(SKYPE LESSONS ALSO AVAILABLE - see details below)



Learning Pieces - Technique - Phrasing - Soloing  - Sweep Picking - Slide Guitar - Finger Picking - 

Songwriting - Theory/Composition -  Arranging - Improvisation & More!!

John has taught/helped many up and coming artist in the Tampa Bay area for over 35 years:

Eric Calderone (331EROCK) - Glen Snelwar - Chad Sonenberg - Jimmy Moore -

Kieth Shaffer - Mitch Karman - Thomas Griggs .........

 John Demas (author, educator, inventor, teacher, guitarist and performer) is the Program Coordinator for Classical Guitar Studies at the University of Tampa and the Program Coordinator for Jazz and Classical Guitar Studies at Hillsborough Community College and has been a freelance musician in the
state of Florida since 1979.

Mr. Demas is an alumnus of Miami-Dade Community College, the University of Miami and earned his Degree with Honors in Classical Guitar Performance from University of South Florida.
John is the author of:  The John Demas Guitar Method, The John Demas Technique and Theory Workbook, Scales & Patterns and The NailScale Handbook, which is a nail care and maintenance guide for the classical guitarist. John is also the inventor of The NailScale, a precision nail measuring devise for the classical guitarist and The FretMap, a clip-on fretboard navigational and illustration system.

Call or text now!! 813.240.5199
Email: johngdemas@gmail.com


"John Demas is a very detailed, honest and direct person. Thoughtful as well as considerate. He is detailed to the Nth degree and knows what he is teaching beyond belief! John is Demanding for a reason, he desires everyone he teaches really learns and understand what they have learned. John will help anyone who desires to learn and I personally have seen him go above and beyond to make sure the information given is understood. His playing skills are second to none on any instrument he picks up. John has the unique ability to communicate with anyone and get the information delivered. Is he tough, yes, is he detailed, yes, does he care about his students, more than any teacher I have ever known. John is a first class person and highest quality teacher who I would totally recommend to any institution for higher education. If you want the best there is, hire John Demas. You will be very GLAD you did so."
Top qualities: Expert, High Integrity
Kent Sonenberg, Owner / Founder, Legends Guitars

"John is an outstanding musician, educator and author. His success as a musician has given him an unique perspective when training students. He sets high standards for himself and those who study with him, as seen in recital performances and his authored books. He manages diverse individuals with ease in his business dealings. John is dependable, knowledgeable and thorough. His commitment to excellence is apparent in every project he tackles. I recommend him without hesitation."
Top qualities: Expert, Good Value, High Integrity
Shirley Manis

  “I have been studying with John Demas for two years. Prior to studying music I earned a BA in English Education and the University of Central Florida. As a result of my studying various educational methods and approaches to teaching and based on my experience as  both a public school and college English teacher, I  clearly recognized Mr. Demas’ expertise and over all passion for teaching.  His approach to teaching embodies an unparalleled balance of knowledge, experience, creativity, innovation, versatility and insight”.

   “Even as an advanced student of Mr. Demas, I am continually astonished by his ability to prompt me, as well as other students, to discover revelations regarding several facets of guitar musicianship, such as technique, mental approaches to the instrument, dynamic, control, interpretation, sight reading, performance, and methods for productive practicing. Because of Mr. Demas’ perceptive insights and instructional proficiency, I have been able to progress in a fundamentally sound and efficient manner, which has lead me to an inspiration to continue progress. In addition, as a result of my studying under John Demas, I have developed a proficiency regarding my performance with other musicians; I have observed the same improvement and growth from my classmates, Mr.  Demas’ other students. John’s ability to work with students of various ability levels and experience benefits all of his students, weather in the context of an ensemble or solo performance”. “Mr. Demas is a teacher that I would recommend to any aspiring guitarist or music student, His solid background in music theory and his ability to approach music concepts from multiple perspectives benefits all whom he assists”.  Jason Rodriguez

"I've had the pleasure of working with John Demas for several years as he instructed me through my degree in Music. As a professor, he went out of the normal protocol to ensure that I was consistently challenged. His ability to communicate very abstract concepts in musical interpretation is a core skill of his, as well as his focus on very precise technique. As a performer he readily handles any piece of music I've laid before him as well as his solo career and ensemble work across many genres and styles. To say he's a high-caliber performer would be something of an understatement.  Since I worked most closely with him as a student I can say that the single greatest thing about him was his confidence in me and the closeness with which we pursued my education together - rather than being dictated a series of lessons. I can't thank him enough for all the effort he puts into his students."
David Granruth, Student, University of Tampa

"Mr. Demas provided me with personal Classical Guitar lessons from 1985 until 1993 on a weekly basis. His strongest assets are that he draws from his own expertise of the instrument to combine a teaching environment that allows one to learn quickly and proficiently. His dedication to musical teaching and innovative thinking were key to each sessions' success. I would highly recommend Mr. Demas for any level of musical training as well as for musical performances. He is a master of the Classical Guitar, Electric guitar, and Bouzouki."
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
David Hogge

"I have known John for over 25 years and worked with him in the music industry for most of that time. John is a very well-educated musician in both classical guitar as well as Greek Bouzouki. John has authored instruction books and has taught extensively in institutions of higher learning. He is extremely talented and has a vast experience in live performance as well as in the recording studio. He is truly an accomplished musician."
Sam Toney, Chief Medical Officer, Health Integrated

"I'm pleased to recommend John Demas as a first-class musician and guitar performer, an energetic and dedicated teacher and an individual with commendable integrity. Over the years we have shared studio space and I have always enjoyed watching John combine his high standards with an affable approach his work."
Theodore DeCorso, Adjunct Professor, University of Tampa,

"John was my son's guitar teacher for about three years. My son Joey greatly enjoyed the lessons with Mr. Demas and really improved and learned a lot. He especially excelled in the acoustic guitar and learned to love it where prior to the lessons with John, he only enjoyed the electric guitar. We received the recommendation from my mom Nina Isidora who is a great concert pianist and instructor, John is a collegue of hers, and my mom would never recommend anyone unless they were the best."
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert
Dorit Stone

"I've known John Demas for 30 years. John is an extraordinarily talented musician and he plays a variety of musical instruments with a high level of expertise and class. John is an excellent teacher and routinely works with students at many different levels, and produces excellent results with all of them. I've personally benefited from John's expertise as a teacher, and his ability to share knowledge about music in the books and articles he has written. John is also a successful entrepreneur and performer, he's the total package and I highly recommend him to you.
Bob Stearns  CEO, Powerful Potential" Bob Stearns, CEO, Powerful Potential (formerly Enlightened Leadership)

"John Demas is a great guitar instructor at my university. Even though I did not have any musical background, I was able to learn the basics of playing a new instrument. He is a very knowledgeable and helpful professor. I highly recommend him!" January 15, 2012
Top qualities: Personable, Expert, Creative
Casey Foster

"John is a superb musician who is successful as a versatile performer and effective and inspiring as a teacher of all ages and many styles of music.His drive and creativity have led him to publish guitar teaching materials. He is personable and works well with people throughout his professional endeavors. John displays his talent in many areas of music and his professionalism in all arenas." January 15, 2012
Top qualities: Expert, On Time, High Integrity
Diane Rodrieguez

"We hired John to teach guitar to my son. He is a very dedicated individual to his work and is highly motivating and works well with others. I could see him working in several situations whether it's individually or in a group-type setting. He is disciplined and personable."
Gail Rineer, Nurse Specialist for Medical Coding/Auditing, Parses, Inc.

"I studied guitar with John Demas on and off for 5 years. I was able to progress quicker because of his augmentations of theory to my own self taught playing style. I've recommended several instruction seeking parents to Mr. Demas for one and one lessons. I've heard nothing but adoration as feedback for his lesson teaching style and mentorship; which is very demanding and fast paced. Only devoted students "need apply.""
Top qualities: Expert, Good Value, On Time


Skype lessons are a great way to get top-notch guitar lessons from a professional.

All you need is an internet connection and a webcam and a great guitar lesson can be yours!

This is a live 30 or 60-minute lesson.

We can work on: phrasing, technique, music theory, improvisation, learning pieces, or any topic you wish.


  • 30 minutes - $35 US
  • 60 minutes - $60 US

VIDEO EXCHANGE LESSONS (a great option for people on a budget)

Perfect for audition prep or a student looking for advice on their playing.

1.      Make a video of a piece you are working on with a short note.

2.      I'll send you a video back with advice and exercises to improve!


  • 1 video (up to 5 minutes) - $20 US

Contact me for more information! 813.240.5199

Email: johngdemas@gmail.com