Degreed Classical Guitarist, Contemporary Acoustic Guitarist Vocalist, University of New Mexico Classical Guitar Performance Graduate 1986, Guitar Institute of Technology(GIT) Graduate 1987 Performances include the Tennessee Inaugural Ball in 1998 for Bill Clinton's second inauguration plus TV, radio, studio, night clubs, hotels, private parties, weddings & receptions, arts & crafts fairs, art gallery openings, corporate functions, etc, etc. My solo guitar and vocal performance includes contemporary acoustic guitar, core classical guitar from Renaissance & Baroque to Spanish romantic, to Jazz & Jazz Fusion, Flamenco Style, Contemporary Country, Romantic Spanish plus Excellent Vocals.
I received several comments from attendees that they were very please with John's playing - the most important positive feedback came from the groom. In my recording studio, I have had many guitarists come through and John ranks in the top tier. Thank you John for helping to make my only child/daughter's wedding an over-the-top success. The four Berklee School of Music grads (Damn Tall Buildings) I brought in from NYC were also impressed with John's work.
Response from "Guitarist Extrordinaire":
Good Morning Thomas
Wow you didn't waste any time posting an amazing review and I surely want to thank you for that!!!! You know that was one fantastic wedding event and I am and was honored to be your chosen guitarist. Your daughter and new son in law were super nice to me and I really received lots of compliments from so many of your guests. I am also really appreciative of your commentary given your unique experience with quality players. I was a little nervous that I might not live up to your expectations. Thanks again and it was truly a pleasure playing for your group. Sincerely, John P . Martinez
Price Range: $200 to $500
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
Your 1st lesson needs to be 1 hour and then each weekly lesson would be a 1/2 hour. I do have some 1 hour per week students. If you are a beginner then you will need to buy an instruction book called How to Play Guitar Phase 1 by Ernie Ball which you can buy at Music Mart on Carlisle NE or Baum's Music on Eubank NE. It's about $10. If you have young children I would like the parents to be in the room during lessons and with the child during daily practice until the child gets used to the guitar and used to the concept of practice. This might take a couple of months. More advanced students will work on projects which could be songs, guitar solos, guitar technique, scales, arpeggios, etc. Classical guitar students will work a lot on technique exercises, short studies, warm up exercises and actual music pieces. I also play lots of other music from Rock to Blues to Jazz to Country to Spanish so whatever you taste or ability I am sure that I can make you a better player.
PROMO: If you stay with lessons for 3 months I will give you one 1/2 hour lesson free.
Past Booked Events
|August 31, 2019 • 4:30pm - 7:30pm||Wedding Reception|
Influences & Inspiration
I have playing guitar since I was 1 yrs. old. I the beginning it was all about " Secret Agent Man" which I pretty much played constantly then it was all about the Ventures and surfer music but "Walk Don't Run" and "Penetration" were my tunes and I played them constantly. Eventually I discovered The Beatles then any cool guitar band around from Jethro Tull to the Allman Brothers and even better Al Dimeola, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Dixie Dregs, Chick Corea and every intense guitar music I could find. I didn't start studying Classical Guitar until my mid 20's and finally received my Classical Guitar Performance Degree from University of New Mexico in 1986. I decided to join the 20th century again to study contemporary guitar, mainly Jazz stuff, in Hollywood and graduated from Musician' Institute's Guitar Institute of Technology in 1987 and I have been gigging as a solo and teaching guitar ever since then. Currently, I am Lead Guitarist with a wonderful 5 piece dance band called " Luna Upfront" featuring Pat Reyes on lead vocals plus great keyboards, percussion and bass. I also have a working male/female guitar and vocal duo called Chile Pi featuring Mrs. Sweet Voice Susan McCasland and we recently recorded a new CD. If you need a great band band for your event just let me know or consider Chile Pi.