John Mapherson Allan

Company Thornleigh Guitar Academy
Address 20 Bellevue Street
Sydney, Australia
Phone # (02) 99450018
Instruments Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Theory, Ear Training
Musical Styles Rock/Pop, Funk/R&B, Metal, Blues, Jazz, Acoustic/Folk, Country, Classical
Skill Levels All levels

Personal Statement

I teach all styles and ages. Younger children under 12 years I teach how to read as well as chords using a method book (usually Mel Bay series) I find these books great because they come with a CD. Adults are different I find here in Australia most adults want to play songs they grew up with so I get them to compile a CD with these songs and we learn them in the lessons. Teenagers usually use Tab I'm not a huge fan of Tab as you don't really understand the note values and timing. They learn the popular songs of today. All in all I try to teach in a relaxed atmosphere and my students ( all 68 of them) seem to have a good time learning.

Teaching Details

Teaching Experience 20 Years
Teaching Location I have a studio in my house
Lesson Rates $25.00 per 1/2 Hour.
Cancellation Policy 24 hour notice required, make-up lessons are arranged
Teaching Hours
Monday: 2:30 pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday: 2:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am to 8:30 pm
Thursday: 3:30 pm to 9:00pm
Friday: 3:00 pm to 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:30 to 2:30 pm
Musical Influences Joe Pass, George Benson, John Scofield, Jeff Beck,Eric Johnson
Performing Experience Played in various cover bands in and around the Sydney area, also worked in a Jazz quartet and solo Jazz guitar gigs
Education & Training Jazz studies Sydney Conservatorium, played in countless bands and on recordings and have my own play-along CD.