J Caban Music

J Caban Music

5.0(4 reviews)
Offers online services
Offers online services


Depending on your skill level and interests, we start with a song or style/technique that you want to learn, which keeps the interest high and focused, and through to process, we'll work on building techniques such as right-hand & left-hand, wrist, fingers, and thumb mobility, comfort and independance. Learn to play with a metronome, working on chords, scales, and the “Nashville” number system to advance your knowledge, as well as on string-bending, vibrato, and playing with dynamics, on acoustic & electric* guitars, bass, and/or slide guitar.

I enjoy working with students of all levels and ages, teaching and supporting the creative process with the tools and techniques to help develop a student’s own style and musical ideas.

* For more advanced electric students - I can also help develop and refine your “sound and tone”; by consulting on the right instrument and/or equipment (amps, guitars, effects, and anything that you need/want to help create the sound you’re hearing in your head).


Hired 3 times
1 employee
24 years in business
Serves Amherst , MA
Offers online services

Payment methods

Cash, Check, Venmo, Paypal

Social media


Musical styles

Rock, Country, Blues, Jazz, Folk

Guitar style

Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Recommendations available

Has instrument

Student who have a guitar, Student who don't have a guitar, but are planning to purchase one

Years experience

No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Able to read music

Students who can read guitar tabs, Students who cannot read music

Lesson length

45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

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  • Reviews

    0 reviews

    Tess O.

    I’ve really enjoyed my guitar lessons with him. He’s a very skilled player and he is a patient teacher. I’m not afraid to ask questions and I always enjoy my lessons.
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    November 22, 2019


    J Caban is a talented, motivating, fun and experienced teacher!! My son has been taking guitar lessons with John for about a year now and he has learned so much!! He always looks forward to his lessons! Together, they work on technique, learning chords, putting chords together and creating music!! Not only has my sons confidence in playing guitar increased, so have his skills and his love for playing music!!
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    October 28, 2019

    Jason L.

    john takes the style that inspires you and somehow encourages you and you are learning techniques and how to play while keeping it fun ,all without bias or intimidation.
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    October 23, 2019

    Karen R.

    John is SO talented and easy going. I am a novice but John is 100% encouragement. I enjoy his depth of knowledge and his lesson structure and look forward to class each week!
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    October 22, 2019

    Frequently asked questions

    My teaching style starts with songs that the student wants to learn while building and working on playing techniques and theory in the process. As well, I record and send a summary of each zoom lesson so that you can more easily practice between lessons. 

    * As of the pandemic quarantine in March, I've been teaching exclusively via Zoom.us or FaceTime from my home studio.

    30-minute lesson $30

    45-minute lesson $40

    Hour lesson $50

    Depending on your distance from me, I do make house calls with an additional $20-$50 travel fee.

    I enjoy working with students of all ages and levels, teaching and supporting the creative process with the tools and techniques to develop a students’ own creative musical ideas in many styles including rock, blues, folk, county, jazz, R&B, soul, funk, and reggae. 

    Services offered

    Bass Guitar