Rick Smith

Rick S.

Saint George, KS
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Specializing in jazz guitar, I teach styles. My main focus is to assess your playing and quickly look for ways for you to improve. I'm a gigging musician, playing at local coffee shops and hotels at least once a week for the last 10 years, and I like to pass on skills that are crucial to real-life playing situations.

About Rick S.

I have over 15 years experience teaching private lessons and 5 years experience teaching at a local music store. I played in the jazz combos and big bands at Kansas State University for 3 years and participated in their tours of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Costa Rica. I'm an active player on the local scene and my debut CD, Last Call, is available on Amazon.com.

Jazz guitarists I'm heavily influenced by include Grant Green, Jim Hall, Pat Martino, Django Reinhardt, Kenny Burrell, and Joshua Breakstone. I also listen to a lot of non-guitarists like Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and Paul Desmond.

*** Lesson Details ***
A typical first lesson will be spent assessing your playing and looking for ways to improve. I work with all levels of students, and I believe in taking you wherever you're at and making you stronger. Some great materials to have are William Leavitt's Modern Method, a Hal Leonard Real Book, and any of the Aebersold volumes. I find vols 54 and 70 are especially great introductory ones.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Blues Junior
Gibson ES-175
Gibson ES-335
Epiphone Les Paul
Ibanez ASR-70

*** Specialties ***
I teach all styles, but my specialty is jazz and jazz/music theory. I'm a strong believer in developing practical and working knowledge, and applying lesson material to real gigging situations.


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Music Performance, Piano
Aug 2005 - May 2007

Kansas State University


Hall of Famer
Apr 2007

Kansas State University Jazz Program

Citation For Outstanding Musicianship, Arranger
Apr 2003

IAJE 2003 University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival

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