Jimmy Cruz

Jimmy C.

McDonough, GA

About Jimmy C.

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Jimmy teaches: Ages 8 and up
Teaching since: June 1976
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

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. 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.

Photos and Videos

A recent gig playing with a friend's band in Tampa.

Experience

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.

Guitarist/Performer

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.

Education

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)

Languages Spoken

English only

Fluent / Native Proficiency
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1 Review on Jimmy C.

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Brenton B. Aug 7, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
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!
Sincerely,
An eager pupil
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