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John R.
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
I can be as sophisticated as needed, or as bare bones as needed. I am here to cater to the individuals' preferred method of learning. I believe in building a strong foundation, and will only push you as far as you can handle. We will move forward at a pace that fits with the individual, as some learn faster than others and some are able to devote more time than others. I am here to help you along the musical path of your choosing. If you are unsure of what musical path to embark on, yet you know you just want to get started, I will do my best to open your ears and eyes to all of the possibilities that potentially lie ahead. I have been teaching on and off since 2005, and consistently since mid 2012. I use a number of materials from Musicians Institute curriculum (the school which I graduated from) and have also worked from various Hal Leonard and Mel Bay beginner books. My teaching philosophy is to exploit the origin; meaning one must have a full understanding of what comes first in order to move forward. This puts the mind at ease and allows a sense of interconnection to be developed from old material to new. I aim to make this a fun enjoyable experience. It is called "playing" the guitar! Yet this is still work.
About John R.

My name is John. I am a graduate of Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA where I received a Bachelors of Music Performance on the guitar. I have moved back to South Jersey, and am looking for students. My areas of expertise lie in metal/rock/progressive playing, songwriting and arranging. I also feel at home in the classical realm as far as orchestration and arranging go. I can teach various techniques on the guitar (including the fore mentioned styles) along with funk, blues, jazz, alternate picking, sweep picking, legato playing, hybrid picking, harmonizing, chord melody, odd meter, theory, and ear training as well as all things beginner. I am also proficient as a vocalist, drummer/percussionist, bassist, and can find my way around a piano. *** Lesson Details *** The lesson is what you make of it. Every student (and every teacher) is different. I can be very easy-going and laid back, or I can be extremely stern and strict. It all depends on the personality of the student, how seriously he/she takes music, and how much/how fast he/she is willing to learn. Some students prefer to take things slow and let material sink in (which I recommend), while others like to go through material fast and "jump around". The choice is yours, and I will do my best to adapt. I do, however believe one should never move forward until a strong foundation is built upon the current topic of education. First you crawl, then walk, then jog, THEN run. i will use Musicians Institute curriculum as reference material along with any other books I have which pertain to the knowledge you seek. *** Studio Equipment *** :Tube & Solidstate guitar amps, effects pedals, PA, various guitars, bass, digital piano, drumkit, percussion, recording equipment, seating for parents if needed *** Travel Equipment *** Same as mentioned above *** Specialties *** I specialize in rock/metal/progressive styles as well as classical, although my classical technique could be considered more of a hybrid or a bit unorthodox in comparison to an exclusive classical guitarist. Developing the ear as an all around reference, (ear training) & building a strong foundation are my specialties. Using Theory as a means to simplify & organize when necessary along with a strong ear creates what I call "musical intuition" which I believe we all strive for.

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John R.
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
I can be as sophisticated as needed, or as bare bones as needed. I am here to cater to the individuals' preferred method of learning. I believe in building a strong foundation, and will only push you as far as you can handle. We will move forward at a pace that fits with the individual, as some learn faster than others and some are able to devote more time than others. I am here to help you along the musical path of your choosing. If you are unsure of what musical path to embark on, yet you know you just want to get started, I will do my best to open your ears and eyes to all of the possibilities that potentially lie ahead. I have been teaching on and off since 2005, and consistently since mid 2012. I use a number of materials from Musicians Institute curriculum (the school which I graduated from) and have also worked from various Hal Leonard and Mel Bay beginner books. My teaching philosophy is to exploit the origin; meaning one must have a full understanding of what comes first in order to move forward. This puts the mind at ease and allows a sense of interconnection to be developed from old material to new. I aim to make this a fun enjoyable experience. It is called "playing" the guitar! Yet this is still work.
About John R.

My name is John. I am a graduate of Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA where I received a Bachelors of Music Performance on the guitar. I have moved back to South Jersey, and am looking for students. My areas of expertise lie in metal/rock/progressive playing, songwriting and arranging. I also feel at home in the classical realm as far as orchestration and arranging go. I can teach various techniques on the guitar (including the fore mentioned styles) along with funk, blues, jazz, alternate picking, sweep picking, legato playing, hybrid picking, harmonizing, chord melody, odd meter, theory, and ear training as well as all things beginner. I am also proficient as a vocalist, drummer/percussionist, bassist, and can find my way around a piano. *** Lesson Details *** The lesson is what you make of it. Every student (and every teacher) is different. I can be very easy-going and laid back, or I can be extremely stern and strict. It all depends on the personality of the student, how seriously he/she takes music, and how much/how fast he/she is willing to learn. Some students prefer to take things slow and let material sink in (which I recommend), while others like to go through material fast and "jump around". The choice is yours, and I will do my best to adapt. I do, however believe one should never move forward until a strong foundation is built upon the current topic of education. First you crawl, then walk, then jog, THEN run. i will use Musicians Institute curriculum as reference material along with any other books I have which pertain to the knowledge you seek. *** Studio Equipment *** :Tube & Solidstate guitar amps, effects pedals, PA, various guitars, bass, digital piano, drumkit, percussion, recording equipment, seating for parents if needed *** Travel Equipment *** Same as mentioned above *** Specialties *** I specialize in rock/metal/progressive styles as well as classical, although my classical technique could be considered more of a hybrid or a bit unorthodox in comparison to an exclusive classical guitarist. Developing the ear as an all around reference, (ear training) & building a strong foundation are my specialties. Using Theory as a means to simplify & organize when necessary along with a strong ear creates what I call "musical intuition" which I believe we all strive for.

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since {{year}}

Teaching since 2007

Education

Bachelors Degree in Music Performance

Teaches ages {{minAge}}+

Teaches ages 1+

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I had a great first lesson, John was very helpful in answering all of my questions prior to the lesson and now I'm looking forward to the next one

Posted May 19, 2016
Teacher's Studio

My first class was excellent. Learned more in 1day then I did in two months with the past instructor.

Posted Sep 24, 2015
Student's home

John is the most patient teacher I have ever had. He gave me praise for the smallest accomplishments I made. He is extremely knowledgeable in guitar and I thoroughly enjoyed my lessons. I would highly recommend him as a teacher.

Posted Dec 15, 2014
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