Roger Rocha
Alameda, CA
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Roger Rocha

Roger R.

Alameda, CA
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Beginner? Intermediate and stuck in a rut? With 25+ years touring, recording and teaching I can help! I teach different guitar styles covering rock, country, folk, pop, jazz and more. I teach all ages and it’s never too early or late to start playing music. I teach through Zoom but for Alameda residents, I am available for 1 on 1 outdoor only socially distanced lessons on my front porch or your front porch, driveway or lawn. I am perhaps best known as the guitarist for 90’s Interscope recording artist 4 Non Blondes. I love to teach as it is incredibly rewarding, especially with absolute beginners, to see the enjoyment and confidence that the student receives from growth and progress.

What will a lesson contain?

As a guitar teacher it is my job to give my students practice material that will help them grow as a musician and not just a guitar player. Usually lessons will be split into essential and fundamental material such as technique, theory, chord progressions and the second half of the lesson will be based on the student’s choice of something they would like to learn such as a song, solo or technique.

If you are a beginner-
• Learn basic chords and progressions
• Learn how to practice effectively
• Learn basic rhythms and techniques
• Learn major, minor, and pentatonic scales
• Learn to play by using your ear- how to start to figure out songs by yourself

About Roger R.

Musical Background

With years spent gigging and playing professionally I will be quick to spot bad habits and attempt to prevent the student from various pitfall that I have become aware of. I still remember how frustrating those first early months and years of playing the guitar were so I understand what a student may feel they are up against if they have been struggling to learn on their own. From mnemonic devices to help the student memorize to common sense advice on best practice habits, I draw on real world experience, struggles and knowledge gained in the field as a working gigging and recording musician.

• 35+ years of professional playing experience recording, touring, gigging and teaching.
• Recording engineer and producer for various artists.
• Experience in playing styles of rock, folk, pop, metal, pop, country, blues, gypsy jazz and some jazz.

I have opened for Prince twice, toured with Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Aerosmith and traveled the world playing with 4 Non Blondes and Linda Perry as guitarist for the band. I have produced several albums and have my own band The Goldenhearts which performs with a string quartet. And I love to teach music!

Recent work includes:
Essence – Headed North – Album – Played multiple instruments and co-produced entire album.

Bernie And the Believers – Connection – Co-writer and producer of the album. The project and story of the making of this album was featured on NPR and was a top contestant of the NPR Tiny Desk competition.

The Goldenhearts – Electricity & Water – Band leader, songwriter and producer of this 2020 album release.

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