Bio

Jeffrey Thomas

Webcam Guitar Bass & Ukulele Instructor

Jeffrey Thomas makes his living as a music instructor offering Skype guitar, bass and ukulele lessons to students around the world.  Accepting students of all ages and levels has exposed him to vast genres of music. Traditional Classical to Punk, Black Metal to Praise & Worship, Flamenco to Radio Disney Artists, Blues of many forms, Hip Hop, Reggae, Folk, Shred, Bluegrass, Motown, Rock, Grunge, Indie, Pop, R&B, Funk, Rockabilly, Latin, Country, World Music…

Currently Jeff is working diligently on his Classical, Jazz Chord Melody, Travis Picking and Flamenco playing. His interest in Flamenco will take him to Spain for extensive study of Cante and Baile accompaniment as well as solo flamenco playing.

Jeff’s students all benefit from his continued study of diverse styles. His teaching approach is a unique blend of standard notation, tablature transcriptions with rhythmic values, improvisation, traditional & modern theory, practice routines, improvisation, harmonic analysis and technique studies. Each student is taught to be inspired and how to enjoy the process of reaching their goals.

As well as private instruction Jeffrey has coached Rock School groups and taught group classes on basic to advanced playing subjects.

Education

Golden West College-Huntington Beach, Ca: Classical & Jazz Theory, Ear Training

Orange Coast College-Costa Mesa, Ca: Classical/Jazz Theory, Rhythmic Training, Ear Training

Saddleback College-Mission Viejo, Ca: Jazz Theory, Improvisation, Ear Training

University California Irvine-Irvine, Ca: Classical/Modern Guitar Technique with Richard Glenn

Private Study with: Ted Greene, Ron Eschete, George Van Eps, Carl Verheyen, Scott Henderson, Frank Gambale, Buzz Feiten, Antonio Rey, Si Eubanks, Eric Marienthal

BMI Television/Film Credits: ABC Pro Ski Tour, Toyota, Rossignol, The Extremists, Death Ring, Nascar

 

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Testimonials

I am located in Tokyo, Japan and I have been working with Jeff over Skype for about 6 months. Jeff is great to work with. He very kindly transposes the music I am interested in playing and as a result of our lessons I have improved considerably. He is always on time and is very accommodating when I have to cancel a lesson at the last minute.

Ingram Weber
Tokyo, Japan
I live in Virginia and have been taking Skype guitar lessons from Jeff for several months now and I’m very happy with Jeff, who is a fabulous instructor. He is very patient and encouraging and because of this I am finally doing more with my playing that ever before. He works hard for his students  and pays attention to detail— and his fine musicianship make him an ideal teacher. I look forward to our weekly lessons and to getting better as a player!
Lisa Ann Wright
Lisa Ann Wright
Richmond, Virginia
Living in a semi-rural area (Placerville, California) limited my options for finding a great teacher that could help me progress towards my goal of becoming a better classical player while developing my ability to read music and understand music theory. Although I was skeptical that my goals could be achieved within the Skype format, Jeffrey Thomas has proven that computer-based lessons can be effective. He is both an excellent player and teacher, and is fluent in most every style of music. His love of music is apparent and shines through in his teaching. I would highly recommend him to anyone who has the desire to develop as a musician and guitar player and would like the convenience of Skype-based lessons. 
Craig Jordan
Craig Jordan
Placerville, California
I have been studying Bass Guitar with Jeff for 3 years I started with lessons when I was 67 yrs old and learned more from him in three years than I ever knew about my acoustic guitar.
I did this through a 30 min lesson once a week over Skype. He is a terrific teacher and very patient!
I highly recommend Jeffrey Thomas as a teacher and a friend. I am in Vancouver, Canada and would never have met him except through Skype.
Thanks JEFF!
Susan Puccini
Susan Puccini
Vancouver, Canada