Guitar Lessons

Guitar Lessons

Would you like to learn to play basic chords as quickly as possible so you can accompany yourself or a friend while singing?  Can you already play but feel stuck in a rut when taking solos?  Are you an accomplished guitarist with solid chops who’s looking to develop a tastier musical sense, so you fit in perfectly with any band you join?

Justin Leighton Long, previously the guitarist for the Atlantic Records-signed band No Address, teaches all levels of guitar from beginner through advanced.  His experience as a producer, drummer, bassist, and guitarist give him a unique perspective into how all the parts of a band fit together – and how to play guitar in a way that best serves the song and the band.

He also has years of experience in the pro audio world and can help you learn the technical details about your pedalboard, your guitar, and your amp, and how to use them to get exactly the tone you’re looking for.  Check out some of his technical videos below.

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“After 30 plus years as a predominantly self-taught guitarist,  I came to a place in my music where I knew I was ready to move to the next level- even if I was not quite sure what that was to be.  This became apparent when I started a band with two formally trained musicians.  I felt that I needed to show up for my bandmates by improving my craft.    After researching providers in the Denver metro area and getting frustrated by their lack of organization and professionalism,  I found Performance High.  What made them remarkably different was their helpful engagement, preparation for my needs, and focus on developing the whole performer.  This is where I met my guitar instructor Justin. 
Justin started by working to understand where I was as a player and musician.  He thoughtfully worked to understand the gaps in my knowledge and applied a simple and effective approach to filling them.  As a long time guitarist, I was apprehensive to challenge what had become my foundation of playing.  However, what I have learned from Justin has connected the dots within the new and existing knowledge and substantially strengthened me in my craft.   Best of all, my bandmates noticed the improvement.  Thank you Justin for your cogent lessons and for just being a teacher who takes pride in his work.” – Cris Z.
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“Over the past decade, I’ve tried to learn how to play guitar with several instructors in several cities and states and always hated the experience and ultimately quit the lessons. In January of 2016, I had my first guitar lesson with Justin and for the first time, felt like I would be able to learn the basics. Justin’s techniques took the mystery out of playing the instrument. He taught me very basic chords and patterns and encouraged me to learn to play a song I enjoyed. As a professional singer and songwriter, this was the missing piece to my musical journey. After a year of lessons and practice, I’m able to accompany myself during live shows playing the acoustic guitar. It’s something I never thought would happen. My success is 100% because of Justin and the guitar techniques he taught. Suffice it to say, I will be forever thankful for his guidance!” – Leslie Tom

Topics for Beginning Students:

  • Learn basic chords so you can jam with a band within just a few weeks.
  • Learn various strumming patterns so all your songs don’t sound the same.
  • Learn how to solo quickly using easy patterns on the fretboard.
  • Learn proper technique to avoid repetitive injuries.
  • Learn how to pick notes and hold strings to get the best tone.
  • Learn how to tweak your amp settings and use pedals to get a tone you love.

Topics for Advanced Students:

  • Find new ways to solo and improvise.
  • Increase your speed.
  • Address plateaus in your growth as a guitarist.
  • Expand and perfect your technique.
  • Learn to combine different styles of into your own musical voice.
  • Learn the music theory behind guitar playing.
  • Develop a musical sense that will keep your playing constantly fresh.
  • Understand the role of other instruments so your playing is always tasteful.

Rates: You can take lessons at whatever frequency you like, but weekly lessons give you the best progress and keep up your momentum.  Consequently, we offer reduced rates for weekly lessons.  Click here for more information.

Availability:  Afternoons, as well as some nights and weekends.

Location:  Denver.

“Justin has the rare gift of listening to the frustrations a student is experiencing and turning them into exercises that intrigue and engage. When I expressed a desire to be able to finger pick rather than just play chords, Justin showed me a blues box which I could use to improvise. Now I am learning something and having fun at the same time.  – Mark L.

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Photos: Scott Brayshaw except where noted

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“My daughter Lexi is 14 years old and takes weekly lessons for both voice and guitar from Performance High. When Kristin learned that Lexi had taken guitar lessons in the past but had quit because it wasn’t a fun or successful experience, she recommended that Lexi and I have a meet and greet with Justin to see if we all thought it would be a good fit, and we are so glad she did!  That meet and greet turned into a full hour long lesson and we have never looked back. 

Lexi started taking weekly guitar lessons with Justin in August of 2016. Her progress was immediate and incredible. Just 4 months later she had her first live on-stage performance singing and accompanying herself on the guitar, and it was amazing! Justin also works with her on artist development and stage performance and she has blossomed in those areas as well. We would highly recommend Justin for guitar, artist development, and stage performance!” – Pamela K.

“I have been taking voice lessons with Adrienne for 2 years and guitar lessons with Justin for a year. They are both excellent instructors and are able to quickly identify your strengths and weaknesses and adapt lessons to what will work best for you. I have seen excellent improvements with both my vocal ability and my guitar playing.” – Gene R.

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About Justin

Justin Leighton Long is a musician, engineer and record producer who has worked in various styles including blues, country, rock, rap and pop. Justin was a founding member, lead guitarist and songwriter for the band No Address. No Address released Time Doesn’t Notice on Atlantic Records, with their debut single “Sadie (When I’m Gone)” standing at #11 on the Billboard Radio charts for 22 weeks. No Address toured North America extensively and Justin’s compositions have been featured in feature films and television series, as well as continuing to maintain airplay around the world, (as a fun fact) recently reaching #1 on the college radio charts in Bosnia.

As a recording engineer and producer Justin has worked for bands signed to labels including Atlantic, Elektra, Immortal, Wind Up, Curb, Blind Bat, S-Curve, Victory, Blues Legacy and J Records.

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