Learn to Play the Guitar

With 20 years' total teaching experience both online and face-to-face the heart of John's teaching philosophy is fostering a supportive and enjoyable learning environment where students can take responsibility for their learning free from ridicule and draconian instruction methods.  He works with students ages 7 through adult with student-centered, hands-on pedagogies. Lessons are customized to each student's learning needs and tastes including jazz, blues, rock, and pop.

John's credentials include a 2021 graduate of the Berklee College of Music and holder of an M.Ed from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. 

Here are questions prospective students ask most often:

What Will I Learn?

  • Guitar components (e.g. bridge, nut, frets, etc.)

  • Proper guitar posture and using a pick

  • Tuning a guitar by ear and with a tuner

  • Keeping time and tempo

  • Proper fingering of notes and strumming chords

  • Reading music including time and key signatures

  • Writing music notation

  • Proper guitar care

  • Playing in a band; it’s more than just playing the guitar!

What Will I Need for Lessons?

  • A guitar in good condition (acoustic preferred) with new strings.

  • Picks, medium weight is suggested

  • Electronic tuner (e.g. Snark)

  • Music stand

  • A "hard shell" guitar case or at least a soft-sided “gig bag”

  • Workbook (title and skill level to be determined at the first lesson)


What Do Lessons Cost?

  • $30 for a half hour

  • $50 for 50 minutes

  • Half-hour lessons are strongly encouraged, especially for elementary school children

  • Lessons are payable at the end of each prior arrangements are made. For example, some parents like to pay at the beginning of each month

  • Venmo or Zelle are the preferred payment merhods

  • Gift Certificates are always available