Jim Cruz here! Welcome
to my website!
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.
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
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 a great resource that I have personally reviewed
and found to be outstanding, of high quality, and best of
all: very inexpensive. I believe it will prove to be a great
alternative, if you don't have the opportunity to personally
study with a private teacher, which of course is the best
here, I'd love to share my music with you. You can listen
to a little of my guitar work in the "My
link on the left.
I am an Atlanta area musician and guitar instructor, 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 over 30 years of experience teaching
guitar in addition to over 40 years of playing experience
the "Guitar Lessons" link on the left to go to
my Lesson website to learn more about what I offer and see
my current avalable slots.
pm - 9:00 pm
pm - 8:30 pm
pm - 9:00 pm
pm - 9:00 pm
pm - 9:00 pm
am - 5:00 pm
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
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
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.
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
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.
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. I'll record on Sonar Professional
and send you back the completed recordings. I charge $50
flat rate for each song.
If you're looking from a drum/percussion instructor, go
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 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.
play guitars by PRS (Paul Reed Smith), Fender, Ibanez
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
a Takamine acoustic guitar which I've had since the
Dimarzio and Seymour Duncan pickups in my guitars.
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.
NS-2, Noise Suppresor
TS808, Tube Screamer
Cry Baby 535Q Wah Wah Pedal
DaddyO Overdrive Pedal
FV-300H Volume Pedal
Pro G.A.P. Preamp
Intellifex Effects Processor
DD700 Digital Delay
& Recording Tools:
Sound Expansion Module
ToneLab LE Multi Effects Pedal
VF80X Multi-Track Recorder
- PodXT Pro
& a computer