About Jason M.
TakeLessons.com Instructor since 2005, Jason M. is now available for online lessons worldwide featuring multiple-camera angles and a share screen experience leaving no stone un-turned!
Jason has been playing guitar for over 15 years and teaching music since 1996. Although trained in standard teaching methods, he has developed his own method of teaching to positively enhance the students strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. His goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician.
This year Jason was also the Music Director at the National Guitar Workshop Day Jams Rock Music Day Camp where students ages 7-15 came out to form bands, record original material and master their craft. He also taught beginning to advanced guitar/ vocals/ performance and songwriting as hosted a recording clinic at the end of each day.
Jason has host student showcases/charity benefits where his students were able to get on stage and show off their new talent and perform with other musicians. It wasn't mandatory though, if you were just looking to come out and support there was no pressure other than to come out and have fun.
Jason has been transcribing for guitar and bass since the age of 18 and since then has become a master of the craft including both 5 line staff and tablature, hand-crafted exercises and deconstructions to better enhance the students learning. Artists and genres that Jason has experience with range from Classic Rock, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Guns N' Roses, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Robert Johnson, Pierce the Veil, Paramore, All Time Low, Demi Lava to, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Pantera, Avenged Sevenfold, The White Stripes, Green Day, Old Crow Medicine Show, Taylor Swift, Mumford and Sons, Bruno Mars, Rob Zombie, John 5, Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine, Van Morrison, the Beatles, AC/DC, ZZ-Top, Bullet For My Valentine, All That Remains, Ozzy, Black Label Society, Sublime, Aerosmith, At the Drive In, Type O Negative, the Black Keys, the Pixies, the Toadies, Black Sabbath, Jason Mraz, Lady GaGa, John Mayer and Journey.
Jason attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage where his degree is in Music and Business. He is constantly continuing his education with music theory courses as well as private guitar instruction. He attends guitar workshops and seminars by artists such as John5 and Kerry King who are known as some of the worlds finest guitar players. He reviews every day from a wide range of over 1000 sources working to become a better musician and instructor.
Another nice feature that you might enjoy from one on one sessions with Jason is learning the ability to craft and record your own songs using state of the art technology that caters to your own unique personality. There are no limits!
Jason teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced as well as artists that are signed to labels.
Local news outlet Fox 5 did a segment with one of his students who overcame issues with ADD and depression as a result of taking guitar lessons.
His students advance quickly, some have released albums, been in Guitar World Magazine as well as its online companion and won awards for their music websites.
*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the student's schedule when possible.
Students receive complimentary audio lessons and transcriptions of songs upon their first or second session. Jason is a very patient instructor and understands that students learn at a different pace, after all everyone is an individual.
*** Studio Equipment ***
ESP KH2 "skully" Kirk Hammett signature model Electric
Epiphone Zakk Wylde signature model Electric
Schecter SLS Blackjack Special Edition Avenger with Â©Sustainiac
Schecter Blackjack ATX 7-string
Jackson Randy Rhodes V
Fender '51 Pawn Shop Series
G&L S-500 custom Electric
ESP LTD AX-50 "banjo" Electric
ESP LTD AX-50 "guitar"
Fender Squire John 5 signature model
Yamaha Acoustic (left and right handed)
Voyage-Air Guitar Acoustic
Fender Squire Bass
Dean Vendetta Electric
Dean Dime Razorback
B.C. Rich Warlock
Guitar Pro 6
KRK Rokits speakers
Line 6 AXSYS212 Amp
Scott Ian Randall Amp
Cry Baby Wah
Digitech Whammy/Bad Monkey/Death Metal/Grunge pedals
Ibanez Chorus/Flanger Delay/Echo
Line 6 Backtrack
Drum sticks and practice pad
Multi-angle cameras for online students
*** Travel Equipment ***
Voyage-Air Guitar (Acoustic)
Laptop with ProTools/Backtrack or Guitar Pro 6
Scott Ian Randall Amp
Various guitars depending on project or mood.
*** Specialties ***
piano, guitar, music theory, music, bass guitar, banjo, songwriting, electric guitar, acoustic guitar,
Teaches students 4 and up
Awarded Voyage Air Guitar VAD-06 from ASCAP
Teaching since 1996
He knows how to teach, but he taught from his iPad, iPhone, in his car. I kept asking him how to draw, and he kept showing me from his iPad. This didn't translate to a good experience. If he wants to teach, he needs to do it NOT from his car.
Jason was very patient with me and very nice. I loved what I've learned so far and can't wait to learn more!
Great lesson. Jason is working with my mom to tailor the lessons to her level. Mom enjoyed the lesson and is looking forward to more.
We feel that we totally lucked out with finding Jason who is a complete gem! He showed up on time and quickly inspired my son with the drawing lessons by having him draw Superheroes! So my son is having a great time with Jason who has a great way of giving feedback and steering Cody using a balance of instructions and positive feedback. Cody is definitely enjoying his lessons and I am seeing real progress. I feel like I did the right thing investing in these lessons and giving Cody a great summer with a wonderful instructor. I couldn't have asked for more. Thank you Jason for being so great at what you do!Show More
my son loves comics and he had fun learning to draw all kinds of heroes!!!
Jason is great and has all kinds of techniques to draw characters.
we have a gallery in a play room of months of work.
Thank you, Jason
Great teacher! Looking forward to more lessons
Jason is a amazing teacher. He is very patient and really has passion for the music. Also like his voice and very enjoyed his lessons.
Awesome! Great attitude and instruction. My son and I were in the lessson and it was great.
AMAZING teacher!! My daughter can’t stop talking about it!
He is an amazing teacher, I love how he can perfectly describe what is going on the paper and i can easily picture it in my mind without seeing it!!!!
My son is learning how to draw and have fun to create comics world!
Jason has perfect approach and methodology to engage 12 year old.
Excellent instructor! Very flexible and able to cater to the students needs as needed. Would highly recommend Jason to anyone looking to start an instrument.
Great first lesson!!!
Jason is a great teacher. He is so knowledgeable and is really good at adapting to your pace of learning as well as your desired outcomes. I’ve been picking a song each week to work on, and he always comes prepared with exercises and new techniques to learn and apply to music I love! I look forward to our lessons.Show More
After completing my first lesson with Jason, I'm super stoked to practice what I have learned thus far! Looking forward to advancing my skills with the help of his expertise and patience! Thank you!
Jason is very patient and encouraging.
I always feel better about my pace after our lesson.
Jason is so helpful. I had a lot of questions and he is very patient.
we had a blast at our first lesson with Jason
Great teacher, goes at a great pace and really knows how to help you be your best.
Jason is great! Will definitively be continue lessons!
I'm a beginner at the guitar. My first lesson with Jason was very great. He starts with the basics and teaches you what you want to learn. Patient and nice.
Jason is a remarkable teacher! He truly has been able to break through a mental block I've always had regarding thinking in chords rather than just reading notes. His desire to help the student reach a personal goal is so evident. Jason remained so confident that a 'light bulb' would come on that I started to believe it myself. He has put me on a good path now and did it with his confidence in me and by providing the right tools. Thank you for your patience, confidence in me, and your calm, pleasant way of teaching, Jason.Show More
Jason really cares about helping me achieve my goals. He is a totally dedicated teacher!
Great experience so far! Can't wait for the rest of our lessons!
I've been taking lessons from Jason now for more than a year. I've learned a lot and had lots of fun along the way. Jason is really patient and supportive and finds always a new angle if I seem to be stuck on something.
Jason is a super nice guy and has so much to offer as a guitar teacher. After my first lesson, I'm looking forward to improving both my technique and my understanding of music theory.
He shares great songs and tricks that i've never heard before.
he is awesome :)
I feel it's safe to say that Jason would be a great teacher for anyone. I am a 78 yr old who has been self-teaching classical/fingerstyle for years but to really make progress I need instruction from a good teacher. I had my first lesson with Jason and am confident that he will prove to be the right instructor for me. He is extremely skilled, versatile, patient, and definitely personalizes his instruction for the student. I am more enthused about playing than I’ve been for years – and only after one lesson!!Show More
He is a awesome instructor
Jason is great. I'm an older student and a slower learner, but Jason is very patient and encouraging at all times.
My son was very apprehensive at first since it was his first lesson ever, but Jason was very patient and understanding with him! Thank you Jason!
Started tenor banjo lesson with Jason. It was a great lesson- he made me feel much more comfortable with the instrument and excited about future lessons.
Jason is very knowledgeable and patient. He is a little fast for me because I'm not up to par but as an instructor he is great.
He is awesome
He is awesome.
Thanks. Great start to Anna's lessons.
Great guy! Patient, knowledgable and efficient at guitar. You'll definitely learn a lot!
Great practices with scales!
Jason is a professional and exceptional.
With his ability to teach guitar, drums, keyboard, and also songwriting, my hyper 5 year old is never board. I'm not interested right now in pushing one instrument over the other. I just want her to be "exposed" to different instruments, develop an ear for music, see how she can take her lyrics (budding songwriter, with her singing her day all the time), and enhance it with an instrument. Jason can do all that, because he has the knowledge, but he's also very FLEXIBLE and can easily transition from one insturment and teaching method to another, depending on where a young student's mind and interests take them in any given moment.
Learning to play traditionally/classically, slowly, methodically, step-by-step, learning formal music theory, doing drills and so forth is awesome, and Jason can do that. However, if you want to learn to play for fun, and begin jamming sooner than later...he's definately your man.
I am so lucky have Jason as my daughter's electric guitar teacher. He is very professional, he knows what to teach and how to teach my daughter based on her level. My daughter really learned a lot from the first 5 lessons that she just completed. Of course I will sign her up to continue with Jason. Jason is also a very nice teacher. He never mind to teach extra time if he finds my daughter is still with passion to the music of the class, and Jason even lend his own guitar to my daughter for her jazz band audition. Thank you so much Jason!Show More
Jason was great! He engaged my son (11 yrs old) immediately and took him through a fun, introductory lesson (and even went over time)! We are definitely planning to continue with Jason.
Great first lesson!
Great communication. Very organized and prepared. Super friendly and patient.
Jason has been working with my almost 12 year old for several months now. We started with the ukulele and then moved on to the guitar a few months later. Jason is always very open to our suggestions and feedback on our son's progress and makes any adjustments necessary to keep him engaged. Additionally, Jason is always on time and if we need to make scheduling changes he does his best to work with us to accommodate.
If you are thinking of trying the ukulele or guitar, then connect with Jason. I think that no matter your skill level he will be able to keep you engaged, excited and challenged.
He is very patent, as a beginner i thought he is a great instructor.
Jason is very friendly and personable. He started with the basics on chords on the ukulele and he was patient with me. I learned different ways to hold a chord, strumming, chord progressions, and beginning picking. I enjoyed learning so much in the short amount of time that the lesson went by quickly. I am going to sign up my son to go with me and have back to back lessons. Mahalo Jason!Show More
Jason has been my guitar instructor for almost 7 years now and I love every session. He is very good at teaching, explaining and demonstrating anything from a simple chord, to a complex solo, to music theory. He keeps things interesting by using new equipment from time-to time too, such as new guitars, amps, programs, apps, etc. He introduced me to Metallica and it has since become my favorite band as well as a great inspiration to my guitar playing. I've grown a lot since my first lesson and I'll continue to do so for many years to come.Show More
Great instructor, focused lessons to meet my needs
The first lesson was great. I was challenged and that is what I needed. I have been playing guitar for a bit but I really needed motivation and refinement which I am confident Jason will deliver.
A very helpful and understanding teacher. Throughout the lesson, whenever I would say something he would listen patiently. All in all, great attitude for a teacher, and is willing to change his teaching methods to suit the student. I give him only 4/5 stars because I was looking for a more traditional piano class. I am not a complete beginner at piano so I was looking for a more specialized teacher. However, if I was trying to learn another instrument that he teaches, I would most definitely give him a perfect rating.Show More
First on everything about playing Ukulele. Jason is very patient and provided lots of information for my learning needs. First lesson was a very good start, I have to do my part... practice, practice practice. Thanks Jason. Looking forward to next session to show my progress and learn more.Show More
With Jason I'm learning things I should have learned a long time ago. A very motivational and patient teacher.
Although it's still early in the teaching schedule with Jason, my first lesson was great. Jason made me feel relaxed even though I was nervous, and the materials that he sent me to practice on bass reinforced the teaching session I had with him
Jason is an excellent instructor. He is patient, helpful, knowledgable and insightful. Looking forward to my next session.
I completed eight lessons with Jason and was very satisfied with the musical lessons received. I learned much about the piano, chords, patterns, and theory. On the eighth lesson I received a guitar tutorial and was very impressed with his playing and teaching. I highly recommend Jason as an instructor for the musical instruments that he teaches.
Jason is an excellent instructor. On my first lesson, he was able to efficiently gauge my level and provide clear and directional teaching. I look forward to taking my guitar playing to the next level. I also appreciated the communication with lesson planning and his punctuality.Show More
Nice and solid first lesson. Jason hit the ground running by quickly assessing where I was and then providing me with info to help me move forward. I walked away with straight-forward exercises to get me ready for my next lesson. I appreciated that Jason reached out before my appointment to gauge my experience and was very positive as I moved (that is stumbled) forward. Jason manages to jam a bunch of information in a short amount of time without rushing. I look forward to my next lesson and am encouraged to put in the time to put my best foot forward.Show More
First lesson was great!
I took bass lessons with Jason during the summer. Jason provided a thorough assessment of my skills and challenged me to improve with each lesson. He was always well-prepared when the next lesson commenced. I could also always count on Jason to patiently answer any questions I had. He is also versatile in his teachings (knowledgeable about music theory, too) and will do his best to make certain your musical interests are addressed. Jason’s calm demeanor and patience were also appreciated.Jason did a great job of making certain I was satisfied with my lesson and what I was learning. Kudos to Jason for always giving his best when helping a student reach his/her music goals.Show More
My son is really enjoying the lessons! Great teacher!
I've taken several lessons with Jason and highly recommend him! He is very patient, easy going, and goes at the student's pace. He's a great guitar player and he will work with you to achieve your goal. I leave each lesson learning a few new songs.Show More
Jason is a great teacher, very knowledgeable and patient. I don't have any musical background whatsoever, but he quickly got me started learning to play banjo and answered all my questions. I highly recommend this teacher.
We were new to the whole online, private lesson world and only tried as a test for our 10 yr-old son. He has now been working with Jason for several months now and shows no signs of stopping. Our son is progressing, has gained confidence and still seems to have fun. Jason is on time and if you cannot make a lesson he is flexible in rescheduling if given some notice. Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much Jason packs into his lessons without overwhelming the student. We highly recommend him!Show More
Great instruction the ultimate in patience. He has a way of teaching that really challenged and put me on a great path of learning. I highly recommend him as a teacher.
Cool guy, really easy to work with, gifted, and does't waste time.
Jason is a great teacher...patient, helpful and thorough. We recommend him highly!
Jason is a great teacher! Very prompt and professional with our lessons. He's extremely knowledgeable, not only about the particular instrument, but with music and theory as well. I would highly recommend!
Jason has been teaching my son for about 6 weeks now. My son head dyslexia and other special needs that make learning difficult. Jason has done a wonderful job teaching and sparking my child's joy in music! Excellent teacher. Highly recommended.
Jason is an amazing teacher very informative knows his stuff 100% would recomend him to anyone looking to learn to play AWESOME TEACHER
Jason is very prompt with lessons and always prepared. He meets me at my level of competence and also brings me beyond my comfort zone, so I feel I am learning quickly and challenging myself. He is patient and encouraging. I would not be progressing on the ukulele so well without him!Show More
Jason is really good! I am a beginner and he is patient and has great teaching techniques. He clearly knows all aspects of music and is serious about teaching. Highly recommend him.
He's super friendly, patient, and knowledgeable. I'm really enjoying my work with Jason!
Wonderful guitar teacher. Both my sons enjoyed taking lessons from him. He was very patient and extremely knowledgeable. Highly recommend!
When I started my guitar lessons on Skype I wasn't sure how well it would work out. It has been perfect. Jason is easily able to correct my playing even when I don't realize I have made a mistake. And the lessons are convenient. Jason has been a great teacher and knows so much about the guitar and music. He is a mass of knowledge. It's amazing. He has tailored each lesson to my needs and I couldn't recommend him enough.
good ideas and flexible
I asked Jason to listen to my playing and give me some feedback. He gave me some very good pointers as how to improve my playing. Like holding the note longer on my fingerpicking. He showed me some fingering to make it easier to change chords. He is very pleasant attentive and flexible. I really enjoy him as a teacher.
Well organized site
Jason is both patient and professional. My schedule and practice have not been consistent, even so he has been upbeat and encouraging. This is very helpful for a 54 year old athlete trying to become a banjo player!
Our 6 year old daughter loved her Ukulele lessons with Jason and has made great progress with him. Highly recommended!
Jason is so patient and helpful
I started taking ukulele lessons on a whim to be able play songs for my son who is 13 months old. I have never had much success with music. Sometimes my son is napping while I have my lesson, and sometimes he wakes up and I wear him in a carrier. This doesn't frazzle Jason at all who always prepares great lessons for me and quickly simplifies things when he sees me struggling. Even when I feel stressed because my son starts fussing, Jason is cool, kind, and calm. I love my new skill of playing ukulele and am so grateful to Jason for making it possible. He is really good at providing kind support and the right amount of challenge in a lesson. He's also punctual and accommodating with schedule changes. Overall I give Jason an A+.
Great Patient Teacher!
Jason is great! I am in my late 30's with a busy family, and Jason is willing to work around my schedule. I don't have much time to practice, but he is very patient. He molds a lesson to my ability to learn, and gives me assignments to work on based on where I'm at with my experience. He is prompt and follows up with your questions quickly and always willing to help. He explains lessons in detail, and provides positive evaluation. I would highly recommend Jason to be your Guitar teacher!
Very very good uke teacher. He goes the extra thousand miles. When I give him my songsheet of what I want to learn He already had played it on his music box to show me the right rhythm. When I got a songsheet that was for guitar he transpose it to ukulele. He listened carefully and give me feedback on how to improve my playing. He showed me the correct finger position for the harder chords and give me ideas of how to practice certain strums. Very nice and professional ! Makes me want to practice my uke more. Thouroughly enjoyable experience !
Never imagined how great of an experience it would be!
I started playing piano in January and took about 10 lessons in an instructors home. For convenience, I looked into in home lessons and found TakeLessons.com, which led me to Jason. While I was still learning the basics, Jason immediately challenged me beyond what I thought I was going to be capable of and just when I would think I am not getting this, he would change it up and give me exactly the lesson I needed! While it is an entirely different teaching method than what I was use to, I have found that my skill level has significantly improved! I am still a beginner, but with Jason's leadership, I know I will continue to grow! He provides variety, has amazing technical equipment/software for delivering the lessons, is very patient, yet pushy in a good way, provides lots of materials to practice on your own, and always leaves you feeling good about your desire to play and enjoy music, no matter what your skill level is. And he is very prompt and organized and flexible. All around he is a true professional that I would recommend to anyone! I should also note that while his style of music may seem to be an extreme mismatch from yours, (I love country, classical, and soft rock), he has such a love and appreciation of music, that he makes it feel as if he wrote the songs that I want to learn to play as he is teaching them to me!
He's not only a great teacher but an amazing guitarist as well. I've been taking lessons from him for a couple of years now. He truly has a deep passion for music and wants to be able to share that same passion with others. He's very patient and focused on helping you develop as a musician. He's very well organized, setting up lesson plans dedicated to your needs whether it's basic chords, scales, songs or theory. I can't ask for a better teacher.
HE IS AWESOME
I absolutely adored every second with Jason. Even though I was a complete novice, Jason was patient and created a very friendly environment. He encouraged me to choose the lesson plan. Also, knowing that the banjo is typically understood as a blue-grass and southern sound, he opened my ears to Sabbath on the banjo which blew me away and opened the doors to banjo-heavy metal style. He is very versatile and a kick-butt musician. The man can do anything. He is understanding, fun, and encouraging. He never gave-up on me, always made me feel talented and kept me motivated. I will continue to take lessons from Jason. From never touching an instrument before in my life to jamming T. Rex on the banjo in just a month, shows Jason is one great teacher. YOU ROCK!!
A great learning experience!
Jason is a awesome instructor each lesson that i have had has been great. I have never ever picked up a guitar and now that i have my goal is to maybe some day be a musician very thankful to have an instructor like Jason hope he doesnt run out of patience with me! Thanks again!.
Jason's lessons are an effective mix of guitar fundamentals, music theory, and a variety of fun songs that are tailored to the individual student. He has a patient and laid-back approach that allows you to relax and absorb the lesson.Scott Lovelace
We're very happy!
Enthusiastic Captivating guitar instruction!
Jason is able to teach you enough with each session so that you will have new stuff to practice and improve each week. NEVER GETS DULL!!! I see improvement every week.
Jason is an excellent instructor! He is great at making beginners feel comfortable with the instrument and with moving at your own pace. He is always encouraging, available to help and easy going. I would definitely recommend him to anyone just starting out!Show More
Jason is absolutely amazing! My son Joe has been taking lessons from Jason since January 28th and I am amazed at how much he has learned! Joe has ADD and learning disabilities and Jason is very patient and teaches Joe with awesome methods! Joe really likes Jason and looks forward to his lesson every week! He is practicing hard and is so enthusiastic about becoming a good guitarist! Thank you, Jason, for giving my son an amazing experience! :DShow More
Great First Lesson
Jason has been a great instructor. He gave me some exercises to do at home to work on my finger placement, Chords, picking, and note recognition. I had an instructor before and all he did was talk; Jason really got down to business.
Day Jams, Rock Music Band Camp
As a guitar instructor, I moved my way up to teaching multi-instruments, clinics and rec eventually leading to become a music director for the camp. Duties included teaching, songwriting, recording, performance, and overall view of what it's like to be in a real band. Camp is ages 7-15.
KPC, University of Alaska Anchorage
University of Alaska Anchorage
Fluent / Native Proficiency
American Red Cross
G7th The Capo Company