rates, scheduling, and payment terms

philosophy and styles


  • 30 Minute Lesson - $30
  • 45 Minute Lesson - $45
  • 60 Minute Lesson - $60

Add $5 per lesson for lessons at your location.


  • Anytime between 9 AM and 9 PM, Any day of the week based on available time slots.

teacher bio - john martin


  • Payment is expected one month in advance and must be received by the first lesson of that month.
  • Students must give 24 hours notice to cancel or reschedule a lesson. Otherwise, payment for that lesson is forfeited.
  • Lessons will start and end promptly on time. Students are expected to arrive on time.


  • To schedule a lesson or to find out more information, click on CONTACT at the top of the page, or click here.

The Studio

Lessons are taught by John Martin. John has been playing guitar for 35 years. He spent 6 years as lead guitarist in a working rock band called "The Clue" in the '80's. In recent years he has been in the studio, writing and recording his own songs and compositions. He is currently accepting new beginning and intermediate students. Lessons are taught in his comfortable home studio, or in your home for an additional fee. The studio is located in the Olde Providence neighborhood on Rea Rd. which is convenient to Southpark, Arboretum, Ballantyne, and Matthews.

guitar lessons

Traditionally, guitar has been taught from the musical perspective of the piano. This process requires endless and tedious memorization of chord and scale forms based from how they are constructed on the piano. The piano is a linear instrument. All the notes are laid out in one straight line. The guitar is not structured that way. My approach is to teach from the viewpoint of the guitar fretboard. Based on the CAGED system, there are 5 basic chord and scale forms derived from the primary C, A, G, E, and D chord and scale forms. From these 5 forms, all others can be derived.

This approach applies to all styles of music, whether acoustic or electric with an emphasis on improvisation. Along with teaching music theory, the intent is to allow the student to be able to think when playing, versus just repeating something learned from memory. This opens up the ability to be creative and make one's own music as well as play existing pieces.

The overall goal is to provide a learning process that is enjoyable, and quickly achieves basic playing ability. This ideally will allow the student to truly enjoy the process of learning the instrument, and maintain the interest level to learn more.