Jonathan French
Waterbury, CT
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Jonathan French

Jonathan F.

Waterbury, CT
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Guitar lessons that are tailored to your specific needs, you will learn the most essential acoustic guitar chords and riffs. As always you will learn at your own pace without any pressure!

About Jonathan F.

My name is Jonathan, I’ve been playing guitar and studying the guitar for over 15 years and I’ve been teaching with TakeLessons for 5 years. The minute I started learning the guitar I couldn’t stop. After purchasing many books and DVDs I came across a Gospel Guitar DVD by the amazing and incomparable Bobby Griffin Jr. the DVD compelled me to seek him out for lessons and eventually I found him. I studied the guitar with Bobby Griffin for many years and we are still friends today, I consider him a brother and you should look up Bobby Griffin for yourself. I’ve also studied with: Kerry Marshall Jr., Xeryus Gittens, and Todd Pritchard just to name a few! My work and dedication to the craft of playing guitar led me to getting a position as guitar teacher at Neighborhood Studios Of Fairfield County where I’ve been sharpening my skills as a teacher amongst some of the most talented musicians Connecticut has to offer! I’ve studied with some great musicians and guitarists but nothing replaced the hard work and dedication that I put into becoming the guitarist that I am. I love teaching guitar lessons with TakeLessons. I create a positive environment that’s perfect for learning. All of my students know that my classroom is a judgment free zone, I don’t pressure my students “to get good fast” in fact with me you will have fun and you will learn to play at your own pace.

🔴Questions or concerns you may have:
Maybe you’re a complete beginner? Maybe you already know some chords but and you just need some guidance on how to make your chords sound musical? Perhaps you are having trouble memorizing the Fretboard? Need help learning how to “play by numbers” using the Nashville Number System? Are you tired of song based learning and are ready to really learn how to play the guitar instead of just playing the song? Maybe you want to participate in your local community(Open-Mic Night, Church or talent show)? All of these things I mentioned are just a few of the things you can aspect to learn while taking lessons with me.

🔴Experience with Special Needs:
I’ve worked in the Direct Care field for almost 10 years, this gave me invaluable experience with working with individuals with special needs. I have experience with multiple levels of special needs. I have the patience and the skills necessary to teach those who have special needs.

I can promise you that with me you will learn to play the guitar and excel at your guitar playing, sign up with me for your first lessons today!

🔴Instruments Taught: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele.

🔴Genres Taught: R&B, Gospel, Blues, Rock, Jazz.

🔴Class Features: Videos, Tutorials, and learning materials are made available to student after the lesson.

🔴Music Theory And Ear Training included in lessons.


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35 Reviews
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Posted Sep 11, 2020
Abdolaya F.
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Posted Sep 11, 2020
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Lessons with Jonathan are really great! He has incredible talent and makes learning really accessible. I really appreciate the perfect balance of learning and having fun along with the theory when it applies to what we are doing. I highly recommend him as a teacher!

Posted Sep 11, 2020
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I had a great first lesson with Jonathan. He's patient, friendly, and encouraging.

He will help you in any way that he can. I highly recommend him!

Posted Aug 25, 2020
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Posted Aug 13, 2020
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Posted Aug 6, 2020
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Jonathan is super patient and very enthusiastic! Looking forward to our next lesson!

Posted Aug 4, 2020
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Posted Aug 3, 2020
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Great connection with my daughter. So pleased to have him as a teacher.

Posted Jul 31, 2020
Crystal Newby-Reynolds
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Posted Jul 28, 2020
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Jonathan is a great teacher, who also gives great advice. And someone who is willing to help in any way that he can.

Posted Jul 27, 2020
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First lesson was great. He was very patient and my daughter really enjoyed it.

Posted Jul 24, 2020
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Great lesson. Lots of fun and progress!

Posted Jul 24, 2020
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Posted Jul 17, 2020
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Posted Jul 14, 2020
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Great instruction - lots of good tips and direction!

Posted Jul 10, 2020
Jose H.
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Jonathan was excellent, he is a patient teacher who loves his craft, and wants to pass on the joy of guitar playing to others.

Posted Jul 10, 2020
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1st session went great with my 8 year old. I can't wait to see the progress.

Posted Jul 9, 2020
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Great first lesson lots of encouragement and patience

Posted Jul 1, 2020
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He’s a great guitar instructor. If you like I are looking for an instructor who has his roots in Neo Soul and R & B this is the instructor for you.

Posted Feb 15, 2020

Amazing teacher! Extremely talented!

Posted Feb 8, 2020
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Honest, Friendly, Wise & Talented !!
He is amazing at what he does !! 🙌🏾💯❤️

Posted Feb 8, 2020

I’ve known Jonathan 4yrs. and he’s honest and trustworthy. Very talented and professional. He loves playing as well as teaching.
He’s God fearing and it doesn’t get any better than that.

Posted Jan 25, 2020
Mike Glendinning
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Extremely motivating and an inspiring guy. If you want to learn the guitar this guy is a great place to start.

Posted Jan 7, 2020
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Very passionate and dedicated to his craft as a guitarist. He has so much patience and teaches you in a way that works specifically for you to become great. It's hard to find teachers like that nowadays. I recommend him 110%. All 5s for me!

Posted Jan 3, 2020
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This man is truly amazing! His understanding of music theory, and fun teaching style makes it very easy to learn new concepts- Highly recommended if you want to take your musicianship to the next level!

Posted Jan 3, 2020
Feyisara A.

Great experience and fun lessons!

Posted Dec 29, 2019
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I really enjoyed being in his class. He really helped me grow as a musician and when I didn’t understand something, he took his time to make sure I understand the material. He was amazing to have as a teacher and I’m really gonna miss his class.

Posted Jun 24, 2019
Leigh W.
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Jonathan is a great guitar teacher, he's very knowledgeable and does a good job of helping you understand the guitar. A great aspect of Jonathan's guitar lessons is that he shows you how to apply technical information (chords, scales, arpeggios, triads, etc.) to actual music.

Book your next guitar lesson with Jonathan, you will be glad you did!

Posted Apr 10, 2019
Olvin Q
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Mr. Jonathan is the best instructor I’ve had yet, he’s so far has helped me go forward and improve with my guitar skills and just over all is just very calm,funny, and patient type of a guy

Posted Apr 10, 2019
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Jonathan French is a great instructor. He is an extremely knowledgeable and patient teacher. He allows you to learn at your own pace while still managing to provide challenging lessons. In total, I have had five guitar lessons from Mr. French and all of the lessons have been fantastic.

Do not hesitate to book a lesson with Jonathan French.

Posted Feb 17, 2018
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Jonathan is one of most successful guitar teachers we have at our Private Lesson Studio. He is able to teach students of practically any age and any level. He is very proficient, not only as a guitar player, but as a teacher, as well. With his vast knowledge of the instrument and his experience performing, he is an excellent choice when looking for guitar instruction.

Posted Jan 13, 2018
Elodie’s Mom
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I would definitely recommend Mr Jonathan as a guitar teacher. He’s very patient with kids and knows his job. He will develop your kids confidence and passion for music. Respectful and knowledgeable music teacher!

Posted Jan 4, 2018
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Mr. Jonathan French is a great teacher. He's very skilled and knowledgeable in music and guitar, and has assisted me a great deal with songs for shows and performances. He's a patient instructor and doesn't teach just for a pay; he is very passionate in what he does and truly cares about his students' growth as musicians.

Posted Jul 18, 2017
Veronica F.
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I really can't say enough about Jonathan and his ability to teach guitar. As someone who was a little beyond the beginner stage, trapped in "cowboy chord" land, Jonathan has been extremely patient with me, detailed, friendly, and an easy instructor to learn from. He makes learning guitar fun, and his knowledge of music theory and practical application is impressive. He has helped me grow as a guitarist and a musician in general, so you're looking for an instructor who fits this description, Jonathan is your guy!

Posted Jan 8, 2017

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Camp Counselor-Leader
Jul 2019 - Present

Camp Hart

My role as a Camp Leader is very rewarding as I get the opportunity to teach music and art to children. I love teaching culture and basic music theory to the next generation of artist at this wonderful camp!

Music School Director
Sep 2018 - Present

Neighborhood Studios Of Fairfield County

As Director I help new students and the parents of new students through the enrollment process. I answer music related questions and match students up with the teacher that’s right for them, choosing from our amazing team! I remain apart of all students learning process being available to provide information in a timely manner and acting as a guidance counselor.

Lead Guitarist
May 2017 - Present

The Spiritual Souls

The Spiritual Souls is a Gospel-Quartet group from Waterbury,CT. They perform classic Gospel songs as well as originals!

Guitar Instructor
Apr 2016 - Present

Neighborhood Studios Of Fairfield County

Teaching Students: How to read basic sheet music, fretboard theory, how to read guitar tab, and chord charts. I teach all ages and really enjoy each and every lesson!

Lead Guitarist
Sep 2015 - Present

The Fantastic Voices Of Joy

The Fantastic Voices Of Joy is a Gospel-Funk Band from Waterbury,CT We play covers and original music!

Guitar Instructor
Mar 2015 - Present


Teaching: Guitar, Basic Music Theory, and Performance. Specialties: Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Chords, and Scales. Genres: Contemporary, Christian, Gospel, R&B, Blues, Jazz

Jan 2010 - Present

The Judah Initiative

The Judah Initiative is a Contemporary Christian band who often performs music during events sponsored by the organization of the same name. I'm the guitarist for this band!

Music Director
Jan 2005 - Present

Ministries International

Organizing singers and musician together and conducting rehearsals. Arranging songs, sheet music, and having them ready in a concise manner for Sunday services.

Sep 2015 - Oct 2017

The Truth Church

My duties are to work with the Music Director planning song repetoires to be used for Sunday morning worship service. As participate in the worship band as its guitarist. This is a great and fun experience!


Guitar Lessons
Jun 2018 - Present

Joe Stump

Bachelors Of Professional Studies
Jun 2017 - Present

Berklee College Of Music

Guitar Student
Sep 2014 - Present

Bobby Griffin Guitar



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Guitar Skills
Sep 2018

Berklee Online

Upon completion of the necessary courses I received my certification in Guitar Skills!


American Guitar Society, Inc
Jan 2017
We are an organization dedicated to the interests of guitarists and those who enjoy guitar music. Since 1923 the Society has presented monthly programs, featuring solo and ensemble performances of music from the Renaissance to the present.
Connecticut Guitar Society
Dec 2016
The Connecticut Guitar Society is a non-profit presenting arts organization. It is the largest organization of its kind serving the general public and classical guitarists by providing a forum for listening, learning, performing and teaching.

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