Joel Henigson
Portland, OR
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Joel Henigson

Joel H.

Portland, OR
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
We will analyze and learn to play licks and songs from the blues masters.
Techniques will include pentatonic and blues scales, bending, classic licks, and much more!

About Joel H.

I’m a guitarist and songwriter in several bands in the Portland area. I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelors in Songwriting.

I have taught guitar, production, and songwriting in Portland and the Rogue Valley for many years. As my student, I will work with you to map out where you’d like to get to as a musician and exactly how to get there. Music is an incredibly satisfying form of self expression, and I can help you discover and express your musical “voice;” the thing that makes Jimmy Page or Angus Young or Bruce Springsteen sound distinctly like themselves.

I tailor my teaching method to individual students based on their interests and goals, but some things I like to teach are: fundamentals of music theory, songwriting techniques, lead guitar/improvisation, sight reading, and practice techniques.
I specialize in rock/alternative/metal guitar and songwriting, but I am trained in both classical and jazz theory as well.

As a solo artist, I’ve released two EP’s, I’ve performed in many bands, and written and produced music for various clients. My current band, Sea Sleeper has played venues like the Star Theater and is set to release its first EP in the upcoming months.

When I’m not playing music, I can be found surfing, reading, or watching the occasional B-horror movie.


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20 Reviews
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He’s an amazing teacher. He focuses on things that are relevant to my musical goals. He easily breaks down topics I have trouble with. I never run out of things to practice. I am very happy with my experience.

Posted Jul 24, 2021
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Joel has been very patient and kind in his teaching style. He remains calm and encouraging when beginner mistakes happen which is crucial with teaching our boy.

Posted Mar 19, 2021
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Great class, intuitive instruction.

Posted Feb 17, 2021
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Joel has been fantastic! He's exceptionally accommodating, flexible and patient. As an adult picking up a new instrument, he has been nothing but supportive and informative. I particularly value his clear and simple explanations of difficult theories and playing methods. Thank you Joel!

Posted Feb 13, 2021
Franklin P.
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Joel was great! He was patient and made the lesson fun for our 6 year old.

Posted Jan 27, 2021
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really helpful first lesson

Posted Jan 26, 2021
Nathan C.
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Joel has been great. I'm an adult learner. I've really appreciated his patient approach. He is great at sharing new ideas just at the time I'm ready for it. Lessons are enjoyable; time flies and I'm learning a lot.

Posted Dec 16, 2020
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Joel is an excellent teacher, he really knows his stuff and is very patient and kind.

Posted Jul 11, 2020
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Joel's great, I have learned a ton from him over the course of our lessons. He is very knowledgeable about a lot of different styles and techniques. Would recommend!

Posted Apr 24, 2020
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Joel is great to work with and a really good teacher!

Posted Apr 23, 2020
Harley H
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Joel is a really great teacher. He's really patient and easy to learn from. As a moderate beginner he was really good at assessing my skill level and helping me improve. I would highly recommend him.

Posted Apr 20, 2020
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First, Joel is an amazing teacher! Next, while I think I might have some innate musical talent, I have often gotten nervous around my previous teachers. Not with Joel!

Joel has a way of explaining things and breaking them down in a way that I feel more capable/confident in being able to accomplish the task. He also has a very calm and accepting nature about him so that if I do make a mistake, I don’t get nervous and want to run away!

I would recommend Joel as a great guitar teacher! And, while I am not trained professionally as a musician, it seems to me that Joel really knows what he’s doing with his musical knowledge and talent with his guitar.

Posted Apr 20, 2020
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Great teacher! Thanks so much Joel!

Posted Apr 20, 2020
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Great teacher. Will continue to work with him.

Posted Apr 20, 2020
Robert J.
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Joel is an excellent instructor. He is very knowledgeable, extremely patient, and gave thoughtful answers to even my dumbest questions.

Posted Mar 30, 2020
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I've really enjoyed working with Joel! He has a lot of in-depth knowledge of complex playing and writing techniques, but he's also been great at teaching me (a beginner) the basics. He always has great tips and exercises to work on in between lessons which motivates me to keep practicing. Really nice guy.

Posted Mar 19, 2020
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Really great guy to work with and learn from! He explains everything well and has come up with great exercises/lessons for us to do. I’m picking guitar up pretty well learning from him. I feel like he’s really helping to set me up to now learn more independently at home

Posted Mar 11, 2020
Rosa Kann
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Joel is an awesome teacher! He is super knowledgeable, and able to teach me at my skill level! I’m looking forward to continuing lessons with him!

Posted Feb 7, 2020
Josh W.
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Joel knows his stuff! Also super chill and easy to work with. He’s done a great job catering my lessons to suit what I want to learn.
Would recommend!

Posted Feb 5, 2020
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Joel was great, patient and knowledgeable with my son. He is already looking forward to the next lesson!

Posted Jan 4, 2020

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Music Teacher
Oct 2019 - Present

School of Rock

I teach guitar, bass, and keyboard at the School of Rock in Portland Metro


Bachelor's of Music in Songwriting
Aug 2005 - Jul 2007

Berklee College of Music

Aug 2003 - May 2005

Southern Oregon University



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