Dean Passarella

Dean P.

Pasadena, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Commercial Performance Emphasis
Fretboard Theory/Application
Building Repertoire
Composition/Arrangement
Basic Chord Structure - Extended Voicings
Gear Maintenance
Tone Consultation

Each lesson is specifically tailored to each individual student's goals and aspirations. I want you to learn to play what you love and utilize music as a way to explore creative drives.

About Dean P.

Commercially trained guitarist through Belmont University in Nashville, TN. I have over 10 years of professional studio and touring experience. Well versed in many genres including jazz, rock, pop, blues, bluegrass, funk, r&b, and country.

Throughout my musical career, I have earned endorsements from RS Custom Guitars, D'Addario, Pedaltrain, Planet Waves, and Steve Clayton, Inc. I've had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Rival Sons, Shakey Graves, Lauren Ruth Ward, Vince Gill, Brent Mason, Dan Huff, Billy ward, Billy Thomas, and many more.

Upon moving to Los Angeles, I released an album with past project, Mount Holly, that debuted at #32 on the iTunes Alternative charts, gotten placements with CW and Fox networks, and launched the beginning of my solo project, Wolf Bay.


*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons Include:
- A thorough look at all the elements of
music
- Improv techniques
- Increasing your understanding of the fretboard
- Scales, modes, and chords (applying them musically)
- Reading charts, Nashville Number System
- Songwriting techniques
- Performance skills
- Gear upkeep
- Career advice

I tailor each lesson to the individual student's level, interest, and needs.

*** Specialties ***
Rock
Blues
Jazz
Phrasing
Creative voicings
Melodic soloing
Fretboard fluency

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kate P.
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Deanna has taught me so much, and truly is a great mentor. She makes lessons fun and I always look forward to each session. I highly recommend Deanna as an instructor!

Posted Jun 4, 2014

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Experience

Freelance Guitarist
May 2011 - Present

Dean P.

Lead guitarist for platinum selling country artist, Chase Rice. Bassist/song-writer for Top 40 charting rock group, Mount Holly. Bassist for LA powerhouse, Lauren Ruth Ward. Experience opening for players such as Rival Sons, Shakey Graves, Vince Gill, Brent Mason, Dan Huff, Randy Kohrs, and many more.

Bassist/Song-writer
Oct 2014 - May 2018

Mount Holly

Signed to Razor & Tie Records Debut album, Stride By Stride, released at #32 on iTunes Alternative charts Title track, "Roll Out" for Transformers Franchise inspired compilation album released by Sony Music Entertainment and Hasbro Studios Featured on NOW, That's What I Call Music! Vol. 62 "Get Up" - 2017 NHL Playoff theme song Song placement on CW tv series Valor

Lead Guitar
May 2012 - Nov 2012

Chase Rice

Lead guitarist for co-writer of Florida Georgia Line's number 1 single "Cruise", Chase Rice. Opening for acts such as Carrie Underwood, Brantley Gilbert, Joe Nichols, Phil Vassar, Love & Theft, and many more.

Lead Guitar
May 2008 - May 2012

Blackwater James

Lead guitar/BGVs for original rock outfit, Blackwater James. Opening for acts such as Bret Michaels, Queensryche, Stryper, David Allen Coe, Bobby Blotzer of RATT, and Tantric.

Education

BBA - Music Business/Marketing
Aug 2007 - May 2012

Belmont University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

BBA - Music Business/Marketing
May 2012

Belmont University

Music Business degree with an emphasis on marketing research.

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Aug 2007
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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