John McCarthy (guitarist)

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John McCarthy
Instruments Guitar
Website http://rockhousemethod.com/artists/Artist.aspx?aid=1

John McCarthy is a guitarist, author, educator and creator of the Rock House Method system of learning. Since 2001, The Rock House Method has sold more than three million instructional programs of which McCarthy writes, composes, and demonstrates in. In the past John has written columns for Guitar School magazine and starting June 2009, he began writing a monthly column titled “Metal Rising” in Guitar Player magazine.

As an educator[edit]

John McCarthy began providing music lessons at the age of 15 and created the first complete rock guitar instruction series on video in 1986. In 2000, John designed the Rock House Method accelerated learning system that combined instruction in video and book form with an on-line support system. In 2001 marketing specialist Joe Palumbo became a business partner and the mission began to take “The Rock House Method” to masses.

John currently has authored 19 instructional method books, 48 instructional DVDs and 1 instructional DVD rom. John designed and developed a Disney Learn Guitar method featuring the songs of Hannah Montana and High School Musical released in 2009 on DVD-ROM. In addition to his own instructional books and programs John has worked with many of the greatest musicians in the world creating personal instruction programs featuring the Rock House Method, Alexi Laiho, Alex Skolnick, Kiko Loureiro, Jeff Loomis, Bernie Worrell, Oli Herbert, Michael Paget, Rusty Cooley, Dan Jacobs, Rob Arnold, Doug Wimbish, Leo Nocentelli and Dave Ellefson are some of the collaborating artists.

As a guitarist[edit]

John began playing guitar at the age of 6 inspired by listening to the vast album collection of his older brother and sisters and states this as the reason he has a wide range of music genres in his vocabulary. When John turned 8 he already had a band playing local camps and parties and at 15 was playing across the tri-state area in clubs.

In 2006 John recorded his first solo release “Drive” a full length guitar centered instrumental album. Doug Wimbish of Living Colour fame produced and played bass on the album. Other players on the album include Will Calhoun (Living Colour) on drums, Bernie Worrell (P-Funk and Talking Heads) on keyboards, Leo Nocentelli (The Meters) on guitar, and Jordan Gengreco on keyboards.

The future[edit]

John McCarthy is currently designing a four book teacher based method for learning guitar and bass guitar that will correspond interactively with a full on-line music school for the Rock House Method. This is planned to release January 2010.

Body of work[edit]

Instructional books[edit]

  • Rock House Learn Rock Guitar Beginner
  • Rock House Learn Rock Guitar Intermediate
  • Rock House Learn Rock Guitar Advanced
  • Rock House Learn Rock Guitar Course
  • Rock House Learn Rock Acoustic Beginner
  • Rock House Learn Rock Acoustic Intermediate
  • Rock House Children’s Guitar Method
  • Rock House Clap, Tap, Sing & Swing
  • Rock House The Only Chord Book You’ll Ever Need – Guitar
  • Rock House The Only Chord Book You’ll Ever Need - Keyboard
  • So Easy Ultimate Guitar Acoustic Guitar Course
  • So Easy Ultimate Guitar Electric Guitar Course
  • House of Blues Acoustic Guitar Beginner
  • House of Blues Electric Guitar Beginner
  • House of Blues Acoustic Guitar Course
  • House of Blues Electric Guitar Course
  • House of Blues Blues Guitar Course
  • House of Blues Blues Guitar Level 1
  • House of Blues Blues Guitar Level 2

Instructional videos / DVD[edit]

  • Rock House Learn Rock Guitar Beginner
  • Rock House Learn Rock Guitar Intermediate
  • Rock House Learn Rock Guitar Advanced
  • Rock House Learn Rock Guitar Course
  • Rock House Learn Rock Acoustic Beginner
  • Rock House Learn Rock Acoustic Intermediate
  • Rock House Blues Riffs, Rhythms & Secrets
  • Rock House Hands of Steel
  • Rock House Advanced Metal
  • Rock House Modes Demystified
  • Rock House Learn Metal Guitar Beginner
  • Rock House Learn Metal Guitar Intermediate
  • Rock House Learn Metal Guitar Advanced
  • Rock House Learn Blues Guitar Beginner
  • Rock House Learn Blues Guitar Intermediate
  • Rock House Learn Blues Guitar Advanced
  • Rock House Lead Guitar
  • Rock House Learn to Play Ukulele
  • Rock House Modern Classical Guitar
  • So Easy Electric Guitar Level 1
  • So Easy Electric Guitar Level 2
  • So Easy Acoustic Guitar Level 1
  • So Easy Acoustic Guitar Level 2
  • House of Blues Acoustic Guitar Beginner
  • House of Blues Electric Guitar Beginner
  • House of Blues Blues Guitar Level 1
  • House of Blues Learn Metal Guitar Beginner
  • House of Blues Blues Guitar Level 2
  • Peavey Play It All Acoustic Guitar
  • Peavey Play It All Electric Guitar

CD/DVD ROM interactive programs[edit]

  • Disney Learn Guitar Method - featuring the songs of Hannah Montana & High School Musical

Branded instructional videos / DVD (featured in guitar packs)[edit]

  • Washburn/Lyon Acoustic and Electric Guitar
  • Peavey Acoustic Guitar
  • Peavey Electric Guitar
  • Silvertone Acoustic Guitar
  • Silvertone Electric Guitar
  • Burswood Acoustic and Electric Guitar
  • SX Acoustic Guitar
  • SX Electric Guitar
  • Valencia Classical Guitar
  • Gypsy Rose Acoustic, Electric and Bass Guitar
  • Mahalo Ukulele
  • Ashton Acoustic and Electric Guitar
  • Spectrum Acoustic Guitar
  • Spectrum Electric Guitar
  • Spectrum Keyboard
  • Behringer Acoustic and Electric Guitar
  • Jim Deacan Acoustic and Electric Guitar
  • Switch Acoustic and Electric Guitar

Custom Artist Programs[edit]

John McCarthy CD releases[edit]

  • 13 O’clock – independent release (1999)
  • Drive – solo instrumental guitar (2006)

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