Nurturing Creativity and Self-ExpressionThrough Guitar Mastery in Tokyo
Learning to express yourself on the guitar is OGS's most important mission.
Even if you have never touched an instrument before, we aim to provide supportive, fun, and effective lessons to nurture your guitar goals.
Lessons can be provided in Japanese only, English only, or English and Japanese mixed providing you a chance to immerse yourself in an English speaking environment.
\Ontario Guitar Studio's 5 Points/
Enjoy lessons in English, Japanese, or a mix of both. **Highly recommended for students studying English!**
Students have the opportunity to perform in two student recitals each year. A great opportunity to show off your guitar skills. Free for students and attendees!
Ontario Guitar Studio offers a step-by-step curriculum for beginners that has been tested and adjusted to ensure a comfortable lesson flow while focusing on goals and preferences for each student.
Create effective and enjoyable practice plans with an experienced instructor to achieve your goals as a guitarist.
lesson content is flexibly tailored to the student's preferences, as well as detailed feedback after every lesson from a patient and experienced instructor.
・In a nutshell・
Embrace your artistic freedom
and performance ability
with a proficient guitar instructor,
regardless of your playing level.
Let's not learn English, let's use it!
Students of English often face the problem of lacking opportunities to actually interact in an English speaking Environment. Therefore when the opportunity arises to use English in real time, they may feel frustrated and discouraged.
A key feature to our lessons is to provide an opportunity to immerse oneself in an English environment through learning the guitar. As a result, our students are able to naturally strengthen their English ability.
Students who may be already fluent with English however may have difficulty finding highly experienced English speaking guitar instructors also take advantage of our classes.
Japanese students who have no interest, and simply want to take guitar lessons in their native language also attend our lessons.
Our students generally fall into the following three categories:
Japanese Only (minimal use of English
Students who want to have enjoyable lessons in their native language choose this pattern.
There are also students who lack confidence in their English skills and wish to start with Japanese initially, gradually becoming accustomed to speaking English that choose this style of lessons.
English and Japanese mixed (English with Japanese Support)
Press here with your 人差し指. Yes！Just like that！
あっ！ここですね！なるほど！I see! Thank you!
Students who enjoy lessons combining Japanese and English use this pattern. The instructor primarily conducts the lessons in English, and students can choose to respond in either English or Japanese.
The instructor always confirms understanding in Japanese in a friendly manner and can switch to Japanese if necessary. Additionally, there are students who choose to speak only in Japanese while the instructor speaks in English.
English only (minimal use of Japanese)
Is this okay?
Press here with your first finger. Yes! Just like that! Great!
Ahh, here! Okay! I see! Thank you!
Students who enjoy lessons in English only use this pattern. While most students may use Japanese when they can't think of the words they want to say, the instructor primarily uses English. Most non-Japanese students also use this pattern.
The students can freely switch between these styles during the lesson!
The instructor has extensive experience in reading the the comfort level of the student, allowing them to conduct lessons in a supportive and stress-free manner.
This is the pride of Ontario Guitar Studio!
About the Instructor
I was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. At 16, after receiving the Maestro Please Musicians Award in New York, I entered the Humber College Music program, acquiring a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz.
After graduating, I continued working as a professional guitarist in Canada while teaching several guitar students.
Moving to Tokyo, Japan in 2013 to complete my studies in Japanese, after graduating from ARC Academy Japanese School, and achieving N2 on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, I am is happy to teach students in another language, as well as perform for new audiences at several of Tokyo's finest clubs.
I have taught guitar for nearly 20 years, and have taught hundreds of students, from the casual hobbyist, to the aspiring professional.
With my experience as a working international musician, I like to tap into my student's potential to find the perfect balance of structure and freedom.
I look forward to meeting you and working with you!
Showcase your skills twice a year at our recitals！
With a fundamental mission of valuing self-expression, Ontario Guitar Studio proudly holds biannual recitals.
Performing while sing your favorite song, flesh out a a solo performance, or jam away a duet with other guitarists.
These recitals serve as a fantastic source of motivation for students, providing specific goals to practice for.
Participation in the recitals is free and serves as a valuable element to focus on improving your skills.
Step-by-step method for Beginner Guitarists
Ontario Guitar Studio offers a curriculum that progresses step by step from the basics of guitar.
This is ideal for beginners who want to build a foundation from scratch.
The curriculum has been designed and adjusted based on several beginner students to maximize an effective and stress-free learning experience.
This curriculum is used in conjunction with a student's goals on the guitar such as songs or skills they would like to learn in order to suppliment fundamental guitar skills for beginners.
Basic open chords
Basic strumming patterns
Basic scale training
Note names on the fretboard (5th and 6th strings)
Introduction to improvisation
Introduction to 12-bar blues
Total of 20 units
Specific Goal-oriented lessons for Experienced Players
Experienced individuals often struggle with knowing what to practice to achieve their goals. Therefore, when it comes to experienced student, highly customized lessons is an absolute must, and no lesson plan is the same.
Some specific topics with experienced individuals include:
Demystify the fretboard with scale training exercises customized for your specific playing level and purpose.
Example Lesson Flow
⑤Learn from an experienced instructor well-versed in many genres
Learn alongside a Bachelors music degree holding instructor with extensive experience in many genres.
"I've studied rock music before, but this time I want to challenge myself with jazz!"
"I wonder how acoustic fingerpicking feels like."
"I want to arrange K-POP songs for the guitar!"
Throughout your guitar journey, explore various genres such as these!
Be sure to check out our videos from our YouTube channel regularly updated since 2020!
Improvisation Lesson/Scale Lesson
Reviews from our Students
Lessons are held at BASS ON TOP Takadanobaba music studio, conveniently located just a 1-minute walk from Takadanobaba Station, Toriyama Exit.
Free Trial Lesson Booking Form
①Complete the Trial Lesson application form
Please complete the Trial Lesson application form below which includes your preferred day, time, as well as information about your guitar and music history, language preference, and so on.
We will contact you shortly afterwards to confirm your trial lesson.
②Consultation and Trial Lesson
The beginning of the trial lesson will consist of a consultation of the students needs, and goals, as well as a level check. Once this is complete, the student will receive instruction on how they can improve their skills in the lesson time.
③Feedback, and recommended planning
After the trial lesson, you will receive feedback on your current level. The student will also receive a recommended plan to move forward with such as recommended material, practice routine, and what to expect over their next couple of lessons.
This is the most important stage to achieve your guitar goals.
I’m looking forward to working on your guitar goals with you!
Ontario Guitar Studio Instructor