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A guitarist since age six, Jon Finn has been a professional musician for most of his life. Today, he’s been repeatedly acknowledged within the international community of musicians as being a clear leader in Modern Rock Guitar as a performer, composer and educator. Joining the guitar faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1988, he started the Jon Finn Group later that same year. To date, they have three internationally released CDs and many concert appearance worldwide.
As a guitarist, Jon’s probably known best for his unique rock guitar style. As an artist, he’s also interested in developing far beyond the limits imposed by any genre definition.
As a teacher, Jon is interested in getting to know his students enough to understand their strengths, weaknesses, work-ethic, and learning style.
One of his songs, Berlin Wall appears in the motion picture release Refusenik, a documentary about Soviet Jews and their struggle to escape to the US during the Cold-War era. Jon’s guitar is also heard on the NFL Theme Song, played during the football season.
Jon spends his spare time with his family. Whenever possible, in a quiet cove on Lake Squam, NH.
"You know the perception people have of rock guitarists—gunslingers and drug addicts. If there's one issue I get evangelical about, it's when I hear a lot of words from well-known rock players who say, 'Don't practice, be a rebel. Studying the instrument is bad for your creativity.' The mentality is that if you're too technically proficient, you're not rock 'n' roll; I'm not sure if I agree. My feeling is that it's possible to be a studied musician and maintain that primal energy—it's just not easy. I personally love players like Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Steve Morse, and Eddie Van Halen, the ones who can speak to my soul and challenge my intellect at the same time."