PASSION FOR SHARING
PASSION FOR SHARING
Putting on the guitar pedagogue hat, Heussenstamm wrote Guitar Workout for Hal Leonard. This instructional book combined mastering speed picking with melodic theory applied specifically to the geometries of the guitar.
He also co-authored 100 Jazz Lessons with Paul Silbergleit and 100 Blues Lessons with Chad Johnson.
Heussenstamm was a major contributor to Hal Leonard’s DVD series Guitar Licks Goldmine, which has become an exhaustive resource for guitarists of all levels and backgrounds.
His YouTube channel, johnhguitar, is focused on education and informative instrument reviews and has over 10 million views.
Guitar Workout is an intensive, comprehensive program that will increase your speed, agility, and creativity. This is the ultimate workout for any guitarist who wants to accelerate and articulate their speed picking! Train like a professional while gaining a greater understanding of the diatonic major scale, scale harmony, and the picking technique needed to play super-fast licks and riffs with melodic intelligence and creativity. Internationally renowned guitarist John Heussenstamm leads you through rigorous single-note warm-up exercises, speed drills, fingering patterns, sweeps, arpeggios, and melody construction.
100 JAZZ LESSONS
Each lesson in this Jazz volume includes detailed instruction with playing examples presented in standard notation and tablature. You'll also get extremely useful tips, scale diagrams, chord grids, photos and more to reinforce your learning experience, plus access to online recordings featuring performance demos of all the examples in the book! A huge variety of jazz guitar styles and techniques are covered, including: modes, arpeggios, basic comping, blues comping, turnaround improvisation, chord tones, tritone substitution, scale sequences, pentatonics, sus chords, polyphonic harmony, and much more! The audio files are accessed online using the unique code inside each book and can be downloaded or streamed. They include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.
100 BLUES LESSONS
Expand your guitar knowledge with the Guitar Lesson Goldmine series! Featuring 100 individual modules covering a giant array of topics, each lesson in this Blues volume includes detailed instruction with playing examples presented in standard notation and tablature. You'll also get extremely useful tips, scale diagrams, chord grids, photos, and more to reinforce your learning experience plus 2 audio access featuring performance demos of all the examples in the book! A huge variety of blues guitar styles and techniques are covered, including: turnarounds, hammer-ons and pull-offs, slides, the blues scale, 12-bar blues, double stops, muting techniques, hybrid picking, fingerstyle blues, and much more!
Heussenstamm’s own education is as diverse as his touring habits. He's studied with heavy-weight guitarists like Bob Conti, Ted Greene, Tito Guidotti, Joe Pass, Tony Rizzi, and sarod legend Ali Akbar Khan at the Ali Akbar College of Indian Music.
John’s personal blues style has been influenced by B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Albert King, Freddie King and Mike Bloomfield.
He'll tell you he's learned as much from the rhythm section virtuosos he's shared the stage with as he has from his fellow guitarists, these co-conspirators have included Jan Ashley (Mike Reilly, Elvin Bishop), Kofi Baker, Alan Diaz, Baba Elefante, Tom Fowler, Jimmy Haslip, John Heard, Vail Johnson, Matt Marshall, Lester McFarland, Vernon Porter, Lee Rocker, Dave Spurr, and Leo Vigil.
PHOTO: Freddie King. CREDIT: Bert Verhoeff (Nationaal Archief NL), CC via Wikimedia Commons
John has been teaching private lessons and workshops for 45 years.
Warning: His enthusiasm is contagious.
For more information about online and in-person lessons, drop John a line here.