Guitar With Jim

Guitar With Jim

5.0 (4)
4 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
2 years in business

About this pro

Let's play Guitar!

This is me;

- Bachelor of Music Classical Guitar

-15 yrs North American touring experience 

- 20 years Performance experience on Las Vegas Strip
- fluent in Classical, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Country 

-30+ years teaching experience from the Classical Conservatory to School of Rock

-several former students are currently professional musicians 

-from tab to standard notation, technique, theory, tone sculpting soloing to rhythm lessons are catered to the needs of the individual 

The greatest thing for me is watching a students reaction when they realize they can reach a goal that they thought was beyond their capabilities.... and to see the eyes light up!

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Credentials

Las Vegas, NV 89147
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4 Reviews

5.0

  • kate

    Jim is a great guitar teacher and has really helped helped me improve. His teaching style is great because he never makes you feel like you aren’t playing well enough. He is always very encouraging and lets me go at my own pace.

  • Evan LaGrone

    Jim is the best guitar teacher you could have. He’s more than just a guitar teacher to me and so many other friends that I know take lessons from him. From a music standpoint Jim is an absolute wizard on the guitar and has talent outlying that of many famous guitarists. However, anyone who has talent on the guitar may not be able to transfer that over to teaching and that is where Jim really shines. His ability to teach at all levels from not knowing how to hold a guitar pick to enhancing sweep picking techniques and writing your own solos is outstanding. He makes you feel very comfortable and unembarrassed of the point you are on the guitar learning curve and at the same time is very good at pushing you to learn more and fight to attain your own personal goals. Jim is a very kind and understanding person who is there for his students on more than a guitar level. He cares about each and everyone he teaches and I quickly became friends with him through taking lessons. He has so much knowledge to impart on all things music related and knows how to repair music equipment and will answer all your questions that you could have about the music industry or what equipment you should purchase to up your music game. Jim comes to all my band guitar shows either to watch and support or to help mix the sound. Jim is a very humorous guy and you’ll be sharing more than music during the lessons but many laughs and memories as well. He has a good moral compass and always available to talk during lessons as I’ve found he is someone I can tell about my week and confide in without ever worrying about him telling others. He is all around a great guy and even though it may sound like I’m describing a superhero and that what I say is too good to be true you’ll realize after a lesson or two that what I’ve said is the understatement of the year. What I’ve said here may sound like more a tribute to Jim’s great character and fun loving energetic personality than to his talent but just remember that today we can learn songs on guitar with tab in front of us and the Internet. Jim learned some of the hardest guitar songs ever written by lifting a record player needle and attempting to set it back to the right spot on the record to relisten to the difficult solo he was trying to learn as a self taught teenager. He did that and he sure as heck can teach you. Grab a lesson from me and you won’t believe how much you will excel learning from him. Jim’s the man and if you practice you’ll be making a ton of progress. Do it. You won’t regret it.

  • Tristan LaGrone

    He’s an amazing teacher in person and over FaceTime. He has a great ear for tuning, phrasing, and subtle differences in the way a riff is played and communicates these to his students in a very understandable way! He is sincerely interested in his students and helping each of them reach their potential in the own unique way and has boundless musical knowledge. Recommend 10/10

  • J. Hughes

    Jim has been my teacher for over a year and he’s an awesome instructor! I had never picked up a guitar until my first lesson and now I’ve actually played in front of people! He’s extremely encouraging, patient and I always look forward to playing with him. He knows how to make learning fun and I am proud to say he’s my instructor. Thanks Jim!



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FAQs


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

- first, find out what the students personal goals are

- secondly find out what level they are in their studies, ie. Never touched a guitar, know a few chords and songs, can play a few solos but can't improvise, can they sightread,etc.

- come up with a strategy to meet and exceed their goals.
This may include-how to maximize practice time,

what to be listening and watching for

written theory exercises
technique drills


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

-I have a Bachelors of Music from Brandon University 

-ARCT-The Royal Conservatory of Music

-Years of live performances both touring and on the Las Vegas Strip


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

My Standard price is $40 US for a 45min lesson.


How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching guitar when I was a Senior in High School. Started as an associate teacher at a local music school and worked my way up to full time.


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students as young as 6 yrs old up to those in their senior years. Being well versed in different musical idioms, I've taught Rock, Blues, Jazz and Classical to students. Since the pandemic has hit I've taken on students who want to be able just to be able to accompany themselves while singing- always fun!


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

Advice for finding a teacher for guitar- find one that has experience and that is flexible enough in their teaching methods to cater to what you want to learn. It is more fun to practice and play material that is inspiring to the students tastes. As a teacher you can and should use this as a platform to introduce areas that advance the students musical growth.


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

As a guitar instructor I've had the pleasure of teaching students  at varying levels of playing experience. Some have been absolute beginners, others have been playing for some time and want to focus on perhaps theory, technique, ear training,a particular style or any number of possible interests.
This brings a number of different questions to the table. Before any "real" lessons start, I offer a free 1/2 hour consultation to answer any questions a potential student may have, which also gives us a chance to see if we are a good 'fit'......