Lesson Details

Frustrated Trying to Teach Yourself Guitar?

Ok, so you’ve bought yourself a new guitar and tried to teach yourself to play. You may have gone out and bought the recommended beginner guitar method books at your local music store and got no where with them. Or you tried watching all of the free guitar lesson videos on Youtube or even bought the latest greatest “Learn the Guitar in 3 Easy Steps” DVD and you learned a few things but you still feel like you haven’t accomplished anything that got your closer to your goals. You may have even gotten yourself a guitar teacher only to find he’s a young inexperienced instructor with a rock star complex and you couldn’t learn a thing from him.

After you’ve tried everything, you’re now left frustrated and you’re brand new guitar is collecting dust along with your hopes of being able to play guitar as a fun new hobby or to entertain others.

What do you do?

The answer is taking lessons from an experienced instructor who can give you a PROVEN blueprint for learning, provide accountability, fill in the knowledge gaps and guide you to a desired musical destination. I can help you with all of that and more. 

Learn Guitar from an Experienced, Professional Teacher

teach-jimMy name is Jim Cruz and I have been actively teaching guitar lessons in Henry County as well as Clayton County for over 30 years.

As an instructor, I endeavor to make guitar lessons fun, practical and productive!!! Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, advanced, a musically frustrated novice or even a professional level musician needing to deepen their musical knowledge, I can help you!

I teach lessons to kids as young as 9 years old to adults in their retirement years. I have a proven track record of success with my skills and methodology as a teacher. Many of my students remain with me for a number of years. I’ve had a number of students that I’ve taught as long as 5 – 13 years and number of them have become professional musicians and instructors as well.

Teaching Philosophy

teacherI’ve had the pleasure of teaching hundreds of students at every skill level for the last 30 years, and what a joy that has been for me. I have one basic philosophy in my approach to teaching: get the student to fall in love with the guitar so it becomes a life-long passion. I teach every student according to the unique way they learn. I cover the musical basics so that the student has a good understanding from which to function from. As the student progresses, I teach more advanced concepts. Every student has their own goals for the guitar. I tailor each lesson in such a way that the student will get important musical essentials down in a short period of time and then get them moving toward their goals.

For those who are advanced, I’ll help you sharpen the skills you have and I’ll raise the bar to help you do more than you knew you could. Many of my students have become excellent players. Some have gone on to earn a college degree in music, some have gone on to teach guitar successfully, others have pursued careers in music, some have gone on to use their playing skills in church musical ministries, and many are enjoying the guitar as a fulfilling hobby or a part-time source of income in bands or musical projects.

gtrlessonsI teach several styles of playing: Rock, Jazz, Blues, Country, Funk, Rhythm & Lead guitar playing, and Finger-style. For my younger students and those who are wanting to advance their musical knowledge to study music in college, become teachers, or do formal studio work – I teach reading music and PRACTICAL music theory.

If you’re just interested in being able to pick a few tunes on the guitar and have some fun as a hobby, I can help you get to where you want to go.

I also teach beginning bass guitar. I’ll teach similar basics as the guitar and also how to function in a musical group setting. I also teach how to read music on the bass.

I keep lessons fun, practical, and paced at the student’s speed of learning – but I do challenge and raise the bar for each student. We cover a lot of material so that the student reaches their playing goals quickly.

Lesson Details

boyguitarEach student’s lesson will be a weekly 30-minute session at the same time slot each week. I don’t do bi-weekly arrangements – all lessons are weekly. Lessons are paid on the first lesson of the month for that entire month. It’s a month-to-month commitment. No long contracts.

My hours of operation are 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm on weekday evenings and 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on Saturdays. I do not schedule any lessons on Sunday, it’s my day off for family time.


A courtesy call from the student is expected if a lesson cannot be made. If a student does not show up for 2 consecutive lessons without a courtesy call, I assume the student will not be back and consequently they are dropped from the schedule without notice and the slot is sold to someone on my waiting list – there are no refunds. A student will also be dropped from the schedule if they are a no-show on the 1st lesson of the month (when payment is due) without prior notification. The courtesy of a phone call avoids this. Also if lessons are not paid up by the 2nd week’s lesson, I reserve the right to refuse to teach the lesson and give the slot away.

Lesson Instrument

gtrplayingEach student is required to have their own instrument to take lessons and also to practice at home. Please note that I’m not an instrument retailer, the student should check a local music store to purchase a guitar.

I teach on both electric and acoustic guitars. If the student is playing an electric instrument, there’s no need to bring an amplifier. I have multiple amplifiers for the lesson. I’ll also have learning materials available for the student which they’ll have to take home and work with.

Purchasing a Guitar

If you’re shopping for your first guitar, I suggest starting with an acoustic guitar first, but electric guitars are fine for a first instrument. The best local sources for a new guitar are Whole Note Music Store (Stockbridge), Attina’s Music Store (McDonough), Music & Arts (Conyers), McDonough Music (McDonough) and Guitar Center (Fayetteville). For young children from age 8-10 yrs old (or younger), the best guitar to get is a 3/4-sized guitar, which is perfect for their size. Please don’t get a guitar from Walmart – those are poorly made and are actually considered a toy rather than a musical instrument. A pawn shop or an online source (Craigslist, Ebay, etc.) can be a decent source, ONLY if you know what you’re looking for and know how to check for the quality of the instrument, but I wouldn’t recommend it unless you have the option to return it if it’s not up to par.

Lesson Rates:

My lesson rates are different at each of the locations where I teach. For information about my lesson rates and/or any other questions you might have, you may contact me by any of the methods below.

1-icon Submit your inquiry online: Click Here
3-icon Email me at: jimcruz@charter.net
2-icon Call me directly: 678-233-7728