Master Guitar & Bass Lessons

Selecting A Guitar

• Stresses proper physical core guitar techniques
• Integrates scales, chords and rhythm, reinforcing consistent technique, tone and time
• Develops great physical dexterity, accuracy and speed through the body and mind connection
• Creates consistent practice sessions that reinforce discipline, perseverance and focus
• Expands mental capabilities and fine-tunes communication skills
• Teaches navigating the guitars fret board with useful music theory
• Emphasizes reading music notation gradually focusing on performance awareness
• Builds confidence and self esteem through accomplishment, believing in a students potential
• Allows students to experience the joys of performance and creation in the moment
• Helps relieve stress, unites intuition and awareness, uses the guitar for higher meditation


• Ages 8 and Up
• Beginner through Advanced
• Flat Pick or Finger pick Technique
• Your Home or John’s San Rafael Studio
• 6 String Acoustic or Electric Guitar and 4 or 5 String Electric Bass Guitar

• Musical Styles: Alternative, Blues, Bossa Nova, Brazilian, Country, Classical, Ethnic, Folk, Funk, Gospel, Metal, Reggae, Rock, R&B, Samba, Ska, Soul, Swing, Pop, Punk and World


Student’s benefit from John’s natural ability to create a fun, supportive and goal oriented learning environment. Students learn to express themselves through music while progressing rapidly when performing proprietary, targeted, layered and accelerated drills that demystify
core guitar techniques providing the most solid guitar playing foundation.


• Holding the guitar while sitting (overall body positioning, posture)
• Chair Height and Footstool usage
• How Guitars Produce Sound (science, acoustic principals, vibrations, hertz, cycles per second)
• Guitar Parts, Basic Construction (acoustic or electric, steel or nylon string)
• Basic Guitar Care and Maintenance
• Guitar Action, Set-Up, Truss Rod Adjustment and Intonation
• Guitar books used; the basic why and how
• Lesson Materials (books, music stand, metronome, pick, pencil, footstool)
• Benefits of using a thick 2.0 millimeter guitar pick
• Properly Holding a Guitar Flat Pick
• Proper Picking Angle Attack (step by step picking mechanics)
• String Skipping Flat Picking Technique Drill
• Six Open Guitar Strings Memorization Drills (string names and numbers)
• Natural Flat Pick Muting Technique
• Play, Rest Flat Pick Muting Technique
• Basic skills in how to memorize guitar information
• Basic Music Theory (octave, interval, pitch, rhythm)
• Difference between physical discomfort and pain
• Basic Hand Stretches
• Finger Fretting Technique; Proper Arm, Hand, Wrist, Finger Posture
• Somatic Fretting Hand Awareness Exercise
• 7 Natural Notes (half and whole step awareness drill)
• Natural Notes on 6th String E (step by step fret board navigation drill)
• Basic Rhythmic Durations, Beats (note lengths; whole, half, quarter notes)
• Counting Techniques (verbal, foot tapping)
• Metronome (how to use when counting, foot tapping, flat picking, fretting notes, click means 20 milli seconds)
• Natural Notes on all 6 Strings in 1st hand Position Drill
• 2 Octave Chromatic Scale in 1st hand Position


• Guitar Technique, the left and right hand placement, thumb and wrist positioning, siting and standing posture, elbow adjustments, bends, vibrato, slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, string tapping, muting and string dampening, legato, staccato and dynamics are what creates sound so technique is obviously very important

• Neck Navigation is one integral part of becoming a competent and well rounded guitarist, by knowing the natural notes, being able to access octaves and intervals on all string sets throughout the fret board a solid foundation is built so more complex harmonies and melodies can be accesses and understood later on

• Music Theory allows guitarists integrate concepts into useful shapes on the guitars fret board which makes reading and playing chord symbols, understand modes, scales and arpeggios used in improvisation, transcribing songs, that makes knowing each songs tonal/key center much easier, and builds many layers of confidence and physical skill that allows guitarists to communicate more effectively with each other and all other musicians

• Reading Music Notation gives guitarists access to songs in any musical style, provides structured exercises and practice drills, helps to internalize and understand rhythm and vital music theory

• Metronome Usage helps in learning to play the guitar with a consistent pulse and proper beat attack, learning to playing behind, on top of and ahead of the beat, using the click as a drum to get used to playing in a rhythm section which is crucial for skillful and emotive guitar performances

• Ear Training fine tunes and provides guitarists heightened awareness of melody, rhythm and harmony enhancing performance, composition, transcription and improvisational skills, allowing guitarists to perform in many musical styles with other musicians that perform on different instruments more freely with great confidence

• Tuning  your guitar by ear will enhance a guitarists ear training and overall connection and confidence with their guitar allowing him to hear and perform music more effectively as well as the necessity of performing on a guitar that is the most enjoyable to practice and perform with the most harmonious sound

• Memorization Techniques which are often overlooked greatly help guitarists learn to integrate and access body and mind centered information and develop a solid foundation of practice habits that allow for more complex concepts to be absorbed in the future while uncovering vast visual and auditory logistics throughout the guitars fret board

• Proper Practice Methods teach all guitarists how to practice slowly and thoroughly, usually with a  minimal schedule of 20 -45 minutes a day 3- 5 days a week or more, this develops musical concepts and techniques integrate in the body and mind and develop in the most logical progression of the most useful information, through well crafted drills that create a core foundation for all guitarists to learn how, when, why and what to play in most all musical situations

• General Music Theory Knowledge like scales, chords, arpeggios, song analysis, rhythm exercises separate from the guitar, common chord progressions, improvisation over chord changes, reading notation, TAB or tablature and applying music theory when transcribing, composing and improvising are all part of a guitarists growing experience

• Performance Skills like playing guitar and singing together, gigging specifics, understanding how to set up and use the best equipment that will produce thye most desirable sound in different acoustic environments, promoting yourself or your band, recording performance skills (what to focus on) understanding the aesthetic that differentiates pure musical art from entertainment and where they meet, creating good organizational skills

History and Business of making music, along with any applicable musical knowledge that makes understanding music, creating regular practice sessions, performing with skill and passion and composing on the guitar more fun and accessible is discussed on a per student basis

• Guitar Tools & Accessories are demystified and thoroughly explained, such as; picks, strings, string winders, music stands, footstools, capo’s, guitar polish, finger ease (string protector), screw drivers, 9 volt batteries, showing why and how this essential information continues to strengthen a guitarists overall understanding of their instrument and further their guitars care, create enjoyable practice sessions and better performances and foster an overall deeper connection and responsibility to their guitar

• Guitar Maintenance including proper storage, changing strings, set up, intonation, truss rod adjustment, cleaning and overall care is necessary knowledge for all guitarists to learn so that they get the best performance and enjoyment out of there guitar playing experience

• Guitar Performance and Recording Equipment are discussed when situations and questions arise that cover information such as amplifiers, effect pedals and pedal boards, PA systems, microphones, different types of instrument cables, recording hardware and software because this information is not separate from many guitarists dreams and goals so to become aware of the valuable and necessary tools that allow guitarists to share their music, through performance and composition as guitarists skill levels grow is always important



 Reach John at: (914) 420-2977