John Charles Cook Guitarist

John Charles Cook Guitarist

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I'm a trained classical guitarist. This give me an advantage over guitarist who just know how to teach or play simple chords or riffs. I teach my students to be skillful players and understand how to play with fine technique which leads to being able to play with easy and confident.

I have student guitar at Hartt School music and have taken and taught Master Classes.

I enjoy teaching my students and seeing how well they develop. I also learned to become a better teacher in developing better way in how to teach my students

Teacher Spotlight: John Charles Cook


Name: John Charles Cook

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Instrument: Guitar

Location: Beaufort, South Carolina

Brief Background:

I studied under a well known guitar book author, John Knowles, at Blair School of Music in Nashville, TN. I continued my studies at Hart School of Music’s Master Classes in Hartford, Connecticut with international classical guitarist, David Tanenbaum.

I have been teaching for 35 years and have learned so much. I feel teachers also learn more about their instrument and music as they teach. I taught 15 years alone at Carondelet Music Center, which was a wonderful experience.

Greatest inspiration:

I have a number of great inspirations, my family and friends being the most important.

Favorite place to perform:

Sagamore Resort, New York — Elegant, relaxed atmosphere, and the people are very friendly. A very nice place to perform and to be inspired by beautiful scenery.

Performance clip:

Teaching Tech Setup:

MacBook computer, music stands, footstool, music books, guitar tuner.

What’s great about teaching on Forte?

I love the ability to play along with my students. The visuals are excellent — it’s like being there with my students. Each class is interactive and personal.

Tell us a bit about your teaching style:

My focus is always on technique. Classical technique is the epitome of all technical skills. It gives the student a solid foundation and sets the stage to learn the instrument in its entirety (“from soup to nuts”). It also teaches proper positioning of the instrument. So often students try to learn chords when they first learn how to play the guitar. However, this is counter-productive. If a student can not put down one finger correctly how will they be able to do two or three at once? This causes negative tension in both hands, and there will be a lack of knowledge when it comes to the proper technique of the instrument. The guitar is going to challenge you on its own, don’t give it any help.

Tell us what you like most about your experience as a music educator:

Developing wonderful relationships with my students, their parents and family. I enjoy the progression of the teacher/student relationship. As the relationship grows, it requires more of both the student and the teacher, with more encouragement in both directions. Creating a positive relationship and enjoyment of the instrument are the best parts.

A piece of repertoire I love to teach:

The Romance (anonymous) is a guitar standard. The Romance teaches the fundamentals of right hand finger movements, as well as strengthens hand and fingers. It also encourages proper hand positioning and clarity of tone. It starts in the key of E Minor, which is an excellent key for the guitar. Students can return to this piece after their fingers have developed more dexterity to play the E Major part of the piece. It is a beautiful piece to play, and the students feel touched by their accomplishment in a meaningful way.

A piece of repertoire I love to play:

I like playing Latin pieces, like Meditation by Antonio Carlos Jobim, which is a Latin jazz piece. Because of its beautiful melodies, chords, and moving bass lines that progress simple, yet complex, rhythms, this type of music is befitting the culture, the region, and the art.

It is a beautiful expression of music.

Fun fact:

One of my unique, humble experiences was my first guitar lessons with John Knowles. Now John Knowles wrote many books on guitars, but is best known for transcribing the great Chet Atkins’ music. I remember when Mr. Knowles asked me to play a piece of music of my choice, so I played Stevie Wonder’s My Cherie Amour. Now I played with a pick and on electric guitar back then. When I finished playing (and you need to understand I thought I was “all that and a bag of chips”), I thought it was great! Mr. Kowles critiqued my playing, and told me that he could hear what I was trying to do, but my phrasing needed work. Then he played it, and my eyes opened wide. It was so beautiful — I did not know you could do all of that with your fingers. Right then I knew I had a lot to learn, so I got rid of my electric guitar, bought a classical guitar, and never looked back. This was the blessed start of my musical journey.

In the artist’s own words:

I believe music helps to bring enjoyment to one’s life, and that all anointed music comes from God. But, we must continuously practice due to our limited knowledge and physical limitations to create something we can not see but only feel.


Hired 21 times
1 employee
41 years in business
Serves Beaufort , SC
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Musical styles

Rock, Country, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Classical, Recommendations available

Guitar style

Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Recommendations available

Has instrument

Student who have a guitar

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Able to read music

Students who can read music staff, Students who can read guitar tabs, Students who cannot read music

Lesson length

30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

Under 5 years old, 5 – 10 years old, 11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

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    Naveena G.

    Mr. Cook has been a God sent to our family. Our son is 8years old and he used to take lessons from a local guitar store here in Pooler, Georgia . I wasnt very happy with what was being taught so I posted on for a guitar instructor. Mr. Cook was the first one to respond to us and we decided to give him a try. We were super impressed with his approach to teaching, his patience and gentleness. He is very encouraging and motivates him greatly. You can tell that he is passionate about teaching and developing the student. Our son has not only improved in the last couple of months with him, he actually enjoys taking lessons and looks forward to class every week.
    Im so grateful to Mr. Cook and to for helping me find the BEST guitar instructor ever!! My only regret is that I cannot give him 100 stars!!!
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    August 30, 2023
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    My way of teaching is to focus on technique and learning music theory. But most of all for my student to enjoy music. 

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