Jimmy Cruz

Jimmy C.

McDonough, GA
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've been playing guitar over 40 years and teaching guitar for over 30 years and have literally taught hundreds of students. A number of other guitar instructors and professional guitarists in the Atlanta area have been former students. I've performed professionally since I was 16. I teach reading music, tab reading, chord knowledge, strumming patterns, understanding rhythm notation, fretboard knowledge, finger picking, flatpicking, learning songs, improvisation, rock, country, blues, jazz, etc. I teach at every level of playing from beginner to pro-level players.

About Jimmy C.

I have over 30 years experience as a professional guitar instructor and have been actively teaching lessons in Henry County, GA as well as Clayton County, GA. And have branched out to teach online as well. I had actually started teaching friends as a teenager since 1976 where I grew up in N.Y. and those friends still play guitar to this day, a couple have become professional musicians. I started teaching guitar professional in 1983. Over the years I've had the pleasure of teaching hundreds of students at every skill level.

I teach several styles of playing: Rock, Jazz, Blues, Country, Funk, Rhythm & Lead guitar playing, Classical guitar and Fingerstyle playing. I teach on electric & acoustic guitar.

I have one basic philosophy in my approach to teaching: get the student to fall in love with the guitar so it becomes a life-long passion. As an instructor, I endeavor to make guitar lessons fun, practical and productive!!! Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, advanced or even at the professional level, I can help you advance your playing skills.


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4 Reviews
Fnu B.
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My son first day good
Thank you jimmy

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

So far so good. jim’s an excellent musician. I look forward to future lessons

Posted Jun 26, 2018
Yvonne N.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Great first lesson

Posted Apr 27, 2017
Brenton B.
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I've had a wonderful experience with Jim, and plan on continuing my weekly lessons with him. His methodology is logical and straightforward, his personality is open-minded, affable, and he's quite the prodigy when it comes to his skill level on guitar. He can fluidly change from a bluesy twang to a warm jazz sound, and switch to a nostalgic riff on the acoustic guitar at a moment's notice. He is everything I could ask for in a teacher, and in the short month that I've been taught by him, my learning curve has steepened with every visit. I'm learning so much from this guy and recommend anyone with an interest in guitar to pursue taking lessons from this guy before everyone else with the right idea books him first!
An eager pupil

Posted Aug 7, 2015

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Guitar Instructor & Owner
Feb 2009 - Present

Private Guitar Lessons with Jimmy (McDonough, GA)

Since 2009, I began teaching out of my home studio to expand my business as an instructor into the McDonough area of Henry County. This would include being able to be closer to prospective students coming from Jonesboro, Locust Grove, and even Conyers. This has given me the ability to utilize more teaching tools that are readily available in my home studio for the benefit of my students. The large majority of my students are at this location.

Guitar Instructor
Sep 2007 - Present

The Whole Note Music Store (Stockbridge, GA)

I'm one of two guitar instructors at this location. The other instructor was a former student. I still teach at this location but mostly teach out of my home studio in McDonough, GA.

Jan 1976 - May 2012

Ensemble/Band projects

Over the years I've performed in dozens of bands and performed as a Jazz Soloist in NY, CA, FL, and in GA. I've performed in Jazz big bands, jazz trio's/duo's, a Latin jazz group featuring one of Santana's former percussionists, Prog-Rock bands, Jazz-Rock Fusion bands, Top 40 Bands, a 50's/60's Show band, Country Bands, Disco Bands, Blues Projects, Classic Rock bands, Southern Rock Bands, Contemporary Christian Bands, Church Ensembles, and also as a studio session player.

Guitar Instructor
Sep 2004 - Oct 2010

Peachtree Music Store (Stockbridge, GA)

I was the most experienced guitar instructor at this location until they closed their operations.

Guitar Instructor
May 1983 - Aug 2009

Tara Music Center (Jonesboro, GA)

I was the primary guitar instructor at this location for many years.


Jazz Guitar / Jazz Standards
Oct 1991 - Sep 1992

Private Lessons with Bob Shaw (Atlanta, GA)

Advanced Jazz Guitar Stylings
Apr 1985 - Sep 1985

Lessons with Eric Domas (College Park, GA)

Western Swing & Country Guitar
Mar 1980 - Jul 1980

Guitar Lessons with Dan Hutchings (Ventura, CA)

Jazz Guitar
Sep 1978 - Jan 1980

Private Lessons with Jazz Guitarist Tony Campo (Copaigue, NY)

Jazz Guitar, Music Theory
May 1976 - Aug 1978

Private Guitar Lessons with Charlie LaVerne (Islip, NY)

Classical Guitar
Jun 1975 - Apr 1976

Classical Guitar Lessons with Robert Bates (Lindenhurst, NY)

Beginning - Advanced Guitar
Sep 1970 - May 1975

Guitar Lessons with Jimmy Nelis (Lindenhurst, NY)


English only

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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