Joe Messina

Joe M.

Jamaica Plain, MA
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Lesson Details

Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
My music theory background has always helped me progress with my guitar playing and song writing. I can give you the tools to help you understand how music works, which will allow you to make further progress on your own.

Again, we can start from whatever your current knowledge is. if you don't know what a key signature or a scale is, I can give you a basic understanding by lesson two. From there we can move on to deciphering chord patterns and working with more complex scales and modes.
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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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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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