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Hi, I’m Jim Greenfield. Welcome to my site!  2017 marks my 13th year as a full time teacher, and more years playing the guitar than I care to count. I’ve never enjoyed it more. I truly believe I have continued to improve as a teacher, as much from the joy and investment I’ve shared with my students during this time as any advancements in my actual skills. In addition, I have returned to performing and networking with other artists, and am excited about every aspect of it.

 Although I’ve been teaching guitar full time for ‘only’ 13 years, my career as professional solo guitarist and teacher in the Washington, D.C. area spans more than 30 years. In addition, I am a composer, songwriting coach and performance mentor. I have working knowledge of a wide variety of genres, including but not limited to classical, all forms of rock, blues, jazz, country, folk, and “singer-songwriter” music. In addition to a full calendar of private students at my  D.C. studio, I also just completed my 8th year at prestigious Sheridan School in Tenleytown, D.C. as guitar and ukulele instructor.

Music has been dominant in my life since I was a child, but I reached a crossroads of sorts in around 1990. After performing as a solo singer/songwriter and lead guitarist for 15 years, I decided to pursue classical guitar, and studied it exclusively for about 5 years. Thereafter I continued band work, session work, and other special projects while working a regular job. Around 2004 I began teaching and playing full time. In addition to various playing and songwriting credits for other artists,  I released Solo Masterpieces , a full length classical guitar CD, in 2010,and a 16 song jazz tribute to my mother, ‘Mama Made Me Do It’, in 2016. Most recently, I’ve formed a duo with longtime music mate Jared Bataillon , ‘The Joes’. At the same time, I’ve had the immense pleasure of mentoring many talented young students, some of whose abilities you can see for yourself in the video archive. 

There are 4 basic areas of greenfieldguitar.com

1. The learning areas of this site is are combination of comprehensive beginner instruction, intermediate/advanced tips and guidance, and a vast archive of short video clip and photos accompanying the various subjects covered. In contrast to a ‘how to play this song’ type of help, this content is more basic (yet solid) reference, stuff that can be applied in many contexts. I truly believe there is something for almost anyone within.

2. The second area of greenfieldguitar is performance recording and video, both of myself and various students.  The ‘Media’  area has 2 dropdown menus, ‘recordings’ and ‘video’.  There you can find audio files of both my full length CD’s and links to other recordings I have played on, and a library of video performances.  

3. The third area provides a description of my teaching style and experience, student testimonials, and a contact page for lessons. If you live in the Washington, D.C. area and love music and the guitar-but feel challenged in any way-take advantage of my many years of experience and caring, personalized service.

4. The fourth area is simply news, whether new posts by me, new content added, or information about upcoming shows or anything that may be of interest.

 

ON THIS SITE:

* Beginner Online Training

* Lessons description, info and application form

* Intermediate/Advanced section with over 50 different topics

* THE RHYTHM SECTION rhythm training

* Hundreds of video samples accompany the learning pages

Archive of audio and video performances

* News about shows, new content etc