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Ricky E.

Los Angeles, CA


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Musicans Institute
Graduate Coursework


Musicans Institute (Graduate Coursework)

About Ricky


During the last 7 years of teaching guitar, and going to school for music, I've learned that no student will be the same. So naturally, one single teaching method should not be used for every student. I find myself to be a grounded, personal sort of teacher, making sure that the knowledge I possess is taught around the personality, speed, and interests of the student. Tutors should always be willing to "make like liquid" and effortlessly flow with the student's vocalization of what he or she may want to learn, and the approach they would like to take. I make great use of this idea.

This means that the student will always win, and I will continue to grow as a tutor.
I am 25 years old. I've been teaching ALL ages for 7 years, and my strong subjects include:

Jazz chord melody
Jazz, Blues, and Country solo guitar
Advanced finger picking technique
Advances Harmony and Theory
Advanced Ear-training
Advanced Songwriting

And because of the mass amounts of psychology I've studied, I understand a great deal about the inspiration needed to succeed within the music business. Attitude is key! Typically, my students are overwhelmed with motivation when I help them translate their goals and dreams into real-life practicality. I feel this is the way it should be.

I look forward to meeting you! Get in touch, and I promise we'll make it happen.

During the last 7 years of teaching guitar, and going to school for music, I've learned that no student will be the same. So naturally, one single teaching method should not be used for every student. I find myself to
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Travels within 15 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Ear Training

The jazz ear training course at Musicians Institute is fast and intense, covering basic harmony in any given key, chord recognition and particular notes that give it it's quality (minor, major, dominant, minor 7 etc etc...) all the way to extreme dissonance recognition (flat 5 chords, augmented and diminished chords etc etc). Identifying modulation, and various changes were also a huge part of the course, along with rhythm identification.

I've completed 8 quarters of this ear training, and I'm always being hired for private tutoring in this subject. My method for teaching ranges from fast-paced listening, to slow practice with basic recognition.


I studied jazz chord melody with Los Angeles' Jamie Findley, Bruce Buckingham, and others for 4 years. Also, blues/country, and various right hand/rhythm technique throughout my entire course. The guitar is my main instrument and I can easily call myself an eclectic player, being able to adapt to almost any setting. My method for teaching is very personal. I'll listen to the student's interests before presenting the curriculum. This way, it's adapted to the student.

Music Theory

I received my Harmony and Theory courses through Jamie Findley at Musicians Institute for over 3 years. The outline of these 3 years is as follows:

- advanced key signature work
- major, minor, and all modal harmony studies
- chord quality recognition
- use of chords in all regard for all sound types
- diminished and augmented jazz study
- use of flat 5 substitution
- chart writing
- real-world application

I have then since taught Harmony and Theory with ease for past few years, as I have received some of the best training.


My main line of work currently is songwriting. For myself, but also for others. I've exceeded requirements in various songwriting courses at Musicians Institute, and other creative writing exercises. It's a true craft and I have great technique to share with students. My teaching method includes, structure, the importance of rhyming, and how to learn the way of words as any writer should know them. The student and I will also cover creative techniques, and how to "hear" what should come next when writing.

Musicans Institute
Graduate Coursework


Musicans Institute (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Travel policy

Ricky will travel within 15 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90028.