Nothing beats having someone that has been along the road a little longer to help you along your way. My focus is to help you achieve your goals on the guitar. I offer examples, songs and techniques to practice that will help you to immediately begin seeing positive results.
Learn what you are interested in: Rock, blues, jazz, your favorite songs, beginner to advanced studies of rhythm, technique, chords, soloing, composition, theory, practicing, etc.
I believe that anyone can play the guitar well and take their next step in music. It makes a big difference if you have someone to help you learn. Most people that have attained an ability on the guitar had someone that took the time to show them what was important to work on. Much of what is thought of as difficult to play or understand in music is only mysterious until it is explained and practiced.
Josh Maxey Guitar Lessons
Josh Maxey has been teaching professionally since 2002. He has taught adults and children of all experience levels in one on one private lesson format as well as in a class room settings, including NYC Guitar School and HunterCollegeElementary School. Josh began teaching while attending The New School University Jazz and Contemporary Music Program where he earned a BFA in Jazz Guitar Performance in 2002. Josh was also given a full scholarship to attend the Jazz Aspen Snowmass summer program the same year. From 2000-2005 Josh worked on recordings and concerts with Carly Simon, Rob Thomas, jazz legends: Dr. Lonnie Smith, Rodney Jones, Highnote Records and Blue Note Records. Recently, Josh's focus has been on teaching and recording, making a series of 6 albums in 12 months. See "Incarnate" and "Approach" as well as the Blues Duo page!
Why take lessons?
There is YouTube, Tab web sites, and countless books dedicated to
presenting information about the guitar, so how can a teacher help you
rather than learning by yourself?
Nothing beats sitting down with someone who is equally adept at
playing the guitar and explaining how it is done. A classic axiom in
any endeavor is to find someone that has the results that you want and
learn how you can do what they did. Benefits of weekly lessons are:
weekly goals and exercises, encouragement, feedback, new ideas and
viewpoints about the guitar, and personalized clear instructions to
help you take your next step on the guitar.
Lessons are fun! I look forward to teaching and know from personal
experience that a guitar lesson can sometimes be the high point of the
I believe that anyone can learn to play the guitar well. It is
absolutely possible for you to learn the guitar for the first time if
you are a beginner or to take you next step in music if you are an
advanced player. I have a relaxed and focused attitude about lessons.
There is no pressure, nothing to be nervous about. I believe it is my
job to help you to attain your goals in music. I balance teaching your
favorite songs with exercises that will help you improve so that your
technical or mechanical aspects of playing guitar get better and
Over the past year I've changed over to a "no cancellation" policy. Students usually pay for 4 lessons at a time, and when payment is made we go over the 4 dates that are being paid for.
How often are the lessons:
I have seen good success with students doing once a week lessons
coupled with practicing 3 or 4 days a week for 30 minutes or more.
Electric vs. Acoustic Guitars
Common wisdom might say "it is good to start with an acoustic guitar,
because it is harder, then you'll 'really' be learning and you can
work your way up to an electric."
I'm not a fan of that bit of common wisdom. I think it is best to
start with an instrument that is easy enough to play that the guitar
itself is not working against you. I usually suggest getting an
inexpensive electric guitar because they are easier to play.
How much practice does it take to get better?
Consistency is what is important! I think if you can play 3 or 4 days
a week for about 45 minutes each time, you are doing great. It is
better do to 3 days for 30 minutes than one day for an hour and a
half. Also, for both beginners and advanced players, what is important
is the quality of practice time. Sometimes I am able to accomplish
some really good work in less than a half hour. Quality is a good
Guitars in my Bay Ridge, Brooklyn location:
I have guitars you can use. You can choose acoustic or electric. Most
everyone brings their own, but you have the option.
You can pay cash, with a check, or use any major credit or debit card
via paypal (you do NOT need a paypal account to make a payment).
People usually pay for the trial lesson on the first meeting and pay
for a new set of lessons on the next lesson. Students pay for the next set of