Beginning Guitar Workshop series
Sherman is one of Sacramento's respected Singer-Songwriters. He has performed in many area venues and opened shows for Richard Thompson, Country Joe McDonald and Mark Eitzel (AMC).
Joseph Gibbs is an in demand working musician. As a bassist he has worked with too many artists to mention in many genres on both a local and national stage. Well versed in rock, country, reggae, funk and most styles of popular music with a passion for making others better; he strives to make the learning process fun, teaching you what is going to make you a better bassist, musician and band mate. You will learn, theory, ear-training, and groove, as well as what it means to be a bassist.
Having played with the likes of the Michael Gregory Jazz Band, Mercy ME and many others, Mike emphasizes the need to understand and play many different styles of music and encourages the student to explore them all.
From beginner to advanced, Mike is the kind of bass player that will inspire you to be the best bass player you can. No better player in this town.
Born in England, Peter has been playing guitar for over thirty years while teaching for twenty. His main area of expertise is in the styles of folk, rock blues and fingerpicking. A lover of all styles he is also adept at teaching beginning bluegrass flatpicking, classical, country, slide and open tuning. Pete has AA's in theory, songwriting and performance, and has nearly completed a BA in music from California State University, Sacramento. Lessons can be taught with standard notation, tablature or by ear. Pete has taught at the Fifth String for over ten years, and has become the best at teaching young children (ages 6 and above) and has developed a guitar instruction method with an approach of his own for teaching minors that have shown to be very successful.
To quote Pete, " I make a point of teaching the student what they want to learn, not just what I can teach. However while teaching the student the songs they like, I also introduce and teach a set curriculum for beginning and intermediate students. My intention is to help the student become a well-rounded and versatile musician".
From the time she was born, music was always a prominent fixture in Julie's life. Growing up in a family where everyone played a musical instrument, it was only natural that at some point she would gravitate towards music and attempt to join in the noise. Julie began writing songs at 14, was fronting her first rock band at 15, and by the time she graduated high school, had racked up countless hours of performances in local bars, coffee houses, talent shows, and everything in between. After graduating summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music with a degree in songwriting, Julie moved to Sacramento in 2001 to further pursue her musical endeavors. She began teaching voice lessons in 2003 in trade for some more advanced guitar lessons, and a new passion for teaching was ignited. Alongside voice lessons, Julie also teaches acoustic and electric guitar, piano, and electric bass. She teaches students of all ages and levels, and tries to help her students not only achieve their personal best on their instrument, but also to have fun!
Another proud addition to our teaching staff is Steve Randall. It would be silly, and far too space consuming, to list off the number of groups he's played with but it's basically a who's who of Sacramento pop and alt-country acts. Currently Steve is performing every wedesday with Richard March at the Americana Ramble at Marilyn's on K street. Anton Barbeau and the Arlenes are two more of Steve's currently active groups. Maybe one of the reasons he is so sought after is that he is an outstanding guitarist, well versed in all styles. That's him on the left there holding the award he recently recieved for being named the best guitarist in Sacramento. No argument here, we're glad to have him on board.
Dave graduated from Berkeley School of Music with an emphasis on jazz composition. Dave has a vast wealth of experience and knowledge and has played with Bela Fleck and various other groups and styles. He also teaches bluegrass guitar, banjo, and mandolin and is a very accomplished player in all respects. Check out his current project, West of Next at http://westofnext.com/
Steven teaches beginning classical guitar, rock guitar, metal and beginning cello. Steven plays local gigs as a solo classical performer and with his heavy metal band, Legion's Requiem.