Welcome to the official web site of John Standefer, renowned fingerstyle guitarist, teacher, and performer. You'll find the latest information about John's performances and teaching activities, as well as his recordings, books, and videos all here. John is a masterful arranger of guitar music, so there are also some great guitar TAB arrangements you can download.

A world-class fingerstyle guitarist, John is the winner of the 2002 National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship and the Open Division winner of the 2004 International Home of the Legends Competition. John has performed and taught in venues around the world and appears yearly at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society convention in Nashville to honor his mentor.

A gifted and enthusiastic teacher, John has published numerous books, tab and videos to help guitarists of all levels improve their skills. He also offers one-on-one online lessons via Skype.

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John Featured in Gretsch Guitars Blog Article
A new blog article on the Gretsch Guitars website explores the early influence Chet Atkins had on John's guitar journey. John talks about trying to learn to play like Chet by listening to his recordings, and the tone Chet achieved on his Gretsch guitar. He reflects on the Gretsch guitars he has played over the years, his newest being a G6120T-55 that has that authentic tone. MORE DETAILS

New CD release from John Standefer!
John has just released a great new solo guitar album – 15 tracks in all! In this outing, John tackles a wide array of musical genres from the 1920s up to current times. There is also a new original composition by John. Once in John’s hands, they all become guitar arrangements that are indeed ‘Kind To The Ear’. MORE DETAILS

John teaches Skype lessons 5 days a week!
The popularity of John's online lessons has grown to where they are being offered 5 days a week. Consider becoming one of the many who glean from John's 50 years of playing and teaching experience. Learn the insights he has to share and explore the 600(+) TAB arrangements he has written for students.  LEARN MORE