Jimmy Canepa

Hartford, CT

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I have played guitar for over 20 years and composed music for over 10 years. I aim to teach all my students a thorough understanding of music and technique in a fun and motivating environment geared towards each students specific desires and playing levels.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Seeing a student thrive, learn, and develop a musical language and personality is very moving and affirming for me as a teacher. Every student has a unique personality and to see it come out musically is incredible.


Hartford, CT 06105

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2 Reviews
  • Patrick M. Mar 11, 2015
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    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!
  • Russell F. Feb 11, 2015
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    I’ve been taking guitar lessons from James Canepa for almost 6 months now and couldn’t 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 don’t have a musical background like myself than he’ll teach you what is needed in order to put what you’re learning into a context that you can understand. Given his professional musical background, you can be rest assured he’ll answer all of those questions that are bound to come up with regards to music theory. Not only that but you’ll know you’re not getting taught by an amateur. I have very good reason to believe this isn’t just your average guitar instructor and look forward to taking guitar lessons from him for a long time to come.


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.