I've played the guitar for 40 years, but have only truly played now for the past 6 years; since the time that John McElderry has been my teacher. He has taken me through the Berkley College of Music in Boston curriculum. He'll lead you so far, then makes you work out the rest of the puzzle of your lesson, ensuring lasting retention of the material. Always fun, always learning something new. I've never been able to come up with a question that John couldn't answer and immediately demonstrate. I will take lessons with John until I can't play anymore. Very enjoyable learning experience. I'm now a competent guitar player, doing things naturally that I had only dreamed about earlier.