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Rusty W.

Mercer Island, WA


The Guitar or the Computer - I can help you with both.

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University of Washingtonq


University of Washingtonq

About Rusty

I have had two successful careers. One as a professional musician and the other as a computer specialist. I can help you increase your knowledge and ability to express yourself in either area.

If you are interested in in improving your guitar skills you have come to the right place. My approach is to find what music moves you the most and show you how best to play it. It's your musical path. I am your guide.

If it's computer work you want to improve at, I can definitely help you there as well. My IT degree from the University of Washington has led me down the technology path in several areas. As an Internet professional, I have designed and built dozens of web sites. My primary design tool has been Adobe Photoshop. My development tool has primarily been Dreamweaver. I can either get you started or enhance your existing skill set on either of these fabulous platforms.

And I have taught business professionals how to get the most out of Microsoft Office products such as Excel, Word and Outlook to improve their business environment and productivity.

So let me help you improve your skills whether it is as a musician or as a computer user.
I have had two successful careers. One as a professional musician and the other as a computer specialist. I can help you increase your knowledge and ability to express yourself in either area.

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Travels within 15 miles of Mercer Island, WA 98040
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Adobe Photoshop

I have been an active Photoshop user and a huge fan for over ten years. Photoshop is one of the most intriguing and deep software programs in existence. I can help you get the most out of Photoshop whether it's design, photo editing or web applications. If you are just getting started, I am adept at going at a pace that allows students to follow. Let me help you get the most out of Photoshop.


Dreamweaver is the most popular HTML editor available at this time. Whether you are a professional developer or just a beginner, this WSYWIG program creates elegant code and has the features to go way beyond static web page development. I have been using Dreamweaver for over ten years. If you are looking to improve your skills or to get started on the best editor (IMHO) around, let me help you move forward.

General Computer

Whether it's overall knowledge of computing (computer literacy) or specific help on particular aspects of computing I can provide the knowledge you need. Fundamental understanding of areas such as networking, computer architecture, hardware, software, operating systems can make you more productive and more comfortable in the computer environment.

General Music

I have been a musician all of my life. Beginning at age six I was formally trained including coursework at the prestigious Cornish School of Allied Arts. I have a solid understanding of music theory including harmony. I have studied violin, saxophone, piano, voice and guitar. I have played professionally all of my adult life.


I have been playing the guitar most of my life. It's a joy to be able to express oneself on a guitar. Let's see if together we can find a path for YOU to express YOURSELF musically. It's something you will have with you for the rest of your life. No matter what kind of music you want to play - blues, rock, folk, jazz or whatever, there are certain fundamentals that will give you the tools to explore your instrument. Let me show you these tools and launch you on your way.

I have been giving guitar lessons for nearly as long as I have been playing the guitar. The most effective way to get the most out of my students is to determine exactly what it is they want to be able to do on the instrument - whether it is to play a song, to become fluent in a particular genre of music, or to emulate and perhaps surpass one or more of their favorite artists. By focusing on the students' goals, the learning process becomes fun and the students are motivated to improve their skills. Of course, none of this works if the student isn't willing to practice.

I should add that if performing and songwriting are your goals as well, I can help you down these paths as well.

Microsoft Excel

If I could only have one program on my computer, it would be Excel. It is so versatile that it could be used not just as an electronic spreadsheet but as a word processor or a database management system. It also incorporates Visual Basic as a programming language to create limitless possibilities of use. I have taught Excel to businesses in my area and am a total evangelist. Let me help you explore and use this fabulous program.

Microsoft Outlook

I have been using Microsoft Outlook for over ten years and have intimate knowledge of its capabilities. Outlook allows you to manage your communications with a tremendous array of features. If you are new to Outlook, I can help you get started or if you are already using it I can help you to get the most out of this software. It is an in-depth application and used by millions. And it is much more than just an email manager. It has the capacity to manage your contacts, both internally to your business or to your contacts worldwide. It can be linked to your cell phone and can be synched up to the Internet via Google and other services. Let me help you improve your Outlook skills to get the absolute most out of your global communications.

Microsoft PowerPoint

I have taken PowerPoint to the extreme. I have done this by incorporating graphics, music, elaborate animation. Most of this has been done in the corporate environment. However, PowerPoint can be useful in a variety of places.

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows has grown into an incredibly robust operating system. It has features, add-ons and capabilities well beyond simple file management and control over input and output devices.

I have been using Microsoft Windows since it was created back in the late '80s. I have taught dozens of people how to use it and dramatically improve their computing experience. Today, Windows 7 has capabilities that most users aren't even aware of. I can show you how to get the absolute most out of Windows and give you tips and pointers that will make your computing experience much more productive and enjoyable.

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is the most widely used word processor in the world. And it has so many features that it can sometime be a daunting task to use it. There are dozens of features that can be of tremendous benefit to the office worker. Let me introduce you to this wide array of features.

Web Design

I have been in the "Internet Business" since 1995. In that time I have designed and built dozens of web sites. Web design or UI design is perhaps the single most important part of web site development. The interface with the user will determine how useful and effective the site will be for the creators. There are a list of design factors that go into a successful site. Following these guidelines will put you in a position to be a top tier designer. Let me show your these fundamentals and improve your design skills.

University of Washingtonq


University of Washingtonq

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Travel policy

Rusty will travel within 15 miles of Mercer Island, WA 98040.

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