Casey Higgins Clougherty

Casey H.

Duluth, GA

Lesson Details



Casey delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 1990

While still in high school, three of my songs were featured on National Public Radio and I was able to play at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. I next went to school at App State and then graduated from the Atlanta Institute of Music and headlined the graduation concert! My grad school was moving around Atlanta, Savannah, Athens, Nashville, New York and Chicago as a hired guitarist, and teaching in music stores. I played in a wide range of styles and roles (engineer, promoter, musical director, band leader etc) and around 300 gigs!

I took a break last year to finish 2 books I had bouncing around in my head and hard drive and self published them last year! The books compliment lessons so our time is spent showing you how to play and playing together, not you looking at me, while I draw a chord. The books have tab with rhythm, chord/scale diagrams and a written description of each topic like an encyclopedia. They also show you how music fits together and give you a solid foundation to build on and music ideas you can use.

As a performer in Savannah, Georgia, my band received the "Best Blues Band" award from Connect Magazine in 2007. I'm currently endorsing Curt Mangan Strings and Gadow Guitars because they're awesome!!!

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is all about building on what you already know and pointing out what you're doing right. I'm a very laid back person and love to hear and learn new music so I try to incorporate the music you want to learn as much as possible. Above all else I try to teach you how to practice so that you get the most out of your guitar when you're not in your lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
recording studio, amps, music stand chairs...has a dog.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Travel amp, acoustic or electric, cables.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching theory, technique, performance and improvisation through song so you don't feel like you're working. I am fluent in and have performed these styles on stage: rock, jazz, blues, pop, metal, show tunes, surf, funk, jam, and R&B. I like it all! I teach you to have a solid foundation and how to get songs performance ready. I also try to encourage you to write your own music and can show you some ways to be more creative and get more mileage out of some of the things you already know.

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Head guitar instructor
Jan 2005 - Jan 2011
Music Authority

I taught 30-55 students weekly, lead summer rock camps (Rock U) for guitar, bass and drums to form bands and put on a performance.

Guitar instructor
Jan 2005 - Jan 2011
Rock University

Organized five annual rock camps for students aged 9-15, culminating in a concert production at the end. Instructed students in communication and teamwork skills; music appreciation; leadership skills; group dynamics, theory and solo strategy.

Assistant engineer
Jan 1999 - May 2002
National Public Radio

Assisted two programs: ‘Talk of the Nation’ and ‘The People’s Pharmacy, Coordinated equipment maintenance.


Guitar Musicianship
Jan 2002 - Jan 2003
The Atlanta Institute of Music
Jan 2000 - Jun 2002
Appalachian State University
Engineering, Music and Business
Jan 2000 - May 2002
Appalachian State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


CPR First Aid
Jan 2013
Red Cross


Endorsed by Gadow Guitars
Jan 2013
Gadow Guitars
Best blues band in Savannah
Jun 2007
Connect Magazine
Endorsed by Curt Mangan Strings
Jan 2007
Curt Mangan Strings Inc.


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Mar 2014

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.

Photos & Videos

Sweep picking some Red Clay by Freddie Hubbard.  One of my faves!
A Mike Stern arrangement I did a while ago.
Just messing around with a county-ish thing I made up.  It's really fun to play!  The title refers to harmonics.
Beatles tune I arranged.
Photo by Casey H.

Photo by Casey H.

Photo by Casey H.

A gig in Chicago.

Photo by Casey H.
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4 Reviews

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Erin Jun 1, 2017
Guitar · In home

Casey was really nice and knowledgeable. He wants to find out how you will learn best. He also is aware of details such as tuning and hand strength. Can't wait to see him again.

David H. Mar 3, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home

Professional, credentialed and patient instructor, look forward to a long association with him.

Grace Jan 7, 2016
Guitar · In home

Thanks Casey! That was a great start !

Rishabh Sep 23, 2015
Guitar · In home

My son loved his lesson!

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