About Jon G.

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

Overview

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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Experience

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.

Education

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

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

M. Mus

Jun 2004
San Diego State University

B. Mus

Jun 1993
University of Massachusetts

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3 Reviews on Jon G.

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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.
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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.
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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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