John’s Story

“I can teach you lead guitar. I can show you five Extended Scale patterns that cover the entire neck from the nut to the sound hole. These five scales will play ever major scale, every minor scale and every modal scale without changing one note of the five patterns. With these five patterns you will be able to find and play the lead on thousands of songs in all types of music. All you will need to know is what key the song is played in.” ~ John DeFoore

His Legacy

John started guitar in 1959 and have been playing and teaching ever since. Just tell me what you want to learn. From beginner to advanced I usually have something that he can add to his students playing.

For more than 40 years, his mission has been to introduce everyday people to the art and science, heart and soul of playing the guitar. I encourage my students by giving them ‘permission’ to write their own songs; make their own music. Truth is, he MAKEs my students write songs – it’s part of their homework. For many, it turns out to be therapy. For others, the songs generate tears and laughter for family and friends. And for a number of former students, it’s become part of a more public journey toward writing songs that have enjoyed audiences on a national scale.

His Approach

Some approach their assignments with uncertainty and fear. Others take to the process like it’s second nature. The way he sees it, EVERYONE can make their own music. There’s no greater joy as you learn guitar than to create your own songs and be able to sing and play them for yourself, for your friends and family, and even for the world if that’s what you want to do.

In addition to guitar and songwriting, He also offer extensive training in music theory and performance.

The Founder and lead instructor of The DeFoore Institute, John Defoore started playing guitar in 1959 and has been innovating way to reach and teach others for over 50 years. His philosophy of teaching is to first and foremost inspire his student to discover just how far they can reach as an artist. From beginner to advanced instruction, DeFoore asks each student to tell him what they want to learn and he does his best to empower each student to reach their goal.

Some approach their assignments with uncertainty and fear. Others take to the process like it’s second nature. The way he sees it, EVERYONE can make their own music. There’s no greater joy as you learn guitar than to create your own songs and be able to sing and play them for yourself, for your friends and family, and even for the world if that’s what you want to do.

In addition to guitar and songwriting, DeFoore Institute also offer extensive training in music theory and performance. Several students have gone on to make names for themselves in the music industry. Check out the Students page to see what some of my former pupils have accomplished, and check out this news report about me and my students from KLTV 7 Tyler.

Several of my students have gone on to make names for themselves in the music industry. Check out the Students page to see what some of my former pupils have accomplished, and check out this news report about me and my students from KLTV 7 Tyler.

 

DeFoore teaches finger picking and open tunings. You will learn patterns that allow you to play bass, rhythm and melody at the same time. He can also cover styles from early blues, such as Mississippi John Hurt, to people like John Renborne and Davy Graham, and help you develop a style of your own. He can also cover Light Jazz , extensive chordal work and music theory.

Lead Playing

Finger Picking

Open Tunings

Chord Work

Music Theory

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