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What Students Are Saying

Whitley Cannon Bass Guitar

Whitley Cannon Bass Guitar

John, I wanted to personally thank you for showing me the areas in my playing that needed the most work. I have used your chord and rhythm exercises and am now playing right along perfect with my drum machine. I use the videos on your website for reference.

Whitley is enjoying her bass lessons too and we are starting to play songs together. Your simple and dedicated approach to guitar lessons has us light years ahead of where we would be with other instructors. You’re the best!

— Catherine (Mother) and student Whitley, Age 12

Brianna is thrilled to get started on Paramore’s song!  I do enjoy watching her lessons and my husband thinks she sounds pretty good!

— Holly Switzer (Mom) and student Brianna, Age 14

Angelo Electric Guitar Student

Angelo Electric Guitar Student

My son was very excited after the first lesson, you left a great impression on him. Thank you so much for that..!! We have also enjoyed your CD “Sidewalk Shenanigans”.

You have a wonderful talent and have inspired my child to overcome his fears of playing in front of people. He is advancing rapidly in music at school due to your progressive guitar lesson instruction system. Please keep up all the fantastic work you do!

He really looks up to you a lot and thinks you are so amazing! Even though we haven’t met I am sure that you are amazing because of the improvement and the eagerness in Angelo to learn from you!

Angelo said we made a great decision finding you!!

— Marco (Father) and student Angelo, Age 10

Group Guitar Lessons

The Rochen Family – “Group Guitar Lessons”

When we first met John for music lessons, we were just seeking a supplemental music theory instructor for my then 11-year-old son Angus. John was a referral from another one of his student’s father. John’s knowledge of music theory and the thoroughness of his guitar instruction program literally blew us away.

I decided to take John for guitar lessons along with Angus’ lessons and he never charged us additional money to teach us both at the same time. Though I had never played the guitar before, John’s patient teaching method seemed to make learning the guitar very easy. Before too long, we had John over at our house on Saturday afternoons for jam sessions with me playing complete songs on the guitar, John on the bass, my wife Kim singing and Angus jamming on the drums.

The culmination of all this work was our Summer CD project “School Of Rhythm” where myself, Angus, John, Kim and the rest of the family all joined forces to create our very first 6-song CD recording.

I can’t express enough how working with John was a complete joy and he really came through getting our CD completed. John is a first-class professional all the way and I would recommend him to anyone…

— Ed Rochen, Arlington, Texas

Kailyn - Electric Guitar Student

Kailyn – Electric Guitar Student

Kailyn comes home from lessons with you and is so hyped up and excited about what she learned. Her experience has been awesome  and I enjoy seeing all the pieces falling in place for her. Guitar playing is something that she wanted to do for so long and I am so happy that she likes you and is learning so much from you!

I have personally seen her improve dramatically since taking your progressive guitar lesson system.

— Stephanie Pederson (Mom) and student Kailyn, Age 15

Hi John! It’s Jules, Jaysen’s girlfriend. I just wanted to send you a quick email to let you know how happy I am that we found you to help teach Jaysen on his guitar.

His confidence is 100x’s what it was before and he loves to practice and play now. He sounds so amazing! It blows me away how much he has picked up in such a short amount of time, I know that there is still a lot that the wants to learn from you but I just wanted to tell you how great I think he is doing! He used to be so frustrated before and now he picks up his guitar and is eager to play something or practice or learn something new.

There has been so much going on with us the last couple of months so I know that it has been difficult for him to schedule lessons with you, in fact we are moving this weekend, but he is totally stoked that he will have his own music room!

Thank you for being so understanding and flexible with the lessons. I know that Jaysen plans to learn as much from you as he can for as long as he can. Hopefully once we get moved our schedules will mellow out a little bit.

Again I just wanted to say thank you and I know that you are an amazing teacher and it is clear that you love what you do. I just wanted to tell you thank you and how much you are appreciated!

— Julia Vassallo, Arlington, Texas


Kaitlyn, Age 13

I brought my daughter to John for a guitar lesson. He is the first person to take the time to show her the proper way to play her guitar. And she actually went home with homework!! Very happy we found him!

— Scott (Father) and student Kaitlyn, Age 13

Hi John – I just wanted to thank you for meeting with me the other night, and spending so much time with me about my guitar playing. I have been to several guitar teachers in the last year or so, trying to get a handle on my playing and get helpful feedback. They all had something to teach me, but – in you – I finally found someone who would actually observe, constructively critique, and offer me concrete improvement strategies.

Thank you very much! I have been playing the scales and vibrato exercises you suggested. I will pursue this and will check back with you in several weeks as you suggested.

Have a great week!

— Stan, Age 40

I worked on the drills Monday and I think I’ve gotten better after taking your lessons. I’m thinking of coming up with my own music so I’m gonna be working on that too. Thanks!

— Tony, Age 23