Kenti Johnson  Guitar Lessons

Kenti Johnson Guitar Lessons

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24 years in business

About this pro

My teaching approach: For "absolute beginners" I start with note reading, chord playing, proper fingering, basic music theory, and playing simple songs. Material is presented in a graded fashion so the student's learning is enhanced. For intermediate to advanced students I begin sight reading studies, advanced chord playing, scales, improvisation, theory, ear training and more complex songs. Influences include the Beatles, Led Zepplin, Chet Atkins, George Van Eps, Earth Wind and Fire, and many others.

My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's home.

Guitar lessons typically take place on these days and hours: 7 days per week, mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends.

Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerstyle, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Recording and Production, Guidance In Equipment Selection

Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following: Cover basics of the guitar, how to hold the instrument, the parts of the guitar, how to hold the pick, the Staff and the basics of reading note and playing chords. By the end of the first lesson, the student has learned how to read notes and is able to play at least 2 notes on the instrument.

A guitar lesson with me might entail the following: Each lesson is tailored to the students needs and what's actually covered depends on the students current level of experience. Typically lessons cover how to read notes, chords, left hand and right hand technique, possibly finger style technique. Lessons could also include scales and exercises, chord vocabula everything covered to playing songs.Lessons are designed to get the student to professional performance levels, depending on the student's goals.

The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following: Students of any age from 6 to adult, interested in learning to play or expanding and further developing their existing skill level.

I get satisfaction from watching my students learn and master new techniques on the guitar and developing the kind of relationship with students where they trust the lesson information and have the confidence that they will fulfill their lesson goals. 

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New York, NY 10001
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We begin by learning to read Andre play NOTES and CHORDS using a step by step process by which the student learns to play popular or traditional folk songs.  The student learns melody, Harmony, Rhythm, plectrum and or finger-style technique, Scales.  As soon as possible, we begin work on tunes the student desires to learn, while adding to the vocabulary of chords, ear training, playing in the upper fingerboard positions and improvising.

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

I studied music at several music schools including Febbraio School Of Music, Anderson College in Anderson, Indiana, School Of Jazz in New York, and14 years of study with Ronny Lee, a well known music educator. 

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


$40 for 30 minute lesson

$60 for 45 Minute lesson

$70 for 60 minute lesson

How did you get started teaching?

While taking lessons with Tonny Lee, he suggested I begin teaching as a way to deepen my grasp of the theoretical concepts in music. He then spent several month teaching me how to teach, and coached me as issues came up for the next several years, till his passing in 2015.

What types of students have you worked with?

i have worked with people from age 2 to over 70 years of age. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My last event was a performance at a Holiday Party where everyone loved the music. But I’m most proud of working with each student, especially the children. 

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

Music, like any other complex discipline, is not easily communicated from teacher to student. Without a system, students plateau quickly, and will often get discouraged. Look for someone who has a systemized approach to sharing musical knowledge and who can answer your questions in a way you can understand. Once you find a good teacher, give it at least one year of study.

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

What result you want to produce out of taking lessons?

What kind of music do you want to be able to play on your instrument? (Jazz, Rock, Blues, Folk, Classical, Reggae, etc.)