James Holshue

James Holshue

5.0 (6)
1 hire on Lessons.com
1 employee
24 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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6 Reviews


  • Andrea Halabuda

    You couldn’t find a more patient instructor. Will work at your pace! 5 stars all the way

  • Con Clarke

    Jim is a true professional and is innovative in his approach to teaching guitar. He personalizes the lessons to the interest and capability of his students and makes learning an instrument fun.

  • 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

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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.