Ralph Bruner

Ralph B.

Kingwood, TX
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Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
In my guitar instructions I always use methods where the student will not become bored, as I combine songs the student likes to learn, and songs I feel would be beneficial for the student to move on to the next level, and at the same time teach the theory behind the songs. I tailor each student differently with their needs and I do use a few instruction books which are mainly Mel Bay books, as I feel they are some of the best books out there, and he was my personal teacher when I started out. I also have a portable Pro Tools system which I sometimes use for recording lessions etc., which is very helpful, and can teach students recording techniques if they wish. I write original music for TV ads {jingles} which is called "Score To Picture". I have had many national and regional TV spots to my credit. I also can teach Score To Picture as I have lectured on this at the university level. I have taught for many years on and off and I enjoy it very much. I have played on major label recordings and had a record deal on RED/Sony with the group FEET OF CLAY. But most importantly I like to keep all the guitar lessons fun!
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About

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Ralph delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 1975

Ralph B

Thank you for viewing my profile for guitar instruction.
I also can teach and help with composition and "score to picture"using Pro Tools software. Please see videos in the photos video section for my national and regional original music tv ads.

The band I currently record guitars for {A Bad Think} has been placed on the 2017 Grammy ballot for "Best Rock Song", and the 58th 2016 ballot by the Grammys for "Best Music Video" with the new video "Save Us All" {see below}, which was added by MTV. In 2015 the band was on the Grammy ballot for " Best Rock Album" " Sleep" by A Bad Think.


Kingwood, Texas
Voting Grammy member

I was born in New Jersey, and soon after moved to St. Louis where I began to play guitar at age 6 at the Mel Bay Studios from Mell Bay himself, and later from the person who taught him to play. After attending music school for a while, I moved to a recording studio in Houston Texas, where I was a session player and learned the art of recording and producing from major label producers and engineers. During this time I recorded on albums for Freddy Fender as well as other pop acts, and started my publishing company with BMI. After which I moved to Milwaukee where I meet John Tanner, an original music jingle writer, and worked with John on his projects as a guitar session player, singer, composer, audio engineer and producer.

In the middle 90's I meet up with another singer songwriter Noel Crowder during a jingle recording session. We discovered that our voices blended very well together, and decided to write and record music together. We soon added a drummer Steve Comeau, and started work on our first album which we released on our own under the band name "Feet Of Clay". During this time I met up with Stacy Heydon who was David Bowies former guitar player and a gold and platinum awarded producer, and started to play guitar for his production work with groups he was producing.

After a favourable review in Billboard Magazine, Feet Of Clay signed with a record label that had worldwide distribution through RED {SONY}. With the help of our newly acquired manager John Lay, whose English managerial team included The Police, Squeeze, The Greenberry Woods, Love Nut and Feet Of Clay, we soon completed a new album which was released worldwide via the Sony distribution system and received AAA radio airtime around the United States, Canada and Europe .

After our record deal, I resumed my session playing and private guitar instruction along with live performances in musical theatre. It was at this time I began composing, recording and performing original music for national and regional TV and radio ads on my own, as well as music for film including a Katherine Heigl movie "Side Effects", released on Warner Brothers, and became more involved with the Recording Academy, of which I am a voting Grammy member as well as being a guest speaker at the university level on the music business, score to picture, session playing, recording and music publishing.

I have recently moved from Wisconsin to Kingwood Texas with my wife in search of a warmer climate leaving behind our horse farm. My interests are animals, especially horses, history,science and anything pertaining to music with an emphasis on helping young artist within the Recording Academy with my Grammy voting member duties.

Guitar Instruction Technique


Check out the video that has been added to MTV that I play guitars on below.

In my guitar instructions I always use methods where the student will not become bored, as I combine songs the student likes to learn, and songs I feel would be beneficial for the student to move on to the next level, and at the same time teach the theory behind the songs. If the student shows interest in recording and or composition I will also teach those as well, as I have an extensive recording background. My styles are pop, rock, alternative, folk and a little country for the most part, and I enjoy teaching children just starting out and intermediate players but have had students performing at a higher level. I also bring a portable Pro Tools recording system with me for recording performances. But most importantly I like to keep the lessons fun and interesting and tailored for the individual student, as that's what music is all about.


"Billboard Magazine" calls the music of Milwaukee-based band Feet Of Clay, "Knowledgeable musicianship working together with skilful songwriting, breathy vocals, aching harmonies and irresistible melodies.

Secured international/national recording contract via RED/Sony with Feet of Clay.

Critically acclaimed articles/endorsements in internationally recognised music magazines including Billboard Magazine, Boarders Books as well as Music and Pro Sound News magazine.

Wisconsin Area Music Awards nominations including Best Songwriter and Guitar Instrumentalist.

Scored, preformed and recorded original music for the Katherine Heigl movie "Side Effects" released on Warner Brothers.

Voting Grammy member (Recording Academy}.
BMI writer
BMI publisher

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Experience

Owner
Jan 1995 - Present
Ralph B Music

I write,record and perform original music "score to picture" for TV/radio ads for national and regional commercials.

Affiliations

National Academy for the Recording Arts and Sciences, The
Jan 2005

The Recording Academy, known variously as The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences or NARAS, is a U.S. organization of musicians, producers, recording engineers and other recording professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers. The Recording Academy is headquartered in Santa Monica.

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Broadcast Music Inc.
Jan 1976

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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Photos & Videos

12 bar blues I made to help teach my students. I record backing tracks then use them as teaching aids...
thanks, Ralph
Ralph in a studio working on guitar parts.

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Ralph in a studio recording guitars for A Bad Think.

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Ralph {left} and my dear friend Gaylan {right } Latimer at a Grammy event.

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Music I wrote,performed for Kellogg's Apple Jacks national/international tv ad.
Music I wrote,performed for Potawatomi Casino.
Music I wrote,performed for Scheels All Sports multi state TV ad.
I also teach score to picture.
Music I wrote,performed for Wisconsin Powerball Lottery.
This video I play guitars on was on the 2016 Grammy ballot for Best Music Video. I'm not pictured in this video, just playing guitars.

8 Reviews

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Joshua B. Aug 25, 2016
Guitar · Online

I'm not the best at describing things but I will have to say that Ralph is a wounded teacher. He really knows his stuff. The way that he teaches is in an engaging way and having fun while doing it. He is very patient and kind. I would recommend him to anyone!

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Carl Z. Feb 21, 2016
Guitar · In home

Ralph is the best kind of instructor! His knowledge of the history of the guitar is amazing coupled with patience for the beginner student. However what moves him over the top of a typical instructor is his true "can do" encouragement he gives to his students. It's apparent he truly enjoys the challenge and rewards of teaching.

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George F. Sep 21, 2015
Guitar · In home

Ralph is fantastic!! Super informative, patient and overall a super nice guy! I would recommend him to anyone beginner or intermediate/advanced... Thanks Ralph, look forward to spending more time with you in the future!!

Ryan H. May 27, 2015
Guitar · In home

Ralph did a great job. It was my son's first guitar lesson and he can't wait for the next one.

Darran B. Mar 19, 2015
Guitar · In home

Ralph is both a world-class guitarist and a world-class instructor. He is relatable to all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels. My son adores him and has shown remarkable progress. It's truly like having Michael Jordon on hand to teach him how to play basketball. -Darran

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Jeff Q. Mar 18, 2015
Guitar · In home

I have taken lessons on and off for over 20 years and I can honestly say that Ralph is the best teacher I've ever had. He is incredibly patient and takes the time to explain things clearly and effectively. He also happens to be an incredibly talented guitar player.

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Rodney C. Aug 13, 2014
Guitar · In home

I just had my first lesson with Ralph and I must say, it was amazing! I am extremely excited about playing again and reaching goals I had set for myself years ago, but never reached.
His lesson planning around my skill level was very comprehensive to my needs. He listened closely to my personal goals and tailored specifically the lesson to meet and exceed my goals.
I highly recommend Ralph to all levels of guitarists from beginning to semi pro!!!!!!
Thank you Ralph!

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Jim R. Apr 28, 2014
Guitar ·

Simply the best guitar teacher I have ever had.

I have had the pleasure of taking guitar lessons from Ralph.

I have never learned so much as fast as I have with Ralph. His teaching style is thorough but he has the unique ability to always make it fun and interesting!

With his rich background and experience in the industry, I just don't know how one could find a more versatile, capable, and passionate teacher. Simply the best guitar teacher I have ever had.

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