San Jose, CA
I can create a solo
of your favorite
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.
Solo guitar arrangements (requests) for my students:
>Love Is Blue >This Masquerade >The Entertainer
>Goodbye Yellow Brick Road >Rocket Man >Paperback Writer >You
Never Give Me Your Money>Lovely Rita
>Maxwell's Silver Hammer >If >Here Comes The Sun (easy version)
>Your Mother Should Know >How Insensitive >That Lucky Old Sun
>Love Me Tender
>Wild World >Triste >Light My Fire >Fixing A Hole >Hey Jude >When
You Wish Upon A Star >Giant Steps >When It's Love
>Comfortably Numb >Eye In The Sky
>Let's Stay Together >Sukiyaki >Summer In The City >Tell Me Why
>Can't buy Me Love >Girl >Blue Moon >Blue Skies
|Workshops in August
Monday the 14th
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), Stitches (Shawn Mendes) 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 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.
This month we will jam on some cool jazz blues in the key of F and Bb.
The tune will be Django's tune "Swing Gitan".
We had so much fun last month...let's do it again!
Hope to see you there!
|I teach at Guitar Showcase in San Jose,
California, Monday - Saturday
See my video interview at
go to Lessons, then Teacher Profiles
|Calendar for August
I will be teaching at my office
on the following days:
1 - 5
15 - 19
21 - 26