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Jon Rittmann Guitar Studio

Tucson, AZ

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About Jon Rittmann Guitar Studio

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The Jon Rittmann Guitar Studio offers the best in private lessons with 35 years teaching experience.

NO CONTRACTS REQUIRED, you can pay per lesson or by the month.

"Over the years I have taught many of the guitar teachers that currently teach in the Tucson area as well as in California, New York City, Texas and Nashville."

Jon started playing gigs at the age of 12 and has been playing live ever since - playing nightclubs, concerts, recording studios, radio spots, documentary movie soundtracks, recording and composing original music.

Jon is the teacher of world famous rockstar Barry Sparks, who played with many famous bands including The Scorpions, Yngwie Malmsteen, DOKKEN and Ted Nugent.

I offer lessons for:

- Heavy metal
- Jazz
- Jazz fusion and bebop
- Jazz improve
- Song writing
- Jazz chord melody (and arranging)
- Modes and how to use them
- Chart reading
- Funk and blues
- Advanced chord method (learn over 2880+ chords)
- Tons of technique exercises to develop speed
- Hard rock
- Punk
- Bass lessons
- Acoustic guitar
- Electric guitar

"I will transcribe any song from jazz to metal, or you may choose from over 4000+ songs that I already transcribed.

This is the fastest and the most fun method of learning rock guitar, bass, speed picking, heavy metal, blues, jazz and funk.

I cover anything or everything from proper right/left hand technique, fretboard orientation, proper warm-up, tuning, ear training, chart reading, style versatility, groove, timing and Theory to Speed Learning Techniques, career orientation, gear advice and much more.

I specialize in taking intermediate and professional rock, pop, jazz, metal and blues players to a much higher level by making them understand guitar playing, and music in a deeper and more logical way.

I teach techniques, fretboard orientation, effective practicing, speed learning, multiple chord technique and theory in a way that will rapidly improve your playing and confidence on stage and in the studio, as well as help you find your own style.

I have been teaching for 35 years, and have had over 2000 students during that time.

I am the teacher of Barry Sparks, who was the bass player for Scorpions, Ted Nugent, DOKKEN, UFO, Yngwie Malmsteens Rising Force band. Barry is currently playing with The B'z in Japan.

Also taught world famous television star Ty Miller of the "Young Riders" TV series, and other celebrities. "

A little background:

At the age of 22, Jon was praised and recognized by world famous jazz artists Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and The Jeff Lorber Fusion Group.

Chick Corea said, "You're great! Not only good technically, but you communicate - you let your audience into your music - that's valuable for a musician, but not every musician does it!".- Chick Corea

Jeff Lorber said, "I enjoyed your music very much, and I think you are a very talented musician".- Jeff Lorber

Jon was guitarist for drummer Tom McCormick of The Tubes and blues guitarist for famous Chicago Blues Legend Little Johnny Taylor, and has played numerous concerts opening for artists such as Al Green and Lenny Williams (Tower of Power) at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix Arizona and many others.

Location

4525 E Skyline Dr , Suite 101
Tucson, AZ 85718

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  • 5/5 stars September 29, 2012

    Great teacher and very knowledgable of music. Can tab out any song you need and will help you build great chops! Also, the studio was very comfortable which is a plus.

  • 5/5 stars September 26, 2012

    More than 40 years ago, I was a bad guitar player in a bad rock n' roll band. Then I stopped playeing completely until about 6 years ago when I started to take guitar less ons from Jon Rittmann. He gave me great finger exercises to get up some speed, had an excellent technique for quickly teaching me all the jazz chords, and began to teach me challenging but manageable arrangements of jazz standards, using tablature. I've also learned a considerable amount of music theory from him and my appreciation of music has grown by leaps and bounds. He has inspired me to practice, but with a light touch that lets me leave town on business for weeks at a time. His teacing studio is well equipped. As I've approached retirement, playing has become one of my greates sources of pleasure. He is not only my teacher, but my friend as will.

  • 5/5 stars September 25, 2012

    I took lessons from Jon for about 6 months. I had already been playing guitar for several years but had gaps in my musical knowledge (because I learned mostly from tabs). Jon created lessons specifically for my music theory needs and general interests. He almost always coupled the lesson with a popular song that demonstrated the learning objective. He was an excellent teacher. I recommend him to everyone.

  • 5/5 stars September 20, 2012

    Jon is a great music teacher and a great player. I have been taking bass and guitar lessons from Jon for over a year now, and I continue to be totally impressed by his playing and his ability to take his enthusiasm for music and transmit it to others. He is a good-natured guy with a relaxed, easygoing approach to teaching. His ability to break down a song that you want to learn, even if he is not that familiar with the song, learn it and play it note for note just like the recording, transcribe it into tab form, and teach you that song right there and then in a matter of 20-30 minutes is an amazing thing to witness. Just ask him to play the solo from Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb, and you will be blown away--guaranteed. He will nail the solo, and then show you how to play it!

    Unfortunately, I have had to take a couple of months off from taking lessons from Jon because of my work, but I am really looking forward to resuming my lessons with him. I really am missing the weekly lessons, which have come to be an important part of my weekly routine, and I look forward to getting back to it! It's a very fun experience to learn to play so many great songs in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

  • 5/5 stars September 17, 2012

    Great guitar and bass teacher.

  • 5/5 stars September 15, 2012

    Jon is an excellent teacher. In the past few months I have learned a number of essential jazz standards, my playing has improved considerably. He has challenged me, and offered guidance for me to suceed.



  • 5/5 stars September 15, 2012

    Jon's positive encouragment and affable personality are an added bonus to his awesome background in guitar. I began lessons with Jon, this January, and love the challenges he offers me. I wasn't much more than a beginner (knew some basic chords) and now he's got me practicing scales and songs in a variety of genres: rock, jazz, spanish, and celtic. You can really "feel" the progress you're making as you go along. Jon's vast experience allows him to share all those "little tips" that make a "big difference."

  • 5/5 stars September 15, 2012

    An amazing teacher, who will not yell or get upset even if you don't play the cord correct. You can learn a song and play it up to speed in record time. Makes learning the guitar, or Bass guitar alot of fun.

  • 5/5 stars September 14, 2012

    I took lessons from Jon for 5 months. We worked on various blues scales and blues licks. The Texas blues were particularly fun to learn and very useful. Jon taught me songs that were fun to play and challenged my guitar skills. His lessons were fun and great to take home to work on .

    Jon approaches guitar sessions professionally and got a lot done in the half hour we spent each week.

  • 5/5 stars September 13, 2012

    This man is not only an amazing guitar player, but a great musician, and a really cool laid back guy. While most guitar teachers I've had have been condescending, and had this certain offsetting attitude about them, Jon has none of that. He takes you as you are, and is very humble and down to earth. If you have a favorite guitarist or musician in mind, Jon can teach you close to every single song and technique about that guitarist, with his huge library of hand crafted, accurate, by-ear tabs. Every little nuance, down to the last minuscule bend. He changed my way of thinking not only about guitar, but music as a whole. Go in with an open mind, and a willingness to learn, and I promise you will not be disappointed.

  • 5/5 stars September 13, 2012

    I was a student of Mr. Rittmann for over four years and in that time I learned more about playing guitar than I thought possible. You should definitely take lessons from him, he is a wonderful teacher and a personable guy.

  • 5/5 stars September 13, 2012

    My son took guitar lessons from Jon Rittmann for three years. Jon is an excellent teacher and we highly recommend him!

  • 5/5 stars September 13, 2012

    John is great teacher as well as an exceptional musician. He truly has a gift for teaching and I recommend him without reservation. You won't be disappointed!

  • 5/5 stars September 13, 2012

    I have taken guitar lessons from Jon for nearly a year, and am delighted at the result. He is extremely knowledgeable and a terrifically patient teacher. He stimulates me to try different styles of music and pushes me forward without being pushy. Very energizing to take lessons from him. Also, he is a genuinely nice person, an added benefit.

  • 5/5 stars September 13, 2012

    I first met Jon in 1987 when I began taking lessons at the age of 11. Jon's skill level is unmatched, but that didn't affect his ability to work with true beginners. 20 years later, after moving all over, I came back to Tucson and back to Jon. His 40/30/30 focus split between technique / drilling, theory and "requests" (teaching you a song or riff of your choice - Jon has personally tabbed thousands of songs from every guitar applicable genre). For young students, this guarantees continued interest (nothing beats playing your favorite songs and playing them right). All the while moving forward with technique and theory. Of course, this ratio is tailor-made to the student's goals. I cannot recommend Jon Rittmann more that I already have to many guitarists. He is a true guitar artist with passion for pushing the limit, even at his level... which is 11.

  • 5/5 stars September 13, 2012

    I have been playing guitar off and on for over 30 years. Most recently while living in Chicago for a year I was re-inspired and took several different guitar classes. When I returned to Tucson I wanted to continue with lessons and I found Jon. Quite honestly, his knowledge of theory and technique, and his methods for conveying those, are awesome. Finally I have found someone to give me the tools and knowledge I needed to tie together all those loose ends I had floating around with theory and playing - both rhythm and lead. Jon is an excellent instructor and I would recommend him to anyone of any skill level. He has the utmost patience and a great attitude toward teaching - he makes it fun!

  • 5/5 stars September 13, 2012

    Probably the BEST Guitar Teacher in Tucson! Jon taught my teenage son for several years and did a fantastic job. Patience, expertise, and in depth knowledge of Bass and 6 String Guitars will make your learning experience one that would be hard to find elsewhere. Besides my son, I took Bass lessons also, and found out first hand at what my son experienced. I would be happy to answer any email question about Jon's ability and style of teaching.

Question and answer

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I have a proven history of successful students, some who have become famous Rock Stars! I have 34 years of teaching professional Guitar and Bass lessons.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. Seeing a student reach way above his or her expectations and reach a new level of guitar playing. Helping a student understand what they have always been confused about.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. How long have you been playing: I have been playing over 40 years.
How long have you been teaching: I have been teaching over 34 years.
Have you ever played gigs: Yes, I started playing professionally at the age of 12 and have a long history of playing in nightclubs, recording studios, big time concerts and on the road.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. My track history of the great students I have taught to develop their talent to the professional level.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I am a self-taught guitarist that started at age 9 and was already playing gigs at the age of 12. I always knew that guitar was my life and future.

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. Plan on working very hard every day, develop a constant learning mode that seeks out new education and technique to further your guitar playing skills.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. 40+ yrs of playing and teaching experience. Many students have become famous and are well known for their playing.

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