- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach music as a language with four main components; melody, harmony, rhythm and dynamics. Lessons emphasize ear training and guitar technique, pushing students to develop a personal relationship to their instrument and understand how to best utilize its strengths, both as a solo instrument and in a group settings.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- February 2005
From beginners to intermediate and advanced students, lessons can cover a wide range of topics including - ear training, left and right hand technique for both flat-picking and finger style playing, basic to more advanced music theory, sight reading, rhythm and lead playing, and more.
Former touring guitarist and songwriter with Bay Area based Americana trio Quiles & Cloud, signed to Compass Records Group; a Nashville based roots music label with over 25 years in the industry.
With nearly 2 decades of performance experience and over 12 years teaching private lessons, Rory provides musical instruction tailored to individual skill sets and goals.
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Freelance musician working throughout CA with dozens of projects in a wide range of musical styles, from jazz to folk, rock n' roll, hip hop, funk, and reggae. Hired musician for live performance, and recorded music.
Lead guitarist, singer and songwriter with touring Americana trio Quiles & Cloud, signed to Compass Records Group out of Nashville, TN.
Electric guitarist for a rock n' roll tap dance production called "Caution: Men at Work Tap" which toured China from Dec 2010 to Feb 2011.
Full-time Guitar instructor at Virtuo Music, formerly The Music Learning Center, in Brea, CA.
Rory, is a truly gifted guitarist with the perfect temperament for teaching anyone with the silliness to lear music. Every lesson I have with him is full of music theory and strong fundamentals needed to build a solid foundation for any starting guitarist. With in 3 months of weekly lessons I was able to read basic music notes, understand time, rhythm, and tempo by the end of 5 months. I am able to hear and understand music a lot deeper then I have before and can play a few songs. If you haver wanted to learn how to I highly recommend Rory as your teacher he’s the best there is.+ Read More
Rory is an amazing instructor -- he is patient, informative, but most of all allows the instruction to be fun as well as educational. Rory allows the student to have some free reign about where the lessons will go -- never boring, and always moving towards an increased knowledge of the instrument and the music being learned.
Rory also happens to be one of the best guitar players in the business - with a talent that shines through in his work and instruction. I'd highly recommend Rory to anyone considering lessons -- he's even great with beginners!
Rory is an awesome guitar teacher! He is kind, patient, talented, and is great about tailoring the lesson to what you want. Highly recommended.