John Hedger Guitar Studio

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, value, and punctuality.
  • Jim W.

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    I like Johns musical knowledge, and his ability to listen to a song and tab it out from ear. A great skill for an instructor!

    Feb 2, 2018Verified
  • Francesca F.

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    John was great! So knowledgeable and patient with my girls! I definitely recommend him!

    Jul 29, 2017Verified

About this pro

John Hedger Guitar Studio has been teaching Lexington fingers how to play for over 35 years! I offer a very comfortable step by step, organized approach to teaching guitar and offer all of the mainstream genres and styles of guitar playing: Classic Rock, Blues (my specialty), Music Theory and Composition applied to the guitar (My Masters degree is in Music Composition), some Jazz (basic chart reading, soloing over jazz changes, etc.), some Country and Folk stylings, plus my other long term specialty - Classical Guitar! However, no matter what your style of music preference is, for beginners I recommend 45 minute lessons in either the basic rock guitar or classical guitar direction. Students need to have some basic guitar knowledge and technique under their belts before mastering a specific style of music. There are no real shortcuts to playing any musical instrument, but in my 35 years of teaching experience I believe I can get a student to where they desire to go in the quickest amount of time...though it will take some time! I enjoy working with people and especially with guitar students! I really enjoy teaching beginners because I can get them off to a good start with solid technique and minimize the detrimental bad habits most self taught players develop. With more advance students, while I may work on any issues of technical problems they may have, and strive to "fill in the blanks" of things they may have bypassed in their previous learning - I really enjoy turning them on to new ways of looking at guitar study and opening up their artistic potential to reach higher levels of guitar playing!

Years in business

38

Times hired on Thumbtack

23

Number of employees

1

Background check

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    Q & A

    • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
      I offer either 30 minute lessons / 45 minute Lessons (highly recommended to most students)/ Or 60 minute lessons. I charge either by the month or by the 3-month semester. Students who pay by the 11-week semester will save $5 -$7 off the monthly rate, but it is still ok to play by the month if you prefer. PRICING: Fall 2015 Guitar Lessons 30 min lessons: $94 per month/$267 per semester (save $5 per month) 45 min lessons: 137 per month/$393 per semester (save $6 per month) 60 min lessons: $180 per month/$519 per semester (save $7 per month) (the above rates are locked in and will not change until Fall of 2016) I generally recommend 45 minute lessons for most students except for the very young. One request I sometimes see here on Thumbtack is to just take a lesson every two weeks or one lesson per month. I do not recommend this because if a student somehow misunderstands something in the lesson and practices it wrong for 2 or 4 weeks it can impede one's progress. Also, it can be hard to keep continuity in the learning process with infrequent lessons. However, if one must take fewer lessons per month I would definitely suggest hour long lessons at a minimum, but maybe consider up to 2 hour lessons for better progress if skipping weeks.
    • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
      I always ask a new student what kind of musical background they might have, and reassure them that it is fine if they are total beginners! If a student has been self - taught for a couple of years or so I might advise that they may have picked up a few bad habits that I may ask them to work on changing. I also try to determine which direction the student desires to go - or what style of music they are most interested in, so we can work on a goal of taking them in the direction he or she wants to go.
    • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
      First of all I have been performing music, playing professional paying gigs since the age of 12 (48 years). I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in music with High Distinction from the University of Kentucky, and also a Master of Music degree from the University of Kentucky. Since 1992, I have been the primary guitar professor at Transylvania University. In 1993 I joined the music staff at Berea College as guitar professor there. I was also the guitar professor at Centre College from the year 2000 until 2012. I was the guitar instructor for the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts for six years. I continue to perform in the community and front my own blues band, singing and playing electric blues guitar and also still perform in concert recitals on both classical guitar and renaissance lute.
    Coverage Area for John Hedger Guitar Studio is about 30+ miles of Lexington, KY.