Your guitar instructor is John Futch. John has been playing guitar for over 20 years. He began on an old Washburn acoustic and was quickly enamored with the instrument. His dad made him his first electric guitar and gave it to him on October 28, 1995, his 15th birthday. From that day on, John continued playing both acoustic and electric guitars. His early guitar heroes were Phil Keaggy, Steve Morse, and Eric Johnson.

Just about the time his skull was enlarging with thoughts of his growing abilities (this in late high school), John was introduced to Lexington, KY’s guitar phenomenon, Ben Lacy. Immediately and thoroughly humbled, he started studying under Ben right away. The predominant theme he learned throughout these lessons was that our fingers can do a lot more on the guitar than we think they can.


In the late 90s, John began gigging. He played guitar for the worship team at his church. He also played lead guitar for the funk/worship band Fox News. He also started or joined several other instrumental funk/jazz ensembles along the way. Since then he’s played at countless weddings, funerals, coffee shops, bar and grilles, and festivals.

Guitar Instructor

Skip to 2004, John began passing out fliers at the University of Kentucky, advertising beginner guitar lessons. It became clear at this time that he had a knack for teaching. He has been a guitar instructor ever since.

True Love

2008 he married Julie, the love of his life. Julie herself was a musician and taught voice and piano. That same year they took teaching to the next level and opened up their own private teaching studio, Noteworthy Music. The studio immediately took off and in just a few short months they were having to put students on a waiting list. To this day, there’s an average of about 20 students who take private, one-on-one lessons from John every week. At this point he’s been a guitar instructor, teaching literally thousands of hours of private lessons.

Online Guitar Instructor

In 2016 a good friend pitched the idea of starting a website for teaching guitar lessons online, and while there were already a few online sites that did this well, there was a potential demographic that didn’t seem to have a home. Many online sites tended to overwhelm the potential student with too many options, and required them to make too many choices.

Out of this conviction First Frets was birthed – an online experience that simplifies and clarifies everything, turning the beginner guitar player into the complete guitarist – just as John does for students that see him in his studio. Most students wanted a simple, single, clear path that took them confidently from one step to the next. John’s hope is that First Frets can achieve this with the same success that he’s had in his own private studio.

The journey has begun!