FAQ's About Guitar Lessons

Should I start with acoustic or electric guitar?

You should start with whichever you want to play. If you want to shred guitar solos like Jimi Hendrix, you may not enjoy playing acoustic. If you want to accompany yourself singing some Joni Mitchell songs, you may feel out of place with an electric.

What do I need to bring to my lessons?

You need to bring your guitar, maybe a pick, and questions. We'll take care of any amplification you may or may not need.

Do I need to already have a musical background?

Just the passion to learn, your teacher has the experience to take you wherever you wish on your musical journey.

Shaun

Shaun comes to TuneTown from Berklee College of Music in Boston where he is an instructor. He has earned many Achievement and Scholarship awards during his studies. Shaun has an exceptional grasp of all styles of music, and can teach all levels of students desiring to learn. In addition to being an amazing guitarist, Shaun is an experienced recording engineer. He is best described by Bill Scheiniman, Berklee Chairman of Music Production and engineering, "throughout his academic career in our major, Shaun's work has met the highest standards, placing him in the top 2 or 3% of his class, His self-initiative and ability to work well with a wide range of people have made him a valued collaborator in roles as both producer, engineer and instructor.

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JD

JD Raines has been fascinated by music for his entire life. He grew up in Maine and has performed across New England as both a solo artist and with his band, Better Than, which MaineToday noted "has been a constant name in the local music scene."  

In May 2015 JD graduated from the University of Maine Augusta, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music with a concentration in Music Education. While at UMA, JD was a vocalist with Envok, the upper level vocal ensemble. He also performed with many other ensembles as a sought-after vocalist, guitarist, and drummer. He has studied with many talented and well-known musicians, including Dr. Richard Nelson, Dr. Timothy Weir, Scott Hughes and Bob Thompson.

Tom

Tom grew up in New York City the son of a Broadway and film director, and was exposed to Broadway songwriters and performers throughout childhood. As an adult Tom studied songwriting in Paul Simon's masterclass at New York University and majored in Arranging and Composition Major at Berklee College of Music. He then worked as a copyist for The Rodgers and Hasmmerstein Organization and CD buyer for Tower Records in Manhattan while performing all over the USA with various groups. Tom also studied privately with Chuck Anderson of Philadelphia and jazz great John Aberecrombie on New York City.

Blaine

Blaine Morin graduated from the University of Maine in Orono with a Bachelor's of Music Education in May 2019. He has a strong background with the guitar, specifically classical and jazz guitar. The music education program at Umaine guarantees that all students can teach all the band and orchestra instruments to a degree that any prospective student can find success with their instrument. Along with guitar, Blaine is proficient in playing the trumpet, saxophone, and the piano. During Blaine's student teaching at Hampden Academy and Reeds Brook Middle School in Hampden, Maine, he had the pleasure of guiding and directing various non-traditional music groups, such as, ukulele for middle school and African drumming for high school. The Performance Arts Center at Hampden Academy hosts numerous events that Blaine operated sound and lights for ranging from musical concerts to public speaking competitions. Blaine is trained to teach people of all ages and he is eager to help you pursue your ambitions in music.

Jarred

Always an avid music lover, Jarred picked up his first instrument at 10 years old, the alto saxophone. Taking on the guitar at 13 years old, Jarred was something of a late bloomer on the instrument, not really hitting his stride until 19. Fueled by a new found love of blues, jazz, country, and funk, Jarred started honing his craft with friends, eventually forming his own bands throughout the years. Living his own dream, Jarred started playing local venues and festivals. While still performing regularly, Jarred makes time to share his passion and knowledge through teaching.

Specializing in slide guitar and improvising, Jarred prefers an ear based approach and making sure everything is played with feeling. Tailoring the curriculum around the interests of the student, Jarred makes sure his students not only improve their skills, but enjoy the process of it. Jarred is available for teaching all ages and skill levels and is excited to help you on your guitar journey!

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