Rory Cloud

Rory C.

Santa Cruz, CA

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Throughout the last 10 years I have taught hundreds of private music lessons, toured internationally and across the US, and collaborated on dozens of musical projects around CA.

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.
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Rory delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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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Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer, Arranger, Teacher
Feb 2005 - Present

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.

Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter
Oct 2011 - Nov 2017
Quiles & Cloud

Lead guitarist, singer and songwriter with touring Americana trio Quiles & Cloud, signed to Compass Records Group out of Nashville, TN.

Touring Guitarist
Dec 2010 - Feb 2011
Caution: Men at Work Tap Touring Company

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.

Guitar Instructor
Feb 2005 - Aug 2010
Music Learning Center/Virtuo Music

Full-time Guitar instructor at Virtuo Music, formerly The Music Learning Center, in Brea, CA.


Guitar Performance and Recording
Aug 2003 - Dec 2005
Fullerton College
Percussion & Guitar Studies
Aug 1999 - May 2003
Murrieta Valley High School


Fluent / Native Proficiency


FreshGrass Duo Award
Sep 2014
FreshGrass Roots & Bluegrass Music Festival

Photos & Videos

Performing "Black Sky Lightning" with Quiles & Cloud at 25th St Studios in Oakland, CA.
Performing "All My Trouble Gone" with Quiles & Cloud at 25th St Studios in Oakland, CA.
Performing "Fool To Run" a'cappella  in a stairwell with Quiles & Cloud ft. Julian Müller.
Performing "By The Rio Grande" with Quiles & Cloud for Folk Alley Sessions at Beehive Productions Studio in Saranac Lake, NY.
Performing a cover of "Raven" by Travis Wright with Quiles & Cloud.
Performing with Quiles & Cloud in Alameda, CA.

Quiles & Cloud at Rocky Mountain Folks Fest 2016

Quiles & Cloud "Seminole Star" Album Release Show 2014 in San Franscisco, CA.

Candid soundcheck photo in Fullerton, CA.
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3 Reviews

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Andy Dec 31, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

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.

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Jonathan Dec 15, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

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!

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Kyle O. Dec 14, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Rory is an awesome guitar teacher! He is kind, patient, talented, and is great about tailoring the lesson to what you want. Highly recommended.

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