Teachers at the Old Town School

John Abbey

Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Guitar

Styles - Alt Country, Rock, Jazz, Motown, R&B, Blues

Techniques - Funk Bass, Slap Bass (Electric), Core Guitar Techniques

Chord changes are universal and the harmonic motion used are virtually the same from style to style. The rhythm of the motion is one of things that differentiates one style from the other. John likes to look at songs with "basic" chords and look for ways to make them more "interesting.”

John has been fortunate to gig, tour and/or record with: (partial discography) John Cale, Hubert Sumlin, Robbie Fulks, Ray Davies, The Sons of the Never Wrong, David Poe, Carolyne Mas, Amy Rigby, Daniel Lanois, Aster Aweke, T Bone Burnett, Dog's Eye View, Amy Speace, Block, Giant Sand...

He’s engineered and/or produced records for (partial discography): The Old Town School-Songbook Series Vol. 1-4, Emily Hurd, Amy Speace, Shelley Miller, Mark Dvorak, Eddie Holstein, Jonas Friddle and the Majority, Funeral Bonzai Wedding, Dolly Varden, Robbie Fulks, and TJ Swan.

Get in touch with John at jabbey@oldtownschool.org.

Education: SUNY Old Westbury - Studied with Ken McIntyre, Jack Jeffers, Jimmy Owens, and Warren Smith

Started at the Old Town School in March of 2002


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 04/29/2019

Mondays 9:30 am – 10:00 am at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Mondays 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 9:30 am – 10:00 am at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Fridays 9:00 am – 9:45 am at 4544 N Lincoln Ave


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 06/24/2019

Mondays 9:30 am – 10:00 am at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Mondays 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 9:30 am – 10:00 am at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Fridays 9:00 am – 9:45 am at 4544 N Lincoln Ave


Group Classes for the session beginning 06/24/2019

Guitar 3 with John Abbey

$202 ($192 members)

06/24/2019 – 08/12/2019 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 4Ever with John Abbey

Students have been known to repeat this class endlessly! And of course, learning the guitar is a lifelong journey.

$202 ($192 members)

06/26/2019 – 08/14/2019 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Guitar 1 Repertoire with John Abbey

Improve your skills by learning lots of great songs, different strums and a few licks, while singing and playing at the same time!

$202 ($192 members)

06/28/2019 – 08/16/2019 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave