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John P. Martinez
John P. Martinez

John P. Martinez

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Introduction: I graduated from the UNM Classical Guitar Program in 1986 & I also graduated from GIT ( Guitar Institute of Technology ) in Hollywood in 1987 and I have been gigging and teaching ever since. Your guitar lessons could include single string technique, note reading, tablature, guitar licks or guitar solos, songs, finger style playing including Classical Guitar or just about what ever you want. Don't worry, it won't hurt and you will become a good to great guitarist. Besides being a competitively priced performer your music booking will include your planning session to establish the music for your wedding ceremony ($350.00) and oftentimes includes a cocktail set, dinner, rehearsal dinner or wedding reception at an hourly rate. Your planning session is usually an in-person meeting at my home or, if long distance, we can address the music over my speaker phone still allowing you to hear me play the music and settle the music for your event. I also play Private Parties, Corporate Functions, Fundraisers, etc. I do have standard pricing but I very seldom lose a gig over money. Please let me know your budget and I am sure we can always work things out. I first picked up a guitar when I was 9 years old and it has been a life long love affair ever since. Performing music for special events is an honor and a privilege and getting paid is nice, too. I am always excited to perform a guitar and/or vocal show for you and I look forward to providing a top quality and professional experience. From "Bach to Rock" John P. Martinez will always provide a high quality performance to include, Core Classical Guitar, Jazz, Blues, Classic Rock, Flamenco Style, Contemporary Country, Romantic Spanish Ballads and MORE!

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33 years in business

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Jul - Dec

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  • Corporate Function

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

Great 4.8

37 reviews


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Dominick A.

Music Entertainment

John was great, he is a top-notch musician and he was really easy to work with, and also very nice. We would absolutely hire him again!
Apr 26, 2021
Rhonda C.

Music Entertainment

John performed at my mother's 70th birthday party, a semi-formal backyard event of her friends and family, personal and professional. John was the highlight of the evening. He arrived on time to set up, which was beautiful over by the pool, close enough for perfect sounds, far enough to not be intrusive. He played a array of ballads, 70's classics, Spanish, just beautiful all of it. The days following the party I continued to get compliments on hiring John and his music was the highlight of the night. I would def recommend and hire for any event where you want a musical backdrop.
John P. Martinez's reply
Hey Rhonda how have you been doing? I thought I had already responded to this review and I want to certainly thank you for the great review. As I mentioned to you in our email correspondence I really had a lot of fun playing for your family and friends. It was a great gig with that wonderful backdrop by the pool and with the mountains in the background it was really awesome and I was glad that you're family and friends were so nice to me. I hope we'll get to do it again. Thanks a bunch! John Martinez
Aug 23, 2019
Terry s.

Music Entertainment

John did a great job! He is a talented artist, with a wide range of musical abilities, and I would be happy to have him play at my future events.
John P. Martinez's reply
Hey Terry I thought I had responded sooner sorry for the delay. thanks for the great gig and thanks for the great review or super preciate it. It was a lot of fun playing for your group I hope I get to come and do it again thanks, John Martinez
Aug 5, 2019
Mike R.

Guitar Lessons

John has a way of putting you at ease, while teaching. He is patient, knowledgeable, and professional, while making your lesson fun. He teaches at your level, but challenges you with different assignments and projects. I highly recommend John as a guitar teacher for any level player.
John P. Martinez's reply
Hey Mike thanks for the great review I really appreciate it. keep up the good work as I always say practice makes perfect and make sure you connect those tones!
Apr 30, 2019
David G.

Guitar Lessons

I like that John has given me one song to concentrate on learning to play. His structured approach is better for me than the approach of my previous instructor. I also like that John actually makes me play during lessons!
John P. Martinez's reply
Hey David thought I had already responded. Thanks for the great review I have enjoyed helping you become a better player. Keep up the hard work! John Martinez
Nov 28, 2018
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Current promo: Take guitar lessons for 3 months and get 1 free lesson. Usually students take a 1/2 hour lesson per week but some want a 1 hour lesson. Not a problem we just need to find a slot that will work. Your 1st lesson needs to be 1 hour then we will find a convenient time for your weekly schedule. Generally lessons are paid for monthly not at each individual lesson and sometimes I will change this if need be. NOTE: I will do a maximum of 4 beginner students in a group lesson for $25 per each group session per Skype which is an online lesson. You will need a beginner book called " How to Play Guitar Phase 1" by Ernie Ball and an in tune guitar. I may supplement the book lessons with additional material by email or text depending on your progress.

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

    Guitar lessons are always private one on one lessons. I can teach you remotely by Skype if need be. Lessons are at my home near Tramway and Comanche on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. If you must have a different day then just let me know and maybe we can work it out but I prefer to have students back to back. If you are a beginner you will need to purchase at Baum's Music an instruction book called "How to Play Guitar Phase 1" by Ernie Ball. More advanced students will work from chord charts and/or tablature, transcriptions, scale grid sheets, etc. and many students video their lessons.

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

    I was always one of the best players in high school but I didn't take my 1st lesson till I was 19. I always just jammed with friends and various bands. Eventually I graduated from University of New Mexico Fine Arts Department with a Classical Performance degree in 1986. I promptly moved to Hollywood to attend Musician"s Institute and graduated from Guitar Institute of Technology in 1987. I have been a guitarist/vocalist performer for most my life and currently I have 2 acts. John Martinez solo guitarist/vocalist, Chile Pi Acoustic Duo.

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