Student Testimony: Thanks so much AlanP

I came to John with about 30 years of being self taught (kicked off by 1/2 dozen group lessons at age 18).

Having dabbled in a range of methods from finger style to conventional rock/pop/blues using books DVD’s and YouTube, I had reached a plateau in my DIY approach to learning (and in-grained a number of poor techniques!).

I now appreciate how critical it is to have a good teacher who can head off any incorrect techniques or approaches before they become limitations!

DSCF4773My goal is to progress as a “student” of jazz music (an awesome journey!).

John is a very accomplished musician and this coupled with his patience and creativity equips him with the ability to get to the root cause of any problems, and then follow through with solutions! This sets him apart as a teacher.

Also, there are very few players I have observed that can do what he does, playing any style! very inspiring!

A revelation for me has been learning the critical role of the right-hand in timing and feel.  “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!”  I am now convinced that anything is possible with the right teacher and consistent approach to practice.

I highly recommend John to anyone looking to learn and improve their guitar technique and musical ability.

As the young folk would say, “Awesome!”

Rapt Student : AlanP.


Thanks so much Alan for this awesome testimony, which touches on so many things that I actually hold very dearly when it comes to teaching people to play their instrument of choice. In all this I believe that the up close and personal approach is the best way to go. If there is anything I have learned over the years, it is that every person is unique in their talents but also in their way of learning, in picking things up and running with it. Hence I have chosen for a relatively open structure and approach to teaching people how to play their instrument. Essentials will always stay essentials, but getting a good report helps to discover for each and every student how they can get the best out of themselves. Another student mentioned once that I seem to enjoy the lessons as much as they did no matter what they brought in. It is my belief that when you get ti know the student better and you look carefully at the things they want to learn, you will be able to find some consistency and system in there. Yes iit means more homework but fr the right reasons.

AlanP you are a joy to teach and it is an even bigger joy to see the look on your and other students when they played what they never thought they would be able to do, just like you earlier this evening. When that happens, yes!!!! I enjoy the lessons as much as the student. What more fun can there be in assisting people to be amazed by themselves!?

And if you the reader, no matter where you are is thinking “I want that!” just contact me 

A Response from Easter pre-dawn Service


Last weekend I had the privilege and joy to be involved in a pre-dawn Easter Service in Hagley Park. From 6.00 – 7.00 in the morning we gathered to sing and play hymns and spiritual songs and in between there was scripture reading. Great to be involved in this cross-congregational initiative through the Shekinah Trust.

Here is part of the response that came back:

I hope you have had a great Easter celebration and have had time to get some rest. This is one Easter celebration we will not forget easily. It will probably remain in our minds as the most memorable one – singing in a park, under electric lights and with a steady drizzle for overhead cover. Some attendees likened it to the ‘latter rain’ that will fall on the body of believers in the last days.

What amazes me is that the audience continued to remain seated unmindful of the rain even as the singers and musicians carried on with their singing.

It was indeed amazing to see all these people siting unfazed by the rain singing and listening. Never before I have been playing amplified in the rain, and while I said a little prayer asking not to be electrocuted, I felt at peace and joyous to be part of this very special celebration. Thank you Shekinah Trust for inviting us and thank you people that were there and stayed there for the whole service, thank you God for keeping everyone safe.