ST. PAUL GUITAR LESSONS
RICK STACK- DIRECTOR/Owner OF ST. PAUL SCHOOL OF MUSIC. ROCK, BLUES AND FUSION INSTRUCTOR
Available: 4:00-9:00 PM Monday-Thursday.
Rick Stack is a guitarist, guitar instructor, author, and owner of St. Paul School of Music. Rick's own music is a blend of Rock, Funk, and Jazz with influences from Indian, Middle Eastern, and Latin music. Rick has taught over 80,000 lessons, teaching an average of 50 students a week for over 30 years.
Rick incorporates a lesson plan that goes through 12 levels. The first level is for the absolute beginner, up to level 12 for the advanced student. Rick also welcomes customizing this plan based on the student's interests. One of Rick's favorite things to teach is rock, blues and fusion improvising. He also loves teaching classic rock.
Rick is the author of the book, “Secrets of The Electric Guitarist”. The book is about everything Rick has learned about playing guitar and being a musician for over 35 years, EXCEPT, how to play guitar. Topics include: Playing in a band, practicing guitar, writing, recording, performing, music equipment, health as related to being a musician, the music business, and musucian’s finances. The book is available in both e-book and paperback on Amazon.
A graduate of Musicians Institute, Los Angeles, CA. , Rick began playing the guitar at age 11, and was playing and teaching professionally by age 16. Rick has played over 3,000 gigs throughout parts of the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and Cuba over the last 32 years for crowds up to 10,000 people.
DREW HURST- ROCK, METAL, CLASSICAL AND JAZZ/FUSION INSTRUCTOR
Available: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
Drew is a guitarist, instructor, and composer based out of St. Paul, MN. He has been teaching and performing professionally since the age of 16. He currently performs in his own group, Arrhythmogen: an instrumental progressive-rock trio for which he serves as lead guitarist and primary composer. In addition, Drew is the lead guitarist for the touring stage productions, Power Balladz, Rock Sirenz, and Mudshark and often fills in on guitar duties for various rock, funk, country, and blues groups. Drew has played hundreds of gigs all across the country and abroad and carries this practical experience into his teaching approach.
Drew graduated Magna Cum Laude with his B.M. in Guitar Performance from McNally Smith College of Music and is currently finishing up his M.M. in Guitar Performance (also at McNally Smith). While most of his studies have been rooted in contemporary music, Drew has also studied classical guitar. He has taught hundreds of students of all ages and experience levels and has college classroom experience. In addition to guitar, Drew is experienced in teaching music theory, composition, and performance techniques in both private and group settings.
Ryan Picone-Classical Guitar, gypsy jazz, and other acoustic styles
Available: Thursdays. (Mondays coming soon)
Ryan Picone is a guitarist multi-instrumentalist that holds a masters degree in music performance from Arizona State University under the teachings of Frank Koonce. Ryan also studied abroad at the CSI Conservatory in Lugano Switzerland where he received his certificate of completion under the teachings of Lorenzo Micheli. He has been playing guitar for 22 years, and has been teaching and playing professionally for 14 years.Ryan has performed in Italy, Switzerland, Turkey all over the US. He is a fantastic performer and is equally enthusiastic about teaching music.
Elgin Foster- Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar
Elgin Foster is a fingerstyle guitarist based out of the Twin Cities. Elgin has studied guitar with Jeff Loven, Greg Herzenach, Billy Mclaughlin, Dan Schwartz, Pat Donahue, Todd Duane, Paull Woell, Ben Abrahamson and Park Evans. Elgin currently incorporates fingerstyle, jazz, heavy metal, and blues into his original compositions, and in 2011 Elgin released his first full length CD titled Rough Cuts. Elgin can also be found on the New Folk Records compilation CD Strings Across The North Shore, Loud Folk Records Christmas album Emmanuel, and Tim Reede's compilation CD to promote Tim's guitars.
Elgin has performed fingerstyle acoustic guitar at house concerts, restaurants, wine tastings, bed and breakfasts, weddings and church services. He has shared the stage with some of the artists which continue to inspire him, including: Dean Magraw, Dan Schwartz, Steve Lehto, Greg Herriges. Ben Abrahamson and Sam Breckinridge.
Elgin was awarded a certificate of special congressional recognition from congresman John Kline, for his service to the community for benefit concerts to help the homeless, cancer victims, and programs for single moms.
Ethan Elseth- Fusion, Rock, and Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar Instructor
Available: 3:00-9:00 Wednesdays.
Ethan Elseth is a composer, arranger, guitarist, and pianist currently based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ethan actively performs in the Twin Cities music scene as both a guitarist and pianist in solo and ensemble settings. He performs freelance and as guitarist in the Adam Meckler Orchestra; one of the two groups which he performed with at the 2016 Twin-Cities Jazz Festival. Ethan’s playing is most influenced by his favorite modern jazz/fusion players Allan Holdsworth, Pat Metheny, Tom Quayle, and Adrien Moignard, but is still deeply rooted in his early Rock and Metal influences. As a composer and orchestrator, Ethan is most disciplined and inspired by his passion for the great composers of the late Romantic era onward, and the the film music of the Golden Age.
Ethan will graduate with a double bachelors degree in Guitar Performance and Instrumental Composition from McNally Smith College of Music in Spring 2017. Ethan has toured various parts of the country playing in two of McNally Smith’s Premier Ensembles; Fusion and Hot Club Jazz. Aside from his contemporary music studies in school, he has also studied privately with German classical guitarist Eva Beneke and Blues guitarist Greg Koch, as well as jazz composer/arranger Adi Yeshaya and film composer Sean McMahon.
Ethan is excited to be an instructor at the St. Paul School of Music and is a determined teacher who is versed in a variety of teaching styles designed to suit students of all ages and learning types.
Jeff Ray- Acoustic/Delta/Pre-war Blues and Slide Guitar
Available: Yearly clinics
MIKE HEDDING- BANJO AND MANDOLIN INSTRUCTOR
Available: Sunday afternoons.
Mike Hedding has been a staple of the Minnesota Bluegrass scene for the better part of a decade. He has played with the bands Blue Wolf, Sweet Grass, and The New North String Band, of which he recorded an album with. He currently plays with The High 48's, Sans Souci, and The Katey Bellville Band. His band Sweet Grass won the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-time Music Association's Race For A Place band contest and came in 2nd in Rockygrass' esteemed band contest.
In 2014 Mike traveled to Nashville to do banjo work on No Grass Limit's all original project, which was produced and recorded by dobro ledgend Randy Kohrs at Slack Key Studios. His playing can be heard on the same tracks as Tim Crouch, Dustin Benson, and Randy Kohrs himself.
Mike is committed to building a positive relationship with each of his students. He strives to create a comfortable atmosphere where the lessons are designed to help the student achieve their objectives. He enjoys working with youth to adults, beginners to advanced. Mike is passionate about music and wants to help his students get inspired reach their musical goals, and most of all, have fun in the process.
Al Vorse- Rock, Funk, Blues and Jazz Bass instructor
Available: Monday evenings
Al Vorse has experience playing rock, metal, funk, R&B, jazz, fusion, country and folk music. He can also help students interested in making the switch from electric to upright/acoustic bass.
Al is a veteran bass player in the Twin Cities having logged gigs and recording sessions since 1995. A graduate of Bloomington Jefferson High School he went on to study music at Normandale Community College in Bloomington and Allegheny College in Pittsburgh. He has also studied with such Twin Cities bassists as Chris Bates, Anthony Cox, Jim Anton and Ron Evaniuk.
He has toured/performed/recorded with Rebecca Leland (a country artist who opened for Gary Allan, Joe Diffy and Ty Herndon), Thomas Kivi (featured on 89.3 The Current's "The Local Show") Metabots (featured on 93X's "Loud and Local"), Sirens of Titan (Picked by Earl Root for the City Pages' "Pick To Click" issue), Art For Hunting and many others. He is currently playing in an original progressive rock band called Nostromo and a covers/private party band called Rokk Club. He also has performed as a solo artist at Jazz Central in Minneapolis.
Milena Petkovic- Classical Guitar Instructor
Milena Petkovic was born in Prizren, Serbia. She began playing classical guitar at the age of eleven. In 2011 she graduated from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Guitar Performance. During her studies she participated in numerous national and international music festivals and competitions. Among the awards Milena has received for her work are the second prize for guitar performance at the International Guitar Festival, Kyustendil, Bulgaria (2006), the first prize at Guitar Open Festival in Subotica, Serbia (2010), and the second prize at Naissus Guitar Festival in Niš, Serbia (2010).
In 2011 she continued her studies at Indiana University, and in 2014 she graduated with a Performer Diploma and Master’s degree in guitar performance at the Jacobs School of Music, under the guidance of Maestro Ernesto Bitetti. Milena often performs as a soloist and in various chamber ensembles – guitar duo, duo with flute, violin and clarinet. Besides Serbia, she played in Bulgaria, Hungary and Italy as well as in the US, Indiana and Minnesota.
Milena is currently in her final year of doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota, School of Music. Her teaching experience includes teaching beginner and advanced guitar classes and individual lessons for six years as a Teaching Assistant at Indiana University and University of Minnesota. She was also a Pre-College Guitar Instructor at the Jacobs School of Music for two years.