Jesse Seales has taught guitar for 10 years in the Pacific Northwest, specializing in rock, blues, jazz, and country. His students come from various backgrounds, including beginners to advanced players, and he teaches a wide range of age groups. With a teaching method that blends practical theory with an emphasis on learning songs, and strengthening improvisational skills and confidence, he is one of the most sought after teachers in the region.
Jesse worked as a full-time professional musician from 1975 to 1990, with several tours throughout the western United States, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Although his focus is now on teaching, he continues to perform on a part-time basis, and has contacts with working musicians throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Jesse earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from The Evergreen State College in 1996. He maintains connections to the academic music world through his brother, Marc Seales, who is a jazz professor at the University of Washington.
Susanne L. Seales is the author of the blog on this site, and occasionally helps with administrative duties at Jesse Seales Guitar Instruction. When not attending to business over here, she guides university students through a variety of historical landscapes, and works from time to time as a freelance writer and editor. In short, her life is a wonderful adventure, which she feels quite lucky to be traveling through -- including her off days, which are spent dreaming of crossing the Sahara on camelback, whilst strumming songs by the Faces on her ukulele.
About us ...
Jesse and Susanne met in 1989, and were married in 1991. They have enjoyed many adventures together over the years, including an absolutely brilliant summer in Greece, and an even more spectacular year in France. At present they live in a century-old apartment in Bellingham, Washington, which they share with their cat, Miss Penelope-Nut. In general, J and S spend their days reading, looking at art, collecting books, antiques and old photographs, and taking day trips to Vancouver, BC ... while Miss P-Nut spends most of her time napping.