Shawn Persinger, aka Prester John, owns a Taylor 410, two 310s, a 2140ce-N, an 8-string baritone, a 12-string 150e, and a GS Mini Bass. His original music has been described as a myriad of delightful paradoxes: complex but catchy; virtuosic yet affable; smart and whimsical. He currently plays in a “Laurel Canyon Sound” tribute band, playing slide guitar parts made famous by David Lindley, Lowell George, and many others. Shawn’s book, The 50 Greatest Guitar Books has been hailed as a landmark achievement in guitar education.

Acclaimed jazz guitarist Mimi Fox talks her new album

Acoustic Flight Path: Interview with Mimi Fox

March 14, 2019 - by Shawn Persinger - Artists

Acclaimed jazz guitarist Mimi Fox talks about her new all-acoustic album, This Bird Still Flies, and her inventive approach to composing, arranging and improvising When we last wrote about internationally renowned guitar virtuoso and music educator Mimi Fox (summer 2018),…

Guitar Playing Resolutions

5 Guitar Playing Resolutions For The New Year

January 4, 2016 - by Shawn Persinger - Articles

Do you want to make 2016 your best guitar playing year ever? Here are five resolutions that you can add to your practice routine – and actually stick with long after you’ve given up all the others. 1. Practice less,…

34 Easy Ways to Make Your Guitar Solos and Improvisations More Interesting by Shawn Persinger

July 10, 2012 - by Shawn Persinger - Articles

On first glance this list of “34 Easy Ways to Make Your Guitar Solos and Improvisations More Interesting: For All Levels, Styles and Situations” should seem obvious to many intermediate and advanced players. But a closer look will indicate that…

How to Learn New Chords and Create Your Own Chord Melodies by Shawn Persinger

June 1, 2012 - by Shawn Persinger - Articles

  When I was less experienced player and I wanted to add some new chords to my playing I would learn twelve new chords, find a use for one of them and forget the other eleven until the next time…

Teaching Kids to Rock: Inside the Center for Creative Youth

April 10, 2012 - by Shawn Persinger - Articles

Since 2009 I have had the privilege of teaching music at the prestigious Center for Creative Youth in Middletown, Connecticut. CCY is a five-week pre-college residential program on the campus of Wesleyan University, now in its 36th year, which emphasizes…

What is the Most Common Chord Progression in the World? with Shawn Persinger

April 4, 2012 - by Shawn Persinger - Articles

  The Ubiquitous I V vi IV Chord Progression.       I am quite aware that this topic has been covered several times in other on-line music blogs and lessons; The Axis of Awesome has gone as far as to write…

Rhythm Changes (Evolution)

March 22, 2012 - by Shawn Persinger - Articles

Here's a lesson I wrote while teaching my Swing Guitar class at Guitar Intensives Camp last year. One wonders if George Gershwin ever imagined the countless variations, permutation and straight-up imitations his song “I’ve Got Rhythm” was to spawn when…

Slowly But Surely

February 15, 2012 - by Shawn Persinger - Articles

Becoming a great guitar player requires serious dedication, but with busy lives, most of us don’t have enough time. Don’t be discouraged. Even minimal practice will lead to steady progress. When I meet new people in a social setting, inevitably I’m…

How to Become a Natural

January 30, 2012 - by Shawn Persinger - Articles

Think you lack the innate talent of other players? With enough desire and commitment, you can transform yourself into a “natural.”  When it comes to my guitar-playing ability, people often say to me, “You really have a gift. You’re a natural.” While I’ve…
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