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 for:
>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 November 9,  2015

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

Finger Picking and
Finger Style Solo Guitar
5 PM
With one guitar learn to play all the parts, melody, bass line, and chords and
rolled into one.  You need to have basic knowledge of bar chords and
reading music notation and/or TAB.  If you want to improve your finger
picking, this is the workshop for you. 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. Fun stuff to work on!

Music Theory Workshop
6 PM

This is an open forum for students who want to know more about music
theory.  All questions are welcome.  We talk about soloing, modes, the circle
of 5ths, keys, improving note reading skills, all kinds of cool stuff.

Jazz Workshop
7:15 PM

For guitar and bass students: 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.  
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 fun.  Learning new chords will help train your ear and inspire new
ideas in your own music.

The workshops are upstairs in the SMI building next to Guitar Showcase.
It ends at 8:30.  You need to at least know some basic bar chords.

We will practice the tunes
Breezin' (Bobby Womack) made popular by George Bensen

Autumn Leaves
I teach at Guitar Showcase in San Jose,
California, Monday - Saturday.  
Calendar for November
I will be teaching at my office
on the following days:
2 - 7
11 - 14
16 - 21
23, 24