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Spook H.
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Learn Guitar from an award-winning, nationally touring acoustic musician with 30+ years experience
I TEACH all of my students - beginning beginners through advanced - that what seems complicated is nothing more than a bunch of simple things put together. The next step in your learning guitar is simple. We just need to identify it and learn it. No matter what skills you already have - or if you are just getting started - we can identify what you already know and build on top of it. If you have holes in your skillset (everybody does!), we can identify them and fill them in. DID YOU KNOW that a lot of fingerstyle guitar moves and improvisation are EASIER than some types of strumming? Beginning and intermediate guitar players learn a lot of "campfire" techniques - how to strum a certain way, how to form certain chords. And this is really good. But there is a whole bunch of other techniques few players know that are just as simple. Just as easy. And when you learn them you will stand out as the accomplished guitar player you can be. THE RESULT is that you will learn a wide variety of simple techniques. And when you put them together you will be making beautiful music. FOR EXAMPLE: My first-year students have learned how to pick and strum a song like "Ripple" by the Grateful Dead. They can fingerpick just about any John Prine song and can strum and improvise over songs like "Country Roads." Others learn to play the blues, how to flat-pick, or music theory. More advanced players are learning how to play songs by Jorma Kaukonen and Larry Campbell.
About Spook H.

I'm a lucky guy. After five years of college and earning a degree in math and business administration (and graduating Phi Beta Kappa) I was offered a lucrative job in the actuarial department of a major insurance company. At age 22, I was going to start a business career four rungs below vice president with a promising future. I was lucky because, on the day of my orientation, I decided to bring my business suit to Good Will and buy a $25 used Yamaha Guitar instead. I had never owned a guitar before and had NO IDEA how to play it. But I had a dream. Three days later, a bluegrass guitarist moved in downstairs from me. By week's end, I had a job toting equipment and running the soundboard. I had successfully traded in a nearly six-figure job for a two-figure job. But the benefits were phenomenal. Although I never really wanted to learn bluegrass per se, I learned hundreds of simple techniques as an apprentice to a master guitar player - techniques that can take any folk, country, blues, or pop guitarist levels above most other players in their genre. Starting at the bottom, I picked up one side job after another until I found the best of all - teaching. Since 1990, I have taught thousands of students. I had a 15-year gig teaching the LSAT to future lawyers. I've been teaching private guitar lessons for 30 years. I have led workshops & panel discussions on guitar, performance, songwriting, and social activism at dozens of festivals and conferences all around North America. I have recorded six CDs. My albums have charted as high as No. 3 and my songs as high as No. 2 on the Internation Folk Radio Charts. I've played over 3000 concerts in 49 U.S states and 5 Canadian provinces. Like I said I've been lucky. But perhaps the biggest fortune I've had was performing alongside the folk music icon Pete Seeger more than 50 times over the last ten years of his life. From Pete, I learned much more than songs and performance techniques. I learned humanity. And can you believe it? You can put a lot of respect for nature and for other human beings into your guitar playing. It may sound strange, but from Pete, I have learned to listen to my instrument in a way I never did before, and I have learned how to coax out the best sound and use the best techniques that are called for by the song its self. I have formed such a love bond with the guitar that I can't help but want to share it all with anybody who would like to learn. If that's you, I'd love hear from you. Thanks!

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Spook H.
Teaches Online
Learn Guitar from an award-winning, nationally touring acoustic musician with 30+ years experience
I TEACH all of my students - beginning beginners through advanced - that what seems complicated is nothing more than a bunch of simple things put together. The next step in your learning guitar is simple. We just need to identify it and learn it. No matter what skills you already have - or if you are just getting started - we can identify what you already know and build on top of it. If you have holes in your skillset (everybody does!), we can identify them and fill them in. DID YOU KNOW that a lot of fingerstyle guitar moves and improvisation are EASIER than some types of strumming? Beginning and intermediate guitar players learn a lot of "campfire" techniques - how to strum a certain way, how to form certain chords. And this is really good. But there is a whole bunch of other techniques few players know that are just as simple. Just as easy. And when you learn them you will stand out as the accomplished guitar player you can be. THE RESULT is that you will learn a wide variety of simple techniques. And when you put them together you will be making beautiful music. FOR EXAMPLE: My first-year students have learned how to pick and strum a song like "Ripple" by the Grateful Dead. They can fingerpick just about any John Prine song and can strum and improvise over songs like "Country Roads." Others learn to play the blues, how to flat-pick, or music theory. More advanced players are learning how to play songs by Jorma Kaukonen and Larry Campbell.
About Spook H.

I'm a lucky guy. After five years of college and earning a degree in math and business administration (and graduating Phi Beta Kappa) I was offered a lucrative job in the actuarial department of a major insurance company. At age 22, I was going to start a business career four rungs below vice president with a promising future. I was lucky because, on the day of my orientation, I decided to bring my business suit to Good Will and buy a $25 used Yamaha Guitar instead. I had never owned a guitar before and had NO IDEA how to play it. But I had a dream. Three days later, a bluegrass guitarist moved in downstairs from me. By week's end, I had a job toting equipment and running the soundboard. I had successfully traded in a nearly six-figure job for a two-figure job. But the benefits were phenomenal. Although I never really wanted to learn bluegrass per se, I learned hundreds of simple techniques as an apprentice to a master guitar player - techniques that can take any folk, country, blues, or pop guitarist levels above most other players in their genre. Starting at the bottom, I picked up one side job after another until I found the best of all - teaching. Since 1990, I have taught thousands of students. I had a 15-year gig teaching the LSAT to future lawyers. I've been teaching private guitar lessons for 30 years. I have led workshops & panel discussions on guitar, performance, songwriting, and social activism at dozens of festivals and conferences all around North America. I have recorded six CDs. My albums have charted as high as No. 3 and my songs as high as No. 2 on the Internation Folk Radio Charts. I've played over 3000 concerts in 49 U.S states and 5 Canadian provinces. Like I said I've been lucky. But perhaps the biggest fortune I've had was performing alongside the folk music icon Pete Seeger more than 50 times over the last ten years of his life. From Pete, I learned much more than songs and performance techniques. I learned humanity. And can you believe it? You can put a lot of respect for nature and for other human beings into your guitar playing. It may sound strange, but from Pete, I have learned to listen to my instrument in a way I never did before, and I have learned how to coax out the best sound and use the best techniques that are called for by the song its self. I have formed such a love bond with the guitar that I can't help but want to share it all with anybody who would like to learn. If that's you, I'd love hear from you. Thanks!

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Spook has been a wonderful guitar teacher, always offering great insight and helping me understand new concepts with my guitar. He is very accommodating to my interests and will structure my lesson around what I am trying to learn. I have seen clear improvements over a short period of time while working with him and suggest him to anyone regardless of level!

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Spook is a knowledgeable, patient, perceptive, fun, and inventive teacher. He teaches music, guitar performance, and songwriting in small, digestible steps so you can really get your head (and fingers) around it. But, more important than all of this, he is an advocate and a friend.

Posted Jan 12, 2022
Performing Alongside Pete Seeger
Oct 2003 - Jan 2014
Perhaps America's Greatest Folk Musician of All Time
I had the incredible fortune of performing alongside Pete Seeger more than 50 times in the last ten years of his life. The wealth of knowledge I learned from him has permeated every aspect of my musicianship - as well as every aspect of my life. Pete knew how to master a few simple techniques on his instrument and write simple songs that have changed the world for the better. He knew how to turn an arena or stadium into a living room getting everybody to sing along. If I could pass forward a small fraction of what I learned from Pete, that would make my day.
Masters Track Coach and Team Captain
Jun 1999 - Sep 2004
Raritan Valley Road Runners
Running in the woods is one of the best places for writing songs - especially working on lyrics.
New Jersey's Longest Running Talent Showcase
Sep 1985 - Sep 2005
Corner Tavern in New Brunswick
Over the course of exactly 1000 shows, I have seen first-hand over 3000 performers, hundreds of whom were playing in public for the first time. Only a few years into this, it was a natural step forward for me to begin coaching performers on guitar, performance and songwriting techniques.
Co-Ordinator of the Princeton Songwriters
Feb 2001 - Feb 2005
a Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association
What a joy working with aspiring songwriters - and learning a lot from them, as well.
Pizza Delivery Guy
Jun 1982 - Sep 1999
Campus Pizza
What a perfect job for a musician - especially a songwriter. At one point all of the pizza delivery guys & gals at Campus Pizza were working musicians. We filled in for each other when one of us had a gig. And we co-wrote songs and taught guitar licks to each other. What good times!!
Touring Guitar Workshop Instructor
Aug 2000
At Festivals and Music Conferences throughout North America
Best Folk Artist
May 1982 - Dec 1988
East Coast Rocker
Bachelors Degree in Math and Business Administration (Phi Beta Kappa) & (Pi Mu Epsilon)
Sep 1977 - May 1982
Rutgers University
LSAT Teacher & Teacher Trainer
Feb 1900 - Dec 1983
Kaplan Test Prep
Spanish
Limited Proficiency
No. 2 Song
Nov 2018
International Radio Charts
Best Folk Artist
Dec 1988
East Coast Rocker and others
Folk Alliance International
Feb 2004
To nurture, engage and empower the international folk music community — traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional — through education, advocacy and performance.
Nashville Songwriters Association International
Feb 2001
The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade association. Established in 1967, the membership of more than 5,000 active and pro members spans the United States and six other countries. NSAI is dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music.
Phi Beta Kappa
May 1992
The Phi Beta Kappa Society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

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