Jerry McCann Guitar Lessons

Jerry McCann Guitar Lessons

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My teaching approach: I have been playing for over 50 years, teaching for 27 years. I use a teaching program tailored to each students needs and ability. I let you choose the songs and style you're into, and show you the best and quickest way to get there. I encourage creativity and can show you how to reach your goals. There's no limit on direction or material. I work for you. I teach you what you are interested in.My influences are: Everyone! Scotty Moore, Chet Atkins, Jimi Hendrix, Grant Green, Jeff Beck, B.B King, Page, Clapton, John Mayer, and a zillion others. Everyday I hear somebody new to me and are added to my list. Who knows, you might be one of them. I am inspired and totally blown away by anyone who plays with fire and brings something new to the world.Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: American Music Exchange AMX 204 N.El Camino Real Suite F Encinitas, Ca. 92024 or your home*Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerstyle, Slide Guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Recording and Production, Guidance In Equipment SelectionYour first guitar lesson with me might include the following: For beginners and intermediate students, we start with an assessment of physical and musical skills and knowledge. The C major scale and 4 chords will be introduced. The student will bring a list of their 10 favorites songs, we will select 1 or 2 and start learning them. Then and there!A guitar lesson with me might entail the following: Lessons cover everything from mechanical skills to theory. If it applies to music and your interests, then I'm ready to use whatever means or approach necessary. When you are able to physically play, we start right in with creative and practical ways to achieve your goal.The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following: The best students are eager, willing and patient. They come in ready to have fun and learn at the same time. The more the student plays, the better they get and the more fun they have. They call it "playing music" for a good reason. The "serious student" will have an open heart and mind. And a big smile!

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  • Alex DeMoss

    Jerry is a great teacher! I’m learning a lot.

  • Paul Lusteg

    I was renting renting a place in Encinitas. one morning I heard Jerry Jamming out on the driveway with his bright yellow strat, and thought that would be KOOL. I didn't know him at that point . Who knew I would be taking lessons? I retired and my wife convinced me to start lessons! Who's the first one i thought of ? The one and only JERRY McCann and I have not once looked back. There have been times when i wanted to throw in the towel but Jerry was always there with inspiration and support during those times. I'm still at, knowing I will be great in the future. Would I recommend him? ABSOLUTELY YES!!! Great chemistry, Patient, damn great guitar player, Extremely knowledgeable, and his ability to tab out any song within minutes and show you the most efficient way to play it, is AMAZING! Jerry is an all around great dude. Thanks Jerry!

  • David ecker

    As someone who played and sang his first musical notes at age 58, I found Jerry McCann a great instructor. Im a scientist by training and this right brain stuff does not come easily. Yet he has managed to get me playing comfortably, I know the fundamentals of music theory and I sing, poorly, but I do it. Besides being a great instructor Jerry is a great guy. I enjoy talking to him about his past experiences in the music industry, which are very extensive. He has met or has stories about most of the great musicians of the 60's and 70's from his personal experience and provided the opening act for many of them. I actually wrote 3-4 songs at his urging and now songwriting is one of my pastimes. I wrote and performed a song for my wife's 60th birthday, one for my granddaughters and even one in honor of a recent presidential candidate. None would have happened without Jerry's mentorship.

  • Steve Gray from Encinitas

    Five stars and two thumbs up for Jerry McCann! Both my sons learned from Jerry McCann when they were growing up and they continue to enjoy playing, and playing very well, to this day. They are now both up and out on their own and so one day I was thinking...why not lessons for me too? Being self taught for over 40 years, (and playing the same $#!% year after year, never really progressing to the next level), it was not a stretch to think that lessons might do me some good too. So I took the leap. Every lesson starts with Jerry saying "well what do you want to work on today?" Nice to have an instructor who will teach me what I personally want to work on instead of what the instructor wants me to work on! Bottom-line is that we have a lot of fun, lots of laughs, and I have expert (and patient) instruction so I can continue to enjoy the instrument. You just can't go wrong with this guy. For those aspiring to being performers (not me), Jerry has performed with many of the greats and brings that kind of experience to the table as well. He has helped me with songwriting tips and with composing my music with my lyrics which is a huge bonus for me.

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