James D. Gilmore

Official Shred Virtuoso Website!

Guitar Lessons

Learn from a Virtuoso Guitarist with multiple solo CD/DVD's available Worldwide!

James has over 30 years teaching experience, and extensive knowledge about everything from the stage to the studio, including publishing, promotion, recording, songwriting, producing & much more.
Very few teachers have this level of diverse experience.
Simply put, James teaches what others can't!

Lessons are taught in North-East Cincinnati Area.
"Any style, any level." "Beginner to Pro."

All lessons are taught one on one, 1 time per week, & are 1 half hour long.

Wednesday, & Thursday evening openings available.
Sorry, no other days are currently open.

ONLY $20 !!! (Per-half hour) 
A $45 value for over half off!
No music store, school, or academy can match these rates!

Serious inquireries should click on the "Contact" on this site & leave your Name, Phone Number, & level of experience. Place the words - "Guitar Lessons" at the top of your message. James will call you personally to provide details.

Below, James has provided a "Lessons Overview" of the material he covers:


-Open Chords

-Barre Chords

-Notes on fretboard


-Finger picking


-Reading Tablature

-Reading Notes / Music Scores

-Easy Song Patterns



-Modal Theory

-String bending


-Lead Licks

-Hammer on's & Pull Off's

-Soloing Concepts

-Advanced Rthym Patterns

-Understanding Song Arrangements

-Basic Recording Concepts

-More Advanced Songs


-Extreme Soloing Techniques

-Sweep Picking

-String Skipping


-Whammy Bar Tricks

-Dissonant Licks

-Speed Excercises

-Song Writing

-Creating Solo Melodies

-Advanced Recording Concepts


Gear, Copyrights, Publishing, Recording a Demo, Releasing a CD, Public Relations, Web Site Contents, Marketing & Promotion.....& MORE!


In addition to everything listed above, but at no additional cost, there are several "perks" to taking lessons with James that you just can't get anywhere else...

1) Each student receives an "Audio Guide CD" containing mp3's of many the licks & songs taught, so students won't forget how something should sound while they're practicing at home. This makes it easy to remember the phrasing, & melodies!

2) A CD containing 100 "Backing Tracks" is available to students as they progress so they can practice songs with professional sounding bass, drums, & other instruments. It's like practicing at home with a full band!
(includes jam tracks from artist like- AC/DC, Rush, Van Halen, Hendrix, Satriani, Iron Maiden, ZZ Top, Black Sabbath, Kiss, Aerosmith, & Led Zeppelin, just to name a few!)

3) From being an absolute beginner, most students can record an easy rock song within just a few months to CD using a stand alone multi-track recorder! James will help you record your track, & show you the gear needed to make professional sounding demo's, without the need for a computer! 

4) Guitar Gods CD- The ultimate introduction to 50+ amazing guitarist's most young, & a few older, student's have probably never even heard of!
(includes sample tracks by virtuoso's like- Michael Angelo Batio, Michael Harris, Joe Stump, John Petrucci, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Zakk Wyld, David Chastain, Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, Vinnie Moore, Steve Moorse, Greg Howe, Frank Gamble,
Chris Impellitteri, Neil Zaza, & many more!)

5) NEW! Guitar Setup & Maintenance Video! This video covers everything from changing strings, to setting bridge intonation, & making truss rod adjustments. From beginner to pro, your certain to learn something useful from this very informative video, from one of the west coast's best professional guitar luthier's.

These Perks are worth over $200, and you won't find them anywhere else, but they're FREE exclusively for James' students!

Cancellation Policy:

If you need to cancel or re-schedule an appointment, you must call by 12 noon that day, or you will be charged for that lesson!

Note: Any emergency (medical / car problems) will be exempt!
However, you must call to re-schedule any missed lesson.

Additionally, if you need to take a leave of absence for an extended period of time,
- lasting more than 2 weeks - you will only need to pay for 50% of the costs of each missed lesson to reserve your spot on the schedule. Payment is required before any extended absence!

Take a FREE complimentary lesson NOW!

Designed for Absolute Beginners!
This video features 4 warm-up lick's, tip's on gear & practicing,
& a bonus concert clip!
These lick's work great on both Acoustic & Electric guitars!
This is a FREE complimentary lesson for Intermediate students.
This video features an arpeggios 101 introduction to sweep picking.
There's also a bonus clip on Gear Bag Contents!
Designed for Advanced Students!
Stage intro / warm up lick with guitar virtuoso James D. Gilmore.
Features concert clip, & on-screen tab in HD!

12 Benefits of Music Education:

1. Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning. It is thought that brain development continues for many years after birth. Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain's circuits in specific ways. Linking familiar songs to new information can also help imprint information on young minds.

2. There is also a causal link between music and spatial intelligence (the ability to perceive the world accurately and to form mental pictures of things). This kind of intelligence, by which one can visualize various elements that should go together, is critical to the sort of thinking necessary for everything from solving advanced mathematics problems to being able to pack a book-bag with everything that will be needed for the day.

3. Students of the arts learn to think creatively and to solve problems by imagining various solutions, rejecting outdated rules and assumptions. Questions about the arts do not have only one right answer.

4. Recent studies show that students who study the arts are more successful on standardized tests such as the SAT. They also achieve higher grades in high school.

5. A study of the arts provides children with an internal glimpse of other cultures and teaches them to be empathetic towards the people of these cultures. This development of compassion and empathy, as opposed to development of greed and a "me first" attitude, provides a bridge across cultural chasms that leads to respect of other races at an early age.

6. Students of music learn craftsmanship as they study how details are put together painstakingly and what constitutes good, as opposed to mediocre, work. These standards, when applied to a student's own work, demand a new level of excellence and require students to stretch their inner resources.

7. In music, a mistake is a mistake; the instrument is in tune or not, the notes are well played or not, the entrance is made or not. It is only by much hard work that a successful performance is possible. Through music study, students learn the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence and the concrete rewards of hard work.

8. Music study enhances teamwork skills and discipline. In order for an orchestra to sound good, all players must work together harmoniously towards a single goal, the performance, and must commit to learning music, attending rehearsals, and practicing.

9. Music provides children with a means of self-expression. Now that there is relative security in the basics of existence, the challenge is to make life meaningful and to reach for a higher stage of development. Everyone needs to be in touch at some time in his life with his core, with what he is and what he feels. Self-esteem is a by-product of this self-expression.

10. Music study develops skills that are necessary in the workplace. It focuses on "doing," as opposed to observing, and teaches students how to perform, literally, anywhere in the world. Employers are looking for multi-dimensional workers with the sort of flexible and supple intellects that music education helps to create as described above. In the music classroom, students can also learn to better communicate and cooperate with one another.

11. Music performance teaches young people to conquer fear and to take risks. A little anxiety is a good thing, and something that will occur often in life. Dealing with it early and often makes it less of a problem later. Risk-taking is essential if a child is to fully develop his or her potential.

12. An arts education exposes children to the incomparable.


 Carolyn Phillips is the author of the Twelve Benefits of Music Education. She is the Former Executive Director of the Norwalk Youth Symphony, CT.

Beginner Gear Recommendations:

James is often asked by beginners for advice on what gear to get. Here's a few links to some of his picks for guitars & amps that offer both quality, & value. Note, he is not endorsed by any "brands" listed below, these are his honest first hand observations...








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