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Positively Dangerous 2.0 will be launching a few weeks after the self-study course, Building the Perfect Practice Session. 

Stay tuned for updates.

For two and a half years, I dedicated myself to learning classical guitar in a small group setting with a teacher. However, I couldn’t shake the feeling that my progress was slower than I desired. I stumbled upon Jay’s interpretation of “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” on YouTube. It captivated me, and I found myself listening to it repeatedly, completely enamored by his skill and musicality. Intrigued, I delved further into Jay’s work and discovered his Positively Dangerous course.

Knowing how much I admired his interpretation and the depth of knowledge he showcased, I had no doubt that participating in the Positively Dangerous course would be worthwhile. It was a chance to learn from someone who seemed to have unlocked the secrets of playing classical guitar.

Jay’s course was transformative for me. It completely changed my approach to the instrument. One of the most significant areas where I struggled was discipline in practicing. Jay’s teachings helped me structure my practice sessions and become more aware of my actions, ultimately leading to increased productivity. His guidance and insights have genuinely improved my practice routines.

Jay left an indelible impression on me. He not only possessed exceptional guitar skills but also had the patience and expertise of a seasoned teacher. His individual approach to instruction ensured that every student received the guidance they needed to progress.

I highly recommend Jay as a teacher to guitar players of any skill level. His Positively Dangerous course not only revealed hidden aspects of classical guitar playing but also provided invaluable guidance on discipline and productivity in practice. Thanks to Jay’s teachings, I have experienced significant improvements in my playing and a renewed enthusiasm for my musical journey.
Thank you Jay!

Josip Budulica, Belgrade, Serbia

I was looking to get back into playing classical guitar again. It had been several years since I last took lessons and I had not been playing very much for a while so was searching for a class where I could start playing once more and start to improve my technique. Not only did this class fit the bill on both fronts but had the bonus of also learning a new piece.
It was just what I was looking for and got me back into playing regularly. I learned so much from Jay and really enjoyed the class. He is a phenomenal player and had so many helpful
suggestions. I was very happy the course also included so much info on technique, practicing, and more than just the mechanics. And, watching Jay play while demonstrating different processes was a pleasure! I hold Jay in the highest esteem and gladly recommend his classes.

Allan M, New York, NY


I’ve been taking time to think about my focus for online content creation. The various ideas and ambitions of my website currently exceed my ability to keep up with them. I still plan to share great guitar and teaching content with you. But how I deliver it in the form of online instruction will change somewhat.


The main change is that I plan to focus mostly on live interaction, which means  lessons, live courses, and possibly, online masterclasses or “office hours.” Most people get the best results through taking lessons, or through live interactive courses in which they can get direct feedback, specific answers to their specific questions, and active, ongoing challenge and support towards reaching their goals.


1. The things I plan to do more of:

  • Lessons: I’ve taught lessons forever, and this is where everything comes to life. The sheer amount of progress I’ve seen for all the students I’ve had the opportunity to work with is just inspiring to me—whether it’s with kids or adults or people who are even older then me 🙂
  • Live classes like Positively Dangerous. 
  • I am toying with the idea of a holding a periodic live online “office hours” masterclass. Let me know if something like this would be of interest to you.


2. Building the Perfect Practice Session—my last self-study video course, for now.

  • I love creating self-study video courses, but at the moment, my way of creating them is just too time-consuming compared to how much revenue they bring in.
  • I plan to share parts of it for free as Youtube content.
  • I’ll make the more parts of the course available as a free bonus for those who sign up for this newsletter. (This means you…stay tuned.)
  • The most specific and hands-on-powerful parts of the course will remain behind a purchase paywall.
  • Because of this I’ve reduced the price–the full course is a true bargain now. 
  • I will refund the difference to those of you purchased it.


3. Positively Dangerous on the Classical Guitar

  • We’ll be doing this in first quarter of 2024.
  • I will set up a schedule and send out an invitation as soon as humanly possible.


4. I don’t just teach classical classical guitar

  • This is not actually a change, but I want to make sure everyone knows that in addition to classical guitar, I teach most styles of guitar playing other than jazz —to all ages. I’ve done this for years, and love it. I’m no music snob—I love all kinds of music, and love teaching all kinds of music.

Classical Guitar Lessons
Guitar and Music Lessons (I also help with song-writing)
Children’s Guitar Lessons

Thanks for reading, and Happy Holidays!


Jay Kauffman

Course Description

This 6-part interactive pilot course is designed to help you break through limitations and master the best, fastest, and most musical ways to learn the pieces you most want to play. By joining the course and doing the work seriously, you will be getting two months of direct feedback and help from me in conquering your technical and musical hurdles, while at the same time helping me to create the best course possible for future enrolees.

Every two weeks we will be focusing together on a different core skill. The course will culminate in an online concert/showcase of what we learned.

By the end of the course you will either have either

  • learned and performed a new piece of repertoire you’ve been itching to get your fingers on, in a positively dangerous manner.
  • or you will have brought to life and fully revamped and improved a piece that you’ve been long struggling with.
  • Or both, if you have a lot of energy. I will be working through all of the material alongside you, and demoing it. and by the end of the course—just like you–I’ll have some new or transformed repertoire to show for it!

Each live session will be recorded for viewing if you can’t make it. The exact time for each session will be set depending on the most convenient time zones for those who sign up.

The course will include:

  • 5 time-unlimited online sessions (recorded) and a final concert/masterclass
  • 2 individual 45-minute coaching sessions
  • An online course portal with sequential instructional videos, exercises, and assignments.
  • An online discussion portal within which course members can interact.
  • The materials on the course portal will be available to you permanently.
  • Permanent access to all instructional videos in the course “Basic Classical Guitar Mastery” which I created in 2011.
  • Optional additional private online lessons at a generous package-discount price.
Course Dates

Course Dates

Sunday, March 26th

Introduction and Expectations: Becoming Positively Dangerous
Get started with an overview of the main skills, mindsets and goals for transforming your playing. Choose your repertoire for the course. Dig into an arsenal of the most important and effective high-reward exercises for mastering repertoire.

Sunday, April 9th

Making Technique Natural.
Learn the essence and essentials of good classical guitar technique. Identify and start to address the specific technical issues you can work on that will make the most difference to your playing.

Sunday, April 23rd

Slow Practicing and the Practice Cycle.
Learn the many specific and powerful ways you can centre your guitar practice in a state of flow that fosters both accuracy and creativity. This is how practice miracles happen. 

Sunday, May 7th

Natural Interpretation and Engaging Performance.
Get to the expressive heart of every piece you learn. Apply these essential principles and techniques to cultivate and develop your unique natural musicianship to the fullest.

Sunday, May 21st

Fixing Mistakes, Repairing, Revamping and Refining your Technique and your Repertoire
Get a jump on all the tricky, trippy, and frustrating issues associated with mistakes, blind-spots, technical hurdles, performance mind-games, memory gaps, and bad habits. Refine, fix and pull your piece into shape for performing it.
This is where we get the airplane off the ground.

Week of June 4th
 Final Concert and Wrap-up session,

Share what we’ve learned with each other in the form of a concert or a prepared recording. Party time.