Currently, Takaaki Maeda Guitar School is actively recruiting students who want to learn guitar techniques for big band settings!

"I'm tasked with playing guitar in a big band, but I'm not sure about the techniques."
"I don't understand how to read sheet music."
"There's a guitar solo part, but I can't improvise."
"There's only piano or bass sheet music; I want guitar sheet music."
If you have concerns or questions about the techniques, knowledge, or skills required for big band performances, please feel free to contact us! Takaaki Maeda, a professional jazz guitarist, will provide comprehensive lessons starting from the basics.

Have you ever felt the unique challenges of playing guitar in a big band if you've played it even once? In reality, the required techniques and methods are different, and that's perfectly natural. Let's learn the necessary skills, knowledge, and techniques together to become a guitarist who can swing the entire band!

Freddie Green, considered the world's greatest rhythm guitarist, left a mark in jazz history without playing guitar solos. His techniques have paved the way for future big band guitarists and can be considered a "pioneer." Another guitarist I deeply admire, Bucky Pizzarelli, is also a significant figure following in Freddie's footsteps as a rhythm guitarist.

Big band guitar is a genre that I recommend to those who want to learn music theory. If you are interested, please feel free to inquire!

Our rates are reasonably priced at $40 per hour, which is about $10 lower than the market average.
We also offer trial lessons, student discounts, and online lessons, so please check out this page for more details. Let's Swing!!! 🎸

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    Live Performance

    Big Band song lists I've played so far

    • A Big Band Christmas
    • All I Want for Christmas is You
    • April in Paris
    • Artistry for Trumpets
    • Back in Time
    • Baise Straight Ahead
    • Blue Bossa
    • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo
    • Birdland
    • But not for Me
    • Brush Taps
    • Corner Pocket
    • Cute
    • Cotton Tail
    • Disney Salute
    • Fascinatin' Rhythm
    • Flight of the Foo Bird
    • Night and Day
    • Night in Tunisia
    • Groovin' Hard
    • Hey Burner
    • Hey, Pachuco!
    • I Just Can't Wait to be King
    • I'm Getting Sentimental over You
    • In a Mellow Tone
    • It's oh, so Nice
    • I Remember Clifford
    • Just Friends
    • Let's Dance
    • Little Brown Jug
    • Magic Flea
    • Moanin'
    • Moonlight Serenade
    • My Favorite Things
    • On the Sunny Side of the Street
    • Round Midnight
    • Sao Paulo
    • Satin Doll
    • Spain
    • Somebody Loves Me
    • Social Call
    • Sing, Sing, Sing
    • Sing, Sang, Sung
    • Sweet Georgia Brown
    • Switch in Time
    • Tank!
    • Take the "A" Train
    • The Jazz Police
    • When I Fall in Love
    • Winne the Pooh
    • Wind Machine
    • You've Got a Friend in Me
    • From ”Kiki's Delivery Service” A Town With An Ocean View
    • Look at the stars in the sky