John Rake

John R.

Southfield, MI

Lesson Details

Bluegrass Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I believe that learning guitar should be student focused and fun. Each lesson plan is tailored to the individual student based on their goals. I try to make things like theory and exercises both fun and immediately applicable to the music you're playing right now.

I have experience teaching beginners through advanced and ages 5 to 82. In addition to guitar I also teach mandolin, bass, dobro and music theory! Schedule your lesson and let's get you shredding!
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John delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

I just moved back to the area from Nashville, Tennessee. I have been playing guitar since the age of six (23 years) and I absolutely love teaching!

I teach guitar, mandolin, bass, dobro, music theory and audio engineering. I have a Bachelor of Science from Full Sail University in Recording Arts and am currently working on my 2nd bachelors in Music Composition and Theory so as to obtain my Masters in Music Education.

I am familiar with both playing and teaching a wide variety of styles including rock, blues, bluegrass, classical, traditional Irish, pop, rockabilly, heavy metal, R&B and soul!


Freelance Composer and Musician
Jun 2011 - Present

Have worked on a variety of projects as a composer for Film and Video games and a performing musician.

Some highlights include

-Have composed original orchestral music performed by the Detroit Chamber Orchestra
-Performed my arrangement of 'My Oh My' by the Punch Brothers with Jeff Coffin (of Dave Matthews Band and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones)
-'Boss Fight' music for Blood of the Werewolf (available on Steam)
-Composed musical 'stingers' for the sound effects library 'Heroes and Villains' by Blastwave effects. Stingers have been featured on Hulu
-Nominated for 'Best Original Score' at the Idyllwild Festival of Cinema in 2014

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Instructor (Guitar, Mandolin, Home Recording, Bass and Music Theory)
Jan 2017 - Dec 2017
Guitar Center


Music Composition and Theory
Jan 2019 - Present
Wayne State University
Recording Arts
Jun 2011 - Mar 2013
Full Sail University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Best Original Score (Nominated)
Jan 2014
Idyllwild Festival of Cinema

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2 Reviews

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James Aug 1, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In home

John is a natural teacher. He breaks down each concept into digestible pieces that makes it easy for students to understand. I am happy to recommend him to anyone who is interested in learning guitar.

Leila Aug 1, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

John had me playing fun stuff - Clapton, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty - in the first couple of months, while still managing to sneak in the boring drills and theory in a way I didn’t even notice.

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