Jon Lumsden
The Guitar Tutor


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Jon is currently performing at retirement homes in the Tampa Bay and Orlando areas. His shows focus on songs from the Great American Songbook, the great popular music written from the 1920s to the 1950s. The residents love to hear these songs from their childhood days. Click on SHOWS to learn more.

You can listen to song samples and access song downloads at:

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I began writing songs when I was sixteen, with the specific goal of impressing my high school sweetheart. Songwriting became my creative outlet, and over the next couple of decades I continued to develop my writing style. Around 1980, a mutual friend introduced me to a Nashville songwriter named Randy Hatch, who had recently had a song he had co-written go to #1 on the Country music charts (“You’re The Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had” recorded by Ed Bruce). I had the pleasure of writing with Randy for several years, and although none of our songs were ever recorded, I learned quite a lot about songwriting from him.

After many years of musical inactivity due to work and family commitments, I took my old songs out of “storage” and began to polish them up a bit. In 2006, I began playing a seven-string guitar, which really helped inspire me to work on my music again.

A friend from my high school days in the Dallas area has a recording studio (Patrick McGuire Recording, online at, and I recorded ten of my tunes there, with the help of some very talented musicians. These songs were written between about 1975 and 2007 and are among my favorite compositions.

My writing style leans toward a mellow, jazzy/bluesy swing style of music. To listen to samples and purchase songs as downloads, please go to