I've delivered guitar lessons to some wonderful folks! The response has been quite touching and certainly very motivating!


Hello Jackson. I started playing guitar later in life and I've worked pretty hard at it. Learned a lot over the years, but could never seem to get to the level of being able to play songs very well. Then I joined your Song Mentor website. The proverbial light has begun to shine! With your teaching I am now playing some songs with confidence. Your teaching has opened the door for me! Thank you – Chris.

Thank you, you did a great job with the website. It’s like having a friend who is really good at guitar and doesn’t mind showing you stuff. – Patrick

Hi Jackson, I really like your lessons and attitude towards life that shows in your personality, you have already taught me more than you can imagine. It is easy to get in a rut with practising and new songs are much appreciated. – Richard

Jackson, first of all I have to say this is the best learning site I have found ever, and believe me when I say that I have checked out alot of them. Great job!!  – Dennis

Song Mentor has meant so much to me over the past 2 years and my playing has really improved with these fun songs! Keep up the good work! – Bob

I can't thank you enough for putting Song Mentor together. I've finally hauled out the old Martin 12-string and can play it for hours without slicing the fingertips to shreds–and I've you to thank for that. You're an amazing musician and teacher! – Doug

If there is a perfect guitar lesson, then you just nailed it.!!!  Every one of your lessons has pushed and challenged me along with teaching me new techniques. I guess it takes a genuine teacher to teach good guitar. Thank you SO much! – Terry

Hi, Jackson!  I just wanted to tell you that of all the guitar sites I've visited, yours is by far the best!  I have learned more from you then all the others put together.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate your lessons….Thank you, thank you, thank you! – Jo

Since starting up Premium with you my playing has improved no end. I feel so cool being able to play the Eagles complete songs now. I even played in front of my friends for the first time and they were impressed. You have given me so much confidence I just want to learn and learn – Lyn

Finally! An instructor that knows how to instruct! Thanks for taking me under your wing, this will be fun! – Bill

Hey Jackson, After spending the night playing old, classic Al Green tunes, I found your Moondance lesson.  What a fabulous way to end the evening …. thanks for a great, great lesson.  Your passion for music and the guitar is unparallelled. – Tom

I'm 57 years old. I've "played" for over 40 years.. Dude, you just absolutely killed me with joy. Finally Finally I have found a mentor. I am so excited !  Thanks !!! – Duane

Hello Jackson. Like many others, I am impressed with your concise and relaxed methods and also the way it is all presented. It is a welcome and refreshing change. – Rob

You are the teacher I have been looking for. Lessons are clear and complete and I can go back and review as many times as needed to learn the song! Absolutely the best investment I've made towards my guitar learning – Ed

I am impressed on how fast you get back when there is a question. Really do enjoy what you are doing and plan to be a member for years to come. – Kent

I am loving your great instruction style. My playing list and portfolio have greatly improved since following your instruction. I love playing for friends at outings or whenever there is a guitar around just begging to be picked up. Thanks again! – Chris

Hey Jackson! Love your work … entertaining, massively helpful and a whole lotta fun! LEGEND. Thanks a mil from Ireland – Tom

I'm an 18 YO kid. There are a number of other lessons out there but none of them do it quite right and of the lessons of yours I've seen blow away any others. – Sean

I have only been playing for 12 months at the age of 52. I find your lessons so easy to follow and to understand. Keep the songs coming and thank you so much Jackson! – Steve

Your obviously a very good  guitarist and and even better teacher. I was not surprised to read that you have been 30 years as an educator. It clearly shows in your lessons! – Peter

You are an inspiration to me to kick back and get back into the music that I so very much miss. – Jeff

Just wanted to thank you for getting me enthused about guitar again. I had become stagnant and less than enthused … thanks for making guitar fun again. For some like me, you are a light in the dark. Thanks again – Art

You have a great teaching style. Just the facts and not a lot of fluff and theory as to why it's done the way it is done. I appreciate your ability to get right to the basics and build up to a finished product. – Vince

I've only been playing for 2 months, I'm 57 yrs. old and I find your lessons very easy to follow. – Paul

I love all the songs, the lessons and back ground info. I just wanted to say THANKS …. your site has taught me more on my guitar than countless self learn books, cds and various other sites. – Carlyle

Thanks for the lessons!  I love all the extra bits that really make a song sound great! – Charlie

I have slowly been searching the web for the right site that will help me with the guitar. When I went on your site I believe I have found a site that can help. – John

Your website is the best. Since I'm new to the guitar and I'm still trying to learn songs, you have become a great help. Thanks! – Nathan

Thanks! That intro has haunted me for more than 30 years and you helped me nail it in 5 minutes. I like your style – uncluttered – no constant rambling and no fret board egotistical techy know-it-all bla, bla bla… very sincere and so keep on rockin bro. – Bo

Please keep explaining the rhythm and the up/down patterns of the songs. Most helpful! – Aiseant

Jackson, thanks for the fab intro video and chords. Not an easy riff, but you make it easy with your clear explanation. – Robert

Jackson – Another superb lesson.  Your teaching style is EXACTLY right for me.  Thanks SO much! – Wally

I just want to acknowledge that I see a man in his essence: willing to share his skills and passion about playing guitar and music stories. – Nic

Hi! Jackson … just wanted to take a minute or two to commend you for taking the time to share your gift. Thanks! You have a way of simplifying these memorable songs – Fred

You're right! Took a look at few videos and I'm not disappointed. I'll be watching your lesson and videos. Thank you so much Jackson. – Frank

Hi Jackson! With all the guitar learning web sites out there in cyber world, I have found your style of teaching one of the best. I have added many songs to my play book because of your excellent teaching connection with the viewer. Thank you so much! – Christopher

Jackson … You have helped me with breaking these songs down. Your patience and ease of showing  just how to play is AWESOME!!! – Denny

I really like your style and am looking for more from you. – Robert

Nice lesson, Jackson … you present clearly with an easy to understand manner … and bring a good vibe to the world of guitar playing, I might add. – Chris

Your instruction is precise and to the point. – Larry

Your site is a great place for an intermediate player.  It is helping me get my chops back with songs I enjoy and tips that are improving my technique. You obviously love to teach. – Sean

I'm 65 years old and have stage 4 emphysema. I can't do much any more and I love your guitar lessons. Gives me something to do and makes my day a little better.  – Jim

I have not played for 20 years just starting to get back into it.  Your site really helps. – Otis

I am liking what I see so far. This is what I have been missing; seeing the song structure and seeing it played and explained at the same time. – Steve

Hi Jackson, I am in Australia and love your lessons. You're teaching me heaps. I have learned quite a few songs from you now and am enjoying it immensely. Many thanks! – Grant

You're the best! I'm 50 years old and you have given me that little boost to restart playing again! Thanks Jackson! – Donald

Hi, MENTOR! Thumbs up & bravissimo !!! Just incredible! Your tutorials boost inspiration. – Vladimir

You are a great teacher, guitar player and singer! Your lessons have helped me a out lot already, but mostly you have got me excited about learning to play guitar! – Adrian

I was practising this just 2 hours ago. I always liked it from when it first came out when I was a kid. Finally I see how to play it.  – Michael

Hi Jackson!  I just checked out your site and I'm very impressed.  I may be the official subscriber, but you will actually be mentoring my 11 (almost 12!) year old son.  He's in his 5th year of lessons and is crazy about all things guitar — your lessons and tips will be much appreciated!  Thank you for all that you do.  You are a great example to kids who love music. – Christine

I've been playing for 30+ years. It's a lot easier to let you show me what I'm missing in a song, than it is to sit and figure it out on my own. I don't read music, so the way you teach is perfect. You are making me a better player, Jackson! Thanks!!! – Richard

Hey Jackson!!  Love your program and enthusiasm man!!  – Dave

I love your kind, gentle tone while instructing. Not at all patronizing yet informative.- Dave P.

Wow Jackson …. you have been a great help and really got my guitar playing going again ……. BIG THANK YOU!!!! – Joe

You are awesome!! Yes the video helped!! The song is coming together for me at last ……. Again I can't thank you enough for your time and effort for me … feel good about really helping someone … I'll be sharing that song for years to come. – Thomas

I can't tell you how much I appreciate this site and this particular song.  It has always made me feel great when It comes on the radio and now thanks to you I can play it.  Keep up the great work! – Jamie

I was inspired by the song and your lesson and even made my own cover and video – Oleg

Jackson … thanks for what you’re doing. I was in a rut for awhile with my guitar playing but your lessons got me back on track!! – Adam

Hi Jackson, You Have an excellent teaching style. I really enjoyed learning this song. Thank you. I had a guitar when I was in my teens and twenties, I would pick it up now and then and play parts of songs. I could never really play a song all the way through. Now at 55 years of age, I am giving it another try and with your help I can play a song all the way through…. Yeah!! – Adrian

Thanks for all the help.  Already starting to learn a couple of the songs.  Most lessons just show you the opening riffs and leave you there.   You take it all the way through so that an intermediate player like myself can work through the song. – Ken

As always another classic from a great era! I really enjoy your site and lessons! Don't stop what you do because you do it well. Great job! – Dan

Thanks ever so much Jackson. You're the Best. Always liked that song. Once again thanks for the mentoring and the great songs to work on. All the best – Joe

You are a great teacher, great patience, great aptitude and generous too. And to top it all off a have great voice! – Jorge

Hi Jackson!  I  have been on few sites but find your lessons explain details a lot clearer. Your videos and chords and strumming are so clear to me and the way you demonstrate is ace! – John

As a three year guitar player, mainly learning from videos, I think your lessons are the highest quality out there! The video/sound clarity, the rhythm lesson, guitar/amp tone, your attitude, and your voice are all awesome! Great selection of covers to learn! – Terry

I just picked back up on learning to play guitar after a 25 year layoff. I am basically self taught and got frustrated years ago because I could never learn a complete song, only a few riffs. Your lessons are great! Looking forward to all your new songs. – Wade

Although I have only taken up the guitar a year ago at the ripe old age of 55, IT IS because of people like yourself, that  I have progressed extremely well. – Neil

Jackson,  I just stumbled upon one of your videos and  have to say I love it! I am 53 yrs old and started playing acoustic  guitar 5 yrs ago and I am totaly hooked, can't put it down. I am looking forward to all that your program has to offer. Thanks a million and keep it up – bigmario

I am looking forward to your lessons because you have a very good teaching style! I love classic rock and blues and I want to learn all that I can! – Rudy

I'm very inspired by your knowledge & teaching techniques – Andy

Hi Jackson … if I could play like you (which I hope to do through your lessons) you can see the same smile like yours on my face! – Paul

You have given me a real incentive to learn and play. – Graeme

Love your style of teaching, so laid back and friendly. Keep up the great work! – Dek

I Love the music you play and I am grateful for the gift you have in teaching us the guitar. You make learning interesting. – Larry






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Bill December 8, 2017 at 8:58 pm

Ventura Highway –

Just started learning 'Ventura Highway' and Jackson nails it with his playing and complimentary singing.

The song is not particularly technical but getingt that rhythm and smooth faultles playing is the challenge. Jackson is a spot on teacher  and his song accuracyand interpertation (to my ears) is second to none.




songmentor December 8, 2017 at 10:26 pm

Thanks so much Bill … glad you enjoyed learning this great tune!


Tom Osborne September 4, 2017 at 8:42 am

Hey Jackson, Tom from Anch. Love your lessons. Would you Please, Please do a lesson on Women, Women by Gary Puckett. Thanks so much Jackson. You have a way of makeing lessons fun, precise and easy.


Frank Fay July 11, 2015 at 2:25 pm

Hi Jackson

I'm with you for a while now I've been learning songs and enjoying your method of teaching.

I'm 64 years old and thought I was too old to learn until I got to Paint it Black it sounds great

bringing me back and I think I can play it.Thanks and keep up the good work.



songmentor July 11, 2015 at 2:45 pm

Thanks Frank and you keep up the good work also!


eddie rogers February 15, 2015 at 2:41 pm

was looking for a request page bu i was wondering of you could try but in passenger let her go , or  some more modern stuff, love all your other songs but would be nice to see some newer material, seems that there is now a wealth of good musicians out there now such as  ed sheran. , jason maraz nd others like him. ithink you could do them a lot of justice, as you do the all your past work. anyway keep up the good work . eddie rogers


eddie rogers January 31, 2015 at 3:02 am

am full memebr loving it, any chance of neil diamnd stones 


songmentor January 31, 2015 at 10:41 am

Glad to have you up and running! Please use the search engine in the sidebar and enter the artist of your choice to find any songs by them. Take care!


Douglas Stewart November 8, 2014 at 4:28 am

This is such a great site! I have learned a lot from it. Just wondering if you ever do Chuck Berry's "C'est La Vie"? His guitar work is so clean in that song.



songmentor November 9, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Thanks Doug! It’s not on the list but I agree … a realy neat tune!


Wayne Sernoskie June 12, 2014 at 2:42 pm

I have been working on "Honky Tonk Woman" and am wondering if you could share with all of us …

what  your AMP settings are for this song. You really have a great sound almost (if not exactly)

like the R STONES..

thanks so much.



P.S.    Really enjoy your method  of teaching


songmentor June 12, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Thanks Wayne. Back then I would've been playing through Peavey Classic 30 amp. The exact settings I do not know. Pretty much all the lessons in the past year have been directly through my pedal …..  a Digitech RP7.


Denis Burton October 23, 2013 at 9:28 pm

I have spent several years checking out a lot of guitar learning sites so I have a really good perspective on what's out there regarding cost and instructional value. Without a doubt you lead the way Jackson. You've got the whole package. Added to your great guitar talent and skills is your straight forward approach in communicating what you are teaching. If someone is serious about learning how to play great guitar songs  this is where it's at.   Thanks for sharing your time and talent.  Denis


songmentor January 31, 2015 at 10:44 am

Thank YOU Denis!


WALLACE J TUBELL September 22, 2013 at 5:51 am

Hey Jackson, been a few months since I stopped by.  Just looked at The Breakup Song and Don't Fear The Reaper as well as a few others.  These videos of yours are awesome!  I have picked up a bit of music theory and UG dot com gives most of the chords and tab, but seeing your clips to put it all together is powerful stuff for a 51 year old beginner like me. Thanks!


songmentor September 23, 2013 at 8:09 am

Thanks Wally …… the more you can glean from everyone¬† …. the better! Glad you are enjoying the learning process!


Andrew Bednarik September 2, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Sorry Jackson,


I meant Mr. Mace

Andy Bednarik


JeffR June 6, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I joined about 6 weeks ago and have to say I really enjoy the way Jackson teaches. I joined for the R&R so I get 2 songs a week and they are a very good selection.  Jackson also has a knack to teach songs, both chords and leads in 15 mins or under.  Well worth the money and I'm very glad I joined.  A great teacher and teaches in a very relaxed manner.  


songmentor January 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Nice commercial for me Jeff …. your kind words are truly appreciated!


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