Vinny Valentino

Vinny Valentino

5.0 (2)
4 hires on
40 years in business

About this pro

I have been teaching music / guitar for more than 35 years and have always enjoyed connecting with students and helping them reach their full musical potential. I would say that my strenths lie in the ablity to decipher exactly what a student needs to reach and achieve their musical goals.  

I have a bachelors of music with a concentration on jazz studies, performance and composition.  Besides guitar I teach recording, songwriting, composition, ear training, theory and bass.  

Here is a brief bio.  

Guitarist Composer Vinny Valentino continues to redefine musical genres, to the acclaim of audiences worldwide. His international debut recording, The Distance Between Two Lines, shot straight up the charts to #2 and stayed on the national charts for more than 14 weeks—an unprecedented achievement for a first international release. Paul Anthony of Jazz Unlimited called it “one of the top five albums of 1993.” Vinny’s 1996 international release, Now and Again, extended his critical acclaim. George Benson refers to Vinny as a “young genius with brilliant tone and fresh ideas.” Vintage Guitar Magazine writes “wonderful jazz player with killer chops, wonderful compositional skills…”(March 1997). “Valentino doesn’t hide behind reconstituted Wes Montgomery licks like so many guitarists these days… crafty fingerings…. delectable originals” (Gavin Jazz, May 10.1996). Ralph Mitchell of WFSK-FM raves, “My goodness. Talk about hot house jazz that CD is smoking!!” Versatile is an understatement when describing guitarist and composer, Vinny Valentino. Playing guitar since age six, this native Virginian began touring in a progressive rock band while still in high school. At age 16, influenced by the music of George Benson, Vinny began pursuing Jazz as a career. He recalls, “The turning point for me was hearing George Benson in concert; I had never heard anybody play like that. It was an eye-opening experience.” Vinny earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at HowardUniversity. He began his musical studies at NorthernVirginiaCommunity College and continued them at GeorgeMasonUniversity before concentrating on jazz at Howard. In 1988, he released his first solo recording entitled, Vinny Valentino, and now has twelve recordings to his credit. Endorsements include Yamaha Guitars and Pro Audio, D’Addario strings, Cakewalk Music Software, Digitech Effects, ADK Microphones and TKL Cases. Vinny has shared the stage with such jazz greats as Steve Smith, Tom Coster, Russell Ferrante, Tom Scott, Gary Bartz, Victor Bailey, John Benitez, Peter Erskine, Dave Weckl, John Pattitucci, Randy Brecker, George Benson, Steve Gadd, Chick Corea, Dennis Chambers, Bill Evans and Jimmy McGriff. . Vinny appeared with his band as the feature performers on BET’s jazz cable program, “Bet on Jazz.” This one-hour feature program became one of the top five requested programs on “Bet on Jazz”. One of the first musicians to perform live on the World Wide Web, Vinny continues to pioneer on the Internet with online clinics, performances and lessons at Vinny’s compositions have been recorded by John Benitez, George Benson, Sunny Sumter and Steve Haas and are featured in the “All Jazz Real Book.” The National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts have recognized Vinny’s talents as composer, arranger, and recording artist with a grant for a series of works entitled “New Music for Three Guitars.”

I enjoy almost every aspect of teaching music and being a professional musician.  I have been fortunate to travel the world teaching and performing.  Music is an instant connection no matter who you are or where you are from.  I enjoy passing that gift on.  

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New Milford, NJ 07646
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2 Reviews


  • Jim Nelson

    I am 63 years old and decided to get back into music playing the bass guitar. I have been studying with Vinny since February and I am delighted with the experience. I have progressed very rapidly due to his teaching and he makes learning and playing a lot of fun. I strongly recommend Vinny to anyone.

  • Larry Edoff

    Vinny has been teaching my kids for 11 years. He is one of the best musicians and guitar teachers that I know. I would highly recommend Vinny to teach any student of all ages. He is super knowledgable, patient and strives for excellence. I give Vinny my highest recommendation! 5 stars

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

It really depened on the level, style and time they have to practice.  I pride myself on personalizing my approach to the students needs.  

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

I have been teaching for over 35 years and have my Bacherlors degree in music.  

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

I charge a flat rate of 100 per lessons.  Lessons usually run about an hour long.  Lesson lengths vary depending on the subject matter.  My goal is always to review what the student has practices and teach them how to get better in shorter amount of time.  At any given lesson we will be working on multiple musical concepts at one time.  For example if you are interested on improving technique practice music that will achieve that goal as opposed to just a technical exercise.  I realize that 100 an hour may not be affordable for all students but I can assure you and guarantee my results will be rewarding.  I do offer lessons via Skype and Google Hangouts that are 60.00 an hour.  

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching at the same music school I took lessons from in the Washington, D.C. area.  My teachers became my colleagues.  

What types of students have you worked with?

All types from very advanced to absolute beginners.  I enjoying teaching all levels and all styles.  One of my former students is currently the guitarist for Alicia Keys.  

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Recording and playing with the legendary George Benson.  

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

The key to learning any insturment whether you learn from a teacher or you learn online is to be honest with your own abilities.  Practice is the key to your success and having a guide on what to practice at any given stage is fundamental.  

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

The main question would be how they would guide your development and inspire your progress.