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!
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
- Re-Framing the Teacher (tcsamaripa.wordpress.com)
- Teachers – Why You Should Be Concerned About The Instruments Your Students Are Playing! (classicalguitarnstuff.com)
- 5 Rules for No-Plan Teaching (jennrita.com)
- Ask the Right Questions: Alan Cooper (6seconds.org)
- Teaching your First Guitar Lesson (easytolearnguitarlessons.wordpress.com)