About Jon G.

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Jon teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: September 2002
Last sign in: More than two months


I love teaching jazz, blues and improvisation. A certified guitar nerd since 12 years old. I have played in every kind of band from punk to classical, metal to country. My favorite music is classic jazz. Taught complete beginners to advanced college students, ages 4 to 73. Privately and University. I hold a Bachelor Music UMASS, Amherst and Master Music from San Diego State University. I have studied privately with Yusef Lateef.
I have a very essentialist philosophy. I believe in learning what you can use immediately.
Many students are professional musicians. Many students successfully auditioned for jazz bands in high school and college.
I am a studio musician and record guitar in all styles a few times a month for national commercials.
I am a gigging professional and am focused on teaching what works on the gig.
I love music, I love improvisation and I love jazz. I am excited to share the foundation and tricks and tips I've acquired over the past 30 odd years.

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Session Guitarist

Jan 2010 - Present
Singing Serpent Studios

I do session work for a commercial studio. Many clients are national, including Subaru, Disney, Chipotle and Marie Calendar's.

Guitar Teacher

Sep 2002 - Present
Guitar Ninja

Gigging Guitarist

Jan 1992 - Present
Jon Garner

I have played professionally for 30+ years.
I have worked in every kind of band, from punk to country, classical to jazz.


Master of Music - Jazz Performance, Composition and Arranging

Sep 2002 - May 2004
San Diego State University

Bachelor of Music - Jazz Performance

Sep 1988 - Jan 1992
University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


M. Mus

Jun 2004
San Diego State University

B. Mus

Jun 1993
University of Massachusetts

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3 Reviews on Jon G.

Parth Nov 12, 2016
Guitar · In home
I've been taking lessons with Jon for over a decade. He's been a great flexible teacher, who's taught me a lot over the few years, and is always a highlight of my week.

I cannot recommend him enough.
Kevin Sep 29, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Jon is an amazing guitarist with a plethora of knowledge in many different styles and techniques. He easily adapted his teaching method to match my personal style of learning making for extremely productive lessons.
Lorelei Isidro Aug 25, 2016
Guitar · In home
Jon is the best! He is patient and knows his stuff. He delivers concept in a digestible, humorous, and thoughtful way. Jon also knows a ton of music, but if you toss him a song doesn't know, he can figure it out in minutes by ear. Amazing!
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