Modern Rock, Classic Rock, Metal, Alternative, Pop, Beginning Blues, Basic Songwriting, Technique & Theory
Ryan began playing guitar at age 11 when his grandmother bought him his first guitar and several lessons. After learning “Rock You Like a Hurricane” on day one, he knew what he wanted to do with his life –ROCK! He began working in a local guitar store at age 16 and now has over 10 years of experience working in music stores, the majority of it right here at Skip’s Music. This experience provided Ryan with a great learning opportunity and exposed him to all varieties of styles and methods. He has made a point of gathering knowledge and technique not just from his coworkers and teachers, but also from his customers as well. Over the past twenty years, Ryan has studied with such notables as Mike Johnson (works with the Jimi Hendrix family developing educational material), Billy Raney (works with Frank Hannon), and Tommy Armstrong-Leavitt (performed with Wynch and Hurt and author of Chord Camp). He has also learned a great deal about musical discipline, recording, song craft, rhythm, and control from his longtime friendship with notable drummer Richard Shepherd (Cake and Cause & Effect). Ryan has jammed, recorded, and/or performed with some of his idols including Joey Allen (Warrant) and Scott Travis (Judas Priest). His first live performances were with local metal band Girth which featured Claude “Scooby” Creamer (performs with members of Testament). Ryan now performs in 80’s cover band No Bozoz alongside Skip’s Music teachers Larisa Bryski, Tommy Armstrong, and Andrew Houston. Ryan has also provided free guitar lessons as a part of Skip’s Music’s annual entry level group classes.
Each student is profiled during a first free lesson. Ryan focuses on fundamentals and the student’s individual needs and interests, relating theory to real scenarios. As a guitar teacher in Elk Grove, he emphasizes technique to make difficult passages easier to play. Ryan encourages his students to listen to their instincts while using logic and deduction to tackle musical challenges.