Jimmy McElravy
Jimmy McElravy

Jimmy McElravy

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Introduction: I am a Berklee graduate with years of teaching experience. I was a tutor at Berklee. After College I taught music at a primary school from kindergarten to 8th grade and am currently teaching guitar at music schools in Los Angeles. I am currently gigging with a band as well as my own solo acoustic act. I enjoy helping people develop a deeper relationship to music. This relationship is nurtured through practice and passion. Both are necessary to becoming the musician you would like to be. Inspiring that in my students is the best part of teaching.
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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, responsiveness, and work quality.

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Shireen Barnes B.
Apr 15, 2022
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My son is 4 and Jimmy is so patient with him and encouraging! My son really enjoys guitar lessons! Would highly recommend Jimmy!

Details: Younger than 6 years old • No formal training • No, cannot read music • What the teacher recommends • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student has an instrument • 30 minutes • My home, venue, etc. • At the pro’s location

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Larry G.
Oct 26, 2021
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I am pleased with the guitar lessons Jimmy is passing onto my granddaughter. Very professional and sensitve to the student's needs. My granddaughter is very happy and excited and looks forward to her lessons. I highly recommend Jimmy.

Details: 10 - 13 years old • No formal training • No, cannot read music • Acoustic • Rock • Yes, the student has an instrument • 30 minutes • My home, venue, etc.

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Thank you so much for the kind words. :)
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Lindsay F.
Feb 16, 2022
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Jimmy does a great job teaching my 11 yr old son guitar. He is very professional and patient with him and even though it is remote learning my son has no problem following his instructions. He is a great teacher, I highly recommend Jimmy!

Details: 10 - 13 years old • No formal training • No, cannot read music • What the teacher recommends • Rock • Yes, the student has an instrument • 30 minutes • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

Guitar Lessons
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David Y.
Dec 8, 2021
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Jimmy is a great guy and really cares about my progress. He put together a written plan for me and I’ll be able to track my progress. I love the lessons and I learn a lot each time we meet. I highly recommend Jimmy for students who want to progress and grow as musicians.

Details: 45 - 64 years old • 2 - 4 yrs of formal training • Yes, can read guitar tabs • Acoustic • Rock • Blues • Yes, the student has an instrument • 60 minutes • My home, venue, etc.

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Kristina C.
Nov 10, 2021
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I’ve only had few classes with Jimmy so far, but I can feel a great progress! He’s a very patient teacher, which helps me to stay positive and motivated! During his classes Jimmy shares a lot of information about guitar, different techniques and explains how to achieve sound that you’re looking for. I would highly recommend Jimmy to anyone who wants to master this instrument!

Details: 26 - 44 years old • No formal training • No, cannot read music • Acoustic • Rock • Blues • Country • Folk • Jazz • Classical • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student has an instrument • 45 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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FAQs

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

    I usually will ask my students what their goals are in order to best serve the student. If the student would like to learn the fundamentals of solid guitar technique, we would learn modes, chords, arpeggios, along with repertoire. If the student wants to be able to strum chords and sing, then we would begin with chord shapes and strumming patterns etc. Every student is different and I like to bring out the specific strengths in my students.

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

    I have extensive experience in both playing music and teaching. I studied guitar at Berklee College of Music from 2012-2015. I was a tutor at Berklee as well so my knowledge of theory and ear training is very expansive. My first job after college was teaching music at a private elementary school. Since moving to Nashville I have gigged around town and have played writers rounds.

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    I began teaching music for extra money while I was an undergrad. Teaching comes very naturally for me and I really enjoy it.

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