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Washougal School of Music

My teaching practice has been taken to the next level: I have started the Washougal School of Music!

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I teach lessons in

  • guitar -- all levels and styles (except classical and fingerstyle)
  • piano -- beginning to intermediate -- blues, honky-tonk, jazz, taking a more visual and theoretical approach than sightreading
  • mandolin -- bluegrass and more, with lots of tricks and exercises to get you pickin'!
  • ukulele -- the most accessible instrument in terms of playability and cost, the ukulele has been exploding in popularity!


I've had lessons from 3 different teachers, and this is the first time I've felt like I can do this.

It's one thing to possess the knowledge, but the ability and willingness to distribute it to others is the true mark of a great being...thank you for another great lesson.

Jeffrey gave me a 1-hour guitar lesson. By the end, I had a solid foundation for plucking away at the guitar and I have slowly been increasing my skill since! It's clear that he has extensive experience teaching guitar. I was very satisfied.


  • casual, yet focused; patient, yet disciplined; fun, yet effective
  • all levels of experience
  • acoustic or electric, various styles: rock, blues, jazz, bluegrass, shred & tapping
  • chords, scales, music theory, soloing, songs
  • original visual aids for extensive fretboard studies; available in print and/or PDF, included with lessons

My favorite guitarists include Jeff Beck, Django Reinhardt, Jimmy Herring, Trey Anastasio, Steve Howe, Frank Zappa, John Scofield, Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Carlos Santana, Derek Trucks, Eddie Van Halen, and Allan Holdsworth, just to name a few.

Jeffree playing the blues Jeffree playing classical Jeffree the guitar wizard


Piano offers several advantages as an instrument: it's very visual, with immediately apparent patterns, and there is less of a physical impediment to playing basic stuff. Pressing down three keys -- every other key -- is very easy compared to say a guitar chord, and you can move the same shapes around, if you are in the key of C. So it's possible to start playing music immediately. I favor identifying a few chord shapes first, and looking at chords in basic keys, first -- so you can play songs without learning to read a note! Lastly, piano has a very wide range, so you can be your own bass player.

Of course, there is no limit to the possibilities on piano. The disadvantage of piano is that all 12 keys look different on piano, unlike a guitar where the pattern is just moved up a fret. So there is homework involved! But I can help you demystify the keys and chord groups.

I have exercises borrowed from classical masters designed to build strength and dexterity. I have lots of blues-based licks and sophisticated honky-tonk 6th interval patterns, and walking bass parts, to show you. And when you get into rich harmonic elaborations -- fat jazz chords -- combined with the Great American song book, there are endless fun challenges to explore.


I love the tuning and condensed scale length of the mandolin: scale patterns -- especially pentatonic -- are compact, and the consistent 5th intervals between strings allow patterns to emerge. Also, there are plenty of two-finger chords! And 6th intervals are condensed too, making harmonizing melodies into double-stops easy. In some ways it's easier (and louder!) to play leads on than guitar.

And I now teach ukulele, too!