John Ticktin

John Ticktin

5.0(1 review)


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....


Hired 1 time
Serves Bethesda , MD


Musical styles

Rock, Country, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Classical, Recommendations available

Guitar style

Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, 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, 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 music staff, Students who can read guitar tabs, Students who cannot read music

Lesson length

30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

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

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    Ben L.

    Blues isnt something you learn, but must experience. Of all forms of music - rock, pop, folks, jazz - blues requires more musical phrasing and self-awareness. Its 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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    July 05, 2022
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    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

    First lesson is $50 per hour

    guitar players who already have ability to lay are preferred.

    may adjust accordingly 

    Many people have asked for lessons

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    Shows in south florida

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