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 RyanPerformance 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 the other kind.”

He also worked as a house musician in The Grand Hotel Orchestra on Mackinac Island, Michigan under the direction of saxophonist Dr. Alex Graham. During this time, he developed a large finger-style solo-guitar repertoire and performed a variety of pop and jazz classics with the orchestra. He decided to relocate to Tokyo to pursue interests in language, culture, and of course, music. The American Guitar Academy is proud to have him as part of our team!


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一流のミュージシャンによる楽しく役に立つレッスンが受けられます。 東京にあるたくさんのギタースクールは大よそMethodがしっかりしていないけど、TAGAのレッスンは、インストラクターがしっかりした経験があり、過去に受けたカリキュラムにもとづいている。 基礎から教えていただき、自分の足らない所を強化してくれる。リズム、読譜、スケール、コードなど。 〇When did you start lessons at TAGA: 3 years ago 〇Lesson Style: Jazz guitar & Flamenco guitar

It’s not just guitar, it’s “Music”…

I am having a lot of fun learning at the American Guitar Academy! My teacher has taught me not only guitar but what music really is.  I was obsessed with learning techniques and I have forgotten the fun when playing the guitar.  My teacher always reminds me of the fun when I was struggling with …

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まだまだやりつづけたいです!(Student of group class)

TAGA Kids Group Lesson
わたしは。むかしからギターをひくのがゆめでした。それでここで一年くらいいてさいきんうまくなってらくになってきました。まだまだやりつづけたいです! Parent of Nana: グループレッスンなので、音を合わせる楽しさを経験する力や、相手を気遣えるようになってきた。教室のソファが気持ちいい! 〇 Why did you initially choose to take guitar lessons with our school rather than with another school in Tokyo?: 英語でレッスンしてくれる。 親友といっしょにレッスンができる。 先生がとてもいい先生。

Thank you for interesting lessons!

Thank you for interesting lessons!  Though I’ve been playing the guitar for a while, I didn’t know what to do to become a more skilled player.  Since I’ve started to take lessons here, I found flaws in my playing and how to fix them, finally.