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James Tomaskovics was born in Red Bank, New Jersey in 1974. He got his first guitar and took lessons at the age of 5. James accepted his first student in 1994.

James provides professional guitar lessons in New Jersey to all ages and skill levels. James is an active teacher providing private lessons and teaches guitar in music schools throughout New Jersey.

James plays and teaches the following styles:

Rock • Metal • Neo-Classical • Classical • Jazz • Blues • Delta Blues • R&B • Reggae • Ska Latin • Ethnic • Funk • Country • Bluegrass • Rockabilly • Ragtime • Surf • Pop • Folk Alternative • Punk

James plays and teaches the following scales:

Major Pentatonic Scale • Minor Pentatonic Scale • Major Blues Scale • Minor Blues Scale • Sus 4 Pentatonic Scale • Dominant Pentatonic • Dom. 9 b7 Pentatonic Exotic Scales • Enigmatic • Hirajoshi Kumoi • Oriental • Pelog • Kokin Joshi • P’yongio Iwato • Chinese • Japanese • Egyptian • Scribian • Hungarian Gypsy Minor • Hungarian Gypsy Major • Romanian • Persia • Hindustan • Neopolitan Minor • Neopolitan Major • Overtone • Prometheus • Ritusen • Arabian • Others… The Melodic Minor Scales • Dorian b2 Mode • Lydian-Augmented Mode • Lydian b7 Mode • Mixolydian b6 Mode • Locrian b2 Mode • Super Locrian Mode The Symmetrical Scales • Whole Tone Scale • Augmented Scale • Half-Step/Whole-Step .. Diminished Scale • Whole-Step/Half-Step .. Diminished Scale • Chromatic Scale The Harmonic Minor Scales • Harmonic Minor scale • Locrian natural 6 mode • Ionian-Augmented mode • Dorian # 4 mode • Phrygian Major mode • Lydian # 9 mode • Altered Dominant mode • Major • Major Sus 4th • Flat Fifth • Major + 9th • Fifth • Minor • Augmented • Diminished • Major Sixth • Sixth + 9th • Minor Sixth + 9th • Minor Sixth • Seventh • Seventh Sus 4th • Minor Seventh • Minor Seventh b5 • Seventh Aug 5 • Seventh b5 • Major Seventh • Major Seventh b5 • Minor Major Seventh • Seventh b5 • Seventh Aug 9th • Seventh b5 • Augmented 5

James plays and teaches the following techniques:

Travis Picking • Alternate Picking • Sweep Picking • Economy Picking • Hybrid Picking • Speed Picking • Circular Picking • Brush Picking • Cross Picking • Flat Picking • Alternating Strumming • Carter Strumming • Righthand Muting • Whammy Bar Vibrato • Whammy Bar Scoops • Whammy Bar Dips • Extreme Whammy • Pick Scrapes • Finger Rolling • String Skipping • Single-Finger Tapping • Multi-finger Tapping • Chordal Tapping • Scalar Tapping • Single-String Bends • Unison Bends • Ghost Bends • Double-Stop Bends • Oblique Bends • Pedal Steel Bends • Slurred Slides• Attacked Slides • Slide Guitar • Chordal and Lead • Volume Swells • Japanese Koto Technique • The Bagpipe Technique • Classical Vibrato • Pivot Vibrato • Floating Vibrato • Slow Wide Vibrato • Fast Wide Vibrato • Natural Harmonics • Artificial Harmonics • Tap Harmonics • Harp Harmonics • Pinch Harmonics • Slap Harmonics • Pedal Steel Bends with Harmonics • Palm Harmonics • Pull-Offs • Trills • Choking • Octaves • Fretting

James plays and teaches the techniques of the following players:

Allan Holdsworth • Steve Morse • Eric Johnson • Phil Keaggy • Danny Gatton • Joe Satriani • Steve Vai • Shawn Lane • Yngwie Malmsteen • Eddie Van Halen • Randy Rhoads • Ritchie Blackmore • Brian May • Angus Young • Eric Clapton • Duane Allman • SRV • Jimmy Page • Peter Frampton • Todd Rundgren • Robin Trower • Jimi Hendrix • Jeff Beck • John Lennon • George Harrison • Carlos Santana• Keith Richards • Toni Iommi • Steve Howe• Steve Hackett • Larry Carlton • Robben Ford • Pat Matheny • Joe Pass • Wes Montgomery • Bill Connors • John McLauglin • Al Dimeola • Scott Henderson • Mike Stern • Carl Verheyen • Lenny Breau • Ted Greene • Chet Atkins • Jerry Reed • Dick Dale • Les Paul • Merle Travis • Michael Hedges • Leo Kottke • Adrian Legg • Albert Lee • Ray Flacke • Brent Mason • B.B. King • Albert Collins • Albert King • Buddy Guy • Johnny Winter • Freddie King • Robert Johnson • Andres Segovia • Chris Parkening • The Ventures • Carl Perkins • Eddie Cochran • Stevie Ray VaughanRichie Sambora