Learn to Play the Guitar or Ukulele
(Online or in-person, depending upon COVID status)

With 20 years' 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 Magna Cum Laude 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 Can I Learn?

  • Instrument components (e.g. bridge, nut, frets, etc.) and care

  • Proper posture and using a pick/finger picking

  • Tuning by ear and with a tuner

  • Comprehensive music theory

  • Keeping time and tempo

  • Notation and chord voicings

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


What Will I Need ?

  • A guitar  (acoustic preferred) or ukulele in good condition with new strings. I recommend Russo Music in Hamilton

  • Picks, medium weight is suggested (for guitar)

  • Clip-on Tuner (e.g. Snark)

  • Music stand

  • Workbook (title and skill level to be determined)

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

  • Recommended: strap for guitar

What Do I Need for Online Lessons?

  • Laptop, desktop or tablet with Internet access (smartphones screens are too small)

  • Either Zoom, Whereby, FaceTime, or Google Meet. 

  • Music stand

What Do Lessons Cost?

  • $35 for a half hour

  • $65 for 60 minutes

  • Half-hour lessons are strongly encouraged for beginners

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

  • Zelle is the preferred payment method.

  • Gift Certificates are available