West Babylon, NY
hired by 3 neighbors on Lessons.com
Hello, my name is Jared and I have been playing guitar for 20 years. As a founding member of the hard rock band J.Rad, I have had the privelage of sharing the stage with many great acts. Some examples are: Scott Stapp (Creed), Joe Bonamassa, Johnny Winter, Rick Derringer, Living Colour, Mountain, Yngwie Malmsteen, George Lynch, Bret Michaels and many others. Eventually my musical studies led me to the Berklee College of Music where I maintained a 4.0 GPA while majoring in guitar performance. I have been teaching people of all ages for 5 years now, both independently and at the New York Academy of Music. Whether you're trying to become a guitar master, or just trying to jam your favorite songs with your friends, I can help you reach your musical goals!
Jared is an incredible teacher. I've been taking guitar lessons for about a year now and I'm always impressed by his abilities as both a teacher and musician. He's extremely patient and personable and makes the lesson fun. I appreciate the way Jared teaches - he takes his time to explain the music theory behind playing guitar - something I had expressed an interest in early on in our lessons. He's unlike other guitar instructors I've dealt with in the past and the only one I'll continue working with. I highly recommend him to anyone who has been wanting to learn to play guitar.
Jared is by far the best teacher I have had the opportunity to learn from. He very passionate, fun and very knowledgeable. I am in my sixties, and always wanted to learn to play. I am so thankful that I found Jared I look forward to my lessons. If you are searching for a good teacher, look no further, He is understanding compassionate and just a plan around good guy. Thanks Jared.
Jared is a gifted musician and proficient in all styles of guitar and is an outstanding teacher. He is always prepared, conducts his lessons in a thoughtful organized manner, and can instruct on virtually every genre of music. I personally take rock based lessons and Jared has improved my guitar playing exponentially in just a few months. And on top of that he is a really good guy and fun to jam with. I would recommend Jared to any aspiring guitarist, regardless of skill level.
I have been playing for quite some time but a few years ago I hit a wall, I felt like I couldn't advance my guitar skills any further. I decided to try lessons again and was lucky enough to be paired up with Jared. He is truly a great teacher as well as a very talented musician. Since starting lessons with him I have expanded my knowledge of music theory, added tons of flavor to my scales, perfected my rhythm playing and even started sight reading. Definitely the best teacher I have learned from, can't thank him enough.
Jared is a very insightful teacher. His knowledge of music is extraordinary and his ability to convey it to me is his biggest asset. He somehow tells you how to think about something in a certain way and makes everything seem easier when you do.I am 54 years old and started guitar 2 years ago wanting to learn a few chords to strum.Somehow Jared has taught me scales, pentatonic shapes, what key I'm playing in,bar chords,etc. He is extremely understanding and notices everything and suggests minor improvements to enhance my skills. He has brought me further in my guitar playing ability than I ever thought I would get to. I not only consider him a great teacher of music but a friend as well.
The first thing is always to see how far along the student is on the guitar, unless of course if you're a beginner. Additionally, it's important to figure out what type of music genres interest you. Lessons would not be any fun for a student if we worked in genres that don't interest you. It's also important to get a feel for the students personality, and also to give the student a clear depiction of my own personality. Lessons should be taken seriously, but should also be something fun and interesting.
I have studied with many great guitar teachers over the years, especially during my time at the Berklee College Of Music. I've also recorded and produced records, two of which I recorded with a grammy nominated producer. And most importantly, i have been putting my acquired skills to use on stages in front of crowds for over 15 years.
I charge $45 an hour to work here at my facility, and $50 an hour if the student prefers to have me travel to them. Longer distances are extra. 1/2hr lessons are $30 here at my facility, but I don't travel for 1/2hr lessons
I started teaching when a friend of mine inquired about lessons for his son. He was aware that not all people that claim to be guitar teachers, are really cut out for the job. I agreed to help my friend out, and it turned out to be one of the most rewarding decisions I ever made! It is a great feeling to help someone make music for the first time.
I have worked with students of all ages, from 5 years old to adults in their 70's and everything in between. It is equally rewarding regardless of how old you are, and it is never too late to start! So many adults feel like they're too old to start learning, and i love to prove them wrong!! If you practice, you can succeed.
I recently had an adult student that had never played with other musicians before, play a full song ("The Boys Are Back In Town" by Thin Lizzy) with a full band. Doing that for the first time is a great feeling. I also recently helped a 7 year old girl write a song using the chords she knows, and seeing her perform the song is incredibly rewarding for me as a teacher, her as a student, and especially for her partents.
Make sure that the teacher can demonstrate their own abilities, and show you that they are legitimate. That applies to any type of lesson (guitar, singing, tennis, etc).
It's worth thinking about whether or not you are looking to take lessons as a hobbyist, or to become a professional in the music industry. Both are perectly fine, but here is an example: If you eventually would like to go to college for music, things like music reading, theory, and technique are a major priority. That doesn't mean those things can't be achieved if you're a hobbyist, however the hobbyist might only really be looking to play tunes with friends. But these are the kind of decisions that you can make as you're learning.