Jonathan Kalb

Jonathan K.

New York, NY
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Blues Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've been teaching and playing professionally in many countries as well as the US. I know how to see what the student needs to advance their playing. I offer expertise in several types of guitar playing from folk finger picking to blues, country and city styles as well as soul and funky grooves and how to practically apply what you learn both with bands and solo. I am passionate about music and love to convey that enthusiasm to my students as learning should be first and foremost fun and a joyful experience. Besides live lessons I also give 30,45 online lessons.
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Jonathan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I am a highly seasoned professional guitarist, bassist, singer and harmonica player and have earned my living performing and teaching in the US and around the world in many different countries. I have released a several original albums under my own name and have worked with many well know artists in blues, rock and roll, soul, country and other musical genres from gospel and reggae to morrocan rai music. I bring to teaching wide experience having taught both privately and with workshops in several countries as well as the US. I enjoy teaching and have both the patience, passion and knowledge to help the student be at one with their guitar. Making the experience of learning both joyful and rewarding.

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teacher for guitar, harmonica, bass
Jan 1980 - Jun 2018
jonathan kalb

HIghly experienced have co billed with BB King(Dublin Blues Fest 95, Luther Allison, Johnny Copeland and worked with many artists including Steve Miller, Lightning Hopkins, Otis Rush,Solomon Burke, Evelyn Champagne King(Band leader),Sugar Blue, as well as fronting my own band for many years playing both nationally and internationally.

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Sep 1963 - Jun 1967
University of Wisconsin


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Inductee in Blues Hall of Fame
Aug 2013
Daniel s. Maroli
2 time winner of coahsi awards for the arts in staten island
Aug 2011

Photos & Videos

Photo by Jonathan K.

Solo acoustic performance playing club in Paris/Champigny  on tour in France
Stand by Me in NYC club Jonathan Kalb Band
One Kind Of Favor  from Vino festival in Aix en Provence in Jonathan Kalb Tour in France 2015
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5 Reviews

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Joe Nov 17, 2017
Guitar · In home

I have known and taken guitar and bass lessons over many years. Jon is one of those great musicians who not only possesses great knowledge of the axe – he also knows how to teach! -- Joe

Rachel Nov 16, 2017
Guitar · In home

"Jonathan Kalb has been my guitar teacher now for a little over 2 year and ​​I’m delighted to say, I am much more than pleased with my lessons.
I took lessons previously and was OK with them, but found myself wandering and lacking a sense of ‘commitment’ to the teacher and to my studies. Dry.
I’m not a kid anymore and was looking for a teacher who could work with my adult enthusiasm, excitement, and I didn't want to be rooted to teaching me the pentatonic scales in all keys before we could get to some playing and having some fun, too... I was hoping for a teacher who could personalize his teaching skills, and for me, Jonathan came through with flying colors. He’s so much more than a “One Size Fits All” teacher; he’s a real person – reachable, able to identify my needs, my strengths and weaknesses, and takes this into full consideration during our lessons. He’s an experienced, talented teacher. Simple.
He’s a person that really knows his stuff from musical theory to the many styles of playing, i.e., blues, jazz, folk, country and even rock; he can play and more importantly – he can teach um all! I’m an aspiring singer/songwriter and in addition to helping me define those strange chords I’m playing, he inspires me to ‘grow on.’
Oh, and one more thing: If your lesson is an hour long and there’s something important happening, he won’t cut you off - he’ll take the extra time needed to get you to the end of ‘the measure,’ comfortably." Feb 2017 Rachel I.

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John Nov 12, 2017
Harmonica · In home

Jonathan Kalb is a professional blues artist, a multi instrumentalist, and a talented teacher. I have been taking harmonica lessons from Jonathan for over seven years and my playing has improved dramatically as a result of his instruction. He often accompanies me on either piano or guitar in order to help me master a difficult harmonica lick.
Whether you are looking for a teacher on guitar, piano, bass, harmonica or drums, I highly recommend Jonathan Kalb as your teacher.

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Darren Nov 11, 2017
Guitar ·

Just started and find that Jonathan is very talented and patient. Never felt this comfortable trying to learn guitar from a teacher before. I am an experienced player and can confidently say he can teach blues both pick and finger style as well as jazz and rock. Peace fellow musicians..

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Robert Nov 11, 2017
Blues Guitar · In studio

I've been with several guitar teachers. Jonathan is the best. He teaches not chords or scales, but he teaches MUSIC. How to develop a theme, how to play it as bluesy, and what good music is. I far prefer that to the "here's such and such a chord."

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