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Learn to play the music that you love while developing your own unique style! Have a blast learning new, revolutionary guitar techniques that will help inspire you to create your own style and sound, while also learning to play your favorite songs too.

 

Johnny Lightfoot has acquired a reputation for being the best and most gifted guitar teacher in Fresno. He is recognized by many as a master musician and teacher, who has an enthusiastic and joyful passion for playing and teaching all styles of music. He is well known for being extremely patient, kind, and also for having a gift of helping his students have fun while learning, in addition to empowering each student to tap into their own creative genius.

 

We welcome student’s of all ages, all styles, and all levels of acoustic, electric, and bass guitar, in addition to teaching how to play the ukulele too. Johnny uses a series of revolutionary and new instructional books which he has written, and is preparing to release for world wide publication. His unique and user friendly curriculum is derived from 35 + years of experience and of having a profound desire to help others learn easily what he has devoted a lifetime to mastering.
Our research and feedback has proven time and time again that Johnny’s students are at a level of musical understanding and proficiency within months that can typically take years with other instructors. Many of our younger student’s have been accepted to University High, and some have gone on to acclaimed Musical Colleges and Institutions, and many more of all ages, have gone on to join, or form, their own musical groups.

 

One of our students, in his mid twenties, who has since moved to LA to attend the Musician’s Institute, proclaimed excitedly after his very first lesson with Johnny: “I feel like it’s Christmas Day! I learned more today then I did in the last six months of lessons with my previous teacher!” Exclamations like this are common from Johnny’s new students who have had lessons with other instructors.

 

Having a gifted teacher that’s devoted their life to helping others express their creative energy through the guitar and who is committed to empowering their students above all else, can make the difference between experiencing a passing phase of curiosity, or enjoying a lifetime of musical expression and creativity. Our student’s range from ages 5 to 81 years old, and we believe that the desire to play the guitar and the willingness to learn, is all that anyone needs to become the guitar player that they have always wanted to be.

 

We offer a beautiful, safe, professional, positive, and creative learning environment for our students, in addition to offering a peaceful, comfortable, and relaxing waiting room for parents of our younger students. We also offer free Wi-Fi.

 

We believe that music is a universal language of the heart, and that having fun while learning to play the guitar is paramount. All lesson materials are included, along with a recorded CD of each guitar lesson, which is a great tool for lesson recall and practicing what has been taught. We can provide impeccable references upon request, and we also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee policy, no questions asked. If you, or someone you know, is ready to start playing the guitar, or, if you play already and are stuck in a rut, give us a call, you have everything to gain, and nothing to lose.

 

Whether you choose to take lessons with us, or not, we are more then happy to share our expertise and knowledge with you. If you do not have a guitar and are planning on purchasing one, please feel free to call us so we can help guide you to get the best equipment to fit your needs and your budget.

 

If you would like more information and would like to inquire about rates and availability, please call Tricia Lightfoot at: (559) 498-6054

Testimonials

Judy C.

How could I rate Johnny and Tricia Lightfoot with anything other than five stars???

My son Adam was one of Johnny's students early on in his teaching career.
When my son was 11 and said he wanted to learn how to play guitar, i went ahead and bought him a guitar thinking it was just a passing fancy. After a year of listening to him "practice" his guitar, and realizing it was not a phase, I called Johnny, whose business card I had picked up at Guitar Center when I bought that first guitar.

I called and spoke with Tricia and immediately connected with her and made an appointment for a lesson. How was I to know this would be the beginning of a wonderful and lasting friendship between all of us. I, as well as Adam, benefited from the weekly lessons by developing a lasting friendship with Johnny's wife Tricia. More importantly, with his awesome teaching style, Johnny became a terrific mentor to my son when he most needed it in his life. From his first lesson, I could tell there was a connection between the two of them. Johnny was there to teach my son the kind of music he wanted to learn and never tried to get my son to learn anything other than what interested him.

I totally credit my son's success in his music ventures to Johnny & Tricia's mentorship. He has become fairly successful in his genre of music, being invited to play shows from Los Angeles to Seattle and many places in between, which included a two-week tour of the western United States last summer and will include a major show in Maryland the spring of 2017 and a European tour in the summer of 2017. In addition, his band will be featured in a documentary about the heavy metal genre of music.

My son is 23 now and though he no longer takes lessons from Johnny, we still maintain a friendship with Johnny and Tricia that I am sure will last for many years to come.
5.0
2016-07-09T16:33:00+00:00
How could I rate Johnny and Tricia Lightfoot with anything other than five stars??? My son Adam was one of Johnny's students early on in his teaching career. When my son was 11 and said he wanted to learn how to play guitar, i went ahead and bought him a guitar thinking it was just a passing fancy. After a year of listening to him "practice" his guitar, and realizing it was not a phase, I called Johnny, whose business card I had picked up at Guitar Center when I bought that first guitar. I called and spoke with Tricia and immediately connected with her and made an appointment for a lesson. How was I to know this would be the beginning of a wonderful and lasting friendship between all of us. I, as well as Adam, benefited from the weekly lessons by developing a lasting friendship with Johnny's wife Tricia. More importantly, with his awesome teaching style, Johnny became a terrific mentor to my son when he most needed it in his life. From his first lesson, I could tell there was a connection between the two of them. Johnny was there to teach my son the kind of music he wanted to learn and never tried to get my son to learn anything other than what interested him. I totally credit my son's success in his music ventures to Johnny & Tricia's mentorship. He has become fairly successful in his genre of music, being invited to play shows from Los Angeles to Seattle and many places in between, which included a two-week tour of the western United States last summer and will include a major show in Maryland the spring of 2017 and a European tour in the summer of 2017. In addition, his band will be featured...

Karen S.

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2016-03-21T15:49:04+00:00

Scott G.

Johnny Lightfoot is a great musician, guitar teacher and person!! You won't find a more enthusiastic teacher than Johnny. He loves all types of music and teaching it to people. He makes music theory simple to understand and fun. He'll also help you be more creative by showing you simple ways to make your own music. There is no doubt that he helped me broaden my guitar playing. If it's guitar or bass you want to learn, you definitely can't go wrong by taking lessons from Johnny!!
5.0
2016-03-16T16:30:01+00:00
Johnny Lightfoot is a great musician, guitar teacher and person!! You won't find a more enthusiastic teacher than Johnny. He loves all types of music and teaching it to people. He makes music theory simple to understand and fun. He'll also help you be more creative by showing you simple ways to make your own music. There is no doubt that he helped me broaden my guitar playing. If it's guitar or bass you want to learn, you definitely can't go wrong by taking lessons from Johnny!!

Rio W.

Johnny is an excellent teacher an excellent musician and excellent person. He has techniques and methods of learning that no one has even come close to. He teaches you more than music he teaches you how to create any music you want.
5.0
2016-03-16T16:30:07+00:00
Johnny is an excellent teacher an excellent musician and excellent person. He has techniques and methods of learning that no one has even come close to. He teaches you more than music he teaches you how to create any music you want.

Don K.

Johnny was recommended to me from a friend. He and his Wife Tricia are really good people. They have successfully created a great environment for learning in their home. When you show up for a lesson, it's all about you. Johnny has a dedicated music room and Tricia makes sure you're not interrupted. The first lesson I had with him, I brought an old Fender guitar. Johnny got out his tools and gave it a complete go through. It's never sounded better. Each lesson is recorded on a CD for you to take home for review. Johnny is extremely knowledgeable, good natured, patient and has a great sense of humor. I highly recommend him as an instructor.
5.0
2016-03-27T16:36:16+00:00
Johnny was recommended to me from a friend. He and his Wife Tricia are really good people. They have successfully created a great environment for learning in their home. When you show up for a lesson, it's all about you. Johnny has a dedicated music room and Tricia makes sure you're not interrupted. The first lesson I had with him, I brought an old Fender guitar. Johnny got out his tools and gave it a complete go through. It's never sounded better. Each lesson is recorded on a CD for you to take home for review. Johnny is extremely knowledgeable, good natured, patient and has a great sense of humor. I highly recommend him as an instructor.

Zack S.

Great teacher, great person. Johnny really puts effort into his students and gives them what they need. He isn't the type to try and undermine you as an artist, he's super supportive and very helpful. Also has tons of performance experience which is never bad.
5.0
2016-03-09T16:39:05+00:00
Great teacher, great person. Johnny really puts effort into his students and gives them what they need. He isn't the type to try and undermine you as an artist, he's super supportive and very helpful. Also has tons of performance experience which is never bad.

Terri G.

I am 51 years old and one of the things that has been on my bucket list for a very long time is learning to play guitar. I found Johnny Lightfoot on Craigslist and I feel like I found a hidden treasure! It has been 8 months since I began taking lessons from him and although I still have MUCH to learn, I can't tell you how excited I was when I was able to actually begin playing songs (songs that I love, songs that I've always wished I could play), after only three months. Johnny is a master! My mouth hangs open whenever I get the chance to hear him play. He's amazing... But the passion that he has for teaching is absolutely undeniable. He is patient and encouraging. And I have actually seen him create tools just to show me something about music in a way so that I could grasp it. He takes away the mystery of music and teaches in a way you can really understand and comprehend. His passion seems to be when his students begin to "get it" for themselves. You can tell that he finds great joy in someone like me being able to check something off of a bucket list. I know he's rooting for me! He and his wife Trisha are very friendly and professional. Great people. And they have given me such a gift!
5.0
2016-03-14T16:36:56+00:00
I am 51 years old and one of the things that has been on my bucket list for a very long time is learning to play guitar. I found Johnny Lightfoot on Craigslist and I feel like I found a hidden treasure! It has been 8 months since I began taking lessons from him and although I still have MUCH to learn, I can't tell you how excited I was when I was able to actually begin playing songs (songs that I love, songs that I've always wished I could play), after only three months. Johnny is a master! My mouth hangs open whenever I get the chance to hear him play. He's amazing... But the passion that he has for teaching is absolutely undeniable. He is patient and encouraging. And I have actually seen him create tools just to show me something about music in a way so that I could grasp it. He takes away the mystery of music and teaches in a way you can really understand and comprehend. His passion seems to be when his students begin to "get it" for themselves. You can tell that he finds great joy in someone like me being able to check something off of a bucket list. I know he's rooting for me! He and his wife Trisha are very friendly and professional. Great people. And they have given me such a gift!

Alexander B.

I took guitar lessons with these two for several years. The learning never stopped, the experience was always fantastic, and there is nothing like else like it in the central valley.
5.0
2016-03-30T16:34:44+00:00
I took guitar lessons with these two for several years. The learning never stopped, the experience was always fantastic, and there is nothing like else like it in the central valley.

Mikch X.

I've been taking my son for lessons with Johnny for 8 years now. Tim started when he was 8 years old and he is now 16. Johnny is an amazing teacher and mentor. He has a great personality and his teaching style is so consistently positive and engaging that it makes going to lessons something that both my son and I look forward to each and every week. We've come to know many other students who also have been coming for lessons for years too. Many of his student's tend to stick with him and as a result, like my son, come to realize their full musical potential. They don't just learn how to play the guitar, but instead learn how to be creative, well rounded musicians.
From the moment you arrive, Tricia (Johnny's wife and business manager) and Johnny will both go out of their way to make you feel welcome and comfortable in their lovely home. You will know the moment that you meet both of them that they genuinely care about others and that they want you to have the best experience possible. If you are looking for a first rate guitar/bass teacher/instructor, then call Johnny Lightfoot. You'll be so happy that you did.
5.0
2016-03-03T16:31:43+00:00
I've been taking my son for lessons with Johnny for 8 years now. Tim started when he was 8 years old and he is now 16. Johnny is an amazing teacher and mentor. He has a great personality and his teaching style is so consistently positive and engaging that it makes going to lessons something that both my son and I look forward to each and every week. We've come to know many other students who also have been coming for lessons for years too. Many of his student's tend to stick with him and as a result, like my son, come to realize their full musical potential. They don't just learn how to play the guitar, but instead learn how to be creative, well rounded musicians. From the moment you arrive, Tricia (Johnny's wife and business manager) and Johnny will both go out of their way to make you feel welcome and comfortable in their lovely home. You will know the moment that you meet both of them that they genuinely care about others and that they want you to have the best experience possible. If you are looking for a first rate guitar/bass teacher/instructor, then call Johnny Lightfoot. You'll be so happy that you did.

Layne S.

Boy the old saying that, "time flies when you're having fun" sure applies here. I've been going to Johnny for what... 3 years now 4? Guitar is a part-time passion for me and I go once a month. I wish I could go every week. Now, Stevie's Part-time Lover is stuck in my head; great!

Prior to going to Johnny, I had gotten cds, video tapes, cassettes, books and much later on, signed up for websites and youtube videos on how to play guitar in hopes that I'd be able to teach myself but it never really clicked for me. Everyone seems to have a standard way of teaching guitar but Johnny's methods are clearly different.

The very first lesson, the very first day I walked in... I left with the ability to play songs that I wanted to play and felt WORLDS more comfortable with my guitar. I gained the confidence to be able to pick it up without the weight, fear and frustration and started having FUN! I went from believing that perhaps music/guitar wasn't for me to believing that I can enjoy and relax while playing and I have fun.

With each lesson I continue to gain more and more tools in my musical tool belt (even lessons that we repeat or that I want to expand on) and I can now confidently suggest that yes, music is not only for me but everyone is capable of expression through music.

I'm as amazed by what I learn each and every lesson, today, as I did the first day I walked through the door.

Want to have fun playing guitar? Want a positive experience? Want to provide a healthy positive environment for your aspiring kiddos? Look no further.
5.0
2016-05-19T16:33:45+00:00
Boy the old saying that, "time flies when you're having fun" sure applies here. I've been going to Johnny for what... 3 years now 4? Guitar is a part-time passion for me and I go once a month. I wish I could go every week. Now, Stevie's Part-time Lover is stuck in my head; great! Prior to going to Johnny, I had gotten cds, video tapes, cassettes, books and much later on, signed up for websites and youtube videos on how to play guitar in hopes that I'd be able to teach myself but it never really clicked for me. Everyone seems to have a standard way of teaching guitar but Johnny's methods are clearly different. The very first lesson, the very first day I walked in... I left with the ability to play songs that I wanted to play and felt WORLDS more comfortable with my guitar. I gained the confidence to be able to pick it up without the weight, fear and frustration and started having FUN! I went from believing that perhaps music/guitar wasn't for me to believing that I can enjoy and relax while playing and I have fun. With each lesson I continue to gain more and more tools in my musical tool belt (even lessons that we repeat or that I want to expand on) and I can now confidently suggest that yes, music is not only for me but everyone is capable of expression through music. I'm as amazed by what I learn each and every lesson, today, as I did the first day I walked through the door. Want to have fun playing guitar? Want a positive experience? Want to provide a healthy positive environment for your aspiring kiddos? Look no further.

Dede S.

Johnny is an amazing guitar teacher and person in general. My son started lessons at nine years old and was playing Jimi Hendrix at his first lesson. We spent many years thereafter with weekly visits in the comfort of Johnny and his lovely wife Tricia's studio. Unfortunately we moved halfway across the country and my son and I both miss them greatly. Our years with the Lightfoots were a wonderful experience, far beyond just the lessons themselves. Johnny was a life mentor to my son and we still consider he and Tricia dear friends.
5.0
2016-03-13T16:38:16+00:00
Johnny is an amazing guitar teacher and person in general. My son started lessons at nine years old and was playing Jimi Hendrix at his first lesson. We spent many years thereafter with weekly visits in the comfort of Johnny and his lovely wife Tricia's studio. Unfortunately we moved halfway across the country and my son and I both miss them greatly. Our years with the Lightfoots were a wonderful experience, far beyond just the lessons themselves. Johnny was a life mentor to my son and we still consider he and Tricia dear friends.

Jon B.

I was a guitar player for 15 years before my first lesson with Johnny. I always shied away from taking lessons because I thought they would be either, too rudimentary for me, or way over my head. Within minutes, Johnny was able to discern my ability, but also expose some areas for improvement. Because he was able to speak to me in a way that was conducive with my technical level, he was able to challenge me in a way that was fun and inviting. In other words, he brought back the fun in learning guitar that had inspired me so much at the beginning!

I've watched Johnny have similar results with brand new players as well. His patience for the beginner is unrivaled and you can tell he really wants them to succeed and is enjoying the process as much as they are.

Johnny combines empathy and enthusiasm with practical language and demonstration in a way that allows the student to build skills and learn theory almost by osmosis. That is, you don't even realize you're picking theory up and then, all of a sudden, you realize you're speaking and thinking like a musician who's played for years.

With teachers you usually find someone who is great at guitar but a lousy teacher, or vice versa. Johnny is both a great player and a phenomenal teacher and the only person I'll recommend to friends and colleagues alike.
5.0
2016-03-28T16:35:28+00:00
I was a guitar player for 15 years before my first lesson with Johnny. I always shied away from taking lessons because I thought they would be either, too rudimentary for me, or way over my head. Within minutes, Johnny was able to discern my ability, but also expose some areas for improvement. Because he was able to speak to me in a way that was conducive with my technical level, he was able to challenge me in a way that was fun and inviting. In other words, he brought back the fun in learning guitar that had inspired me so much at the beginning! I've watched Johnny have similar results with brand new players as well. His patience for the beginner is unrivaled and you can tell he really wants them to succeed and is enjoying the process as much as they are. Johnny combines empathy and enthusiasm with practical language and demonstration in a way that allows the student to build skills and learn theory almost by osmosis. That is, you don't even realize you're picking theory up and then, all of a sudden, you realize you're speaking and thinking like a musician who's played for years. With teachers you usually find someone who is great at guitar but a lousy teacher, or vice versa. Johnny is both a great player and a phenomenal teacher and the only person I'll recommend to friends and colleagues alike.
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