The first thing Jerry asked me was what music I liked. I think that says a lot about him. Through my four years in high school Jerry taught me rhythm guitar, starting with easy popular songs across several genres, and when I graduated from that, I brought in lots of Beatles songs and he taught me the rhythm guitar parts to them. I moved up to the lead guitar CD's, which spanned genres from Yngwie Malmsteen to T-Bone Walker, introducing me to several styles of playing guitar, and the techniques and mindset needed to play each style. In my senior year, the top jazz combo's bass player and guitar player were taught by Jerry, the next combo down, the other guitar player and I were taught by Jerry, as was the bassist in the next combo below us. He produces quality students : ) Jerry is a remarkable person and an excellent teacher. He listens to your playing and he listens to you. I am truly glad that Jerry Baiden was my first guitar teacher. He gave me a deep understanding about how to make music with a guitar, and he did it with such compassion. Thank you, Jerry.
Jerry taught me guitar and bass for seven years, through junior high and high school. Through that entire time I experienced him as a dependable and loyal teacher as well as a friend to whom I could relate from my time as an immature sixth grader to when I was an arguably more mature high school senior. Then, in my second year of college, I was asked to play in a friend's band. I wasn't sure how it would go considering I had only been casually keeping up with music, but, and I credit this to the quality of Jerry's teaching, I had the foundation that allowed me to impress them and am now a permanent member. In summary, Jerry's distinctiveness as a teacher is his versatility. Whatever the age, intention, instrument, or music style of the student, he can teach it and he can teach it well.
Jerry was my guitar teacher all through high school and played and essential role in my musical development. Not just an amazing player, he is able to really connect with and elaborate upon each persons individual needs/interests as students and show them the best way to progress towards their musical goals. I would tell my friends about Jerry as well as fans who asked me about my musical past after playing shows. Many of these people proceeded to take lessons from Jerry, and not a single one was left unsatisfied. I had several guitar instructors before learning from Jerry, all of whom he far surpassed in both skill and teaching. If you are looking for a great guitar teacher, you can't do better than Jerry Baiden.