I have been taking lessons with Vince for almost 7 years now. I started with him in 2013 and took lessons with him for years. I then had gone through moves to different areas of the country but I continued to take lessons with him via Skype. Studying music with him has been the best experience of my life.
I started with Vince when I was a little kid. I remember when he first taught me the pentatonic scale and I could use that to improvise. I thought it was the coolest thing. He really brought my skill level up drastically in both playing and theory. I then had to move a couple times. First to Colorado, then to Virginia. Vince and I talked about doing Skype lessons. We kept on doing that and I continued to learn a lot.
Vince has also given me so many opportunities to play at different venues and perform live. Vince would have his gigs and invite me to play with him. He also had his Young Talent Showcase which gave many musicians the opportunity to get up and play on stage in front of an audience.
Recently, I had a lesson with him and I asked him if he can help me with a bunch of theory for my college application. He sat down with me for 4 hours on a Sunday on Skype and went through the application with me. He explained everything in full detail to make sure that I understood it. Vince’s instructing has resulted in me getting accepted into one of the top music schools in the country. I couldn’t have done that without Vince and I would like to thank him for all he’s done to teach me and thank him for the amazing experience I have had so far.
My history with Vince stared back in 1990, at the age of 15, when I began taking weekly lessons in High School. Vince was the first teacher I had who not only understood my interest in hard rock music, but also shared the same passion for artists that drew me to the instrument, like Satriani, Vai, EVH, etc.
After going off to college, getting a full time job, getting married and having a child, etc, I found myself 20 yrs later in a guitar rut, so to speak. I took a chance and googled the one teacher from my past who actually made a difference in my playing - VINCE! Ironically, I found him again and have been taking lessons for the past year. The beauty of Vince as a teacher is his ability to tailer his lesson plan to your specific musical goals. I've accomplished more in the past year than I had in the previous 20, and that is not an exaggerated compliment, it's the truth!
Vince is not only a monster player and performer, but he's got chops, technique and theory with the amazing ability to make you understand it all. There are lots of good players out there, but very few teachers can do that. I drive 45 mins each way for my lessons and could probably find a teacher right around the corner from my house, but I know they will never compare to the one I have now.
I'm so happy with what I've accomplished this year and every week is a fun challenge for me to see what he throws at me next. To sum all this up: If you're considering learning to play the guitar, or you're already an accomplished musician looking to re-spark your creativity, check this guy out. You won't be disappointed!!
Vince Genella is a great guitarist and a great teacher, more importantly, Vince is a great MUSICIAN and he has the unique ability to teach his students how to think like musicians, not just guitar players. There is a big difference in that and it is not always the case with other guitar teachers. He teaches you how to LEARN.
He avoids filling your lesson time with exercises or information that won't help you grow as a musician, but rather focuses on aspects of music that help YOU become unique and find your 'voice' as a guitarist and musician. He is also just a very cool dude, has incredible chops, a great ear, and keeps you motivated to play and improve.
It's really great to have a guitar teacher that is just as knowledgeable about the newest gear as he is about music theory, technique, discipline and the learning process... now let's ROCK!