John's previous career in selling instruments to music stores across the country brought many famous encounters from LA to Nashville to Chicago. If your question starts with, "Have you ever met...?" then the answer is probably yes.
For 13 years John was a member of the beach band, 9th Row, and opened for major acts such as Four Tops, The Coasters, Chairmen of the Board, and The Drifters.
John is an avid comic book fan. He still purchases the latest comic books each week when they come out.
The son of Aerosmith's lead guitarist, Joe Perry, taught John to cook.
John has played in and directed the worship band at The Church at LifePark, Seacoast Church and Cathedral of Praise.
About John Smith
Since 1982, John Smith has been a fixture in the guitar community both locally and nationally. He is a well-known authority in music instruction and the instruments themselves. Besides being a full-time instructor, John still performs professionally, so he maintains relevant, real-world knowledge of the skills his students need to play in different environments.
The positive motivational approach that John takes with his students keeps them practicing and progressing each week. While students select their styles and even songs of choice, John breaks them down to fit the student's individual level of ability while still giving an appropriate challenge. In that way, each lesson is truly personalized.
It's not uncommon for any proficient guitar player to offer lessons as a side job, especially to beginners. What sets John apart is that he is a clasically trained professional musician with nearly 40 years of experience teaching beginner players to intermediate players to professional musicians. Teaching is his passion and full-time job, not just a side paycheck.
What all of that means for the student:
they will be gaining real-world music skills to be able to play in many different environments
the student is on a direct path to meet their goals, whether that is to become a professional musician, play in a local band, or simply share their musical talents with family and friends
material is presented in an age- and skill-approriate manner to keep them engaged
lessons begin and end on time so everyone's schedule is respected
they can actually enjoy learning and developing their skills