has been playing guitar for over 20 years and has been an
instructor for 18 of those years. His students range from
5-70 years of age. Although John is mostly self taught, he
has studied with many musicians throughout his career, including
Rich Severson and Paul Gilbert from G.I.T. in Los Angeles.
John is a natural and is well versed in many styles of music
such as rock, blues, heavy metal, country, jazz and blues.
John also has extensive knowledge of beginning to advanced
music theory, soloing, composition/arranging and improvisation.
John has played in numerous cover and original bands over
the years and has toured throughout the United States. Johns
influences, inspirations and endorsers include: God, Max &
Jean Frye, Kelli Frye, Scott Henderson, Troy Seele, Paul Gilbert,
Rich Severson, John Petrucci, P.K. Lavengood, Allen Holdsworth,
Larry Carlton, Frank Gambale, Joe Pass, Michael Schenker,
Tom Fowler, Eddie Van Halen, John Scofield, George Lynch,
Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Joe Satriani, Frank Zappa, Eric Johnson,
Alex Lifeson, Steve Morse, Stanley Jordon, Carlos Santana,
Frank Stein, Steve & Dan Daugherty, Steve Lukather, Robbin
Ford, Dimebag Darrell, Billy Sheehan, Niccolo Paganini, J.S.
Bach, Ludwig Von Beethoven, Andre Segovia, Jimi Hendrix, Randy
Rhoads, Angus Young, Jerry Reed, Dave Mustaine, Danny Gatton,
Brett Francis, Steve Wariner, Nuno Bettencourt, Brian Setzer,
John McLaughlin, Marty Friedman, Jason Becker, Chet Atkins,
Neal Schon, Yngwie Malmsteen, Al Di Meola, Maurice Davis,
Kevin Sylva (Uncle Albert's), Terry Bozzio, Neil Peart, Steve
Smith, Mike Portnoy, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughn,
Ted Nugent, Jake E. Lee, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Steve Lynch,
Ray Gomez, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Joe Diorio, John Coltrane,
Prince, Kiss, Brian May, Slash, David Gilmore, The Reverend
Billy Gibbons, Brett Garsed, Brent Mason, Mick Goodrick, Jim
Marshall, Jim Dunlop, Vivian Cambell, John Sykes, Andy Summers,
James Brown, DR Strings, Guitar Center, Dimarzio Pickups,Rio
Grande Pickups and all of my students, past and present. John
Frye endorses Shredneck, Tremol-No, DR Strings along with
using and abusing many other companies gear!!
"I wanted to take this opportunity to thank John Frye
for the lessons in guitar that he provided for my son, Joseph
Roberts. Joseph really seemed to connect with John and really
enjoyed the lessons. I will highly recommend Bongo Boy to
anyone who needs instrument lessons. It's a great place and
we will be back in the Spring".
"John is not only a knowledgeable teacher of anything
you could ever want to know about playing guitar, but he also
cares about how his students are doing inside and outside
of lessons. He has been a great influence on me and was an
invaluable asset in my application and audition process that
led to my addmission into Berklee College of Music".
just wanted to send a note of thanks to you for your willingness
to work with such a rookie when it comes to playing the guitar.
When I started with you I was all thumbs. Two years and 10
calluses later, I feel more confident playing the guitar.
I especially enjoyed the way you combined music theory with
playing up-to-date songs. I was impressed by your ability
to take a song you never heard before and within minutes you
have me playing the song!! Thank you for giving me the motivation
and desire to learn this wonderful instrument".
"I want to thank you for your teaching, coaching
and mentoring to our son Chris Lewis over these past 6 years.
His guitar and music are a very important part of who he is
and who he has become. You have helped him greatly in developing
his skills and opening his mind. He admires you and greatly
respects you! For all you have done for him in these growing
years, we are most grateful. Christopher seems to be adjusting
quite well to his new life at Wabash College. We are proud
of how he is handling the transition. He has great potential
so we look forward to watching his future growth. In so doing,
we are also most appreciative of those that have brought him
to this stage of life....including you!! Thanks for all you
have done!!! Warmest regards, David Lewis. (Chris Lewis' Dad)
Frye is a fantastic teacher. Throughout my lessons with him
I learned basic Jazz techniques and theories, Steve Vai, Jimi
Hendrix and Chopin pieces and countless other relevant guitar
pieces, styles and techniques. John always let me learn what
I wanted to learn. He never forced me to learn anything I
didn't want to. He kept a relaxed environment that proved
to be much more educational than most I have been in. If I
wanted to learn some Randy Rhoads that day, he would teach
me. If I wanted to learn some Taylor Swift, I'm sure he would
have taught me, though I was never struck with that desire. My
most memorable lesson was, one day, when I walked in, took
my guitar out, and asked John to teach me "something
weird." That was it. Just "something weird."
He leaned back, thought for a second, and then taught me an
incredibly strange sounding scale from India. How many teachers
could have pulled that out? John
not only offers guitar education, he holds great real world
experience playing with bands in local clubs around Indiana
throughout the United States. He offered me advice on booking
my band around town, and even gave me the names of a few places
for underage bands to play. Basically,
my point here, is that John is a musical genius, gifted with
the guitar skill equivalent to some of the greats, and the
ability to teach like any college professor you could find
anywhere. I would highly recommend him to guitarists of any
skill level, and guarantee that his students will learn exactly
what they want to learn and what they need
I have been meaning to email you guys to let you know how
much I enjoyed the chord progression class with John Frye
last month. John is extremely knowledgeable and smart. I felt
really lucky to have him to myself so that I could grill him
each time with my questions...LOL!
Seriously, he was very patient with me and really knows his
stuff. He made me laugh all the time because he's got this
incredibly dry wit that made learning about the progressions
even more fun. I learned a lot and feel that I can apply my
new knowledge to writing songs and playing guitar.
So, just wanted to give you some feedback since I really enjoyed
Thanks a bunch!