If you are serious about learning the guitar, I can help you achieve the goals you want to accomplish. Whether you want to learn finger style acoustic, or electrifying electric guitar. Everyone has their own personal journey on the instrument and I teach everyone specifically to their wants and needs. Fretboard knowledge, Songwriting, Creativity, Music Theory, Improvisation, Technique, High school and College prep, NYSSMA or just having fun playing your favorite song. I can show you the quickest way to achieve your goals. Finding the right instructor who understands and works with you to achieve the results you want on the guitar is important and a very personal matter. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I attended Musicians Institute (Hollywood Ca) in the guitar performance program. I have been teaching guitar professionally for the past 10 years. I am a professional musician whose debut album of acoustic guitar instrumentals is played on over 200 radio stations across the world including SiriusXm. The album was recorded at Grammy award winning artist Will Ackerman's home studio Imaginary Roads with grammy award wing engineer Corin Nelson. Last year I worked on a Post Rock instrumental project which was mixed by Efrim Menuck (founding member of Godspeed You! Black Emperor). I have experience in helping students achieve all 6 levels of NYSSMA certification in Classical Guitar as wells as level 4 of NYSSMA in Jazz guitar. 

With over ten years of experience teaching acoustic and electric guitar to students. Whether helping retirees with their dream to play guitar, Working with younger students completing their NYSSMA certifications, getting into a School or a local band. Taking the time for his students to flourish and achieve their individual goals on the guitar. Providing a solid foundation on the fundamentals of music, so students will never feel lost on the instrument. • Clear, concise communication skills in conjunction with a solid foundation in Harmony and Theory, Sight Reading, songwriting and ear Training. • Works with students on musical pieces that inspires them (Eric Johnson, Andy Mckee, Van Halen, James Taylor, Beatles to Nirvana). • Electric Guitar Techniques: Improvisation, Fretboard Knowledge, sweep Picking, Tapping • Acoustic Guitar Techniques: Fingerstyle, Open tunings, Percussive Playing, Tremolo Picking, Slide, solo guitar arrangements

Lessons are done in the privacy of your home in the New York metro and Long Island area. Outside of the New York area lessons can also be done on Skype or FaceTime.


Here are some reviews from some former students from the Thumbtack website.


  • Peter G.

    I've been taking guitar lessons with James for five years now and it's only been great. Each year I've progressed more and more and learned all aspects of the instrument, from theory to blues and jazz. James is a funny, friendly, and amazing guitarist who graduated at the top of his class. He is the best of the best.

    Feb 28, 2014

  • Adam B.

    I've been working with James for nearly 10 years and have mastered my own style of playing due to his teaching. I've learned everything on guitar from him through his patient and understanding style of teaching. He is a really great person and guitar teacher!

    Feb 28, 2014