- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I also specialize in teaching kids classical guitar. Classical for your kids is the best way to get them learning real music and theory, developing the best possible technique and good habits, and literally changing their brain chemistry for the better! The foundations they establish with classical leads them to better playing of ANY style even if they don't stick with classical. I am contracted out and travel the nation teaching kids classical guitar and teaching teachers how to teach it, so I feel fully confident you're in the best hands you could be in if your child takes lessons with me.
If you're just starting out, I will help you build a technical foundation first, playing through a "boot camp" of easy pieces to build sight reading and technical skills. When you're done with that you're ready to tackle some really cool stuff!
If you have some self taught experience, you are likely working with some bad habits we'll have to break! So I will still start you out with a "boot camp" to build a better technique. Then we work on some really beautiful pieces, more advanced technique, and sound/tone production
For advanced students, I will focus on advanced technique and really breaking through from mediocrity to amazing playing (arpeggios, scales, tone production, speed, musicality). We will work on a combination of pieces you like/suggest and pieces I suggest that will be best suited to build your technique. We'll focus a lot on musicality and expression so you really sound like a professional player. I've taught many students at the university level and I can really help advanced players achieve their goals.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- September 2002
*See further below for lesson details!*
Jaxon the Guitarist: I am a Doctoral Guitar Major at USC studying classical guitar. I have been playing the guitar for over 20 years and teaching for 15. My main style is classical, and due to the technical training I have had since I was very young, it has been very easy for me to learn and master other styles such as Flamenco, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Pop, Country. I have a passion for performing and have played hundreds of solo and ensemble concerts. As a classical performer I have won prizes in numerous competitions, including the Pacific Guitar Competition, San Francisco Guitar Competition, Sierra Nevada Competition, and the OSAA Oregon State Competition. I have played concerts all over the United States as well as in Spain and Mexico. As a performer of other styles I have played in many original and cover bands and have won high school and University level battle of the bands competitions. I was a Northwest regional finalist in Guitar Center's "King of the Blues" competition as well. I recently won a Fulbright Scholarship to study Spanish and Flamenco Guitar in Seville, Spain for 2015 and 16.
Jaxon the Teacher: I really love spreading the knowledge I've learned over the years about the guitar, bass guitar, songwriting, music theory, and everything music related to my students. I find a huge sense of fulfillment in seeing my students understand and enjoy learning and making beautiful music. I have a high level of knowledge and skills that I am very willing to use to teach students from the most beginner to the most advanced. Former students of mine have achieved lofty goals ranging from making it into a music program at the college level to winning their school's talent show to being accepted into their school's jazz band.
*** Lesson Details ***
My curriculum is based around YOU. I push my students hard, but I make sure they're always having fun and enjoying playing. I like to get my students playing real songs as fast as possible so they can see results immediately and get excited!
Online Lessons: I am a specialist in online teaching. and I go the extra mile to make sure you get your money's worth. Online lessons with me include personalized instruction, PDF's, play-along recordings, and instructional video recaps to help you practice.
Children: I am trained and specialized in teaching children fingerstyle guitar. I have taught hundreds of kids in schools, privately, and in groups over the years. The method I use is proven to give kids the best possible start to music and maximize their potential. If you have children and you want them to learn good technique and music principles through guitar, you don't need to look any further.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I have stools, music stands, and an amp here so all you need to bring is your guitar!
*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not provide any equipment.
Student must have their own guitar and amp if they play electric.
I do have guitars available for rental.
*** Specialties ***
-Children's fingerstyle guitar
-Proficient in ABRSM and Suzuki method
-Specialist in classical guitar, though proficient up to advanced in any guitar style (blues, rock, country, jazz, pop, etc)
-Also very experienced teaching songwriting and music performance
Teach private lessons and classes to USC guitarists.
Work with Aspen Music Festival and Lead Guitar program to start classical guitar programs in school in Aspen, CO and surrounding areas. I also teach the teachers in the valley how to effectively teach classical guitar to kids. In addition to Aspen, I travel to other states working with Lead Guitar to do the same thing.+ Read More
Taught guitar to Undergraduate Music Majors at ASU. Received a full tuition scholarship to do so.
Have been background checked and fingerprint cleared.
Jaxon is an excellent guitarist but also a great educator and communicator. My son's guitar skills have significantly improved since he began lessons thanks to Jaxon's instruction. We highly recommend him as a teacher.
Very great teacher! Extremely knowledgable on traditional and nouveau flamenco techniques. Appears very committed to the student and willing to spend time out of the sessions to make instructional videos on the material for the student to practice with. Very friendly as well!+ Read More
Very good instructor. Excellent communication skills and very talented. My first lesson he did a very good job of refreshing my memory as someone who has been out of the music world for 13 years. Look forward to more sessions with JW.
Excellent instruction. Great fundamentals. Happy that the instruction platform works so well.
Jaxon is amazing. This is exactly the structure I was looking for in a guitar teacher.
I am extremely happy with my first five lessons. I feel that my instruction is individualized well to my short term goals, which is to develop a solid theoretical foundation that enables me to understand compositional approaches and methodologies and prepare me to create my own compositions and arrangements. Currently the format of our lesson is to analyze/discuss a piece in detail with a compositional or arrangement exercise to reinforce the main techniques of the piece. (which is reviewed at the subsequent lesson). The exchange of ideas (as well as the exercises) have resulted in me learning something fun and interesting every single lesson. I highly recommend Jaxon as a music theory instructor.+ Read More
Jaxon is the most motivating as well as competent and friendly guitar teacher my 16-year-old son has ever had, and he has had two previous guitars teachers that were very good.
As a professional in the music industry in Hollywood for a very long time, I can assure you that Jaxon is extremely versatile and knowledgeable in all styles of guitar performance, be it classical, electric rock or blues, and I"m sure many more acoustic guitar styles that I have not heard him demonstrate.
Take it from a music professional......you can't go wrong in having Jaxon teach you or anyone in your family.
Initially, I received the quintessential guitar lessons, complete with classical guitar exercises. I then developed an affinity for classical guitar, but I couldn’t journey further into the style because my training was limited. I can happily say that I have not only been able to overcome my plateau but also found the teacher who can shape me into the guitarist I aspire to be. I’m being taught via video chat but the lessons are nothing short of insightful. Your dedication as a student with Jaxon will take you far. Take the first lesson and you’ll see!+ Read More
One word to sum up my first lesson: FANTASTIC. He's absolutely amazing and super talented!!
Great instructor! Moving at a logical and achievable pace. Very enjoyable, I can see the improvement.
Awesome personality! Has a great way of explaining things to help you learn. Fun to work with.
Jaxon has been awesome teacher. He knows what he is talking about and can actually teach it in simple way.
Jaxon is a wonderful instructor and very patient. I highly recommend him!!
What I've seen from Jaxon after a few lessons is that he is very attentive to detail and takes his craft seriously. He focuses on fundamentals and watches your technique carefully and makes sure to correct them when he sees you drift back into bad habits. He is very personable and flexible as well. I would highly recommend without reservations.+ Read More
It goes without saying that Jaxon is an outstanding teacher - I think that anyone who studies with him would agree. Both Jaxon's verbal instruction and his playing demonstrations are clear and well articulated. His ability to select interesting repertoire seems limitless, for even an advanced student such as myself. He will guide you with techniques and tips while also keeping in consideration your own interests and goals.+ Read More
I started playing the classical guitar for just fun years ago, and lived in such remote areas that finding a teacher was impossible. As fortune had it, I moved to Tempe and hooked up with Jaxon through TakeLessons.com. He's a great instructor that is patient and won't ever make you feel bad about not having time to practice. He didn't immediately show off his amazing guitar playing ability, but instead directed all his attention at me, the student. His flexible teaching style helped me translate the music knowledge I already had onto the classical guitar. If you follow his methods, you'll be amazed at how fast you improve! I would highly recommend Jaxon to anyone even remotely thinking about playing classical guitar music.+ Read More
BEST GUITAR TEACHER EVER!!
I have been playing neuvo flamenco for several years and I have had several guitar instructors. None of them come close to Jaxon. Most of my teachers were very good guitar players but not great at teaching - Jaxon is not only a great guitarist but a fantastic teacher. He has the ability to look at every aspect of my guitar playing (technique,posture, composition, etc) and greatly improve it. I highly recommend him to any level of guitarist. He will make you a better guitarist!
I have been taking flamenco guitar lessons with Jaxon for a few months now. I am a beginner to flamenco, and had some technique challenges up front. He is amazing on guitar, and is able to watch my techniques and find the sticking points. It feels good to know that I'm getting it right early on, so that I don't develop bad habits. Highly recommend him.