I have over 40 years of experience as a teacher, with 26 years as a staff instructor at New York's American Institute of Guitar. Whether it's classical, pop, folk, blues, or song arranging, I focus on drawing a beautiful sound from the instrument. In teaching theory, I emphasize how harmonic relationships have evolved from the natural laws of sound. I performed nightly at Windows on the World (atop the former World Trade Center) for 12 years, and I have two solo CDs out. My song arrangements are published by Mel Bay, and I have written on music for The New York Times, Acoustic Guitar, and other publications; I'm also on the Board of Directors of the NY Classical Guitar society. YouTube video of me playing my arrangement of "Ashokan Farewell": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaHEzO8DXBI.
I love interacting with students and finding the best way to guide each into his or her own relationship with the instrument; it's a great combination of problem solving and communication.
Clear, precise, and relevant transmission of valuable knowledge. RP
John is an excellent teacher, in technique, music composition and harmony. I enjoyed many years as a student and appreciated his depth of knowledge and his extensive repertoire.
John is a talented and conscientious teacher. He knows technique very well and communicates how to use it in playing to add tonal color to a composition. His knowledge of diverse forms of music is extensive and he comes to the teaching process with a patient, directed focus toward overcoming a student's technical snags. I recommend him highly as a teacher and as a player.
I begin by observing how a new student relates to the instrument (true for beginners too!), and structure the approach accordingly.
I have a degree in theory and performance from Vermont's Marlboro College, home of the Marlboro Music Festival. I've taken master classes with Oscar Ghiglia and Angel Romero, and studied Schenkerian analysis; I'm also a music journalist.
$60/hour at my Upper West Side apartment
Unofficially, I began teaching at the age of 14, when a school classmate asked me to show him how to play (I began when I was 5). Officially, I began to teach at a Boston-area music school in 1974.
I've taught a wide range of students, from ages 8 to 80, in a wide range of styles - primarily acoustic, but a bit of electric, too.
A spontaneous jam with a terrific blues singer and harmonica player in Riverside Park, by the Hudson River, where I like to practice in warm weather.
Take a trial lesson - the quality of interaction is everything, and you won't know it until you try it.
Students shouldn't worry too much about this, beyond communicating a sense of the kind of music they're interested in. An experienced teacher can determine the needs and inclinations of a student very quickly.