Melvin Williams

Melvin W.

Corning, NY

Lesson Details



Melvin delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
July 2002

With over twenty years experience playing in almost every conceivable style and genre of music, I have a lot to offer every student looking to update their skills. From Rock, Jazz, to Classical, Bluegrass, Flatpicking, and Fingerstyle, to every Contemporary Worship, Lead Guitar, you name it, I can teach it. I currently assist in leading worship with a medium sized church (approximately 300 people), both adult Sunday services, and for our youth group ministry. I have played in Rock ensembles, Jazz ensembles, and I direct a collegiate instrumental performing ensemble. I have the experience and expertise to take your playing to the next level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I typically have guitar amps and cables at the store where I teach.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my guitar. The student needs to bring their own guitar.

*** Specialties ***
Method books used: Hal Leonard, Alfred, Mel Bay, Progressive, Berklee.

Specialization: Guitar theory, proper technique, fingerstyle, pickstyle, Jazz, Classical, Rock, World Music, Christian Worship.

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Guitar Instructor
Jan 2011 - Present
Private company

Teach guitar and bass

Guitar Instructor
Jan 2005 - Present
Marich Music

Teach guitar, bass, and ukulele, and other fretted stringed instruments.


Worship Studies
May 2011 - Oct 2013
Liberty University
Music Performance - Guitar
Jan 2002 - May 2006
Mansfield University


Magna Cum Laude
May 2006
Mansfield University

Photos & Videos

Jazz guitar lick in G
Photo by Melvin W.

Photo by Melvin W.

Photo by Melvin W.

Photo by Melvin W.

Photo by Melvin W.
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6 Reviews

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Ed Jun 7, 2016
Music Performance · In studio

I Highly reccomend Mr. Mel Williams for all Guitar Instruction and Performances.
a.) I have taken Guitar Lessons from Mel. Learning so many basics, improved
Chord Progressions. Scales, Leads, Rythmn, He always is full of energy in
teaching and makes the student feel good about our progress.
b.) I have seen Mel perform and joined him at many events. He is always prepared
and practiced with the music. Some examples of Events or "Gigs" hes' done are Rock Band, College Band, Church Music Leader, Festivals (ex: Italian Fest), Coffee House musician, Workshops, Weddings, & many more. Styles he plays are - Classical, Christian Rock, Blues, Bluegrass, Country,Folk, Latin, Irish, Italian, Rock, Pop, Holiday.
c.) He is a enthusiastic , Energetic Person & Musician. A real Mentor, sharing his Personable method of sharing & teaching his music style. Great teacher of all ages and abilities. You will enjoy every music minute being with him.

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Nico Jun 4, 2016
Music Performance · In studio

Melvin Williams is an amazing instructor. He is a fantastic musician and his musical knowledge is vast.
From classical, Spanish(European) , country to rock.
I would recommend Mr. Williams even to the most advanced musicians.

Brian Jun 4, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Melvin is fantastic! Not only is he truly gifted at guitar and music but is also a great teacher. He knows how to adapt specific needs and was able to present the theory to me in a way that actually made it clear!

VanB Mar 6, 2014

20111-13 Review

Technically very proficient. Needs to continue to meet the student at their proficiently and method of learning and help them with the next big step. It has helped me considerably to have him break down the learning into parts that can be combined once proficiency in the base level parts is achieved. Thanks for being willing to try new things!!
Achievements: Has mentored me through the following fundamental changes in playing:
1. Different pick placement between thumb and finger
2. Percussive strum
3. Tempo - have improved ability to keep tempo to metronome - still much more work on my end.
4. Rythmn - improvement - still struggle with more complex synchopation picking and strumming.
5. Key work pieces - Through Guitar 2 book; Knee Deep; Boxer; Girl from Ipanema; Halleluah; now working on Layla

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LaurenceM Mar 6, 2014

Mel Williams guitar lessons

Even after playing guitar & piano for many years and learning a lot on my own, deciding to take guitar lessons from Mel was one of the best decisions I have made.
He's extremely knowledgable with everything related to playing guitar and is able to answer every question I ever have. He's also a very talented player and is motivating to watch play. He makes it look so easy and fun that it makes you want to keep pushing to improve. I've had times when I couldn't get to my lesson on time unless I skipped going home to get my guitar so I had to go to my lesson without my guitar. Even those lessons were valuable and worth the time. Mel is very easy to talk to and listens to the goals and questions brought to him. I would highly recommend Mel to anyone who wants to grow in their knowledge and ability on the guitar.

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JefferyL Mar 6, 2014

Really great teacher!

There is a lot to say about Melvin. First of all, not only is he a great teacher but he is such a great guy. He is a dedicated teacher and he really loves to teach. He loves to see his students grow from the lessons he gives. He works at Marich Music located in Corning, he is a teacher at Corning Community College, and he is also a teacher at a store called Robert M. Sides at the Arnot Mall located in Horseheads. If anyone that I know is starting to learn the guitar, I would tell them to either go to Marich Music where he works to receives private lessons or I would tell them to sign up for his guitar classes at Corning Community College.

He can teach you from the basic chords and songs to start with, your basic scales, and how to read music. To intermediate techniques, the theory behind playing the guitar, lead guitar, power chords, pentatonic scales, more chords. All the way to advanced playing which is self explanatory. Pretty much what you need to actually play in any type of band. Melvin is really patient with his new students and he wants to see his students learn from him. He can teach you anything from Rock, Metal, Country, Blues, Classical, Jazz, Reggae, and a lot more styles of music.

Overall, he is a dedicated, hard working, strong, Christian man and a wonderful teacher! If anybody that is reading this review and considering getting lessons from him then I will say, GO FOR IT! He will help you with anything you need for music and you can ask him anything you want. He will answer you!

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