Online Lessons Available

Socially distancing?  Don't live near my studio?  No problem!  You can take lessons with me on Zoom, Skype, or Google Hangouts from anywhere in the world.  Just fill out the contact form and let's get you started!

Have you been trying to self-teach with YouTube videos and scattered internet resources?  Feeling like you're stuck and just don't know how to put it all together?  WHAT you learn is important.  But HOW you learn it is the real magic to become a better musician.  I can help you systematize what you've got so it makes sense and help you build new skills on top.

And if you're a total beginner with no skills at all... You're welcome too!  I work with beginners all the time.


What makes my lessons 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
"Phil is am amazing teacher, my daughter was 6 when she started guitar lessons, and terrified! Phil is amazing with children, he put her at ease, and encouraged her. Whenever she was frustrated, he would guide her back on track; helping her work through her shortage of confidence.

My daughter is now 13, and has been taking guitar with Phil the entire time; and is now also taking piano. I have discovered that Phil is also incredible with teenagers. Once again he is never phased by her frustration, also guides her back on track, and her love of music continues to grow.

Aside from being a wonderful teacher, Phil is also extremely professional! He was the only one of 6 teachers to respond to me within 24 hours of my first inquiry, and has stayed constant in his response time from day one." - Kim G.
"Learning to play guitar with Phil has been a lot of fun. I am a complete musical novice, plus I have a demanding full-time job, so he’s needed to be both patient and extremely flexible. In addition to the usual “book learning,” he asked me to find and taught me songs I wanted to learn, which was a nice break from the “Grade 1″ selections. Quite comfortable and knowledgable in a wide variety of musical tastes and styles, Phil is definitely worth talking to if you’re looking for a fantastic music teacher." - Alan L.

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 25 years of both teaching and performing experience.  Over 500 students have come to me for lessons over the years and I’ve been able to help each one.  Professionally, I’ve released tons of albums, singles, and concert films, and I tour nationally.

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.) as well as offer online lessons via Zoom, Skype, and Google Hangouts.

I have very few open slots at any given time, but I’ll do my best to fit you in.  Contact me here right now to secure your slot.  Your first lesson is free so you have nothing to lose.  And I rarely have anyone quit after the first lesson, so I know you’ll enjoy it.

Ask me how you can earn more free lessons!

Contact Me Now For Your Free Trial Lesson.

Schedule a free trial lesson so we can sit down and get a game plan together for you.  No obligation!

Fill out the form below, including the instrument you’re interested in (Guitar, Piano, Flute, or Electric Bass) and the ballpark days and times you’re interested in.

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