Ed Johnson

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  • Merlin L.

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    Guitar lesson

    Sep 10, 2016Verified
  • Min W.

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    Great experience on the first lesson! Very professional and help me get rid of some bad guitar-playing habits. Feel like I will be learning a lot from him.

    Jul 13, 2016Verified

About this pro

Ed is a working music professional who has been teaching private lessons in both guitar and voice at Gryphon Stringed Instruments for over 35 years, making it the longest anyone has been on Gryphon's private lesson teaching staff. With his many years of experience, he provides knowledge of all aspects of guitar and vocal techniques that few can match, plus an affinity for teaching students at any level of ability. Ed offers guitar lessons. Ed teaches a broad spectrum of musical styles, and plays nylon-string, steel-string acoustic, and electric guitars. Here's a listing of what he offers in guitar instruction: * Jazz Guitar: This includes everything from playing simple swing chords for song accompaniment to be-bop, modern mainstream jazz, and Brazilian jazz. Ed has transcribed and arranged literally hundreds of songs in these styles and has developed excellent materials that deal with soloing over chord changes and jazz theory. * Acoustic Guitar Stylings (beginning through advanced): This includes basic folk guitar, country blues, bluegrass, contemporary pop, rock and country, and classic rock repertoire for acoustic guitar. Ed has a wealth of written materials in each of these genres. * Classical Guitar (beginning through advanced): He has a repertoire ranging from Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical period composers to the great works of Spanish and Latin-American composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. * Electric Blues and Rock Guitar: He specializes in the styles of blues masters such as B.B. King and rock and blues stylists such as The Beatles, Clapton, Hendrix, and Santana. Ed offers lessons for beginners. For students who are brand new to guitar, Ed likes to take an approach from two angles: * getting the student started with basic chord fingerings and very easy songs * introducing the student to reading music, starting by learning the notes in the first position (first four frets) Ed offers voice instruction. He is as highly regarded for his vocal talents as he is for his guitar prowess. He has developed a proven method for teaching voice that really helps to remove the mystery of vocal technique and help people overcome the barriers that are often associated with singing. The musical styles and repertoire that Ed offers to voice students include jazz, rhythm and blues, folk, and rock. He also teaches harmony singing (a favorite of his). Ed offers group classes on Monday nights during the fall, winter, and spring. These are eight-week courses focusing on specific styles such as Brazilian guitar, acoustic rock, acoustic blues, jazz repertoire, etc. He also offers occasional one-day workshops on Saturdays. Check back frequently for new listings of Saturday workshops.

Times hired on Thumbtack

17

Location

Palo Alto, CA 94306

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    Q & A

    • What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
      Customers looking for guitar and voice instruction should note the number of years experience I have, as well as a high rate of satisfaction.

    Business hours

    Pacific Time Zone
    SundayClosed
    Monday10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Tuesday10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Wednesday10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Thursday10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    FridayClosed
    Saturday10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Coverage Area for Ed Johnson is about 30+ miles of Palo Alto, CA.