Tony Pretzello

Tony P.

4 Reviews
North Hollywood, CA

About Tony P.

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Tony teaches: Ages 10 and up
Teaching since: February 1996

Overview

Tony has been performing professionally for over 35 years. When he arrived in Los Angeles in 1969 he studied guitar with virtuoso Jimmy Stewart. Later, he studied with master guitarist George Van Eps.

Tony played guitar with many top recording artist in the mid 1970's. Later, he started to teach formerly at the John Waltrip Music School in Arcadia California. From then on, he began to teach privately.

In addition, he is teaching 6th and 7th grade guitar classes at St. Cyril of Jerusalem School in Encino. Tony is a bonded and certified by the LAPD and FBI. Tony finds it very rewarding in helping beginner and advanced students to learn the beautiful music the guitar can make.

As Tony's teacher, George Van Eps taught him to think of the guitar as a "Lap Piano" so Tony does the same. The guitar is a versatile chordal and melodic instrument, and should be taught as such.

In addition to the above, I play guitar and arrange music for various Inde-Alternative and Jazz recording artist. I have arranged music for large orchestras, including a 35 piece orchestra in Hong Kong.

This May I will be a featured solist for Occuping Mars a robotic music tour sponsored by NASA and Roland Instruments. I will be playing a Roland synth guitar.


Thank you!

*** Lesson Details ***
I will be able to teach students of all ages, from beginners to semi pro players. My studies will include: Learning popular songs, reading chords, single line, guitar harmony, improvisation, blues, rock and jazz. Chordal melodies, finger picking, guitar pick with. left hand studies

*** Specialties ***
Acoustic and Electric Guitar. Piano: Improvisation, Composition, Arranging/Orchestration, All styles, Rock, Jazz, Funk, Brazilian, Latin, Standard Music. All Ages and Levels.

Teach at my studio, or On Line (Skype).

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Experience

Guitarist Apr 1977 - Jan 1999
Bumps Blackwell Productions

Performed with Lou Rawls, Ike and Tina Turner review, currently, featured soloist with members of the Earth, Wind and Fire, Lou Rawls and Bobby Womack bands. Special exhibition concerts state wide.

Education

Studied privately Mar 1970 - Jan 1975
George Van Eps School

Languages Spoken

English Professional Proficiency

Affiliations

Jazz Education Network May 2011
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JEN was formed in 2008 to help bring together the jazz arts community. It hosts an annual conference with concerts presented by students and professionals, a student jazz festival, workshops, research presentations and an exhibition area with manufacturers, retailers, schools and other jazz related organizations. JEN also offers many educational programs, from an outreach program, to mentoring and scholarships.

Writers Guild of America West Jun 1996
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Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) is a labor union representing film, television, radio, and new media writers. It was formed in 1954 from five organizations representing writers, including the Screen Writers Guild. It has about 20,000 members.

American Federation of Musicians Feb 1970
AFM

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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4 Reviews on Tony P.

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AbelM Jul 19, 2012
Great teacher.lLoves his work. Very knowlegeable and patient.
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JenniferL Jul 23, 2009
Excellent Teacher and Guitarist!

Tony has been a great instructor; he is a very knowledgeable and skilled guitarist with so much passion that is very infectious! He really gives me the motivation to try harder until I get it! He is very patient and tries to understand how I learn and what I want to learn and customizes the lesson to my learning ability. It's not easy teaching me, but some how he figures it out! Tony thanks for all your time, effort and genuine care in teaching me the guitar and being the jump start for a lifetime of guitar playing!
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ChaunceyI Aug 24, 2008
Enjoyable, Challenging, Fulfilling

I am finding my lessons with Tony P. to be very helpful. He is personable and knowledgable. He also seems genuinely interested in seeing me achieve my full potential as a guitarist.
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craigs Jul 21, 2008
Great teacher who loves music

Tony was great to work with. He loves music and has a warm personality. He is patient and wants be sure you understand the theory he teaching. He also has great lesson plans and homework.