Ken offers private guitar lessons to students of all ages and skill levels. Weekly half-hour or hour lessons are given on a monthly basis at Ken's teaching studio located in Santa Cruz. Lessons are tailored to each individual's goals and interests. Styles include Blues, Rock, Jazz, Country, Folk, Americana, R&B, Soul, Funk, and more. Subject matter includes music reading, harmony, theory, ear training, rhythm concepts, improvisation, songwriting, composition and arranging, chord and scale concepts, guitar/gear, and performance.
Ken has an extensive teaching background spanning 40 years. He has taught privately in Santa Cruz since 1985 and maintains an ever-growing clientele of students. Ken has taught guitar in Los Angeles and in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. In addition to teaching private lessons, he has taught in public schools and conducted workshops in music theory, improvisation, songwriting, and performance.
Active in the California Arts in Corrections program since 1992, Ken has been a music instructor at Soledad and San Quentin State Prisons. As the recipient of a prestigious Artist in Residence grant from the California Arts Council, he established a multi-cultural music program at Salinas Valley State Prison, featured in the 2002 VH1 documentary, "Music Behind Bars."
Ken is the author of the instructional book Reading and Playing Guitar Melodies: A Step-by-Step Approach (2014).
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Explore different styles and sizes of acoustic guitars. Compare solid body, semi-hollow and hollow body electric guitars and the sounds of different types of single coil and humbucker pickups. Play through a selection of British and American voiced tube amplifiers. Learn how to use effect pedals to enhance your tone and how to configure your own pedalboard.