Jeremy specializes in fingerstyle and slide guitar. He teaches folk and blues guitar at all levels and also gives instruction in beginner clawhammer banjo and basic ukulele. In addition, Jeremy has helped aspiring songwriters hone their craft.
Jeremy’s instrumental lessons are customized to the student. Technique and songs are the foundation, rather than scales and rote exercises. Some music theory is addressed when appropriate. Jeremy’s philosophy is that students get better with practice, and they practice more if they have something fun to play.
Some of the guitar techniques explored are finger/thumb isolation, picking patterns, slide technique and tone, alternate tunings, and Flatt picking.
He teaches the repertoire of such artists as Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson, Bob Dylan, Fred McDowell, Skip James, Muddy Waters, Blind Willie Johnson, and Elizabeth Cotten. Jeremy teaches his own arrangements, from simple to syncopated. He uses guitar tablature (rather than traditional music notation) and encourages students to bring a digital device for recording examples.
As an experienced performer and songwriter, Jeremy also aids students in writing and arranging original songs.
Jeremy Lyons has been teaching guitar since 1993. He attended Hampshire College from 1988 to 1992, concentrating in ethnomusicology, the anthropology of music, and focusing on Country Blues. He studied slide and fingerstyle technique with the renowned British guitarist Martin Simpson. Lyons’s craft was honed, and his repertoire expanded, while playing on the streets in New Orleans in the early to mid ‘90s. Elder associates on the streets and in the clubs contributed to Jeremy’s education. It was during these days that Jeremy himself began teaching. Interested tourists and locals would ask the young guitarist for pointers between sets, sometimes employing Jeremy for private lessons. This continued as Jeremy moved on to the club and festival circuits of the Deep South. Lyons relocated to New England in 2005, where he has become an active member of the music community, performing solo, with his own duo or trio, and with The Busted Jug Band and Vapors of Morphine at home and abroad.
“Jeremy Lyons is an amazing player and an amazing teacher. His relaxed, easygoing style belies his encyclopedic knowledge of not only the blues but music history and theory in general. He not only plays it with grace and virtuosity but he understands how to get you to play it. I’m amazed at how much I’ve learned, how quickly I learned it, and how much I enjoyed the process.”
– Felix Rust, guitar student, Berklee College of Music graduate