Music Lessons and the Creative Process

Guitar Lessons

I’ve been performing and composing music since the early 1970’s.  Several core principles have emerged from these experiences:

  • Teaching is about providing tools that allow guitarists to be musically expressive.
  • Hand placement, articulation, the breath and relaxation are essential elements of technique.
  • Musicianship, including the study of timing, rhythmic feels, harmony and melody are vital ingredients in the process of becoming a guitarist.

Creative Process

The process of discovering your creativity through music is infinitely varied.

  • I teach acoustic and electric guitar styles, including Latin, jazz, Bossa nova, funk, fusion and flamenco.

For lessons in Santa Fe, New Mexico, please contact me at jgatesguitar@gmail.com


To hear my original music, including the latest album, Ocean Blues, that features arrangements by trumpeter Erik Jekabson, please visit:  http://whitegatesmusic.com

To see my discography and reviews, please visit: https://jackgatesmusic.com/