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Phil Johnson Music Lessons
Phil Johnson Music Lessons

Phil Johnson Music Lessons

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Introduction: Guitar, piano, and flute lessons with a real world performer! First lesson is free! Lessons via Skype are also available. It's time for music lessons! Music is a great way to help kids learn and keep them motivated. Studies show, and I've certainly seen in my own experience, that learning music helps kids with study skills, math, and hand-eye coordination, and it's fun! Adults are welcome too! Gift certificates are also available! Below are the reasons my lessons are different: * I teach more than just the intro to a bunch of songs and random lessons that don't connect. * I won't make you drill scales and arpeggios over and over for no reason. * After we get through some basics, we'll play the kind of music you like. * I'll also stretch you into areas of music you may not have thought of before. Here's just some of what you'll learn: * Correct technique and exercises to keep you from being injured * Every real-world trick I know to easily read standard notation and tablature * All the chords you'll ever need * Improvisation techniques, so you can enjoy the purest form of music * All the cool little tricks that make you sound like a pro * Songs you want to learn in your favorite genres * Groove and strumming exercises to keep you out of a rhythm rut * The real building blocks of music, so you have a deeper understanding and a better performance Basically, I'll give you my college music education, and I'll show it to you in a way that will allow you to teach yourself in the future. You won't be left in the dark about how or why we're doing anything, and you'll find each new concept immediately useful. This is something about me. My name is Phil Johnson, and I am a professional music artist and songwriter. I have a BA in music from San Jose State University and over 16 years of both teaching and performing experience. Over 500 students have come to me for lessons over the years, and I've been able to help each one. Professionally, I've released 5 CDs and 3 DVDs. These are real-world lessons to get you on the fast track to playing music. Beginners are always welcome. I accept ages 8 and up, that includes adults! I work in a cozy home studio on the border of San Jose and Milpitas (near Landess Ave. and Piedmont Rd.). I have just a few slots open right now, and they will fill up fast, as always. Your first lesson is free, so you have nothing to lose. Lastly, I rarely have anyone quit after the first lesson, so I know you'll enjoy it. Ask me how you can earn more free lessons!
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Hired 6 times

Serves San Jose, CA

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28 years in business

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I'm an intermediate level guitarist and I've been taking Guitar lessons from Phil a little over 7 months now. Without a doubt, he's the best teacher that I've ever worked with so far. He's a true "guru" and a guide , so to speak. My goals with him were to analyze song structures/theory and get into songwriting and I can definitely agree that my theory/technique and analysis skills have grown tenfold in a very short amount of time. He's very methodical and organized in his approach when it comes to teaching a lesson or tracking your progress. The best part about him is he tailors his lessons specifically for your skill level no matter what part of the journey you're in. He's very patient, humble and super fun to be with. He's an amazing professional with great depth of knowledge spanning across multiple genres be it Jazz/Blues/Rock/Metal. I would 100% recommend him to any aspiring guitarist.
Phil Johnson Music Lessons's reply
Thank you, Siva! Very kind of you to say and it's been fun working with you.
Oct 5, 2019
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Thumbtack Customer

I am an adult taking guitar lessons from Phil for a little over a year now. I had never played guitar before. Every class has been a wonderful learning experience. I like the way the classes have been progressing from each lesson to lesson. It is not intimidating and makes me feel like I am making progress with each lesson. Phil is patient and encouraging and works with me if I am having difficulty with something. He has some really helpful tips to make learning something complex simpler. Another reason why I like his classes is that I have learnt about many different musicians and genres. Sometimes during lessons, he also mentions some history about the band, song or genre which is always a delight.
Phil Johnson Music Lessons's reply
Thanks Nikhila! You always ask great questions about that stuff too. :)
May 21, 2015
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Thumbtack Customer

In this age of free online guitar classes, infinite youtube videos on how to play guitar, and eye catching books and sites screaming "learn guitar in one day", one wonders if we still need "real" guitar instructors anymore! Phil Johnshon has been a clear proof to me that we truly need "real" instructors - perhaps even more so now than ever before, someone who takes genuine interest in one's progress, growth and evolution as a guitar player. I have found Phil very methodical and very professional as a guitar instructor. Many a times when I got stuck with a measure or bar, he would find novel ways to break that into simpler strokes and strums, so that I am sure to get past a difficult lesson. He very easily spots my mistakes and corrects them early on before these can become a habit that can become harder to overcome later on. Phil goes beyond just teaching how to play notes and strum chords for a song: he provides deeper insight into the musical background of a piece of music, how it relates to other similar pieces of the genre and other guitar players, how the piece is structured, so that you come out better equipped to play similar other music or to see patterns in music that you are otherwise unaware of. As with any new endeavor, hobby or passion - it is easy to get started, and initial lessons can be quick, easy and encouraging, but then suddenly you may find yourself not able to make much progress as the lessons get harder and you may feel that you have reached your potential and cannot go any further. Early on this happened to me - when I started learning my first classic-rock piece of music ("Stairway to Heaven") after several introductory and warm-up lessons, I thought I had hit a wall and that I would never be able to play my favorite rock music and was considering quitting. But Phil, as a true Coach, with his patience, led me to genuinely believe that I had the potential and that I could play all these classic rock pieces - he helped me through the process, building up my confidence. As a result, my passion for playing guitar has been kept alive, I have continued to become better at my guitar playing, and I am at a stage where I truly enjoy playing my guitar, thanks to Phil.
Phil Johnson Music Lessons's reply
Thanks Prasad! That's a very nice review. And definitely the way I try to approach lessons. :)
May 20, 2015
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Thumbtack Customer

My three children have been taking guitar, piano and flute lessons with Phil for six years. Phil is by far the best music teacher we've had, and the kids' progress has been outstanding. Not only that, but Phil has nurtured their enthusiasm and encouraged my older children to study theory at home to improve their understanding and playing. Phil works as well with my quiet, reserved child as he does with my energetic, loud kid, who he manages to keeps focused and settled, harnessing the energy appropriately.I can't recommend Phil highly enough, we expect to continue lessons for many years to come!
Phil Johnson Music Lessons's reply
Thank you Josef... Your kids are a joy to work with. :)
May 20, 2015
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Piano Lessons

He'said very patient and has a unique way of teaching that is easy for a person to learn.
May 31, 2017
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FAQs

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    We'll do your first lesson for free so you can check things out. About 95% of people stay on. I'll assess your current skills and we'll put together a plan for you.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    BA in Music from San Jose State University. Nationally touring performing artist with multiple albums and singles released.

  • What types of customers have you worked with?

    I teach guitar, piano, flute, and electric bass and usually have a base of 20-30 students per week. My students range from young children just starting on piano to older adults just getting into music to intermediate and advanced players looking to improve their skills. Ages accepted: Piano 6+ Flute 8+ Guitar/Bass 10+ Songwriting/Music Theory 12+

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