Personal Approach to Lessons and Teaching Philosophy


Embarking on a guitar journey is not just about mastering frets and chords; it’s about finding joy in every note played. Drawing from over 40 years of professional guitar experience, my teaching philosophy is deeply rooted in making your musical adventure both enriching and enjoyable.

Having walked the path of a student myself, I understand the diverse experiences that shape our learning. With over 35 years of instructing, I’ve had the privilege of guiding countless individuals on their musical quests. Each student brings a unique learning style to the table, and I tailor my approach accordingly, nurturing your individual growth.

As your mentor, my aim is to equip you with the tools necessary to unlock your full potential as a guitarist. Yet, the journey doesn’t end with my guidance—it’s your dedication to practice that propels you forward. Many ask, “How long until I become proficient?” The truth is, your progress hinges on your commitment and effort. There’s no shortcut to mastery; it’s the result of consistent dedication.

Beyond honing technical skills, I prioritize infusing your learning experience with excitement and fascination. While we delve into music theory, explore chords, and refine technique, I ensure that the journey remains engaging and enjoyable. Learning may pose challenges, but together, we navigate them with enthusiasm, keeping the spark of curiosity alive.

“I started taking lessons from Jeff when I was a shy nine year old girl and he was always patient with me even if I got frustrated, and always taught me anything that I wanted to learn. He is a superb guitar player and teacher, as well as a superb and laid back person. I would never hesitate to recommend him to anyone!”

Lauren Cook - Greensboro, NC

“I took guitar lessons from Jeff for a while back in the 90’s. I’ve recently started taking lessons from him again. He’s a fantastic musician and teacher. Couple that with being a very cool, laid back person and you have Jeff. It doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner or an advanced player who needs work on your theory, he can help you to improve.”

Jim Lesaux - Greensboro, NC