Acoustic Instructors


Carl Herring – Trial Lesson Assessment Specialist

Carl

Born in the UK, Carl graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London with First class honours. His ‘sparkling technique and amiable musicality that radiates warmth’ (Gramophone) have delighted audiences around the world. Winner of the Julian Bream Prize and the Ivor Mairants Award (for jazz on the classical guitar), his performances in a wide variety of genres are evidence of his exceptional versatility. As a classical guitarist, he has performed concerti such as Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with leading orchestras and was a member of TETRA guitar quartet. However, he has also appeared with jazz giants such as Tim Garland (Chick Corea & The Vigil) and played electric guitar …

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Giovanni

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Giovanni began studying classical guitar at 10 years old and electric at 14.  After his formative years as a heavy metal guitarist, he joined a private college in Rome at the age of 19 to learn other kinds of music such as Blues, Funk, and Jazz. Giovanni had the opportunity to study with, and attend clinics and masterclasses, with many famous professional Italian and international musicians. Upon his graduation, he continued his studies at the conservatory in L’Aquila of renaissance lute, baroque guitar, classical guitar, and other acoustic genres such as Bossa Nova, Gypsy Jazz, Flamenco Rumba, and more. In addition, Giovanni has had a professional career as a performing artist, studio musician, composer, …

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Joe

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Joe was born in Illinois, USA, and spent his formative years in Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated with top honors from Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA, USA) in 2014. Joe began playing piano from a young age and was involved with his school’s music programs on both guitar and saxophone since the age of 12. His musical talents developed through involvement in the local music scene, teaching private guitar lessons and performing in ensembles including the All-State Jazz Band, as well as his own progressive rock band. During that time he studied guitar with local jazz fusion legend John Wheelis. At Berklee, he studied Contemporary Writing & Production, growing …

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Julian

Julian

Julian was born and raised in Birmingham, England, Julian was first introduced to music at an early age through the sounds of classic rock bands such as Queen, Deep Purple and Dire Straits. He began playing guitar at the age of 13 during the height of American-pop punk popularity. After a short obsession with pick scrapes and power chords he discovered the technically diverse world of heavy metal. In 2010, at the age of 21, he graduated from the Brighton Institute of Modern Music in UK with a Bachelors degree in Guitar Performance. During his time there, he was tutored by world renowned fusion/jazz guitarists such as Guthrie Govan, Paul …

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Naoki

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Naoki received his Bachelors of Music from the Musicians Institute’s (MI) College of Contemporary Music in Los Angeles, USA.  After returning to Japan, Naoki has taught various advanced courses at MI Japan in Tokyo.  He has had the opportunity to record and play with various artists such as Mary Stickels, Tony Suggs, Fumio ” Hank” Nishiyama, Shingo Yamamoto, Ko Ito, Joe Kids, Kaori Kuno and more.  Naoki has also worked and composed for various TV commercials and musicals in Japan.  As an author, he has written books for guitar education published by Rittor Music as well as translated DVDs and books by overseas artists.  The American Guitar Academy is proud to …

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Rob

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Rob’s tastes have led him in various musical directions. From an early age, Rob learned to play many different types of music and was soon recording and performing throughout Asia. Live performances were his steady work due to the popularity of live music throughout Asia in the eighties and nineties. In addition, he freelanced as a backing musician for many touring artists. Today, he is very active on the Tokyo music scene performing in many different genres and settings. Rob has a strong interest in Rock, Jazz, and Fusion. His versatility in multiple styles has ensured him constant work as a musician throughout his career. The American Guitar Academy is …

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Ryan

Ryan

Ryan graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee USA.  After graduation, he toured the eastern United States with Swing and Traditional Jazz bands. During University he majored in Guitar Performance with a minor in Songwriting. During his time touring with various traditional jazz bands he was exposed to a variety of American musical styles including Jazz from New Orleans, Chicago, and New York; Blues from Texas, St. Louis, and Memphis; Country/Bluegrass in Nashville, Kentucky, and the Carolinas; and lots of blended sounds along the way. He believes that all styles of music are rooted in the same fundamentals. As Duke Ellington said, “There are two kinds of music. Good music, and …

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Taylor

Taylor

Taylor began playing Guitar at age 12, taking influence from artists such as Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. At age 15 he started to undertake studies in Music theory with various Guitar teachers and attended masterclasses given by Steve Vai. At age 22, Taylor graduated University with a Bachelors in Audio Engineering, meanwhile playing in a Progressive Metal band and touring The United States Of America.  Since 2013 he created his own Music and become adapt in the new metal genre “Djent.” He encourages students to create their own songs and develop their own unique style, to stand out from the crowd.  The American Guitar Academy is proud to have …

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