Guitar and Bass Teacher
San Jose, CA
|Guitar and Bass
I can create a solo
of your favorite song
After too many years of having my guitar sit in the corner, I decided it
was time to start playing again. But I also wanted to learn and become
better. John’s lessons have been invaluable. He’s been a great coach to
help me improve my playing, but for me the real breakthrough is all the
advice and guidance he’s provided to improve my practice habits. These
lessons have been a great experience, and I’d highly recommend John to
anyone else with a guitar that’s collecting too much dust!
John Epp is a fantastic teacher and a phenomenal teacher. I came to see
John for lessons after being almost entirely self taught and without a
lesson in over 6 years. Above and beyond endowing me with a greater
sense of musical theory and expression, he helped me break bad habits I
had developed and greatly needed to break in order to improve as a
player. I would recommend him for any age or experience level...the
dude knows his stuff.
In the many years that I've taken lessons and continue taking them, John
is ALWAYS been kind, caring, sense of humor, and VERY PATIENT as a
teacher. The guitar is a monstrous instrument to master! His teaching
style is one of being "relaxed "no stress" and always encouraging. He will
FIRST tell you what he liked about your playing and then he will in a
positive way tell you what it is you need to work on. Nita M.
|My You Tube channel is: UHF44epp
My latest solo guitar arrangements requested by my students:
>Deacon Blues >James Bond Theme from Dr. No >Linus And
Lucy - Peanuts Theme >How High The Moon >Cheek to Cheek
>M*A*S*H Theme >The Joke >Roundabout >Chandelier >We
Are The Champions >Downtown
>Do You Know The Way To San Jose
>All I Have To Do Is Dream >It's Not Unusual >Cold Duck Time
|I also teach workshops!
Workshops are closed for now
Finger Picking Workshop 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
If you want to improve your finger picking, this is the workshop for
you. Learn how to create your own finger picking patterns. Feel free
to bring in projects you are working on. Blackbird, Dear Prudence, In
My Life (Beatles), Landslide (Fleetwood Mac), Home (Phillip Phillips),
Photograph (Ed Sheeran) and more. Right hand finger exercises and
drills for coordination, strengthening and stamina will be shared.
Improvisation Workshop 6 PM – 7 PM
Developing your solo chops should be more about feel, taste and style
rather than just playing faster. Speed is great! It is even necessary!
Nothing is better than staying in control of your playing and being
creative on the fly. Let's work on this!
We will be practicing with two backing formats: Twelve bar blues and
single note. Distinguishing differences in blues, rock, and jazz style
solos will sharpen your ear and free up your creative productivity.
Jazz Workshop 7:15 PM – 8:30
Popular jazz standards will be rehearsed. Easy parts to play and lots
of help during this workshop. If you want to just watch and listen and
ask questions, that’s fine. Bring your guitar anyway so you can try the
stuff out while you are there. Jazz has a huge array of styles and is
associated with music that is harmonically more complex than basic
folk, rock, or pop music. Learning about new tonalities and putting
them to work to enhance your music is important.
Learning new chords will help train your ear and inspire new ideas for
your own music.
When shelter in place is lifted, let's jam on the
Jazz Crusaders tune "Tough Talk" in the key of F.
If you want the music and TAB's, email me.
Can't wait to see you! I miss you all.
|Normally, I teach private, one-on-one guitar and bass lessons
at Guitar Showcase in San Jose, California, Monday - Saturday
See my video interview at
go to Lessons, then Teacher Profiles
|Calendar for December
I will be teaching at my office
on the following days:
3 - 8
10 - 15
17 - 21
|Please stay safe during this difficult time. If you have to leave your
home, keep your distance to protect others and yourselves.
I am teaching guitar and bass on Skype and Zoom, using You Tube
videos for supplement material.
If you want lessons, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Be safe and be well