always completely understand before. Definitely recommended!

Posted Aug 19, 2016
Stephen H.
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I'm a pianist who has mucked about with a guitar for a few years by myself, not making much progress. After a couple of months with James I've really come a long way, both in terms of technique and style, and understanding the different ways you can think about playing. Great teacher - I enjoy our lessons immensely.

Posted Aug 13, 2016
Sarah
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He is i a great instructor and knows what he's doing, he is very flexible and has taught me a lot and given me many different opportunities, he has a lot of experience in the business and is overall a pretty awesome teacher.

Posted Aug 10, 2016
Karen
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Shared principles and real world examples of improving personal and professional development. I was encouraged to start an organization through James' mentoring which has been flourishing since and continues to show promise.
Thank you James!!

Posted Aug 8, 2016
Joe
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Simply Amazing!! As a new/beginner guitar player I wanted to find a teacher that could teach me not only how to play guitar but also the ability to sing as well. Within a matter of days James had me learning a simple way to learn to play a song for my girlfriend as a birthday gift. And now I'm hooked on learning to play better and grow as a guitarist. He breaks down the foundation for how to learn the guitar and what is needed to practice. James is your teacher if you're looking to learn as a beginner or wanting to advance your skill set.

Posted Aug 4, 2016
Paula D.
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James is a wonderful voice teacher, Quite possibly the best voice teacher for me I have ever had. He helps me feel at ease right away and to think positive, He gives me vocal exercises at each lesson and always sends me more songs and information on music and how to improve my singing. He is flexible about scheduling and is willing to teach me any songs I want to learn. He also has a great sense of humor, Definitely several points above average!

Posted Aug 2, 2016
Georgia A.
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The best Voice coach ever! Awesome Skills at influencing your techniques positively.
Learning made easy I call it.
Thank you!

Posted Aug 2, 2016
Elijah
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First lesson started well, a big focus on positive psychology - I understood the point. As lessons progressed the focus was not matching my goals. Although I appreciated the literature on "comedy" it did not help in improving my speaking voice. I could see James being a good instructor in music, did not see it in voice.

Posted Aug 1, 2016
James
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Now bad for my first time.

Posted Jul 18, 2016
Nadia R.
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Outstanding instructor. He really cares about his students and is very dedicated.

Posted Jul 1, 2016
Georgia A.
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I love to write but then writing music seemed out of the ordinary. Well.... not any more! Thanks!

Posted Jun 8, 2016
Paula
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Excellent exercises, songs, and conversations. Also. al lot of information sent about how to improve. Couldn't be much better.

Posted May 20, 2016
Karen
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I enjoyed my lesson so much I increased the frequency so I can learn faster. I already see changes based on the techniques discussed in the lesson a few days ago.

Posted May 13, 2016
Karen
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I enjoyed my lesson so much I increased the frequency so I can learn faster. I already see changes based on the techniques discussed in the lesson a few days ago.

Posted May 10, 2016
Georgia A.
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He takes time to share his knowledge in Acting, music and the Business of life. He is not only patient but cares about his impact on your talent.

Posted May 10, 2016
Norman K.
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Very knowledgeable guy. Wealth of info.

Posted May 2, 2016
jeyney J.
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This spring semester started off very stressful, but after getting James to tutor me for my music business class it have been a big relief. My grades started going back up and the biggest accomplishment of them all is that I passed my class with a B+. “Thank god out of all the teachers on takelessons.com I chose him.”

James is very caring and understanding and most definitely knows his stuff when it comes to Music business. He really cares about his student’s and really wants to see them win , even when he’s not on the clock with you at the moment he randomly sends you helpful tips and interesting reading files that can help you along the way to become a success artist. I will most definitely keep him around while I'm on my Musical Journey ! and If I were you I would too.

Posted Apr 13, 2016
Paula Duval
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James really gave me excellent advice about how to structure my practicing and enjoy myself musically and otherwise. I'd give him several points above average.

Posted Feb 7, 2016
Georgia A.
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I always trust my instincts :) Yep, Great time with a wonderful instructor. Thank you!

Posted Feb 2, 2016
Georgia A.
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I always trust my instincts :) Yep, Great time with a wonderful instructor. Thank you!

Posted Feb 2, 2016
Elaine S.
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He's very intuitive. He is good at explaining and teaching in such a detailed, fun way. I learned alot from him and would recommend him to anyone who is looking for an instructor who can teach you the best information and techniques.

Posted Jan 21, 2016
Rabi Warda
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James is a wonderful film acting teacher. He taught me the importance of self-confidence and postivity. I have a new-found positive outlook on acting, thanks to James. Now I can act in anything and I know I can do it. I recommend going to James for learning about any type of acting. His stories will charm and inspire you.

Posted Jan 1, 2016
Rabi Warda
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I learend a lot of lessons during the one hour I spent with James. He is very positive and very wise. He knows the ins and outs of Hollywood and told he told me his experiences of being in Hollywood and meeting famous actors, such as Bruce Willis. Overall, the experience is incredible, and I had fun learning from James.

Posted Dec 15, 2015
Caren R.
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Great approach to teaching beginners.

Posted Nov 19, 2015
Brent P.
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I have taken one lesson so far with James, with many more to come hopefully. James has been nothing but motivational to get my guitar and singing to the next level. It seems he truly wants to see each and every one of his students succeed and believes that if we tell ourselves that we're the best, that we might just become the best. I am extremely optimistic that my playing is going to dramatically improve from James' lessons as after only one lesson I have learned more than I have self teaching myself over the past year!

I am really looking forward to my next lesson...James is great to work with. Very personable, and a very nice guy. Can't wait till Tuesday!

Posted Oct 14, 2015
Michael K.
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James is a very educated teacher with a rich background in teaching. I really like his approach to teaching the guitar. He gave me a good foundation for learning music theory and I had a lot of fun just playing guitar with him.

Posted Aug 20, 2015
Stephen
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After just two vocal lessons with no prior vocal experience, I seem to be finding my voice with James' teaching methods. James has the musical theory background and the experience in the music industry that he brings to the table to make you a well-rounded musician/vocalist.

Posted Jul 15, 2015
Marcus Z.
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Awesome experience! Instructor has a lot of knowledge!

Posted Jun 6, 2015
Catherine P.
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AJ enjoyed his lessons and learned a lot.

Posted May 7, 2015
Abby C.
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James is an amazing artist and communicator. He brings a wealth of experience to the table ranging from singing, playing guitar, putting a band together, recording, writing, to performing. He also knows the difficulties of living the artists/musicians life, as both he and his wife are performing artists. He loves sharing these incredible experiences with his students, making them applicable to the student's situation.

Although my son sees himself as a lead for his band, he comes across a bit shy and unassuming. James has been great at addressing this and pulling my son out of his comfort zone so he can reach his ultimate goal.

Also, my son was extremely particular about who he wanted as a voice teacher. I thought I would never find one to fit the bill. James was a perfect fit. I anticipate we'll be in touch with him routinely as my son pursues his music career.

James is a fun, experienced, talented musician, who makes his students feel quite at ease. I highly recommend him as a teacher.

Posted May 5, 2015
Hal S.
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Just three lessons in I am already singing 100% better than I thought I ever could. He mixes in singing with guitar playing and music theory. James is the man.

Posted Nov 20, 2014
Robert G.

If you like guitar, you'll like James.

I have had about a dozen lessons so far with James, starting out as a complete beginner, with knowledge of only a few chords. In this short time, I have learned a great deal of theory, practice strategy, playing full songs, and even singing along with a few in time. James has been very hospitable and patient, and I recommend him to anyone who loves the guitar, regardless of skill!

Posted Dec 1, 2013
Russell L.

Very helpful and easy to understand!

James is an amazing teacher, he not only understand the guitar but also the theory to go along with it! He has helped me become a better musician all around! My minimal knowledge of music theory and guitar has grown tremendously since we began! Has is also helping me to cultivate my unique voice for the guitar! I would recommend hi to anyone interested in guitar lessons!

Posted Jun 27, 2013

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Experience

Recording Artist
May 2012 - Present

Bristol Kids Band

Recording Artist in Bristol Kids Band. Released first album on iTunes and CD Baby in 2012. Currently signed to Old Dog's Records in Nashville, TN ~ ODR is affiliated with Sun Records Distribution Arm Select O Hits. Working on new album.

Producer Consulting
Jan 2012 - Present

The Creative Studio

Technical Consulting in Studio Setup and practical use for recording to get the best results.

Entrepreneur
Sep 1993 - Present

Various

If you are in Show Business you are an Entertainer and an Entrepreneur both. Work Experience •Played in bands in North America, from Toronto to Hollywood •Guitar Teacher in LA and Toronto and Victoria and Gainesville •Singer-Songwriter Guitarist in Bristol Kids •Pop and Rock and Country Music Hollywood CA •Group Choir & Band -Guitar- L.A. Community Church •Venture & Administration with Stuart Box Guitar Co.Melbourne AU

Executive
Jun 1990 - Dec 1993

Stuart Box Guitars

Worked directly with CEO in Marketing and Logistics. Investor Relations (USA) and Advisor.

Education

Several Schools
Sep 1993 - Jun 2006

Various

Guitar
Sep 1990 - Jun 1992

Musicians Institute

Guitar
Sep 1987 - Feb 1988

Family Light Music School, Sausalito, California

Languages

British English, American English, Australian English, Canadian French

Professional Proficiency

French - Canadian (Quebec) French

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Character Model Design - Disney Style
Sep 1997

American Animation Institute

2 Years of Illustration and Design at A.A.I. in North Hollywood and 1 Year at Associates in Art. Trained at the American Animation Institute in Storyboards, Mechanics of Animation, and Storytelling and Design. Also trained in Character Model Design under Disney Products Artist and Design Expert Jim Franzen. Level of Design Experience: Professional. Additional: 4 Years Of Commercial Art in High School at Danforth Art School.
Guitar
Jun 1994

Musicians Institute

Studied at Guitar Institute for one year.

Awards

Silver and Bronze Song Award
Jul 2013

Beat100.com

Songwriting Award
Aug 2012

Beat100.com in the UK

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Apr 2005
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.
Actors Studio
Sep 1995
The Actors Studio was formed in 1947 in New York City to provide a place where professional actors could work together between jobs, or during long runs to continue to develop their craft and to experiment with new forms in creative theatre work. In 1967 the Actors Studio opened its only branch in West Hollywood, California. Membership provides a place for theatre artists to advance their craft and talents. For more than sixty years The Actors Studio has lived a very rich artistic existence and will endure as long as talent needs a home.

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