Lessons

 Lightning Joe’s Guitar Heaven Lessons

Private lessons/$125-$200 Per Month

Available Tuesday-Saturday / 11am-5pm

One Half Hour or Hour Lesson Per Week

Beginning – Intermediate – Advanced

PRACTICE – PRACTICE – PRACTICE

Given on our top floor, all three lesson rooms have a spacious and inspirational atmosphere. Lessons are available for guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo, dulcimer, mandolin, violin, harmonica and vocal.

Lesson Rooms:

Teachers:

 

Glen Rathbone

Glen is a working professional musician and retired U.S. Army Veteran. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with a Bachelors in Professional Music. He has been a permanent fixture here at Lightning Joe’s for 11 years. Glen’s teaching approach is to have fun and enjoy learning! He teaches guitar, ukulele, bass, and focuses on the fundamentals of music theory, chord knowledge and technique, fingerboard mastery, and improvisation in blues, rock, country and jazz. His acoustic guitar techniques include finger style and travis picking, and his electric guitar techniques include hybrid picking, chord soloing, transposing, and the Nashville Numbering System. Glen also teaches music reading (sight reading). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robin White

Robin has been a professional musician for over 40 years. He has played in several local bands, including the Slo Motion Blues Band, Stone Fusion and Rockin’ Robin. Robin was the musical director for the Peggy Penny television show for over 10 years. He has also produced several original albums for himself and other local artists. Robin has been teaching guitar, bass and ukulele at Lightning Joe’s for 15 years. With Robin you will learn and develop the tools required for independent learning of your favorite songs. Technique and chord knowledge with a touch of music theory will be the class focus. Robin’s main influences are The Beatles, Billy Joel and Boston.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Thurman

Jim was born and raised in Louisville, KY and comes by his acoustic roots authentically. He started playing ukulele at age 9 and got his first acoustic guitar at age 14. Jim knocked around the states, Canada and Europe after high school playing in coffee houses and bistros before settling in San Luis Obispo in 1986. He has been teaching here at Lightning Joe’s for 8 years, but has been a teacher in this area for over 25 years. Jim teaches electric and acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele and bass. He always determines first what his students want to play and goes from there while also incorporating basics in technique and music theory. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Hocking

Michael took Hawaiian guitar lessons at age 10, organ lessons at age 12 and is a graduate of the Musicians Institute of Hollywood, CA. While there he studied Bass Performance. He has toured the states with Cory Wells of Three Dogs Night and The Enemys, and has been a special guest with Bobby McFerrin. Michael has backed up Mayf Nutter, lead guitarist for Del Shannon’s band Runaway, among many other notable accomplishments and performances. Michael has been teaching at Lightning Joe’s for just over 10 years. He teaches beginning to advanced bass guitar and beginning to intermediate acoustic and electric guitar. Michael’s approach in teaching focuses on how to practice, learning songs, playing by ear, music theory, reading tabs and standard notation, chord progression and accompaniment.