About Me - Geeb JohnstonGuitar, violin, and bass guitar teacher Bellingham, Washington
I was very fortunate at an early age to study the violin with a great teacher, the late Arthur Thal, a Bellingham legend for over 50 years. A man of integrity, he not only guided me through the technicalities of the instrument, but he was a terrific role model as well. His influence is with me to this day.
I also began the study of the guitar in high school, first being influenced by some great Blues and Rock players. Later on, I expanded my interests into other guitar styles as well.
In the mid-1970s, I began playing professionally, and in the last four decades I’ve worked thousands of jobs – nightclubs, state fairs, weddings, memorial services, private parties, fund-raisers, etc. If you can name the occasion, I’ve probably played it. I toured the Western United States in the late 1970s, from Hawaii to Chicago, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. I have worked with a variety of groups, from Country and Bluegrass, Rhythm and Blues, Swing and Jazz to work with the Omaha Symphony.
You may have heard my work on radio and TV commercials or even on one of your favorite TV shows, as I am a veteran of dozens of recording sessions. Since 1981 I’ve helped hundreds of people achieve their musical goals. Several of my former students are now working professional musicians themselves. I still continue to play and am currently the guitarist in the Bellingham band, “The Atlantics.”
I’ve been very fortunate to have the experiences of playing music and the friendships I’ve made. My greatest pleasure, however is in helping others find within themselves an outlet for expression and personal growth, and to acquire a skill that can bring a lifetime of happiness.
If you would like to learn to play violin or fiddle, guitar, or bass guitar in a causal and comfortable atmosphere, call or text me – I’d love to help you.
To read more about me, please see the profile that The Bellingham Herald did about me, Geeb Johnston in the December 25, 2014 issue of Take Five Magazine.