Guitar Lessons

Guitar Lessons | NY/NJ | Nobuki Takamen

Now you can study with me in the NY/NJ tristate area or from anywhere in the world via Zoom and Skype !! Any skill levels and all ages are welcome.

Whether you're a beginner, intermediate or advanced player, I can give you the tools to be the guitarist you want to be. I'm here to help you with your guitar playing in all styles! 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or you are ready to sing up now!
What Critics say:
''the best jazz guitarist Japan has ever produced'' (AllAboutJazz)

''the sweetest tones we've heard in some time from his 335'' (Guitar World)

''a mature player with keen sense of composition [and] considerable skill'' (Vintage Guitar Magazine)

''Jim Hall meets Wes Montgomery on their way to a Kenny Burrell show’’ (Critical Jazz)
Teaching subjects: 
Learning how to play your favorite songs, Techniques, Guitar Fundamentals as well as Improvisation, Ear Training, Rhythmic Development, Music Theory, Composition and more. 

We can work together to plan a lesson to achieve your goals!
Textbook:
All of my students will receive my eBook (164 pages), which will make you understand more about the guitar, improvisation and music in general. Additional books would be recommended.

Please check some of my lesson PDFs from here.

Lesson Videos:
Click here for my Youtube guitar lessons.

Nobuki Takamen
Guitarist / Composer

Originally from Hiroshima, Japan, jazz guitarist/composer Nobuki Takamen has been developing a reputation as ‘’the best jazz guitarist Japan has ever produced’’ as lauded in AllAboutJazz since he relocated to New York in 2004.

Described by Critical Jazz: ‘’…Jim Hall meets Wes Montgomery on their way to a Kenny Burrell show…’’, his music draws influence from the jazz greats and other musicians such as Paul Simon, James Taylor, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and melts them into something distinctively his own.

Nobuki has toured with his group in North America and Europe, performing at many of the best international jazz clubs and festivals including Iridium Jazz Club, Blue Note NY, Blues Alley, Smalls Jazz Club, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and the Nisville Jazz Festival, where he opened for the original Blues Brothers Band. He has also toured annually throughout Japan since 2004.

Nobuki has four albums released on What’s New Records and Summit Records, and four albums on his own label, including his first solo album, ”Solo Guitar”, his two-disc 6th album, ”Live in Japan”, his eponymous 7th album, ”The Nobuki Takamen Trio”, and his 8th album, ”Life is Now”, which was released in October 2020.

His playing and music have been featured in publications worldwide, including DownBeat, Guitar World, Vintage Guitar Magazine, Just Jazz Guitar, AllAboutJazz, Jazz Podium (Germany), Jazz’n’more (Switzerland), Jazz Special (Denmark), Musica Jazz (Italy), Jazzwise (UK), Swing Journal (Japan), Jazz Life Magazine (Japan).

Nobuki is the winner of the Instrumental Category in the 2019 USA Songwriting Competition, and endorsement artist of Acoustic Image Amplifiers, Raezer’s Edge Speaker Cabinets, ZT Amplifiers, Eventide, JHS Pedals, Sommer Cables, and Reunion Blues 


FESTIVALS & VENUES:
Montreal International Jazz Festival (Canada)
Rochester International Jazz Festival (USA)
Vancouver International Jazz Festival (Canada)
DC Jazz Festival (USA)
Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz (USA)
Riverview Jazz Festival (USA)
Jersey City Jazz Festival (USA)
Medicine Hat Jazz Fest (Canada)
Jazz YYC Summer Jazz Fest (Canada)
Calgary Jazz Festival (Canada)
Lethbridge Jazz & Blues Festival (Canada)
JazzVez (Croatia)
Nisville Jazz Festival (Serbia)
Petrovac Jazz Fest (Montenegro)
Techno Jazz Festival (Japan)
Santo Music Street (Japan)

Iridium Jazz Club (New York, NY)
Blue Note (New York, NY)
Smalls Jazz Club (New York, NY)
Bar Next Door (New York, NY)
Blues Alley (Washington, D.C.)
Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre (Medicine Hat, Canada)
Martha Cohen Theatre (Calgary, Canada)
ECU (Paris, France)
iF Cafe (Budapest, Hungary)
Malmitalo (Helsinki, Finland)
Tokyo TUC (Tokyo, Japan)

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Lesson Rate:
$70 for a 60 minute lesson
$35 for a 30 minute lesson

Payment can be made via PayPal and venmo.
If you're ready to sign up, email me to discuss your goals and schedule your first lesson!

Email: nobukitakamen@hotmail.com