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Hello, Jim Cruz here! Welcome to my website!

I'm glad for the opportunity to introduce myself to you, share some of my music and also share about my private guitar lessons in the South Atlanta area.

If you're in the market for an experienced guitar instructor, let's have a chat. I'd love to talk with you about how I can help you.

If you find that you live too far out of my area but you're looking for guitar instruction, then check out the info about ONLINE guitar lessons at AtlantaGuitarLessonsOnline.com. I share two great resources that I have personally reviewed and found to be outstanding, of high quality, and best of all: very inexpensive. I believe they will prove to be effective, if you don't have the opportunity to personally study with a private teacher, which of course is the best scenario.

While you're here, I'd love to share my music with you. You can listen to a little of my guitar work in the "My Music" link on the left.


Private Guitar Lessons I am an Atlanta area musician and guitar instructor. I primarily teach in the Henry County area (Stockbridge, McDonough, Hampton, Locust Grove, etc.) I'm currently taking on new students and all levels are accepted, from beginner to pro level players. I have almost 30 years of experience teaching guitar in addition to almost 40 years of playing experience since childhood. Teaching has been a fulfilling profession for me as I have enjoyed helping so many people learn to play guitar and have fun doing it. My lessons are very reasonably priced. My hours of operation are below. Click on the "Guitar Lessons" link on the left to learn more about lessons and see current avalable slots.
Hours of Operation
Monday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
Tuesday: 4:30pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday: 4:30pm - 8:00pm
Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: No Lessons

Bio

I grew up in Lindenhurst, NY and lived there till I moved out on my own at 19. Music had been a big part of my life since I was 10 years old. I've had lot's of formal training with some incredible guitar teachers. I credit those teachers for introducing me to many different styles of music and influencing me to always be a student of music. It really served to raise the bar for me. The teachers who were instrumental in my development in the style of Jazz was Charles LeVerne, Tony Campo, and Bob Shaw. They were top-flight jazz artists with decades of experience. I was very fortunate to have been surrounded by alot of musicians in NY which gave me the opportunity to cut my teeth playing with a number of bands. I played in top 40/dance music bands, a number of rock bands, some experimental jazz projects, my high school jazz band, and jammed alot with friends. I've had the pleasure of playing with a number of incredible musicians through the years.

In the early 80's, I moved to Southern California for about a year to get my foot in the door of the studio scene. I had the opportunity to meet a few of my favorite players, like Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather.

After a while, I moved to the Tampa, FL area to play with a couple of high school friends that I knew in NY.

A year later, I moved to Atlanta, GA to take a break from the music scene and look for steady employment which lead me, for a short time, working as a fitness instructor at 2 gyms before building a career in corporate America. Simultaneously, I also started a career as a guitar instructor which I've done for almost 30 years. In that time, I have literally taught hundreds of people. I've also played in a couple of prog rock bands, a country band, a jazz fusion band and have played in a number of different Church ensembles.

My wife Cheryl and have 5 awesome kids between us...Jimmy, Lanie, Christina, Racy, and Faith. We live just South of the Atlanta Metro area.

I occassionaly play guitar at our church, Eagles Landing First Baptist Church, on the worship team.

I am mostly active writing and playing music with my jazz band, Alchemia.

Since my childhood, music has been a driving passion in my life. I've learned early to express myself in it, and learned to be disciplined & focused through it. I knew early on that I wanted to be a musician all of my life and enjoy it as a career. My music has taken me from being a performer to becoming a teacher and over the years I've enjoyed passing on the passion I have for music to those that would become my students.

Personally, I believe music is meant to be a form of communication of the soul & heart and ultimately to bring glory to God. I'm thankful for the gift of music and also for the wonderful opportunity to help others develop their musical gifts.

Recording Session Work

If you're looking for guitar work for your recording project, I'm available to help you with your project. I play many styles and I also read music. If you also need bass guitar work, my band member Nemo Tristani is also available and is a very accomplished player. You can hear Nemo's playing on my music page recordings. We can also record for you if you want to send your music files. We record on Protools Version 8. We can send you back the completed recordings. I charge $50 flat rate for each song. With bass guitar work, the rates will be doubled to pay for each of our work.


Drum Lessons

If you're looking from a drum/percussion instructor, go to www.drummerdave.net. My friend Dave Sage is an outstanding drummer as well as a teacher. I've played with Dave in a number of musical projects and also taught along side of him. He's very passionate about helping students excel in their musical skills.


Alchemia Jazz Project

Alchemia is the name of my band in which we play a blend of different forms of jazz from smooth jazz to an edgy bluesy jazz. The band is made up of myself, Nemo Tristani on Bass, and David Sage on drums.


Guitar Gear

I play guitars by PRS (Paul Reed Smith), Fender, Ibanez & Takamine.

Currently I play a PRS Single Cut guitar (that's the one in my photo above. For Fenders (all American-made) I have a Red Deluxe Stratocaster, a 1983 Strat Elite, and a customized Telecaster with 3 humbuckers in it, which I affectionately call my Frankenstein guitar. I also have an Ibanez Saber which is what I use for heavy rock stuff requiring crazy whammy bar playing. For guitar strings I use D'Addario EXL110, 10-guage strings.

I play a Takamine acoustic guitar which I've had since the mid 80's.

I use Dimarzio and Seymour Duncan pickups in my guitars.

In amplification and effects, I use the Vox Valvetronix AD120VTX amp. It's a wonderfully versatile tube amp that is adaptable to any musical situation. I also have a 100-Watt Marshall JCM 800 Lead Series amp, and a Peavey 2x12 Classic Chorus combo amp which I use with my rack-mounted gear.

Effects I use:

Boss CS-2, Compressor/Sustainer
Boss NS-2, Noise Suppresor

Ibanez TS808, Tube Screamer

Dunlop Cry Baby 535Q Wah Wah Pedal
DanElectro DaddyO Overdrive Pedal
Boss FV-300H Volume Pedal

 

My Rack Gear:
 
Rocktron Pro G.A.P. Preamp
Rocktron Intellifex Effects Processor
DBX 166A Compressor
Ibanez DD700 Digital Delay
 
Writing & Recording Tools:
 
ProTools Recording Software
CakeWalk Software
Roland Sound Expansion Module
Vox ToneLab LE Multi Effects Pedal
Fostex VF80X Multi-Track Recorder
Line6 - PodXT Pro
Iinspiration & a computer

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