John Ticktin

John Ticktin

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About this pro

Professional live performer band leader for 50 years

touring blues musician learned directly from playing with the masters

number one album among many I have recorded

Anything about the guitar is exciting to me. I have played guitar since I was a child.

I first performed on the Maury povich show at 8 years old.

I toured and performed around the world as backup guitarist for a award winning "Louisiana Red"

who had hit records in the 50's and  60's.

with Red I got a chance to play along side many of our fathers of the blues and, learned how to play this style directly from the people who created it.

I then started my own band which performed thousands of shows in clubs, venues, festivals, weddings party's etc for 40 years.

I am now going to try and teach some students to play blues , soul, rock n roll, New Orleans and, I'm able to coach an entire band as well.

hope to see you soon

find me on LinkedIn, FB, Instagram and my music is on all platforms 

itunes, pandora, Spotify, etc....

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Bethesda, MD 20814
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1 Review


  • Ben Lee

    Blues isn't something you "learn," but must "experience." Of all forms of music - rock, pop, folks, jazz - blues requires more musical "phrasing" and self-awareness. It's part of you, the musician, not something that is independent of you. I mention this because John embodies the genuine Blues. If you want to learn guitar and the Blues, John can do (like so many other teacher)... but what distinguishes John is he will guide your inner musicianship to externally manifest - for me, through my guitar. In short, John is better than advertised and highly recommend him for anyone who seeks music to be part of his/her life.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First discover how much the student already knows

 custom build an intinerary

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

50 years as a professional guitarist recording artist

number one blues album on the charts for a year  and a half

toured and performed along with many forefathers of the blues

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

First lesson is $50 per hour

guitar players who already have ability to lay are preferred.

may adjust accordingly 

How did you get started teaching?

Many people have asked for lessons

What types of students have you worked with?

Beginners to pros

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Shows in south florida

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Learn the basics first

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Make a list of songs you want to learn

i will give you big information to speed up your learning