JD McGibney


Los Angeles, CA

Lesson Details



JD delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:


I often find myself saying that music is the key to the universe. It is a medium in which all humans, regardless of language or culture are able to connect. It is because of this that I love sharing the knowledge that I have gained from nearly two decades of playing guitar.

I am a Los Angeles based session musician, and private instructor. I currently have a few students, and am looking to grow and take on a few more. My curriculum revolves around:

1) Understanding the basics of theory, and showcasing how those basics are applied in songs (specifically bands and artists that you regularly listen to).
2) Proper technique
3) Some fun and fancy tricks!

My goal is to make sure each lesson is clear so that you may fully understand and enjoy the benefits therein!

If you would like more information about myself, here is a link to my personal website. There can be found a full biography, bands I have worked with, examples of my playing, and current news. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

Personal Website:

May the rest of your day be fun, and productive!
-JD McGibney

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Aug 2013 - Present
Angels on the Battlefield - Band


Jun 2012 - Present
JD McGibney

Private guitar instruction.

Session Musician
Sep 2017 - Oct 2017
Voodoo Kungfu - Band

Touring - United States, Canada

Session Musician
Mar 2017 - Mar 2017
Chris Wirsig - Composer

Studio recording session.

Session Musician
Aug 2015 - Mar 2017
Nekrogoblikon - Band

Touring - United States, Canada, Europe


History - BA
Aug 2008 - Jun 2012
Stony Brook University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Jul 2014

ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.

Photos & Videos

July 2017, I had the opportunity to perform at a charity event to raise money for cancer research.

Music has always been my biggest passion, and nothing makes me smile more than connecting with people over that which I love most.

I have had this guitar for over a decade.  No matter how many new ones I try, this one has always remained my favorite!

That look of pride and joy I get when my students fall even more in love with their instrument.

This is one of my favorite compositions, "Leap of Faith."  This song was written as a reminder to believe in yourself, to achieve anything!
This is a vlog I put together after my tour with Voodoo Kungfu. Hands down, one of my favorite tours!
This is the VERY first song I put out on my own, and one of my favorite songs to play!
On the road, coffee is my best friend.
Actually, even at home, coffee is pretty much my best friend!

One of my favorite candid shots from my Voodoo Kungfu tour.  Music is pointless if you don't put your soul into it.


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Cynthia Jul 12, 2018
Electric Guitar · In home

JD is a strategic thinker with veteran guitar playing experience, well versed in helping beginning students like me focus on correct technique and methods out of the gate. This is critical! In 6 short months, I can now play multiple Rock&Roll riffs with technical proficiency, although still getting up to tempo, Sweet Child, TNT, Crazy Train. A piano player who struggled mightily at first at reading guitar score, JD helped me to retrain my brain, learning scales and modes. As a direct result, I was able to take the piano score to Cinderella's "Nobody's Fool" and translate it tp guitar score! This slower tempo piece, I am able to play to tempo OOH RAH!

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