"John has helped me develop from a 3 chord strummer in the study to playing in bands in front of 100s of people. John has a brilliant ear for picking the essence of a lead break, a fill, the second guitar part and a great teaching style. His talent is only exceeded by his tolerance of the occasional strange tune from left field that he helps me with." - Leo
"John provides a framework for students to embark on their journey in music - his helpful and encouraging nature helps keep lessons positive as well as keeping progress on track." - Chris
"Our 14 year old daughter has had both bass and acoustic lessons with John for 5 years now, and the improvement has been amazing. He's helped her develop a life-long passion for music, both playing and recording. John has an all-round knowledge not only of the guitar and music theory, but also the technology used these days for recording and mixing. His easy going style helps his students feel comfortable, no matter what their level of playing." - Tara
"Eamon prefers bass lessons with John to actually playing in the school band. There's a perfect balance of what he needs to know, and what he likes to play." - Kim
"John has been providing lessons to my son for the last few years. He always treats my son with respect and teaches with great encouragement. John has such enthusiasm for guitar and music in general that I would have no hesitation in recommending him to others." - Jenny
"John is an excellent guitar tutor. He has a relaxed and easy going style but still manages to push you to improve. I would recommend him for adults and kids alike." - Gordon
Thornleigh Guitar Academy established 2003
Free resources for guitar teachers
I have a wide range of resources for guitar teachers. Including TAB & Manuscript paper, scales and chords as well as some theory sheets. PDF format.
All my downloads are free including Scales, Chords a Chord and Note wall chart, Notes on the guitar & bass neck up to the 12th fret. Plus lots more.
Guitar Pro TAB library
I have over 3,000 songs in my Guitar Pro library when you enrol as a new student you will get free access to the library via a Dropbox folder.
I have a current NSW Working With Children number. Click here for Parent information
Repairs & Servicing
Repairs & servicing for guitar & bass all servicing includes quality strings. Guitars $75.00 Basses $85.00
ROCK | JAZZ | COUNTRY | BLUES | CLASSICAL | CELTIC | FINGERSTYLE
Terms & Conditions
* Lessons are 30 minutes.
* All tuition is one-to-one, no group classes.
* All lessons are payable in advance in Multi-Lesson blocks. Payment is due on the first lesson.
* A make up lesson is offered for any canceled lesson (at least 24 hours notice to be given).
* Make up lessons can be taken in any school holidays.
* Make up lessons cannot be accumulated only 2 permitted per school Term.
* A hold deposit is due at the end of each Term to hold your lesson time. If you fail to pay this deposit you may forfeit your time slot.
* Payment options: Cash, EFTPOS with Visa, MasterCard or Debit Card or Direct Deposit. I no longer accept Cheques as payment.
* 2 weeks notice must be given when you want to stop lessons please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 99450018
I normally start students at age 6-7 years using a method book series called ‘Guitar For Young Beginners” this teaches them to read the Treble Clef and some basic chords for strumming.
I would suggest a nylon or ‘classical’ guitar as the nylon strings are easier on your fingers then after your fingertips get callouses you can progress to a steel string.
Any style you like! Either, Rock, Blues, Classical, Fingerstyle ‘Folk’, Country or a Method book.
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Don't have a TAB for a song? Send an MP3 You can send me sheet music PDF only