As founder and director of the Electric Guitar Performance Program at Manhattan's Third Street Music School Settlement, Jeff maintains a busy teaching schedule as he shares his passion for diverse musical styles with the next generation of musicians.

He is also an adjunct professor at New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music (where he directs the Studio Performance Workshops) as well as Marymount Manhattan College. Courses he has developed and currently teach include; Music Theory for Producers, Advanced Music Theory for Producers, Songwriting in the Studio II, Guitar Harmony and Roots and Routes: Melodic, Harmonic and Rhythmic Analysis of the World’s Music.

Jeff’s private guitar coaching clients have included Michael J. Fox, Edward Burns, Tim Robbins, Mark Ronson, Samantha Ronson, Jann Wenner, Dr. Joseph Ledoux and Liv Tyler.
He is available for private instruction, guest lectures and clinics. For more information contact:

Jeff’s books include Zen And The Art Of Guitar (Alfred 2003), Guitar Atlas: Middle East (Alfred 2004), and Guitar Atlas: Cuba (Alfred 2007). He is currently writing a textbook for his course Music Theory for Producers as well as a follow up to Zen and the Art of Guitar.

Zen and the Art of Guitar

Join performer and teacher Jeff Peretz on a musical journey that will open your mind and improve your guitar playing in ways you've never dreamed of. Using the practice of skill cultivation, one of the principles at the heart of Zen philosophy, you'll discover ways to develop your powers of concentration, "let go" as a player, and become a complete guitarist. Along the way, you'll learn about the history of Zen; the application of Zen to rhythm, melody, and harmony; and new ways of thinking about familiar musical elements. You'll find Zen and the Art of Guitar a musical learning experience unlike any you've ever
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Guitar Atlas: Middle East

The Guitar Atlas series is your passport to a new world of music. Learn the characteristic rhythms and techniques of some of the world's most remarkable guitar music, discovering the history, origins, and pioneering artists of distinctive styles from around the globe. This introduction to the exotic music of Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Kuwait, Morocco, Nubia, and neighboring regions includes insights into cultural and religious influences and the major musicians of each locality. Discover unique plucked instruments, the Arabic tone system and exotic scales, and open your mind to new forms of improvisation that will forever alter your approach to soloing. The examples
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Guitar Atlas: Cuba

The signature sound of Cuban music is popular throughout the world. At the heart of it is the clave - the underlying groove that defines the music of Cuba. The clave is not always easy to learn, but author Jeff Peretz breaks down this fundamental rhythm in Guitar Atlas: Cuba, proving that the clave can be played by any guitarist. For those who do not even play Cuban music, the concepts in this book improve sense of rhythm and syncopation in any style. Guitar Atlas: Cuba also explores the African and European cultural influences that shaped modern Cuban music - as well as the impact of the political events of the 20th century. Learn about different styles of music
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