My premium courses and coaching services will help you to RAISE YOUR GUITAR GAME, no matter your age or experience level. Check out the following testimonials to see the consistent success that my students achieve.
“I found Jim Bowley through our local county paper as he was named one of the top guitar teachers in the area. I had begun to take lessons 2 months prior with a nationally known guitar school but the approach just wasn’t working for me. Jim is a real music teacher who understands how to teach all ages and abilities. I have been with him almost 2 years now and couldn’t be happier!
While it was a tough start as an older adult, Jim has patience and a variety of methods to help me. What I like the most about his instruction is his attention to detail. He encourages me to learn techniques the correct way; not just to get through it. Every lesson builds upon the next and, as a result, my guitar playing is light years ahead of where I was 2 years ago. It has been a true friendship and partnership working with Jim. He ROCKS and I am lucky to have him as my teacher.” – Karen P.
“Jim Bowley is a great teacher. When I approached him for ukulele lessons I wasn’t sure if he’d be willing to take me as a student since he is primarily a guitar teacher. Not only did he take me on as a student, he turned out to be the best choice for a ukulele teacher. His style is very intuitive and he is amazing at adapting his teaching to specifically fit the student’s wants and needs. I recommend anyone wanting to learn guitar or ukulele to get in touch with Jim!” – Mike Rose, “The Magic Kinda Guy”
“I have come in contact with many inspiring individuals throughout my musical journey, but none even come close to matching the pure awesome that is my friend, Jim Bowley. I came to him four years ago unable to hold a simple power chord. Somehow he has helped me stretch my musical abilities far beyond what I ever thought possible.
I have worked with him on rock, blues, lead guitar moves, classical pieces, bluegrass, fingerpicking nightmares only attempted by the insane, songwriting, performance aspects, and even band leading tips. He has not only been my most inspiring mentor in music, he has also inspired me to be a better person and teacher.” – Savannah M.
“From my first lesson with Jim in 2006, it was apparent that his instructional skills and passion for teaching guitar is a rare talent. Jim is able to communicate with and motivate students of all ages, and he personalizes each lesson to fit your goals and challenge your skills.
As a proud parent, I watched Jim transform my son from strumming his first chords to confidently stepping to center stage and performing an Allman Brothers lead solo at a benefit concert for hundreds of people in downtown Baltimore.
Jim packs 90 minutes worth of instruction into 60 minutes with well-structured demonstration techniques, detailed analysis, and challenging exercises. Having logged over 1,000 instructor hours in combat aircraft and having coached sports for over 15 years, I can say with great confidence that Jim’s coaching skills are a rare find.” – Brigadier General Guy Walsh, United States Air Force, Ret.
“I have been taking guitar lessons with Jim at his studio since 2006. I believe that his approach to teaching has been the key to my progress as a guitar player. I will often arrive to my lesson with a specific song I want to learn and Jim is always more than willing to help me work through that song. But more importantly, he pinpoints certain techniques or required skills in that song which can then be applied to other songs. With Jim’s approach, I learn to play the music that I am interested in while increasing my fundamental skills.” – Mike H
“Jim Bowley is an awesome teacher! He has been my musical mentor since 2007 and has helped me acquire skills that I never thought I would be able to reach. He doesn’t just teach technique and theory; we also explore strategies to take songs to a more professional level, which is important to me as a performer. And we work on material by artists that I am interested in, so that it’s always fun.” – Piper Bateman, singer-songwriter
“I started lessons with Jim in 2007. During our time together, my guitar playing has grown tremendously! At that time, I was playing rhythm on my acoustic guitar and wanted to learn theory and how to play some lead guitar on my electric.
A typical lesson with Jim isn’t necessarily “planned” and it doesn’t require the usual guitar method books. If you have a favorite tune, you bring it to the lesson and every time it becomes a teachable moment. I have learned chords and notes up and down the fretboard, scales, lead guitar solos, blues, songs I never thought I could play, and more. And his patience as a teacher is a real asset. It’s been a great and rewarding experience for me!” – Roseann W.
“Jim offered the best learning experience I’ve ever received from anyone on any subject. If you really want to play guitar and put in the work it takes, he will give you all the tools you need and help you build your confidence as a player. He helped me get into Berklee and put me on the path to doing what I love. Great player, great teacher, and a better person. I highly recommend!” – Jeff G.
“I started playing guitar as a teenager thirty some years ago. While I continued to play off and on over the years, life tended to get in the way. I started taking lessons from Jim in January of 2012 after seeing incredible progress in my daughter’s guitar playing after moving from private lessons at the local music store to studying under Jim. I had returned to more regular practicing and even starting playing in our church praise band, but I had a lot, and I mean a lot, of bad habits that were inhibiting me from taking the step from mediocre to good. Jim has worked with me over these 3+ years to surpass my expectations and conquer the hurdles of my bad habits. I look forward to my weekly lessons and recommend Jim to anyone looking either to learn from scratch or to refine their skills. Jim’s approach is incredible and he doesn’t use a one size fits all methodology. He understands each individual is unique and has individual challenges to overcome. To sum it up, Jim Bowley is the BEST!” – John K.
“My son, JC, was a student of Jim’s for several years. He took an incredibly shy kid with no experience at all and helped to transform him into a confident young man with recognizable talent. His lessons were more than simply “how to play a guitar” in nature. Jim took a personal interest in my son, working very hard to find what techniques worked and what wouldn’t with JC. And there were many life lessons learned in addition to new chords and guitar playing techniques. He made a tremendous impact on JC and we will be forever grateful. He is by far a superior instructor and his teaching skills are a gift. JC is away at college now, but he took his guitar – and his lessons from Jim – with him. I’m sure he will continue to take the lessons learned, both musical and non, into his adult life. A wonderful, worthwhile experience. I highly recommend Mr. Jim Bowley.” – Sherry K.
Comments taken from student evaluation forms at Harford Community College :
“Jim is an excellent teacher and guitarist.”
“Great class, excellent instructor. Jim’s ideas inspired me.”
“Jim designs and presents his course in a very practical way. The use of songs at the end of each class really helped us apply what we’ve learned.”
“Great instructor! He made the class interesting and fun.”
“This class was awesome! Mr. Bowley made it fun, so much that I couldn’t wait to go home and practice. He is a very patient teacher.”
“Well organized course. Mr. Bowley presented instruction clearly and made adaptations to suit the needs of the students. I look forward to the next guitar class!”
“Give this outstanding instructor a raise!”
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