Hello, my name is Adam Douglass, founder of Bushwick Guitar Lessons. I have been playing the guitar for over 25 years, and have over 20 years of experience teaching lessons. I have studied with professors from University of Florida, Musician's Institute, and Berklee College of Music; I have toured the country with members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy Award winning musicians, and I'm a published author of instructional guitar material. I have experience teaching all ages and all skill levels. You can learn more at:
Have you ever wanted to learn:
How to read music/notes?
Scales and chords?
How to play your favorite songs?
Chord melodies and chord solos?
Playing to chord changes?
You can learn all of this, and more!
I teach electric, acoustic, slide, and left-handed methods, 6 string or 12 string.
Whether you want to learn jazz, rock, funk, blues, or country, I can teach it to you in a fun and focused learning environment.
With over 20 years of professional guitar instruction experience, ranging from one-on-one lessons to teaching large groups of over 30 people, I am confident we can work together to take your playing to the next level!
Watch the videos to learn a little bit more about me and what I can offer you, or read some testimonials from happy, long-time students.
Adam does a remarkable job of crafting a guitar program tailored to you. He considers multiple factors, e.g. from your level of skill and ear, to practicing habits and how your schedule affects them. His personable and structured approach will develop your dexterity and feel of the instrument, while ultimately getting you to learn the songs and styles you're eager to play. These reasons and more are why I continue to study with Adam, and highly recommend him as a teacher -- whether you're just picking up the guitar, or looking for direction in advancing your skills.
I’ve been a student of Adam’s for several years. His knowledge of guitar, and music in general, is astonishing. The man could probably play anything on guitar. Yet he is incredibly down to earth, humble, accommodating, and patient. Under his tutelage, I’ve seen my own ability on the instrument increase tremendously. There’s always more to learn, and Adam presents it so that you are excited to learn it.
Adam is a fantastic teacher! I studied with him for a few years when I was in high school and I always loved my lessons with him! He is a really amazing guitarist and so knowledgable. I highly recommend him!
I’ve been taking private lessons with Adam for roughly 2 years. He has a huge repertoire of songs that target specific areas that you need to practice most, and he can listen to any song that I bring in and notate it on the spot. He’s really knowledgeable and as I learn new songs, he’s able to incorporates music theory into the instruction, too. It’s great because I’m not only increasing my ability to play the guitar but also getting an understanding of the underlying structures that the songs are built from. Adam has an innate ability to push me through difficult practice sessions, and he’s great at motivating me to stick to practicing even when other things in life eclipse how much time I can allot to playing the guitar.
No two people learn things the same way, so my process varies greatly from person to person. I will approach a lesson completely differently for a 5 year old who has never played an instrument before versus an adult who has played their entire life.
What is consistent with every student though, is that I make sure they are having fun when they pick up the guitar. Having the love of playing your instrument is what makes you want to pick it up every day, and playing every day is what makes you better at it.
I have over 25 years of active study of the instrument, and even when I'm not actively taking lessons I still practice for many hours every day. I have been teaching lessons for over 20 years now, so I can get a sense very quickly of what a student needs to do in order to take their playing to the next level.
See my website for pricing to take lessons in my Brooklyn (Bushwick) studio.
When I was a freshmen in college, people heard me playing and offered me a little bit of cash to show them how to play some stuff. I enjoyed it and it was a fun, easy way for me to make some money, so I stuck with it. :)
I have worked with students of all ages and all levels, from children under 5 years old to other professional musicians trying to get their playing out of a rut. From special needs children to retired adults who want a hobby for all the free time they now have.
"Do I have the time to devote to practicing every day?"
"Where do I want my musical abilities to be in 5 years?
"What should I expect in 5 years with daily practice of the right things?"
"Do I prefer lessons planned out in advance, or geared towards how my practice sessions went the previous week?"
"What style of music do I enjoy to listen to the most and is it the same as what I want to learn how to play?" [These two things do not have to be mutually inclusive]
"Is my teacher fond of teaching the style of music I want to learn"
"How far am I willing to travel within the NYC area?" [Keep in mind that 5 miles here is a lot different from 5 miles elsewhere in the country]
Feel free to refer to the FAQ page of my website as well: