John Palisano

John P.

Los Angeles, CA

Lesson Details



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

Teaching since:
August 1987

I began playing music in a blue collar, east coast town. I learned from playing in bars and clubs from the time I was 16 years old. I learned quickly how to play to and for an audience as well as how to connect with an audience as small as 5 people, and as large as 50,000 people. .

Playing lead guitar and singing, my first two bands toured extensively. We played tiny backrooms to big clubs to amphitheaters, opening for all sorts of people, such as: Love/Hate, The Misfits, Rainshine, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Guttermouth, Firehouse, and other such bands. I'm the lead guitarist and co-lead vocalist for my current rock band which recently played at the Chivas Arena, the Orange County Fair and we have a regular gig at the Kibbitz room in West Hollywood. CA. We perform originals and covers.

I've also spent a lot of time in the studio, and put out several indie rock CDs over the years, as well as assisted in audio engineering trouble shooting in the studio for a top 10 Billboard hit recording artist.

I am a Published novelist with "Nerves" (2012), "Dust Of The Dead" (2015) and "Ghost Heart" (2016). I have been in around 50 anthologies, short stories, magazines and novellas, and have been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award 3 times so far. I have also written for The Examiner, Diversity News Magazine, Fangoria, Dark Discoveries and others.

I have made a few feature films and worked with a cast of A list directors, producers and actors. I have also shot for Living With Frankenstein, Diversity News Television, The HWA, and Various projects ranging from book trailers to actors reels. I have edited for Film, Television and created Trailers from start to finish.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm told I'm pretty laid back, but that doesn't mean I'm not a stickler for discipline. In the end, it's up to you to do the runs and scales and chords, so there's only so much I can do. I try to inspire my students to do well, as it's the most rewarding thing you'll do, creatively speaking. There's nothing more satisfying than hearing music being made from your own hands. I can get you there, but you have to do your share.

One of the biggest goals I have is to get people up and playing as soon as possible because it's very inspiring to get there. I started teaching guitar when I was 16, and each one of my students was playing in bands within their first year. They were extremely motivated, and I hope I was key to their inspiration. They tell me I was.

I've also taught many people not interested in just performing, but who have come to music for different reasons. Some found it therapeutic, others wanted to do it, 'just because' -- and that's perfectly wonderful reasons to want to express yourself through music.

Another area I really love teaching is songwriting. I grew up in a time where playing lightning fast medieval scales was all the fashion. Well, that just wasn't in me. I was more into songs, so I focused on that area. I've written tons and tons, and have been the main songwriter for all the bands I've been a member of.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Recording Studio, piano, guitars, vocal booth and other instruments.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I've got my own guitar and bass. I can bring a small amplifier if need be.

*** Specialties ***
My methods vary from student to student. Usually I try and assess how each person is comfortable, and re-assess over the life of our lessons together, as it can change.

I'm a folk and rock player, but I've taught so many different styles at this point, it's great.

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Published Novelist - GHOST HEART
Feb 2016 - Present
Samhain Books

John Palisano
'Ghost Heart" (2016)

Jun 2015 - Present
Dark Discoveries

Published Novelist - DUST OF THE DEAD
Jun 2015 - Present
Samhain Books

John Palisano
"Dust Of The Dead" (2015)

Jun 2015 - Present

Published Novelist - NERVES
Jun 2012 - Present
Bad Moon Books

John Palisano Novel:
"Nerves" (2012)

Jan 2011 - Present
Numerous Anthologies

Jan 2011 - Present
A Variety of Novellas

Jan 2010 - Present
A Variety of Short Stories

Lead Guitarist and Vocalist
Mar 1994 - Present
Original Rock Band

Playing shows in clubs, arenas and festivals.

Jan 2011 - Dec 2015
The Examiner

Jan 2011 - Dec 2014
Diversity News Magazine

Lead Guitarist and Lead Vocalist
May 1990 - Mar 1994
Rock Band

Touring all over the United States playing in arenas, clubs and amphitheaters. Opening act for bands such as Love/Hate, The Misfits, Rainshine, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Guttermouth, Firehouse, and others.


Film and Creative Writing. Master Of Fine Arts
Jan 1990 - Jun 1994


Vice President
Jan 2016
The Horror Writer's Association

2016 Vice President

Jun 2012
Western Legends

Book Publisher

Certified Final Cut Pro
Jan 2000
Apple Computer, Inc.


Writing Short Fiction --- Bram Stoker Nomination 2014
May 2014
The Horror Writer's Association
Writing Short Fiction --- Bram Stoker Nomination 2013
May 2013
The Horror Writer's Association
Writing Short Fiction --- Bram Stoker Nomination 2012
Mar 2012
The Horror Writer's Association
The John H. Edmond Literary Award
Sep 2009
Short Story Literature
Project Green Light
Jun 2002
Top 100 Screen Play Award
Latent Image Award for Screenwriting
Feb 1998
Latent Image Magazine

Photos & Videos

Photo by John P.

Photo by John P.

Photo by John P.

Photo by John P.

Photo by John P.

Festival Of Books with my first novel, Nerves

Me doing special efx make up (gunshot wound) to actor Mathew Tremaglio during the shooting the film Malgeri.

As vice president of the HWA, I run a meeting every month for writers and publishers.

My zombie novel published by Samheim.


6 Reviews

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Julian Mar 8, 2018
Creative Writing · Online

With John being an award-winning author, I knew I was in good hands. He has helped me grow as a writer and because of his expertise, teaching capability, patience and talents, I finally place my first published story! I will continue to work with him so that I continue to grow and learn. I highly recommend him.

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Siena Feb 24, 2018
Creative Writing · In studio

John is super friendly and a great teacher! I highly recommend!

Rick S. Feb 18, 2018
Guitar · In home

This cat can play. I have been learning so much, it's incredible. My genre is rock and he has skills. I appreciate his guidance, advice and patience. Thanks John!

Wayne Feb 14, 2018
Guitar · In studio

John taught me everything I know on guitar. He's a great teacher. Whenever I have issues with any song, he knows exactly what to do to help me. I highly recommend him. He's a great player himself and a very cool guy.

Joe Jan 28, 2018
Adobe Photoshop · In studio

Great Mac guy. I go to him whenever I have problems with my iphone, imac, final cut, garage band, photoshop. He is incredible!

Fawn A. Nov 9, 2012
Guitar ·

Very Patient and Knowledgeable

John is an extremely patient, giving and compassionate teacher. He knows how to trouble shoot and get you where you need to go. He was a born teacher and leader. His musicianship is excellent and he knows how to play, as well as perform. I highly recommend this teacher. I can't say enough wonderful things about him.

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