Like most guitarists, I had always wanted to play the guitar as a little kid. Luckily, my parents finally caved to the request (ok ok, incessant begging) and I began my guitar journey at the age of 11. After now 26 years of playing and 17 years of teaching, I am excited to share my experience and thoughts about how to learn music and guitar. My journey with the guitar has taken me from the electric rock of Jimi Hendrix, to the shredding of Joe Satriani, then the otherworldly sounds and speed of Al di Meola, and, finally, to the broad world of classical guitar, Flamenco and world music. Over the years, I have compiled a set of skills, techniques, and theories from all corners of the musical globe to help teach students the fastest path to guitar mastery. My goal is to show you how to master the fundamental skills of guitar in order to play in any style and ultimately create your own music.
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 2005
Teaches ages 7+
Has background check
Justin is teaching me music just not how to play the ukulele. Really appreciate his individual approach which incorporates my learning style. When needed, Justin picks up when I need a change of strategy. I am a very very beginner and have learned so much so far.
I "shopped around" for a great teacher on this site. For many new lesson takers, not only do you have no clue about your instrument, you aren't even sure what makes a great teacher! So here are some things to look out for in a first lesson: Your teacher should be personable and interested in your musical experience and taste. Ask them what they like! You might hear something you want to learn. If you mention some level of experience, they will ask you to play something you either know or have been working on. This is important! Then, preferably, they will ask why you have chosen your instrument and what you want to be able to do with it (i.e. do you want to play in a band, or just play your favorite songs for your family gatherings). All of this allows you to relax and not worry too much about performing too much during your first lesson. More importantly, it gives the instructor a clear path on how to work with YOU. The more they know about your current level, the better your experience and learning progress will be. For absolute beginners, I would hope that they have a simple melody for you to learn right then and there by watching and playing with them. Well, Justin knocked it out of the park! And then some. He showed that he is willing to customize teaching to your style, as well. I learn by ear, so he knew how to use that as an advantage for learning the fretboard and notes. Instead of giving me a paper with chords on it, he challenged me to use my knowledge and play around more thoughtfully to figure out what the names are for notes and chords I'm already playing. Please, don't hesitate to work with Justin. The price is beyond fair! Especially since other teachers in the same price ranges are between 2-4 stars. Thanks, Justin!
I wasn’t sure how an online music lesson would go, but a Justin was excellent! I learned several key things that I can practice over the next week to advance my playing skills. Thanks, Justin!