August is an extraordinarily versatile guitarist who has been playing in Seattle for over a decade. He has studied under distinguished players of the electric, classical and steel-stringed guitar and at Berklee College of Music and Cornish College of the Arts. Gus has also studied with the guitar chairs of Julliard, Yale, Curtis and USC.
Past performances have included works by J.S. Bach, Alex de Grassi, Edward Van Halen, Michael Jackson, T-cophony, Michael Hedges, Billy Strayhorn, Jimi Hendrix, Toru Takemitsu, Mississippi John Hurt and others.
*** Lesson Details ***
I love teaching and helping people discover their talent. If you're hoping to pursue advanced studies, develop your skills or learn the basics, I can help. I teach people of all ages, backgrounds, and stylistic preferences. Beginners are welcome. My lessons are tailored to your goals and designed to give you the tools to navigate any genre and find your own unique voice.
I want all of my students to study what interests them and to have fun while doing it; they are welcome to bring in anything they want to work on.
Styles that I've taught in the past include: Classical, Pop, Singer-Songwriter, Country, Steel-String, Finger-style, Folk, Rock, Jazz, Spanish, Mariachi, Brazilian, and Hawaiian Slack Key .
*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, Basses, Amplification, Hand Drums, Piano, Microphones, Practice space, Recording equipment, Waiting room, Instrument maintenance-workshop & Music library.
*** Travel Equipment ***
All the student needs is his or her guitar- although I can occasionally loan one out. I provide the materials, extra picks, etc.
*** Specialties ***
Acoustic guitar- Folk, Pop, Rock, Singer-songwriter.
New Age Steel-String Guitar - In the style of Andy Mckee, Alex Degrassi, Michael Hedges, etc. (alternate tuning, extended technique, right hand tapping, composition)
Classical guitar (Baroque, Renaissance, Romantic, Brazilian, Spanish)
Electric Guitar (Blues, Rock, Pop, Jazz, Metal)
Hawaiian Slack Key and Ukelele
· Blues Guitar · In home a knowledgeable and friendly teacher, recommend!
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio I wanted to learn guitar, but felt some anxiety about my abilities. Gus was very encouraging and made me feel relaxed and confident. The lessons were matched to my abilities and interests so that, although challenging, they were fun too. Would recommend.