3560 Sydney Dr, San Jose CA, 95132
Instruments:Electric Bass, Flute, Guitar, Piano

Styles:Classical, Jazz, Folk – Country – Bluegrass, Rock – Alternative, Blues, Kids
Levels:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experience:20 years
Rate:$78 / hr

Personal Statement

Why My Lessons Are Different:

I teach more than just the intro to a bunch of songs and random lessons that don’t connect.
I won’t make you drill scales and arpeggios over and over for no reason.
After we get through some basics, we’ll play the kind of music you like.
I’ll also stretch you into areas of music you may not have thought of before.

Here’s just some of what you’ll learn:

Correct technique and exercises to keep you from being injured.
Every real-world trick I know to easily read standard notation and tablature.
All the chords you’ll ever need.
Improvisation techniques so you can enjoy the purest form of music.
All the cool little tricks that make you sound like a pro.
Songs you want to learn in your favorite genres.
Groove and strumming exercises to keep you out of a rhythm rut.
The real building blocks of music so you have a deeper understanding and a better performance.

Basically, I’ll give you my college music education. And I’ll show it to you in a way that will allow you to teach yourself in the future. You won’t be left in the dark about how or why we’re doing anything and you’ll find each new concept immediately useful.

About Me:
My name is Phil Johnson and I am a professional music artist and songwriter. I have a BA in music from San Jose State University and over 16 years of both teaching and performing experience. Over 300 students have come to me for lessons over the years and I’ve been able to help each one. Professionally, I’ve released 5 CDs and three DVDs.

These are real-world lessons to get you on the fast track to playing music. Beginners are always welcomed. I accept ages 8 and up – that includes adults!

I work in a cozy home studio on the border of San Jose and Milpitas (near Landess Ave. and Piedmont Rd.).

Education / Training

BA in Music from San Jose State University
Guitar with Rick Vandevier
Guitar with ken Andrade
Piano with Darrell Leffler
Guitar in Musicians Institute extension courses.

Nationally touring performer
4 CDs and 3 DVDs released

Phil Johnson