JD Wright is a Senior Instructor at the SDML Academy in Lexington, KY. With over 30 years of teaching experience and over 40 years as a professional musician, JD’s teaching philosophy emphasizes a personal approach with each student receiving an instruction track specifically designed to their goals and learning style.
JD offers instruction for both acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar, music theory and song writing, as well as performance training, recording, and professional career coaching. JD’s instruction is for all ages, both adults and children, in a variety of styles—rock, blues, metal, country, singer-songwriter—and significant gains can be made as a beginner, part-time player or seasoned professional. Whether you are interested in guitar as a hobby or as a career, JD’s approach is designed to bring out the best in each person.
A life-long resident of the central Kentucky area and a graduate of Georgetown College, JD is an instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, and record producer with a variety of influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen to George Benson, Joe Perry, and Peter Frampton. He has performed with his own bands and other groups since 1980 including The Chung Yen Band, The Touch, Hijynx, Neohurst, Brent Larimore Band, and Chung Yen Twins as well as with members of Alien Blue, All The Little Pieces, and The Evanne Whitten Band.
A Lexington Music Award “Best Educator” nominee in 2015, JD teaches at his studio in the Doo Wop Shop in Lexington, KY.