The Lesson Loft

We know that when you decide to take lessons, you're serious about learning. So why do most music stores not take your learning environment seriously?

Here at Axe Shop, we know that where you learn can have an impact on what you learn. So, we've gone above and beyond those other music shops...and dedicated an entire second floor to you. We call it The Lesson Loft.

Brett Miller

Pro guitarist, composer, author, and instructor Brett Miller offers the most comprehensive, results-oriented, and fun one-on-one guitar instruction available. Come and benefit from his 15+ years of teaching experience and degree from Berklee College of Music.

Specializing in quickly providing beginners with a rock-solid foundation, and taking intermediate and advanced players to the next level of skill and understanding, Brett will help you learn how to:

  • Play faster, more cleanly, more powerfully, and more confidently
  • Understand rhythm reading and notation, so that you can learn songs quickly and easily
  • Build and play chords all over the neck, not just memorize them from a book
  • Use scales, modes, and arpeggios to improvise, jam, and write your own songs
  • Apply music theory to the guitar (in a clear and step-by-step fashion) to unlock your potential

Brett has released six Metal / Fusion solo records, and has composed full-length original soundtracks in the video game industry. Through his company, Metal Guitar Academy MGA, Brett is an author of guitar instructional books and courses. Titles include "Sweep Picking: Steam Powered", "Speed Picking: Master Month", "Modes? Mastered!", "The Chord Book", "Unleash Your Speed", and others. He's the creator of the popular (and free!) Metal Mailing, received by thousands of guitarists, and is an in-demand private instructor with guitar and bass students around the world. He is an endorsed artist with DR Strings, and Dava Picks. Brett teaches locally (right here at Axe Shop!), and world-wide via Skype. Listen below to AmpL SampL, a full-length record featuring two tracks from each of Brett's albums.

Get started learning with Brett today, and achieve a breakthrough in your guitar playing! Check out the 5-Star Reviews from students here. To schedule lessons, visit and send a message, or send an email to: brett [@]

Some of Brett's Music

Pat Horgan

Pat Horgan is a musician, teacher, booking agent, and talent manager. He also teaches music related classes for the Adult Learning Institute at the Boces Campus in Dutchess County, New York.

He started his music career as an A&R man at Sire Records in NYC in the late 70s. He has also been the A&R man at Spectra Records. He created the Heritage imprint for Spectra, and has produced over 20 albums for major record labels including the best selling "Garage Band" series for Collectables Records.

Pat has worked with countless national acts including The Smithereens, Vanilla Fudge, The Ramones, The Pretenders, The Talking Heads, Mountain, Marshall Crenshaw, Glen Burtnik and Dennis DeYoung (of Styx), ELO, Jimi Jamison, Orleans, The Shadows Of Knight, Steam, Blue Oyster Cult, The Monkees and many more.

In addition to teaching guitar locally for over 10 years, Pat is also the stage manager for the Chiller Theatre conventions, held twice a year in Parsippany, NJ.

Pat has also led his own band Pat Horgan & Thunder Road for many years, and they are currently signed to two labels (Spectra Records and Collectables Records). Pat is a BMI songwriter and his songs have been recorded by The Shadows Of Knight and Jimi Jamison. Pat is currently the music producer for Trouble In Paradise", a major motion picture and has scored a pilot episode ("Todd") for Fox TV. Pat teaches on Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays and all day Saturday.

John LaRotonda

John LaRotonda has been successfully teaching music in the Hudson Valley for more than 30 years. His teaching affiliates include: Poughkeepsie Music Shop, Take Note Music Studio, Poughkeepsie City School District, D.C.C. Music School, Let's Jam Music, Alto Music and the Axe Shop.

John is a self taught virtuoso who enjoys all styles of music. He teaches: Rock, Metal, Jazz, Classical and Fingerstyle. Instruments include: Guitar (acoustic or electric), Bass Guitar, Banjo and Ukulele. Students choose their style.

John lives in Poughkeepsie. His hobbies include body building, cooking and running. He is currently a member of two bands, The Bianca Carano band on acoustic guitar, and bass guitar with The Chosen Adolescents.

Follow John LaRotonda on Facebook, and contact him at: johnlarotonda66 [@]