John Epp
Guitar Teacher
San Jose, CA
Guitar Lessons
All styles
All ages
All levels

I can create a solo
guitar arrangement
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!      
Steve G.

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.
Craig H.

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.
Guitar Lessons
Latest projects
Solo guitar arrangements of:
>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
Monday, September 12,  2016

Guitar workshops at Guitar Showcase in San Jose California are fun place to
learn and share music.
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
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
7:00 PM

Classic 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.  
The classification “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.

We will be jamming some 12 bar blues in "A", Using all dominant (7th)
chords and leaning a little towards the jazz genre.  We will be experimenting
with A Dorian and A Mixolydian modes (scales), learning how to blend and
bend the rules! This month
the tunes will be "All Of Me" and lets do some  
jazz blues in Fm with a "rock" feel.

The workshops are upstairs in the SMI building next to Guitar Showcase.
It ends around 8:30.  You need to at least know some basic bar chords.
I teach at Guitar Showcase in San Jose,
California, Monday - Saturday  
See my video interview at
go to Lessons, then Teacher Profiles
Calendar for October
I will be teaching at my office
on the following days:
3 - 7
7 - 22
4 - 28