About this pro
6 years in business
1 hire on Thumbtack
I started working with James at the beginning of my last semester of school, it was required that I worked with an instructor outside of school and I was very lucky to find him! He's an incredible teacher and I can definitely feel my guitar skills improving, he is great at pushing you to practice and giving material to work on outside of the lessons as well. James is also a terrific guy and a real pleasure to talk to during our lessons!Mar 11, 2015Verified
Ive been taking guitar lessons from James Canepa for almost 6 months now and couldnt be happier! I can honestly say that I find myself progressing with every lesson I take. James is very personable and his style of teaching is engaging. If you dont have a musical background like myself than hell teach you what is needed in order to put what youre learning into a context that you can understand. Given his professional musical background, you can be rest assured hell answer all of those questions that are bound to come up with regards to music theory. Not only that but youll know youre not getting taught by an amateur. I have very good reason to believe this isnt just your average guitar instructor and look forward to taking guitar lessons from him for a long time to come.Feb 11, 2015Verified
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I always loved music. Since I was very young, music was always playing in my ears. It delighted and occupied my thoughts constantly. As I began to take guitar lessons with a very inspiring teacher named Sal Mancini, I knew that I had to pursue music in every capacity I could. Teaching, I realized, is a tremendously fulfilling outlet. Though I didn't originally intend to teach, I can't imagine a life in music any other way!
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?My experience in teaching, performing widely in various settings, and compositional knowledge brings into light the qualities and characteristics of the various styles, whether popular, jazz or classical. This knowledge can greatly help to understand music on a deeper level. "What sets one song apart from another?" "What is the relevance of this key change?" "How do the words affect the rest of the song?" investigating these types of questions can provide valuable insight that can inspire and clarify the goals of music making.