I will make you better player, that's a promise

Teaching guitar has always been a passion of mine, and I welcome sharing my knowledge with others. 

If you have a basic musical understanding and want to take what you’ve been doing to the next level, 

I can help.

…and lessons are not just for guitar players but for people who are creating music.

It's all about the Do, Re, Mi....and what that means in connecting everything!!!

If you have "hit the wall"… I can help you look at things from another point of view

I began teaching private guitar lessons in the West Chester area between my touring and studio dates years ago. Recently, I have been working with other concepts by working with people who don't play guitar as their main instrument, who want to understand what they're not playing and what they don't know/understand. 

Teaching to discover how to unlock musically.

It’s been incredibly gratifying to see my students write songs, learn Pro Tools and record in their studios, produce demos/CDs, and work towards furthering their music and performance goals

Core concepts in my teaching:   
   -My goal is to understand how you comprehend things, break it down, 

       so you can understand. It's not about me, it's about you.

    -Understanding the mechanics of music theory and proper guitar technique

    -All the tricks n' licks of the trade
    -All the rules, all the concepts under/around the rules,
    -And the fun part .... when to break the rules!

      That is when it gets really good!!

Let’s talk about where you are now and where you’d like to be. 

All conversations are welcome. 

Send me an email to get started with your expectations.

For private lessons in the Philadelphia / West Chester, PA area

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What my students say



Trevor K...

Hey John, Just wanted drop by and say hello.  Hope all is going well.  It's been quite a while since I had lessons with you.  Despite not taking a huge amount of lessons from you, you have had a huge impact on my playing and style ever since.  Prior to meeting you, I never really thought about what I was playing.  It was all heart and by ear.  Which isn't always a bad thing, however your teaching has brought me to a whole new level.  I will always take away from you: "its all about the third".  It literally transformed everything about my playing.  Anyway at this point I barely ever use a pick now( It's a fun challenge to see what I can play without one) and dynamics are so much more pronounced as a result.  Your teachings are paramount to players that might be great players but never really learned the fundamentals for a strong base to soloing and chord structure as well as essential theory.  

Thanks again!

Bobby J...

If you or anyone you know wanna take your guitar playing to the next level, then John Lilley is the man to help you. He's taught me so much about the how's and why's of guitar playing and is constantly taking me to that next level to be a better player and musician, not only playing but also understanding what im playing. He's the reason im confident about my big Vegas show!

Scott M...

John is a great teacher and really amazing at figuring out a student's style, ability, and gaps to get to the next level. I've noticed a subtle but at the same time massive shift in my approach to playing, from chord voicing, positional playing, an improved ear...just a bunch of little shifts that add up to a more confident player (and I first started on classical guitar when I was eight). I reached a point where I thought I was far enough along to get by, and then life happened and basically didn't play for 20 years. John brought me back."

Great lesson today. I always appreciate the mix of theory and application with the sprinkling of "ah ha" or in my case "duh" moments but what I really dig are the performance-oriented tips, tricks and general stage advice (like how to play nice with others.)

Buck R...

"Being taught music by the American guitar master John Lilley is such an inspiring part of my life these days. Sitting down with my guitar with him is literally going to the musical well of knowledge. You know, he got to play guitar with Doc Watson as a child....How cool is that!"

Thank you for sharing all your knowledge John!

Bill K...

If you know Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Escalator of Life, All You Zombies, And We Danced, etc. then you know John Lilley. He's played Live Aid, The Wall in Berlin w/ Roger Waters, and countless tours all over the world. He is a great teacher. You will learn how to play any style (trust me, I'm all over the place) and, more importantly, you will learn the "whys". He totally changed how I approach the guitar and it's always a good hang. I'm lucky I get to learn from him and now you can be lucky too. 

David F...

"John is the best guitar teacher I have ever had. 

He opened up my skills to areas I never thought I would achieve for performing, writing and my confidence. 

He also taught me about discipline in the guitar lessons, theory and the ability to perform lead guitar solos." 

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