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John Miller

Teaching

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.

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. Also, I do not do transcriptions of, or lessons on pieces recorded by present-day, living musicians or of performances posted on youtube by present-day musicians.

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:

Please send me an email when you've placed a lesson order, letting me know you've placed the order and what song you would like the lesson on, and contact me in advance via email before ordering any lesson that will require a new transcription/arrangement of a song not included on the lists 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.

Song of the Month

Each month I offer a "Song of the Month" lesson at a special reduced rate of $35.00, for which you receive TAB and a detailed technical talk-through of the song. The song I'm offering for May, 2016 is "I Get The Blues", by Bo Carter. The song is one of Bo's "Pop Blues", and has a 32-bar structure with a beautifully sophisticated chord progression and one of Bo's prettiest melodies. The song also has an epic solo, even by Bo's very high standards. People within the U.S. wanting a hard copy of the lesson will need to add $7.00 to the cost of the lesson to cover the cost of postage, a mailing envelope and copies. Hard copy lessons are not available for lesson orders from outside the U.S. People wanting the lesson as a virtual lesson will receive it as attachments to emails, with the TAB a .pdf file and the talk-throughs on .mp3s. Payment can be made as stated in the policies above. I hope folks will take advantage of this opportunity to learn a great piece from one of the masters of Country Blues. PLEASE NOTE: Songs of the Month are available at the reduced rate only during the month in which they are featured, after which they will be available at the pre-transcribed rate of $55.00 per lesson.

Your Favorite Artists--A Special Offer

As you look at the list of songs transcribed below, you'll note that for many the Country Blues musicians you can find there, I have transcribed a large number of songs. If you have a favorite artist or artists there, you can order lessons on four of their songs for the price of three lessons, at the pre-transcribed rate. That works out to $165.00 for four lessons on your favorite artist, where the cost would be a total of $220.00 if you were to order the lessons one at a time. I will complete the lessons you order at the rate of one per week until you had been sent all four lessons. I hope you'll consider this option if you're really serious about digging into the repertoire of your favorite musician or musicians.

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