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I offer lessons in:

  • Accompanying
  • Arranging
  • Ear Training
  • Fiddle
  • Jazz Guitar
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Improvisation
  • Mandolin
  • Basic Music Theory
  • Songwriting
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    John GeddesOffering private lessons in
    Bellingham, Washington
    About MeContact Me
    I have been playing guitar for almost 50 years. I began my teaching about 44 years ago. My primary focus for years was fingerstyle guitar, but I have also a sound proficiency with the flatpick. I have spent many years in private instruction starting with classical guitar, moving through several folk styles and pop, with stops along the way at ragtime, Piedmont, country blues, delta blues, jazz standards and doo wop. I have won fingerstyle contests, played live on the radio, perform occasionally, and really love every aspect of making music.
    I teach primarily by ear, but it is almost essential for a student to bring a recording device. A notebook with writing supplies is also of great benefit. I mostly travel to students' homes, but arrangements can be made to suit your situation. Fees are $20 for a half hour and $30 for an hour. I like to help guide my students to find their passion in playing music. Making music fun and making fun music are really the springboard to finding that passion. Scheduling can be discussed when we perform our mutual interview, so we both get started on the same page.
    Music can be transformative, and for some that have suffered stressful situations, it can be therapudic on many levels. My technical focus for left and right hands will begin by eliminating tension, allowing for a more broad and expansive tone to be expressed. I believe I have things to help all students, from beginning to advanced. Performance coaching is also a consideration at some point. What I need for a student to bring most is a positive attitude and a fair amount of curiosity. Most find themselves accomplishing far beyond their initial expectations, which is as fun for me as it is for my students. Academics are in no way minimized, but they really don't help facilitate playing with abandon. That is patt of the joy to be found in music. It doesn't have to be complex or difficult. Simple music played well can be very moving.