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Joshua A In HomeHome In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Guitar, Ukulele, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Funk, Showtunes, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk

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Joshua A In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Guitar, Ukulele, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Funk, Showtunes, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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BM, The Ohio State University, Jazz Performance

Awards:

*6 week nationwide "40 oz to freedom" tour opening for Badfish playing venues World Cafe live at Queen, The Norva, Amos Southend, Ziggys by the sea, Tipitinas, Stubbs, HOB Dallas, HOB Houston, Cains Ballroom, KTAOS solar center, HOB San diego, HOB Anaheim, The Independent, Catalyst, Riverside municipal auditorium, HOB las vegas, Orpheum, Granada, The Blue Note, Mecury Ballroom, The Vic, Pop’s, HOB Cleveland. *Opened for grammy nominated R&B artist Kelly Price Opened for The Wailers, The Dirty Heads, Tarrus Riley, Trevor Hall, The Academic, * Performed at SXSW * Performed with The Ohio State University Jazz Ensemble and The Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers combo.

Overview:
Hey I'm Josh I am a passionate and motivated instructor who loves sharing my knowledge with students and seeing them grow while I learn and grow from them. I have been playing guitar for almost 20 years graduating in 2011 from The Ohio State University in Jazz Guitar Performance. While there I studied with Tim Cummiskey and was involved in various jazz combos and was apart of the Ohio State jazz ensemble. Since graduating I have performed/toured locally and nationally opening up for The Wailers, Grammy Nominated R & B artist Kelly Price, The Dirty Heads, Badfish, Ballyhoo, Mariachi El Bronx, Tarrus Riley, Mike Love, Passafire, Bud Gaugh of Sublime and performing at places such as SXSW, Nelson Ledges, HOB Chicago, Stubbs, The Norva, LC pavillion, Newport, . Performed with groups Shrub, Urban Tropic, Talisha Holmes ensemble, George Barrie Band My discography includes: ● Talisha Holmes , "Follow" (EP) ● Shrub , "Highceratops" ●Urban Tropic “self titled” EP
EXPERIENCE
My experience with teaching goes back to my early 20's where I started to show a few friends of mine a few things on the guitar from there I went on to teach at a local music store for 5 years. That is really where I started to hone my teaching skills. My whole goal is to make playing guitar fun. I enjoy working with all different ages, students and skill levels. I like to start out beginner students with learning the fundamentals, how to hold the guitar and pick, getting the left hand and right hand working together, a few simple chords and melodies. With my advanced students I like to share my knowledge of jazz and classical and how that can be combined with other idioms that they might be interested in such as rock, country, blues, pop.I encourage students to bring in songs that they are interested in learning and from there i show them how they can play the songs with the techniques that I have supplied them. I encourage all my students to write their own music, go off and explore different avenues of music and guitar. What I really love about teaching is that I learn from my students as they learn from me and I love seeing a student develop into his own musical self/style from the tools that I gave him. Every student is completely unique and different and I love bringing that out and seeing that develop. I have worked with students of all kinds from young children to older adults, begginer to advanced. From young children learning simple kid songs to teenagers wanting to learn Led Zepplin and Rush to adults wanting to just learn simple folk songs. I have helped students get accepted in to music school, perform locally or at their youth church, write and compose their own music, audition for musicals.
METHODS USED
I approach every student differently based on skill level and interest, but I have consistent methods that I have developed over the years that I use. For beginners I start off by showing them how to strum, hold a pick, use the left and right hand, simple open chords and will have them typically, but not always buy a beginner guitar book. I recommend Instant Guitar by Berklee guitar professor Tomo Fujita. For my intermediate to advanced students I show them jazz and some classical techniques and concepts; improvisation, chord voicing, stylistic approaches, technique, feel, composing, ear training and music theory. I recommend my advanced students getting Berklee Press Modern method for guitar volumes 1 2 3 by William Levitt. I have students of all levels bring in songs that they are interested in learning. I believe this is key and helps keep the students interest and to me is so important with learning to play music. Also note you do not have to buy these books as I can supply and make copies of various things that I feel you as a student will benefit from, I own a library of guitar and music books.
LESSON STYLE
I strongly believe everyone learns differently and at their own pace. While my whole focus is to engage the student and keep it fun I stress the importance of daily practice. I totally understand that not everyone is trying to be the best guitar player or become a musician and everyone has their own life and schedule, but I believe a lot can be learned thru self discipline and learning to play an instrument. I encourage and have students set realistic goals that we can work towards together. Something that I have tailored to recently is having students perform in front of a an audience at a real venue where music is performed.
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Danya Devereaux

5

Josh is highly qualified and skilled. My son has high anxiety, but Josh puts him at ease during every lesson. The lessons are challenging. They help my son build his skills with music theory, which in turn help him feel more at ease in his high school jazz class. I highly recommend this young man. He is polite and communicates well. You will not regret the choice to have him as your teacher.

Review posted on Apr 17, 2019

Ryan Titchell

5

I used to take lessons when Josh was at the music store, and some of the best teaching I've had, and it gave me motivation to keep playing throughout the years. He's a very good teacher and very flexible and I'd recommend him to anyone wanting to learn

Review posted on Dec 12, 2018

Karl Jones

5

Great experience! Provided a wounderful assortmant of tools and strategies to really help craft my playing!

Review posted on Dec 12, 2018

Shawn Kost

5

Being an adult, I can be set in my ways on technique and at times have limited opportunity to practice on my own. When I would have a rough week, Josh demonstrated patience and worked with me to get back on track. He is very friendly and has a way of looping you back in when you are feeling frustrated or down. There were many times I wondered if I should continue with lessons but he would turn my struggles into something positive. Josh really kept me interested in playing guitar and understanding music in general. Not only is he familiar with the guitar and plays very well, he is able to take his knowledge and share in a way that is easily understandable. Today, I'm actually playing guitar for a local band in my area and I'm very appreciative of the time I had to learn from Josh.

Review posted on Dec 12, 2018
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