Private lessons on Guitar and Bass

Now accepting students of all ages and on any level for private instruction on guitar and bass. From beginner to advanced each lesson plan is tailored to meet the needs and aspirations of each student. Study the basics; chords and songs, or delve into theory, composition, improvisation and soloing. Whether you're just getting started, or a longtime enthusiast looking for the next level, I can help. Together, we will write the method book that is best for YOU.

I am a Berklee trained professional musician with over 30 years experience in performing and teaching music. I've been fortunate to have worked as a musician with Martin Sexton, Jim Prescott (G. Love and Special Sauce), Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown), Earl Slick (David Bowie, John Lennon). I've had the thrill of opening for many other national bands over the years.

Not sure of how serious you or your child is about lessons? Now offering rentals on 3/4 scale and full size guitars for beginning students.

Located in Syracuse, near Tipperary Hill, and  Winkworth Parkway, minutes from Fairmount and Camillus. Off street parking, and spacious waiting room available. Convenient to Wegmans and other shopping as well.

Lessons are 30 minutes, once per week.

Available lesson times Monday through Friday from 9am to 8pm. Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Full hour and group sessions are also available.

Each lesson is $25, or pre-pay 4 lessons for $80. All printed material is included.

I accept Cash or Check. I also accept credit cards

through PayPal 

References available upon request.

I love what I do, and it shows in the progress and success of my students. I've seen my students continue to Syracuse University, Berklee, and many others.

Contact me

Studio: 315-488-2739

Text to: 315-383-4422

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Music lessons lead to better grades in school.

"Children who received music lessons showed improved language-based reasoning, and the ability to plan, organize and complete tasks, as well as improved academic achievement," Wetter, O. E., Koerner, F., & Schwaninger, A. (2009)

Now offering live video lessons through Face Time and Skype.

Same half hour or hour sessions, method material to be emailed as PDF.


"Jay is a very patient and well-educated teacher, allowing his lessons to be oriented towards the student's interests. Jay makes even the most complex theoretical concepts easy to understand for all ages with any amount of previous musical knowledge." Matt P.

"Jay is AMAZING! My daughter has taken guitar lessons with him from the time she was 6 years old. The rate she has grown musically is incredible. She has recently started playing the cello as well, and he has incorporated new methods to coincide with that so the two instrumental lessons help strengthen the other. I am more than impressed and tell every person that's interested in guitar to go to Jay!" Meghan D.

Great Instructor!

"Our son has been taking guitar lessons from Jay for over a year now, and his progress has been remarkable. Jay is a very talented musician, and he really seems to have a knack for passing along his musical wisdom to students. He is patient when necessary, but always encourages and helps his students to expand their musical boundaries as soon as they are ready, so that they can continually improve. We couldn't be happier with the results we've seen so far!"

 "Mr Gould has a talent for explaining complex musical techniques in ways that make them easier to apply to my own playing". Tom F.

"Jay is an amazing teacher. My 13 year old son has been his student since he was 6 years old. Jay is patient and an overall wonderful teacher. He designs the lessons based on the student's interests. Not only can my son play the guitar, he can actually help his sister who plays the flute read her music and corrects her when she plays the wrong notes. Rates are very reasonable and he is flexible when it comes to scheduling. Respeful man and we are pleased he is part of our lives. A plus, through music Jay taught my son fractions :) It sounded odd to me since my wife and I aren't musical at all but apprently there is a link between math and music." Bouraa A.

"Completely aware of your desires and has a plan suited for you to reach your goals. Jay is always accessible when difficulties arise to eliminate frustration. Very patient!" Mettis J.

"Jay is an outstanding teacher. Honestly, my son has given up numerous activities throughout the years except for guitar. He has been studying it for 6 years now and it's the only thing he won't quit. Jay wouldn't give up and kept challenging him. The growth my son exhibited musically is astonishing.
We are very grateful for him as a teacher. His calmness and patience allowed my son to grow as a musician". Heba