Frequently Asked Questions About Guitar Lessons with Justin Jon

What Is Your Skype Username?

You can find me on Skype by searching for justinjonguitar@gmail.com OR by my phone number, 828.367.7184

What timezone are you in?

I am in West Coast Time. *If you are inquiring about Guitar Lessons, please let me know what time zone you are in so that we can coordinate a time that best accommodates both of our schedules.

Do you teach in languages other than English?

Guitar lessons are only offered in English at this time, although I am currently learning German and Spanish!

Do you teach students of all ages?

While I do take on younger guitar students from time to time, the majority of my students fall between the ages of 13 and 60 and have an intermediate level musical background.

How much do guitar lessons cost?

Please refer to My Pricing Page for the most up-to-date pricing for online guitar lessons

What styles of guitar do you teach?

I'm a soulful, bluesy indie jazz guitarist with 15+ years of performing and 10+ years of experience teaching improvisation, feel, technique, phrasing, technique improvement, and overall guidance for a well-rounded musical development. I have a heavy blues, jazz, rock, and funk background. My style runs in the veins of Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, Robben Ford, and John Mayer, but I have a Master’s degree in Jazz Guitar Studies and am very well-versed in the styles of Joe Pass, Barney Kessel, and Wes Montgomery also.

Some of my teachers growing up included Dr. L.H. Dickert and Bert Ligon. Some of the other artists I have taken masterclasses from include Mike Stern, Jonathan Kreisberg, Vernon Reed, Steve Smith, Dave Weckly, Al Vizzutti, Ramsey Lewis and Jeremy Kittel.

What will I learn during guitar lessons?

Lessons with me will ultimately all vary since every student has different abilities and goals, but here are some of the topics that guitar students and I typically cover:

  • Reading lead sheets

  • Instrument and musician roles

  • How to Practice Guitar

  • Stage Etiquette

  • Advanced Improvisation, Fretboard Unification, and Soloing

  • How to Play Walking Bass Lines on Guitar

  • Jazz Blues

  • Jazz Chords and Chord Progressions

  • How to Comp for Other Musicians and for Yourself

  • Chord Soloing

  • Tri-tone Substitutions

  • When NOT to play - How to Let Your Lines Breathe

  • Phrasing and Technique in a Variety Music Styles

  • How to play in the Pocket

  • Outlining Changes

  • Color Tones

  • Modal Playing

  • Superimposing Triads

  • Advanced Pentatonic Approaches

  • How to Apply Melodic (Jazz) Minor to your Guitar Playing

  • How To Act Like and Look Like a Professional Musician

  • How to Create an Inspiring Studio/Practice/Office Space

  • How to Incorporate and Sync Social Media Into Your Career

  • How To Transcribe Songs and Write Down What You Play

  • How to find the answers to your musical questions

Do you teach anything else besides guitar?

I also teach electric bass guitar, music theory, music marketing, social media marketing for musicians, and music history.

Preparing for a college audition? I’ve been there before several times and I can help you get ready.

Preparing for a military band audition? I am an Army Guitarist that holds a Charlie 1 Designation. The Jazz combo that I lead within my unit received a score of Excellent and a commendation from the Army School of Music, National Guard Bureau.

What equipment do I need to take Skype Guitar Lessons?

The latest version of Skype or Google Hangouts.

A High-Speed Internet connection

Webcam/Microphone/Headphones

Auxiliary webcams and mics are encouraged, but most built-in computer components will work these days.

A Payment Account: Either Paypal, Venmo, Patreon

A Guitar.

How do I start taking guitar lessons?

E-mail me through My Contact Page so that we can schedule a time to have a video meeting (or in person if you live in Los Angeles) where we can discuss what you are looking to gain from lessons.

Can I buy guitar lessons for a friend or family member?

Absolutely! I can send lesson coupons to anyone via mail or e-mail. My lesson 4-packs make great gifts for guitar students that are just starting out or for loved ones that have been wanting to start taking lessons again.

What is your lesson cancellation policy?

Although I make every effort to provide consistency in instruction, occasionally, as a working musician, I may have an engagement and be unavailable to teach a specific lesson. In this case a makeup lesson may be scheduled. If a lesson is missed due to illness or other unavoidable conflict, we will TRY to make up the lesson during the same week.

You must give 7 days notice if you must miss or reschedule your lesson. There are no refunds, credits or make-ups if you fail to “show up” to your lesson or do not give at least 7 days notice.

If for I must cancel a lesson for any reason I will try my hardest to reschedule the lesson. If this isn’t possible, you will be credited one lesson.

If I must miss a lesson and fail to give more than 24 hours notice, you will be credited one lesson at the time/date of your choosing AND be refunded the amount of the missed lesson if you have prepaid.

What styles of music do you like?

I love to ask myself this just to see what names come up from day to day. I believe music can all serve a purpose and the music that I listen to daily will change drastically from one moment to the next depending on what I am doing. When I am working, I focus and listen to French classicism (Debussy, Ravel, Chopin), jazz pianists (Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Oscar Peterson), Jazz guitarists (Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny, Barney Kessell), or ambient Rock (Explosions in the Sky, Hammock, Caspian) When I am working out or being more active, I listen to bands and artists like Death Cab For Cutie, John Mayer, The Format, Prince, Rancid, The Rolling Stones, The Killers, Greenday and all sorts of rock. I think the best thing you can do is to ensure that you listen to everything from the best of the Classical Cannon to the simplest poppy stuff that gets you dancing.

Whether you study the guitar with me or with someone else, just know that every student is different. Every teacher is different as well. Every student and every teacher will have a different set of abilities, different goals, different musical approaches and different influences. I don't know what other teachers can do for you, but I am here to help you enhance what you love about your own playing while helping you to get rid of the habits that keep you from taking yourself farther. I don't want to snuff out the voice that you are developing or already have. I just want to help you bring that to the next level.

 

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