James Howard has been playing guitar for 44 years and teaching guitar for almost as long. Although he studied music taking private lessons and classes throughout his time in school, most of what he’s learned is self-taught. His private lesson curriculum ranges from classical and acoustic fingerstyle to rock, blues and jazz guitar. James has a friendly and casual approach, perfect as music therapy for people who want to explore guitar but do not have ambitions to become a professional musician. For those more serious however, James has an in depth curriculum to help with advanced guitar studies, such as improvisation and composition.
James has won awards for his guitar playing talent and ability including “Best Blues Guitarist” in the 2011 Lee Ritenour and Yamaha sponsored “Six String Theory Global Guitar Competition”. In 2016, James Howard and his band were selected to represent The Washington Blues Society in Memphis Tennessee for the “International Blues Competition”. In 1996, James was a runner up finalist in Guitar Player Magazine’s “Jimi Hendrix Electric Guitar Contest”, performing for Jimi’s dad in San Francisco at the contest finals. He has opened concerts for Robin Trower, John Waite, and UFO, played flamenco guitar at Benaroya Hall in Seattle backed by a 25-piece orchestra. He even had a brief stint playing with country singer Tayla Lynn, Loretta Lynn’s granddaughter.