Russell R.

Russell R.

10 Reviews
Germantown, TN

About Russell R.

Background check: Last verified 12/19/2014
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Russell teaches: Males 18 to 65
Females 18 to 65
Teaching since: September 1989
Last sign in: 3 days ago
Average response time: 35 hours


My name is Rusty, I have been a professional guitarist for 25 years. I have managed many of the area's largest music stores and a Certified *Fender Guitar Technician for both Electric and Acoustic instruments. The experience with other musicians on stage and in the studio is without parallel. A "school" cannot duplicate the "real world" experience of a professional musician. I have "rocked", for a living and performed over 2000 shows. I understand how to help you play the guitar, a true students education is much broader than what you can learn from a book, and I can help you understand the guitar in a practical and logical way. I can show you how to become a "guitar player" - not just how to "play the guitar". I learned being a guitar player is more than where to put your fingers. I want you to talk, share and ask questions and be excited about playing, I can help you accomplish your goals. A true education prepares and introduces and exposes a student to a broad range of experiences, learns the history, and how to use this accumulation of physical and mental skill to accomplish something. Music is as diverse as the musician who plays it, and cannot be categorized. I look forward to teaching each student in a way that excites and caters to your needs. I sincerely hope to have the opportunity to help you discover what is inside and encourage your desire. The journey may not always be easy, but it is well worth the trip.
Thank You!
Russell "Rusty"

*** Lesson Details ***
I want to make our time together something that you will look forward to each week. The guitar is a very expressive and diverse instrument. My goal as your instructor is helping you reach your own goal. I teach each student in an individual way based on your interest, and my assessment of how to help you reach those goals, every lesson is time YOUR time! I take time before each lesson planning our time together. Commit 3 months and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish, 6 months and you'll begin to play through songs, after a year you will look back with pride and realize how much you have learned. I consider myself "laid back" and easy to talk too, but I will encourage you to accomplish what I know you can. When you put forth effort forth, and follow your lesson plans, you will have a great experience! ~Rusty

*** Studio Equipment ***
HOME: lessons in dedicated music room, guitars, amps, bass guitar, music stand, cords, cables, picks, tuners, stand.....

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide any materials and or equipment relative to the area of study for myself in addition to the student should that situation present itself.

*** Specialties ***
Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Blues, and Country. I teach "slide" guitar for those students who are interested in learning more about "delta-blues" and rock guitar utilizing the slide in style very similar to Z.Z. Top.

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Certified Guitar Technician Mar 2003
"Fender Guitars"


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Apr 2000

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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10 Reviews on Russell R.

SusanD2 Jul 16, 2012
My daughter Margaret is taking lessons from Rusty. He is excellent with her. This is totally new to her. He is very patient and precise in his explanations during his lessons. Margaret really enjoys having Rusty as a teacher.
AlfredC Jun 12, 2012
Alex Loves the lessons and motivated

Mr. Russell is teaching Alex with some great materials. It helps him building a solid foundation for his future playing.
jarvism Mar 22, 2012
I would. Like to say. That russell has taught me alot. I enjoy our sessions i always have something new under my belt when i leave his studio. Russell is a great teacher i can tell he has a passion for music and enjoys teaching. He really takes his time in teaching and making sure that i understand. I highly recommend russell to any aspiring musicians. Because of russell i have accelerated very quick.
RhondaV Mar 8, 2012
Want to drop a note to say that Rusty is a great teacher. He is so informative and easy to work with if/when we need to reschedule a session. His knowlege of music and his ability to share that knowlege is very impressive. Thank you Rusty!
ShaneB Feb 17, 2012

Russell is a great instructor. He's very knowledgeable of music and guitar. I enjoyed having Russell as a teacher.
FedericoF Aug 2, 2011
Fun during learning

Rusty shows a great interest in matching students needs. He prepares the lesson ahead of time.Transmits enthusiasm and passion for music. Puts you at ease and time just flies by.
ChrisE Jul 23, 2010
Thanks for the help.

Russell, Thanks for the help. When I got in the car I realized I probably took to much of your time last night. I apologize for that. See you next Thursday.-Chris
JerryE Mar 22, 2010

My son has progressed more in one month with Rusty than nearly a year with the guitar teachers at a local "renowned" guitar school. He can't wait for his lesson each week. He now practices without having to be told.
DavidP3 Feb 12, 2010
Russell is patient and very thorough. With my limited education in music, he is able to clearly communicate the lessons to me and make them fun.
DavidM2 Feb 2, 2010
All is well. Rusty has captured my son's interest.