Jered Johnson
Portland, OR
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Jered Johnson

Jered J.

Portland, OR
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Whether you want to learn a few songs, improve your chops or all-out shred, your lessons are designed to get your playing where you want it to be.

Your lesson plan will be custom-tailored to your ability and geared toward your goals as a guitarist.

Hey guys! My name is Jered and I'd love to be a guide on your guitar journey. I've been playing for 20 years, have a BA in Music and Recording Technology, and currently play in a rock band in Portland, OR. I have taught students of all ages and all skill levels. My first love is rock, but I have studied classical, blues, country, metal, pop, funk and dabbled in a little jazz.

If you'd like to chat or have any questions just shoot me a message and I'll get back asap :)

Thanks for checking out my profile and I hope to hear from you soon.

About Jered J.

🤔Picture get home after a long day of work or school, you feel a little stressed out by the world, wishing you had more time to get the endless list of things done and more energy to do them.....

Instead of turning on Netflix and zoning out, you pick up your guitar and play your favorite song.

Feels pretty great right?!

🎸Learning to play an instrument is one of life's most rewarding endeavors, that just keeps getting better the longer you pursue it.

With playing an instrument, you always have something you love to do and look forward to doing every single day, enriching your life and those around you.


Whether you want to learn your favorite songs, improve your chops or all-out shred, your lessons are designed to get your playing where you want it to be.

✅Just starting out? No problem!

Your lesson plan will be custom-tailored to your ability and geared toward your goals as a guitarist. For beginners that means instilling good habits from the beginning while learning songs that you love.

✅Have you been playing a little while and can't seem to get any "better?"

I've been there! Oh how I've been there :)

There comes a time in everyone's playing journey when we hit a roadblock and our playing seems to plateau. This is where having an experienced set of eyes (and ears!) check out what may be happening with your playing and get you unstuck as soon as possible.

✅Am I too old to get started?

NO! Absolutely no way! Never!!!

As a 38 year old musician in a rock band, constantly playing with bands comprised of college kids, I completely understand. The voices pop in my head saying, "Am I too old? Should I hang it up? This is a young person's game, etc..."

💪Age isn't just a number, it's an advantage!

I have students of all ages and skill levels, some of fastest learning and fastest progressing didn't start until they were over 50.

You can do this and I'd love to show you how.


For me, learning to play guitar and bass has been life-changing. Having such a powerful creative outlet provides endless inspiration and curiosity, not only while playing, but carries over into real world and everything I do.

My guitar playing began when my best friend, "Soup," showed me how to play "Big Gun," by the mighty AC/DC. I sat there for 3 hours, patiently plucking the strings until that glorious riff came screaming out of the amplifier!

I was hooked immediately, begging my parents for a guitar and then practicing every chance I got, learning Led Zeppelin riffs, CCR chords and Jimi Hendrix jams.

After high school, I attended the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh to pursue a BA in Music and Recording Technology, expanding my mostly rock and metal guitar playing by focusing on Classical guitar.

While earning my BA in Music, I began teaching guitar at the local music store, at first for extra cash to buy more guitar gear, but quickly became passionate about teaching.

I feel privileged to be able to pass along my musical knowledge and honored that you consider my tutelage.

It is my aim to be an enthusiastic and understanding educator, to provide guidance and motivation, to offer advice as you progress along your playing journey.


Your lesson plan is a customized curriculum designed to help you reach your goals as a musician as efficiently and as enjoyably as possible.

I strive to simply your process of learning an instrument by creating lessons based on the music you love, to learn the concepts most important to your unique goals and to cultivate a lifelong love of playing music.

Your personalized lesson plan will be made up of the following concepts:

Technique - You will learn proper playing technique to ensure accurate playing as well as an injury-free career.

The Fretboard - Learn notes, scales, arpeggios and know your way around your instrument.

Harmony - Learn how to play chords, how to write music using chords, chord inversions and more.

Musicianship - Music theory, improvisation, songwriting, sight- reading, and how to jam with other musicians.

Your success as a musician is my main priority and I will do my absolute best to guide you along your path.

When you’re ready to get started, simply shoot me a message or go ahead and schedule your first lesson right away!

Thank you so much and I look forward to hearing from you!



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8 Reviews
Profile-location-online Online

Jered is very laid back, encouraging and helpful! Off to a great start.

Posted Apr 17, 2020
Kurt R.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Jered was very patient and very clear. Also very methodical. The perfect teacher.

Posted Sep 5, 2019
Eli H.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Great first lesson!

Posted Aug 24, 2019
Aidan C.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Our teenage son connected with Jered right away, and it was an excellent first lesson. Aaparrently our son learned so much more in one private face to face lesson than online classes he's been doing for a month. ( This isn't online private/group lesson, it's a class with video lectures and exercises). Would definitely continue.

Posted Aug 1, 2019
Josh S.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Jered continues to be a fantastic teacher. He took the time to get to know what my goals are, he gives me good feedback, and he assigns me "homework" that is relevant and helpful to my progress. We focus on both the technique of playing bass as well as the the purpose and "feel" of the bass in different songs. I have fun at my lessons and look forward to them every week, and my bass playing continues to improve.

Posted Mar 9, 2019
David B.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Jered is a thoughtful and knowledgeable teacher. I look forward to continuing my work with him.

Posted Nov 19, 2018
Ken H.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Jered was on time. Very cordial. Was very open to my
Expectations. After 2 lessons I’m invigorated and already finding new strategies for this project.

Posted Nov 1, 2018
Carol F.
Profile-location-online Online

Posted Oct 10, 2019

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Guitar Instructor
Aug 2018 - Present

Oregon Music Academy

Guitar instructor at formal music academy. Oregon Music Academy focuses on all-around music development and strong emphasis on reading notes, music theory and proper technique.

Audio Engineer & Editor
Sep 2016 - Present

Northwest Evaluation Association

Record voice over audio for state-wide educational assessment testing. Recording is done on sight in the in house studio. All voice overs are done by professional talent using Adobe Audition software. Then, all recorded audio is mixed and mastered. This process includes adding compression, EQ, reverb and other effects as needed. All audio is then cut into sections based on the requirements of the video production department.

May 2015 - Present

Light Creates Shadow

I play bass in a power-trio in Portland, OR. We are a hard-to-heavy rock group with a touch of prog. Our songs feature shifts in time signatures, changes in dynamics while creating memorable songs.

Guitar Instructor
Jan 2010 - Present


Teaching lessons from home as well as travelling to the homes of my students

Guitar Instructor
Mar 2006 - Mar 2009

Heid's Music

While completing my BA in Music and Recording Technology at University of Wisconsin, I fell in love with teaching guitar and passing along the gift of music to my students.


BA in Music and Recording Technology
Sep 2001 - May 2004

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh



Fluent / Native Proficiency

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