I was fortunate to be professionally taught in the Romero style of classical guitar and have studied with great concert artists such as Robert Wetzel, Dr. Alexander Dunn, Celino Romero, Dr. Randy Pile, and Dr. Colin McAllister at Grossmont College, University of California San Diego, and Victoria Conservatory of Music. I have performed in numerous masterclasses including Antonio De Innocentis, Alexander Dunn, Gerd Wuestemann, Scott Wolf, Jason Vieaux, and Celino Romero. I have also performed with various ensembles including the Grossmont, VCM, UCSD, Villa Musica, and SDSU guitar ensembles.
While I get quite a bit of enjoyment out of playing the guitar, I get greater enjoyment from passing my knowledge and experience of the instrument along to others. I have been teaching since 1999 and still get excited when a student is able to play their first melody, chord, or song.
*** Lesson Details ***
The curriculum covers a wide range of topics and techniques for classical guitar:
Finger-style picking (Classical)
Scales. Arpeggios, & Modes
Sight Reading (Tab and Standard Notation)
Music Theory (Harmony and Counterpoint)
Learning the guitar (and music for that matter) is not so much like climbing a ladder as it is a journey. Sometimes there are obstacles you must pass, but once you get past these obstacles there is no stopping you from achieving your goal. My job is to make it easier for you to get past these obstacles (ex. technical problem) and get you to the music you want, whether it is playing your favorite song or writing the next hit single.
The classical guitar program has sight reading requirements and technique is emphasized. The beginning student will learn basic technique (ex. Apoyando and Free strokes), right hand arpeggios, left hand ligados, and sight reading through the use of exercises and etudes. Advanced students will focus on style and form. They will also be encouraged to transcribe and compose there own works. All students will be encouraged to perform, but not required.
All students are expected to have their own instrument, music stand, and books. Daily practice (20-30 min/day) is required.
While the guitar presents challenges along the way it can also be one of the most worthwhile journeys of your life. It would be an honor for me to serve as a guide on this journey.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Books and resources
Note: Students should have their own guitar.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my own guitar and book. The student has to provide a place appropriate for study as well as their own instrument, music stand, books, and computer (for recording students).
*** Specialties ***
I am trained professionally in Classical Guitar, but I also have experience with rock guitar as well as composition and arranging. I also have years of experience with recording and editing in Logic Pro and Sibelius.
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· Guitar · In studio Raymond Currie is a very accomplished musician and still has the patients to accommodate the beginner (Me)... Very friendly and knowledgeable, and competent instructor. He's a true professional. I wanted to learn how to play the guitar, but it was also important to learn good sound techniques. Having Raymond as my teacher, has been a good choice for both technique and style.
· Guitar · In studio Very knowledgeable. Masters in musicology, wide range of experience, yet able to reach back to bare beginnings and teach a know nothing like myself from the ground up. Our structured plan of slow improvement helps me to see milestones instead of wanting to be an expert immediately and giving up to soon, as I have many times before.
· Classical Guitar · In studio I took four lessons so far with Ray and found that he is not only a great teacher but also an amazing guitarist. He corrects my fingering to make it easier and gives me ideas of how to practice certain strums. He also teaches me effective ways how to improve my skills. He is very pleasant and easy to get along with and learn from. Strongly recommended.
· Classical Guitar · Raymond is an excellent guitar instructor.
My first lesson with Raymond went exceptionally well. After listening to me play a little, Raymond immediately honed in on my biggest weakness, and stressed the vital importance of using the metronome to play the Giuliani Right Hand Studies correctly. HIs manner was disarming and he happily answered all my questions as I tried to "pick his brain" with the many questions I had re. technique. Thus, Raymond proved to be a very knowledgeable instructor, carefully analyzing my right hand technique and sharing from his extensive background the subtleties of modern classical guitar technique as opposed to the Segovia and Romero styles. Above all, his amiable demeanor and eagerness to help me become a better player was evident throughout the entire lesson. HIs respectful behavior was very conducive to learning, and I am very excited about my next lesson with Raymond!
· Guitar · Outstanding teacher, highly skilled pro
Ray does phenomenal work teaching guitar as a gifted instructor and inspiring performer. My wife and I cannot stress enough how far our son has come in playing skill as well as overall understanding and appreciation of music. In choosing an instrument, we wanted one our son could take with him wherever might go in life, so as to always have the company of his own live music he could pour himself into. Ray has made that vision true. Absolutely recommended!