I’m the guy who asked a million questions about vibrato a few years back (lol). Hope you’re well my friend; will never forget [the] stranger on YouTube [that] helped me out so much. All my love to you, take care.
I couldn’t recommend Jerry highly enough. He not only taught me the technical aspects of Jazz and modal theory that I struggled with, but rejuvenated my passion for the genres I love, and continued to work with me through thick and thin to ensure I achieved my goals as a player. I could not have asked for a better mentor.
Great teacher, I started with him as a beginner and stuck with him for years until I left for college. He was able to teach me anything I wanted to learn, and we covered a huge number of different styles and techniques over the years. In addition to helping me further in my guitar abilities, he widened my tastes in music and showed me a lot of things I wouldn’t have heard of without him. His knowledge of, and passion for, music are evident every lesson, and he cares about his students making progress and getting better. Overall a great guy–I looked forward to lessons every week!
The most important quality that I look for in an instructor is their ability to teach and help their students improve. Jerry is a fantastic instructor who is able to break down the most technical riffs/solos, songs, and simplify them so you too can learn to play your favorite tunes. He is also a phenomenal guitarist who makes everything seem so easy which is what the great ones usually do. He preaches technique and his attention to detail makes a huge difference in your overall ability to play and, most importantly, sound good. If you’re looking for a guitar teacher, you will not find a more skilled person in his craft.
Jerry is a world class guitarist, but an even better listener, and there is no better quality for a teacher.
Over the years I’ve had the unique pleasure of working with some of the best guitar players in the music business. Jerry is definitely in that class and his peers will concur. To have that gem of talent teaching here in the Bay Area is NoCal’s best kept secret. Add to that his “nice guy” demeanor and I’m sure he’s one of the best teachers there is. I heard proof of this when I saw a concert one of his students played in last year. The boy was shredding and Jer took him on as a beginner! Can’t say enough great things about Jerry, but I think I can sum it up in one word. Talent!
Jerry’s guitar playing is the perfect blend of blazing technique while still being musical. His repertoire spans all genres; rock, pop, funk, jazz, fusion, or anything you throw at him. Among fellow musicians, Jerry is known as a “player’s player” and a giving musician. His live performances will leave you inspired.
Jerry is a great teacher. He created a series of mix [cassette] tapes [this was a while ago, folks (me)] for me with classic blues and rock tunes that we used in lessons to help me improvise. Jerry won’t just teach you songs, he’ll teach you how to jam! A true professional, veteran rocker, and a fantastic musician. Periodically, I meet guitarists who also studied with him and they are always a cut above the rest.
Best guitar teacher I have ever had; his tips helped me and kept me motivated.
I met Jerry back in 1989 when I was a freshman in high school. From the moment I sat down with him and watched him play, I knew I was in for a crazy ride. I was only lucky enough to spend about 3 months studying under him (he moved from the area) but it was during that time that Jerry opened doors for me that I’ve never shut. On those doors read “INNOVATIVE MINDS INQUIRE WITHIN.” He was very patient with me and displayed “outside the box thinking.” His own striving attitude to become a better musician became a new standard for me. I began pushing my self even harder, practicing even longer and digging for more musical input were ever I could find it. Inspire me he did and still does today. Studying classical guitar in college, I realized that all the concepts and theory he shared with me were still an integral part of my playing. Modes, pentatonics, chords and structure over lap all styles of music whether we realize it or not. It has been a pleasure for me crossing paths with Jerry some 23 years later. I can only imagine now what goes on in his mind when he picks up his guitar. Thanks for sharing the knowledge, Jerry, and doing it all the right way. I am still playing guitar today and striving to get better and better. God Bless ~