Joe Messina

Joe M.

Jamaica Plain, MA
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Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
We can start from wherever you've left off. If you're a complete beginner, we'll start with the basics: guitar anatomy, strings, tuning, hand position, then work our way up through scales, single note exercises, and basic chords. You can expect to be fluent in open chords within 3 months and playing some of your favorite songs in 6.

As you advance, we can work on how to play with other musicians, as well as music theory, modes, and more complex scales.
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Joe teaches



Joe delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
February 2014

I can give you a solid start on the guitar. Whether you're just learning your way around the neck or ready to ...


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Guitarist, Singer, and Arranger
Jun 2017 - Sep 2018
Just Another Band, LLC

I played lead guitar, sang backup and lead vocals, and arranged music for 88mph, a party and event band associated with Shore Bets Unique Events and Entertainment. Current fill-in guitarist.

May 2014 - Sep 2014
EBE Events & Entertainment

Played weddings and events with agency band. Everything from Nicki Minaj to Frank Sinatra.


Certificate, General Music Studies
Jan 2019 - Present
Berklee College of Music
B.A. Writing
Aug 2007 - Aug 2012
Ithaca College
High School
Sep 2003 - Jun 2007
Staples High School


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

My band, 88mph, performing our Christmas medley, "Jingle All The Way"
Photo by Patrick Barnes

There's a reason some guitars cost $2400.
"Bobby Q's" Westport, CT - 2012

Photo by Joe M.

"The Middle East" Boston, MA - 2013

With Victoria Watts Band

Photo by Joe M.

Me dressed as Slash playing Bruce at Surf Dog in Woodbine, NJ.
My band, 88mph, performing our cover of "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" to celebrate the Eagles' 2018 Super Bowl victory
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2 Reviews

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Audrey Aug 19, 2018
Music Theory · In home

Joe is an awesome guitarist!! I took lessons from him, and he was really good and knew just how to get me to improve. He also knows a TON about all different kinds of music and music theory--I signed up for guitar, but I ended up learning lots of other useful stuff too. Highly recommended!!!

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Max Feb 15, 2018
Songwriting · In home

i took rock history, rock appreciation and rock theory from joe, who rocks

very good guitar teacher! joe is a PRO

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