I offer private guitar lessons at my home studio  in Overland Park, KS.

I enjoy teaching a variety of styles. Though one of my top interests is classical guitar, I’ve spent many years playing blues, rock and a little jazz and I’ve taught and continue to teach those styles. Fingerstyle is my particular specialty, though I often use a pick for other styles as well.

I also teach theory, song writing, and composition. I’ve had the pleasure of studying with some very accomplished composers.  

I teach all ages including young children. Parents are not only allowed to sit in on the lessons but are encouraged to do so!

Lessons are by appointment and pricing and scheduling are very flexible and competitive. Teaching at my own studio allows me to offer flexibility that can’t be matched at the local music store. I also offer discounts for hour lessons.

Please use the contact link to email me or feel free to call or text me 816-682-0226 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. I’m happy to answer all of your questions. 



More reviews of my teaching

I’m 52 and have been taking lessons from James a little over a year. First of all, James is a great guy and a solid family man. I would not hesitate to recommend him to parents with children who aspire to learn the guitar. James technical skills and knowledge are outstanding. He’s trained as a classical guitarist, but can teach and play any type of music from Led Zeppelin to jazz. Being an adult with a demanding profession, I don’t always have time to practice as much as I’d like to but he understands that, and is patient with me, but at the same time he’s good at pushing me out of my comfort zone. My own daughter is a working musician/ singer / songwriter with a degree in commercial music, and I’ve even encouraged her to take lessons from James, to improve her guitar skills. I really can’t say enough good things about him. I highly recommend James.

Tim J.


I’ve been taking guitar lessons from James for about two years and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the amount and quality of the things I have learned. I think it is pertinent to mention that I am a 70 year old retiree, and I really look forward to my lesson as a highlight to my week. James has a VERY broad background in teaching all kinds of guitar disciplines, and I know there is no technique or type of guitar music that he couldn’t teach me in a relaxed, comfortable way. I’m having a blast.

Bill M.