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Brian Johns

New Student Special Lesson Package!

Get an instrument as a gift, over the holidays or just for yourself?

Now’s the time to play it!

 …Announcing a limited time offer in a crash course of lessons on the guitar, bass or ukulele…


  • Eight thirty minute lessons for a one-time fee of $150.00
  • Offer limited to new students only.
  • You don’t necessarily have to be a complete “beginner.”  You may just want “refresh” those dormant chops.
  • If you have a friend or family member who would like to learn with you, there’s room for two.  Please keep in mind that in the group lesson setting, it’s better if are all at about the same level, that is, beginner or plays a little
  • Lessons are typically scheduled once per week.  Allowing for vacations or other scheduling conflicts, the 8 lesson package will conclude within a 12 week period.

What we’ll learn…

Generally, the same directed effort towards musical fun based upon individual abilities we always pursue with an emphasis on a solid technical foundation, a variety of styles and playing familiar music. 

As usual, we’ll all play together and you’ll receive the immediate feedback not possible through instructional videos or YouTube.

Your instrument…

You won’t need a great sounding or expensive instrument to get started.  It can be any color, electric or acoustic, have many scratches, holes or decals, doesn’t have to have a case - although not a bad idea - but should include the basic features that define what kind of instrument it supposed to be.  Really, you’ll just need an instrument that is relatively easy to play.  The greatest deterrent to progress is an instrument that’s hard to play.  In spite of what you may have heard, you don’t have to bleed!

So, before you start or commit to the plan, let’s take a look at your instrument.  Feel free to bring it in at mutually convenient time and we’ll look for any play-ability issues.  It’s simple mechanics: after a while, the optimal dimensions between wood and metal components change due to constant tension.  This change can even found on NEW instruments as well but largely because it was never set up properly to begin with.  The things I can do and do all the time are string changes and string height adjustments.  Now, some of these fixes are easy and some are impossible.  With older instruments, some of those old brittle plastic parts can just break at slightest nudge and generally are not worth the expense to replace. 

Please take a look at the “My Guitar” page for more comments regarding beginner guitars.

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