John Roth

John R.

Mount Laurel, NJ

Lesson Details



John delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 1+

Teaching since:
July 2007

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 ***
Basement:Couple of amps, PA, couple of guitars, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have guitars (electric,acoustic,and bass), cables, amps, metronome, tuner, music stands, (effects pedals, PA, mics, drums, hand percussion and piano if necessary). Student would need his or her own guitar and cable, and notebook w/ manuscript paper along with whatever else they may feel they need.(Tuner,etc.)

*** Specialties ***
Although I play many styles, 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 what is typically expected. Developing the ear as an all around reference to back up all other musical knowledge is my strongest method. I believe transcription helps reading immensely and putting theory in a musical context rather than just leaving it on paper helps the knowledge come to life. I exploit the origin of all things so that a strong foundation is built. If one knows where something comes from, then one can always build upon or subtract however they wish while still having a clear understanding of their options. In this case of course, we are dealing with the endless options and possibilities of music!

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Photos & Videos

Counter melody to the vocal( which is not present here) and solo section excerpt from a piece off of my forthcoming album titled "Solitude's Slave". A concept of freeing oneself from the restraints of self-inflicted mental and physical isolation.
Melody, solo section, and main theme reprise of a work in progress from some years back. All of the main ideas were constructed in an airport during a long lay-over. The solo section has main themes also which assist me through the changes, but for the most part is improvised.
Photo by John R.


4 Reviews

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Tony P. May 19, 2016
Guitar · In studio

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

Alicia C. Sep 24, 2015
Guitar · In studio

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

Barbara A. Dec 15, 2014
Guitar · In 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.

David S. May 22, 2014
Guitar · In studio

John is very patient and does a nice job explaining everything. He is an excellent teacher.

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