The lessons I teach are organized around what the students are primarily interested in; the styles, bands, artists, guitarists, etc. whose music you would like to play. Once I know this, it becomes much easier to figure out what skills & knowledge you will need to learn in order to play that music.
When learning to play music, it isn't enough to just know the information for something you playing; work is needed to train the ideas so that they become apart of how you think about the guitar. This takes times to develop, but once you have it down, you will barely have to think about what you are doing when you play. This makes playing music a lot more fun and effortless.
That being said, I organize everything that you can learn on the guitar into five categories: Technique, Fretboard Awareness, Music Theory, Sensory Awareness, & Repertoire. By simplifying what you have to learn into these five groups, it makes practice and learning much more straightforward. It also means that you always know what to work on to help you improve as a guitarist.
I am a professional guitarist and teacher. I am currently the Chief Instructor and Head of the Guitar Department at the LCCM (London College of Contemporary Music) in London, Ontario.
I was the Lead Guitarist for the Rush/Dream Theater cover band "Falling Into Infinity," the symphonic metal bands Avidas & Autocratic Oath, and currently work with the Progresive Metal band Opus Rex. Have released numerous EPs and Albums.
When it comes to teaching, I specializing in Rock & metal styles - especially progressive subgenres - with a strong background in Pop, Blues, Jazz & Acoustic styles. I have spent many years honing my abilities to play and teach high-level techniques, songwriting/composition, functional music theory for the guitar, practical fretboard awareness.
My influences lay heavily with John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Paul Gilbert, and many others.
Once scheduled, lessons require 24-hour notice to be canceled or rescheduled. I do not prorate or refund last-minute cancellations or notifications.
Opus Rex – “Evolve” 2015
Opus Rex – “Opus Rex” (EP) 2014
Autocratic Oath – “Damnation” (EP) 2013
Avidas – “Avidas” 2012
Total Guitar Mastery Training Week
Crystal Lake, Illinois
Intensive Guitar Training Program (134 of hours on guitar training)
Aug 21st – Sept 2nd, 2014
Elite Guitar Teacher’s Inner Circle Program – Tom Hess
Online Guitar Teacher Development
June 2012 – Present
Rock Band Success Coaching – Tom Hess, Draven Grey
Artist and Band Development
December 2012 – July 2013
Music Careers Mentoring Program – Tom Hess
Online Music Career Mentoring
January 2009 – 2010
Tom Hess – Rhapsody of Fire, HolyHell, Hess Band
Advanced Technique, Improvisation, Theory and Aural Skills
August 2012 – February 2013.
Crystal Lake, Illinois
4 Days of Intense Guitar, Music, and Music Business Training
August 2013 & 2014
Ben Heywood – Prof Jazz Guitar (Former), York University
Jazz Guitar Studies, Analysis and Improvisation
September 2005 – April 2008
David Testolini – Mohawk College Graduate
Private Guitar Instruction
August 2001 - 2005
Media and Live Works
“Walk the Walk” – Global TV, Shaw Media Inc.
Documentary on Karl Sloman, Trainwreck, and RUSH, October 12th, 2013.
IndieFest 2015 – Battle of the Bands
Opus Rex (Lead Guitar)
1st Place Winners against 43 other bands (international)
Autocratic Oath – RockLiveRadio.de
Radio Broadcast, June 12th, 2013.
Autocratic Oath – 94.9FM CHRW
Radio Broadcast, March 29th, 2013.
“Avidas - Live Performance and Interview” - K106.3 FM
Radio Broadcast, March, 2012.
“Avidas - Live Performance” Reaney’s Pick, The London Free Press
Video Telecast, July 27th, 2011.
“Avidas” Full EP Airplay – Aloys Martens, Germany
“Avidas - Live Performance and Interview” – ImageFM
Video Telecast, November 7th, 2010.
“Autocratic Oath Ready to Rawk The ‘Shire”, James Reaney, The London Free Press.
Newspaper Article, October 4th, 2012.
“Let’s ‘Root’ for Avidas”, James Reaney, The London Free Press.
Newspaper Article, July 28th, 2011.
“Avidas – Band of the Month” Kamikaze519
Online Publication, April 2011.
“Creating Music to the Ears”, Jaymin Proulx, Interrobang.
Avidas EP Review, October 25th, 2010
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