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John Miller


In addition to his work as a composing and performing musician, John Miller has close to forty years experience as a music teacher, having begun teaching privately while still in high school. He is available for private instruction in finger-picked Folk guitar, Country Blues guitar, Brazilian guitar, Music theory and chord voicing and composition. John offers private lessons in Bellingham and Seattle (see contact information), and can do lessons through the mail, as well. He currently offers audio-only Country Blues guitar lessons through the Country Blues website.

John has extensive experience teaching groups, with many years service teaching at such music camps as Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Georgia Strait Workshop, BC Swing Camp, the California Coast Music Camp, the Port Townsend Country Blues Workshop, Augusta National Heritage’s Bluesweek and the European Blues Association’s Bluesweek.

John has also done a series of instructional DVDs for Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop. For ordering and complete information, click on titles below.

Mississippi John Hurt Vol. 1 DVD
Mississippi John Hurt (vol. 1)
Mississippi John Hurt Vol. 1 DVD
Mississippi John Hurt (vol. 2)
Elizabeth Cotten DVD
Elizabeth Cotten
Bo Carter DVD
Bo Carter
Furry Lewis DVD
Furry Lewis
Robert Wilkins DVD
Robert Wilkins
Memphis Blues Guitar DVD
Memphis Blues Guitar
Texas Blues Guitar DVD
Texas Blues Guitar
Intro to Chord Theory & Chord Voicing DVD
Introduction to Chord Theory & Chord Voicing: 2 DVD Set
Jackson Blues DVD
Jackson Blues
Atlanta Blues DVD
Atlanta Blues
Expanding Chordal Horizons
Expanding Chordal Horizons
Improving Your Ear for the Country Blues Guitarist
Improving Your Ear for the Country Blues Guitarist (2 DVD Set)
Hillbilly Blues
Hillbilly Blues
St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues Guitar
Country Blues Guitar in Spanish & Vestapol Tunings
Country Blues Guitar in Spanish & Vestapol Tunings
Legendary Country Blues Guitar Duets
Legendary Country Blues Guitar Duets

John Miller's Country Blues Guitar Collection
(book + CD)
<Country Blues Musicianship DVD>
Country Blues Musicianship

Country Blues/Jazz Standards/Original Compositions: Transcriptions by Artist

Here is a list of transcriptions that I have done that are not available on my instructional DVDs. The list for the Country Blues tunes is alphabetical by the first name of the musician and for the Jazz Standards, which have the playing positions/tunings listed for each song, alphabetical by the song's title. Please note: TABs are not sold, except as part of a lesson order. TABs are not sold separately.

I now offer lessons in two formats: hard copy or virtual. For a hard copy lesson on a song I've already transcribed, the cost is $55 postpaid, in the USA, $60 international. Cost of a hard copy lesson that requires me to do a new transcription is $65 postpaid in the U.S.A. and $70 international. Cost of a hard copy lesson that requires me to do a new arrangement is $80.00 postpaid in the U.S.A. and $85.00 international. A hard copy lesson includes TAB plus an audio CD (not a visual DVD) on which I talk through the song in detail, including left and right hand efficiencies of motion, fingering and picking tips, etc. If you opt for the virtual lesson, it will be sent to you over the Internet, with the TAB on a pdf and the talk-throughs on mp3s, sent as attachments to e-mails. Cost of virtual lessons is $55.00 for a pre-transcribed song, $65.00 for a song that requires a new transcription, and $80.00 for a song that requires a new arrangement, with those fees applying worldwide. I am always available for consultation/questions after you've received a lesson, if some aspect of the lesson or transcription is unclear.

Payment for lessons must be made in advance either online at www.paypal.com (use my email address, john@johnmillerguitar.com) or by check sent to my address:

Contact me in advance via email before ordering any lesson that will require a new transcription/arrangement of a song not included on the list below. Turn-around time on lessons is generally less than a week, if I'm not traveling. I will add songs to the lists below as I perform new transcriptions and keep the lists updated.

Skype Lessons

I now offer Skype lesson consultations to offer technical pointers and trouble-shoot problems you may have encountered in the songs you've been working on. This kind of feedback is invaluable, for it provides the kind of guidance a good teacher would normally provide at follow-up lessons after having given you a new song to work on. To take a Skype lesson, you will need to have downloaded the Skype software (it is free) and have a camera in your computer, so that we can communicate visually. The rate for Skype lessons is $55 for a 40-minute lesson, and $70 for an hour lesson. Send me an email if you would like to do a Skype lesson and we can figure out a time when we are both available.

Country Blues

Jazz Standards

John Miller Originals