Like many artists, lifelong guitarist Christian Johnson found himself stuck in an office job for several years. But it wasn’t enough to silence the music in his head. Motivated by his frustration and his encyclopedic knowledge of the ax, he opened Adrian Guitars in 2002 before changing the name to Blue Dot Guitars. During lessons, Johnson pulls from three decades of playing and teaching experience to assist students of all ages and skill levels in tackling the guitar. He honed his own musical prowess at Musicians Institute, where he studied with virtuosos such as jazz great Joe Diorio. As a Fender-authorized warranty technician, Johnson also specializes in guitar repairs, including regluing broken bridges or replacing snapped strings with durable strands of spaghetti.
Each of the guitar coaches at American Guitar Academy are certified in the school's signature teaching method. Developed over 25 years, this house-honed instruction technique incorporates scientific research to help fingers learn to shred frets up to eight times faster than alternative methods. During half-hour lessons, instructors guide budding rock stars aged 4 years and up through the basics of strumming chords and seamlessly stitching together riffs. These comprehensive lessons on classical, electric, or acoustic guitars are offered either with a live online instructor or via videos and guarantee that students will be playing their favorite music within six months of training. Students may begin lessons without owning a guitar, but are encouraged to gain access to one quickly for mastering scales and the ability to solo with their teeth.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
No hard-nosed Instructor tactics here. If you want to learn, I will help you. I can work with whatever skills you currently have, and enhance them rather then trying to change your style completely.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
Bring any of your favorite pieces. Pop, Jazz, Classical, whatever it may be. And any Lesson Books you've found to be helpful over the years. I will provide Music for you as well.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Helping people achieve goals that they may not have realized they could ever accomplish. If you work on what I teach you, you will get better.
What do you love most about your job?
Seeing the look on someones face, child or adult, when they conquer a musical hurdle. :)
Signature service: Brian Earl Haines
Reservations/Appointments: Required [for lessons]
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 30 minutes or less
Pro Tip: The store is open to the public and no appointment is needed.