James Holshue

James Holshue

5.0 (4)
1 hire on Lessons.com
1 employee
20 years in business

About this pro

I have been teaching guitar for 40 years. I specialize in beginner to advanced methods. With beginners such as  children, I will have them learning to play songs in a short period of time to keep their interest. No tedious note reading or nursery rhymes. They will learn proper technique and will progress rapidly depending upon their dedication. Parental support is crucial.

My experience as a musician includes over 50 years of playing guitar. I have played in cover bands from Virginia to New York. One of my bands opened up for Pat Benatar on her first tour in Virginia Beach. I also owned my own recording studio and record label in Schenectady in 2006.

I've accompanied professional local artists in Schenectady, Harvard University, Utica and Greenwich Village for live shows. I take delight in helping my students achieve their personal goals. One student I taught thirty years ago now accompanies me in local shows.

I enjoy watching my students progress to their stated goals.

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Duanesburg, NY 12056
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4 Reviews


  • Trevor B.

    My lessons from Jim were and excellent experience. I had lessons with him for about 5-6 years and at every lesson he taught me something new. His teaching style makes it very easy and comfortable to learn how to play from knowing nothing at all. Even if you have experience playing but would like to learn new things Jim can do that for you. Jim is highly recommend and a true professional!

  • Michael Bilka

    From the beginning I could tell he had been playing for along time,his ability to navigate the fretboard was impressive, most of all , his patience teaching me was the main reason I have continued my lessons with him after 4 years

  • David

    He worked with me over a period of a few years when I was younger. He progressively taught me how to build skill at the basics and then onto more in depth material. If there is any teacher I would suggest, it would without a doubt be James. He is extremely professional and flexible. Any time I wanted to learn any specific song, he took the needed time to teach me the techniques behind it and successfully imitate said song. He is as great of a player as he is humble. No matter your skill level, he will treat you without bias. I will continue to look back on my lessons with him fondly for years.

  • Leif Elliott

    Really benefited as a youth from James Holshue's guitar lessons. He gave a me a solid foundation that allowed me to grow as a guitar player and musician.

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

Depends on student's level, novice or intermediate.

With beginners I explain the parts of the guitar (frets, strings, etc.), the nomenclature required to establish communication. I also explain chord charts and tuning. For intermediate students I will interview them regarding their experience and goals to construct a progressive program to optimize the learning experience.