The Riff Smith
The Riff Smith

The Riff Smith

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Introduction: Hi There! I've been a professional guitar player, songwriter and artist for the past 20+ years. I am proficient in many instruments but specialize in Acoustic, Electric and Bass guitar. I spent several years as a session player/songwriter and artist in Nashville, TN. Also, in the last 20+ years I have been a worship pastor and have worked with musicians and personalities of all types. I have a passion to share my experience with anyone curious enough and serious enough to learn and be able to have fun and enjoy the process. It's never too late to pickup an instrument and start playing! I work with students of all ages. Life is good. Music makes it better!
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Serves Meridian, ID

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Reviews

Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and value.

Exceptional 5.0

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Aleck D.

Jesse's instruction covers practical guitar playing. Very professional and fun to hang out with. He teaches how to play in a real world situation not just learning from a book. If there is a specific song or riff you want to learn, he will do his homework and teach it to you. I went from knowing nothing about guitar to understanding what it takes to really play!
The Riff Smith's reply
Thanks for the review, Aleck! You're an awesome dude to work with. Great attitude and you put a lot into your craft. We've had a ton of fun together and it's been a pleasure to see you grow as a musician. Keep rock'n my friend!
Jan 22, 2021
Scott R.

I’ve known and worked with Jesse Shuster for years, and he is an excellent musician and a really solid teacher. Highly recommend!
The Riff Smith's reply
Hey Scott! Thank you for the kind words, my friend. I always love working with you! And, your new record is amazing by the way! Jesse
Feb 4, 2021
Camille F.

Jesse has tons of musical experience & when coupled with his vast knowledge of instruments & the music industry, the value you get for the price is beyond worth it. He’s easy to work with & is the best teacher. I can honestly say I am a much better musician because of the way he has invested in me.
The Riff Smith's reply
Thanks for the review, Camille! I am humbled by your encouraging comment. We still have a lot of work to do together. Can't wait to start back at it with your music!
Jan 31, 2021
Jonathan F.

I've worked with Jesse over many years. He is a great guitarist and songwriter, and he brings a depth of music industry knowledge that will help any musician looking to develop their skills and knowledge.
The Riff Smith's reply
Thanks for the review, Jonathan! You’re the best man. Can’t wait to work together again soon!
Jan 26, 2021
Casey M.

Working with Jesse is an absolute joy. He's a great teacher, talented player, gifted songwriter, and a wonderful human being. I can't recommend him highly enough!
The Riff Smith's reply
Thanks Casey! As always, it's an absolute pleasure working with you, my friend! You're a super talented dude!
Jan 22, 2021
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Jesse Shuster

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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I offer a FREE 20 minute Consultation so that we can get to know each other a bit to see if my services will be a good fit for you. It's just a light conversation where we both can ask each other questions and potentially come up with a lesson plan that is specifically tailored for you. Guitar Lessons- 30 Minute Lessons- $35 45 Minute Lessons- $45 60 Minute Lessons- $55 Monthly Discount Packages- STANDARD (30 Minute Lessons 1x a week)- $130/month DELUXE (45 Minute Lessons 1x a week)- $160/month PREMIUM (60 Minute Lessons 1x a week)- $200/month A weekly lesson plan is highly encouraged for most students. The only way to get better is consistency and weekly accountability.

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

    I start by getting to know you and if we are a good fit together. I like to have fun with students when I teach. I hope you (the student) like to have fun when you learn. Then, finding out what your current and long term goals are as a player, who your musical influences are and style of music you'd like to learn. Then I'll see where you are at currently in your playing ability and begin to develop a lesson plan that is suitable.

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

    I've been a professional guitar player for the past 20+ years. I am proficient in many instruments but specialize in Acoustic, Electric and Bass guitar. I spent several years as a session player/songwriter and artist in Nashville, TN. Also, in the last 20+ years I have been a worship pastor and have worked with musicians and personalities of all types. I have a passion to share my experience with anyone curious enough, serious enough to learn and be able to have fun and enjoy the process. It's never too late to pickup an instrument and start playing! I work with students of all ages.

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