Rick Taylor - Acoustic/Electric Guitar, Bass, Music Theory, Ukulele
Rick is a professional musician who teaches electric and acoustic guitar as well as ukulele and bass guitar. He tailors his curriculum to each individual student emphasizing reading, learning songs, and understanding how music works. Rick has studied privately with multiple advanced and professional instructors since his career and has been teaching at Graner Music since 2003. He is an active performing artist of many venue types as lead singer and lead guitar player. He is currently playing with two local groups. He has recorded 2 CD’s and is an author of a guitar instruction book currently getting published. He is very patient, dedicated, and enjoys working with kids and students of all ages and levels.
Eric is a guitarist, composer and educator. He has been performing and teaching in the Pikes Peak area since 1993. He has been playing professionally since high school, touring with bands such as No Justice and Hippie Yard Dawgs. He currently plays with many local bands in the Colorado Springs area. He is primarily self-taught, and has taken college level music theory classes, college level composition classes, and voice studies in college. He has very broad musical tastes, and believes this translates into an appreciation for all styles of music, which makes it easy for him to relate to any style of music his students may want to play. He has performed everything from country to funk to metal, and believes that music is for everyone. He teaches all levels, and does well with intermediate, beginner, and also with advanced musicians.
John graduated from the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood in 1993. He is trained in many styles including Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country, Funk, classical and fusion. He has been a full time musician since 1990, and performed in many bands locally, nationally, and in Germany. He has attended workshops with Steve Morse, Al DiMeola, Paul Gilbert, and Albert Collins. He has taught for over fifteen years, and is great for all levels and most ages. He is also able to teach advanced students.
Dan Nelson - Acoustic/Electric Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin
Dan started playing in bands in the late 1970’s, and has played guitar, bass, mandolin and keyboard in various groups. He has a degree is Recording Engineering and Production. He teaches guitar, bass and mandolin in many different styles of music. He is very kid friendly, and specializes in beginners and intermediate players. He has taught here at Graner for ten years, and is currently a composer and a performer.
Steve Sledge - Acoustic/Electric Guitar
Steve attended Butler University in Indianapolis, Purdue University of Indianapolis, and Berklee College of Music in Boston, and is a continuing student of life. He has played the guitar for thirty years, and has played with L.A. Guns/Slash from Guns & Roses and Molly Hatchet, and he is a certified Fender product specialist. He has recorded and released six CDs with international success, has his own production company, and is in the process of writing a book on lead guitar. He teaches all ages and specializes in the middle and high school level. He has been teaching since he was twenty and does it for the love it. You will get a sound foundation of theory and technique as well as improvisation and writing at the professional level. Check out YouTube for a few recordings of his lessons.