John has been studying guitar for 36 years and has been teaching professionally for the past 23 years. In addition to teaching, John also maintains a busy performing schedule playing 4-6 times every month with a variety of bands.
John earned his bachelors degree of music in 1997 with a focus on guitar performance at the University of the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pa. During this time, he either studied or performed with Scott Henderson, Jimmy Bruno, Pat Martino, Phil Woods, John Swana, Gerald Veasley, Dave Samuels, Kenny Barron and Ron Kerber.
Versatility plays a big part in John’s teaching and playing. Styles from beginner to advanced include: Jazz, Country, Blues, Rock, Fingerstyle, Contemporary Percussive Guitar, Funk and Classical. He also places emphasis on Music Theory, Improvisation and overall musicianship so his students are equipped to handle the styles of their choice and have better command of their instrument.
Since 2007, John has been an endorsed musician and has established relationships with a variety of companies. Some of these endorsements include: Minarik Guitars, Indie Guitars, MojoTone guitar cabinets, LYT Pedalboards, Godlyke Distributing, Intellitouch Tuners, Black Diamond Strings, Maxon Effects, Levy’s Straps, and V-Picks. John is also a C.F. Martin Professional Artist.
For students who sign up for lessons with John, he offers an optional program of core material that organizes 7 skill sets into 8 ranks and 8 degrees for a total of 16 levels of achievement. This is a goal oriented approach to keep students motivated and striving toward their goals. All material taught in this system is everything a player will need to build their understanding and confidence as they pursue their journey on the guitar.