The opportunity to help both new and seasoned players cut thru the mountain of misleading information out there so that they can better achieve their goals and understand the language of music is always a positive outcome.
I've been working with Jay for 5+ years. He does a great job blending guitar theory with playing songs that you want to play. He adjusts his techniques and teaching methods based on where you are at in your skills and understanding.
My 9 years old son loves to learn guitar from Jay. He gives us tips to look for electric guitar when we are looking for one. I will recommend him to whoever wants to learn guitar
As an adult guitarist that was mostly self taught, I sought out an in instructor to help me get out of a rut and start progressing again. Jay has a great knowledge of music theory and how to apply it to guitar, would recommend for anyone from a beginner to a more advanced student.
I have been with Jay taking lessons for 8 years. He is a seriously knowledgeable in all the things related to guitar and of course rock & roll and blues rocks. I appreciate his patience in teaching me all he can. ... he puts up with me! Hahahaha! He is an awesome guitar instructor! Glad to have him!
Assessing their goals and seeing if they are new to the instrueent or if they have been playing for a while and need some technical tweaking. Then my goal is to take a teaching path that will help them become as self-sufficient as possible. This is done in part by explaining music theory as it can be used in a practical manner to help them teach themselves what they want to learn along with me assisting them by showing real-life musical examples so they learn the HOW and WHY at the same time. A major focus is teaching my students HOW to practice effectively so that they can see rapid progress in a relatively short period of time. I also specialize in getting new students over the initial hurdles regarding technical aspects of playing the guitar as quickly as possible so they can begin to really enjoy playing, rather than struggling with the instrument.
--Over 30 years professionally playing, teaching, and performing
--Featured in GUITAR WORLD and other national guitar publications
--Recorded and toured nationally with million-selling artists
--Currently performs 70 dates a year across the Southeast
--Endorsed by/product demonstrator for Morley pedals/InTune picks
--Five years private jazz-rock instruction (1983-1987)
--Two years Advanced Classical Theory/Voiceleading and Jazz Improvisation at
Oberlin College Conservatory (1990-92)
--Utilizes a variety of methods and approaches tailored to the individual student—from beginner to advanced
--Lessons are given in a high-tech studio including practice amps, drum machine, metronome, play-along CDs, online access, and other state-of-the-art audio and written teaching materials
--Instructor is available outside of lesson times via email or phone to answer any questions that come up regarding lesson curriculum
--Specializes in rapid progress and understanding of the guitar both technically and theoretically--making sure you understand the “why” as well as the “how”
--Currently authoring a publication focusing on a fresh and logical approach towards both beginning and advanced guitar improvisation
--Fluent in all styles played with a pick (pop/rock/metal/blues/country/jazz)
--Reads both standard notation and tablature
--Organized, conscientious, personable, and enthusiastic
--Student references available upon request
--Please visit the Reverbnation page for more information, history, credentials, and playing samples