Justin Long

Justin L.

Denver, CO

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Justin delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 8+ and special needs

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Hi, I'm Justin. Thanks for checking out my page.

I've been a musician, engineer and record producer for over 20 years, along with teaching instruments, stage performance and songwriting. Between playing and running live sound I've probably done about 3,000 shows, and I don't even like to think about how many hours I've spent working with musicians in recording studios.

But here's the thing. I feel like mainly what I've learned in all that time is how to communicate with musicians on their level, in words that make sense to them. That forms the basis of all of my teaching, understanding where my clients want to go and working with them to find the quickest path to get there.

When I started playing, I remember not even knowing that you were supposed to tune the guitar to specific notes, you can imagine how that well that worked out... But I kept at it and just a few years later I put out my first full length album (this was in the 90's when it you couldn't do it at home and studios cost a ton of money, that's another good story.) Since then I've played everywhere from sold out stadiums to my couch after a long day of work, and the one thing I've learned is that there's no good or bad to where you're at in your journey - it's just where you are today. And having been on that journey too, believe me, I can relate to wherever you're at.

I specialize in teaching both serious guitarists (all levels) and people who would simply like to play enough guitar to accompany themselves or write songs. While I love music theory, I understand that it can be kind of a drag. We can work together to find the best way for you to learn what you need to know to make the sounds you love.

Along with teaching guitar, I also produce music and have a lot of experience coaching bands and solo performers. If you have goals in mind like recording and releasing some music, performing live for the first time, or taking your band to the next level, I would be happy to help

I'm not the best at talking about myself, so please take a minute to look at my "experience" section.

My thoughts and advice are always free, feel free to message me if you'd like to talk about what you're doing with music.

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Guitarist, Producer and Songwriter
Apr 2012 - Present
Adrienne O

Adrienne O is a Denver alt-pop band who have released three records.

Adrienne O and their music have been featured on KTCL 93.3 Locals Only, 107x Project Local, KCOL 94.9FM, The Colorado Sound, Channel 8 TV’s Denver Loft Sessions, Literati Records podcasts, Callywood Radio, multiple KGNU Innervision Top 30 Countdowns, and the 2013 BolderBOULDER Bootlegs CD. Their song “Someone Like Me” was placed in the 2016 theatre film "A Remarkable Life".

Live highlights include shows at Coors Field, the Gothic Theatre, the Bluebird Theatre, the Fox Theatre, the Hard Rock Cafe, the Soiled Dove, City Hall Amphitheatre, Nissi’s, the Hi-Dive, and the Walnut Room.

Adrienne O the 2016 Colorado Rock Awards in the Alt-Pop Performance category; and playing festivals such as South Park and the UMS.

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Coach / Instructor / Producer / Engineer
Feb 2012 - Present
Performance High

Providing Artist Development services and teaching guitar, music production, stage performance and coaching live bands.

Interview with Soundwerkz Magazine here:


Freelance Producer and Musician
Sep 2011 - Present
Denver, CO

As a freelance musician and producer, I've been fortunate to perform and record with many talented Colorado musicians over the past few years: Rocket Surgeons, Cody Qualls (FACE, Kindred), Hazel Miller, Adrienne Osborn (if you've read this, that's obvious), the Tom Petty Project, Jacob Larson, Leslie Tom, etc.

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Nov 2011 - Sep 2014
Urban Dance Theory

Urban Dance Theory was a Denver based cover band specializing in Top 40, dance and 80's rock music. We performed 8-10 times a month at casinos, bars and clubs across the state, and special events including weddings, festivals, and conferences (also one funeral).

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Sales Manager
Feb 2011 - Jul 2014
Sonic Sense

Sonic Sense was the Rocky Mountain region's largest retailer of professional audio and electronic instruments, specializing in online and website sales both nationally and worldwide. As sales manager I handled training and product education for our sales staff and oversaw content creation about the newest and best professional audio gear, guitar equipment, music software and electronic instruments.

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Guitar / Vocals
May 2009 - Aug 2011
The Trouble Brothers

The Trouble Brothers are a modern variety act, delivering their own spin on music from 50's pop and rock all the way to modern top 40. They've performed in beach bars, downtown dance clubs and private events.

Pro Audio / Hi Tech / Vintage Guitar Manager
Aug 2008 - Jul 2011
Guitar Center Jacksonville, FL

During my time with Guitar Center in Jacksonville, I managed our pro audio business with local churches, clubs and recording specialists as well as participating in the launch of Guitar Center's used equipment program.

Engineer / Mixer / Studio Manager
Jun 2007 - Aug 2008
Krete Records

Recorded, mixed and managed a stable of producers for a boutique rap label based in San Fransisco, CA.

Guitarist and Songwriter
Jan 2001 - Aug 2007
No Address

No Address was signed to Atlantic Records and released an album, "Time Doesn't Notice" and two singles: "When I'm Gone (Sadie)" (charting #12 - Mainstream Rock Tracks, #21 - Modern Rock Tracks) and "Lasting Words" (charting #47 - Modern Rock Tracks.)

Wikipedia page here:


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Owner / Producer / Engineer
Jan 2000 - Sep 2005
Third World Records

After starting as a budget independent music recording studio in Tallahassee, Florida we grew to specialize in modern rock, punk, mainstream rock and rap. Several artists were signed to major labels after working with us and we produced sessions for labels such as Atlantic, Curb (one of the largest country music labels at the time), Immortal, Blind Bat, Victory and J Records.

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Creative Writing
Oct 1997 - Dec 2001
Florida State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Best Alt-Pop Performance 2016
Jan 2017
Colorado Rock Awards
Winner of 2016 B-Side Global Remix Contest
Oct 2016
B-Side Global Remix Contest
Songwriting Contest Winner 2014
Jan 2015
Colorado Music Business Organization
Songwriting Contest Winner 2013
Jan 2014
Colorado Music Business Organization
Included - "Best 52 Songs of 2013"
Jan 2014
Literati Records


Broadcast Music Inc.
Jul 2002

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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Audio Engineering Society
Mar 2000

Established in 1948, the Audio Engineering Society, Inc. (AES) draws its membership from amongst engineers, scientists, other individuals with an interest or involvement in the professional audio industry. The membership largely comprises engineers developing devices or products for audio, and persons working in audio content production. It also includes acousticians, audiologists, academics, and those in other disciplines related to audio. The AES is the only world-wide professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology.

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Photos & Videos

Beginning Guitar Lesson and My Approach to Teaching
Fox Theatre, thanks to Scott Brayshaw Photography.

Speaking at Metro State University.

Bluebird Theatre?

Headlining the Gothic with Adrienne O.

Scott Brayshaw Photography again.  Thanks Scott!

After playing Coors Field last summer.

Fooling around at rehearsal for our student showcase at Herman's Hideaway in March.

The Performance High scholarship I participate in every year.
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