Ryan McKay Guitar Lessons

Ryan McKay Guitar Lessons

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I have been a full time guitar teacher for 15 years. I have experiece in a wide range of styles and skill levels. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, we can design a course specifically for YOU! Let's take what you know and build on it.


Ryan McKay is an award winning guitarist/singer/songwriter based in Phoenix. He has worked with several notable musicians including members of Black Sabbath/Ozzy Ozbourne, Dio, Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Badlands, and Jeff Beck.

Currently, Ryan is performing with jazz/swing artist Louis Prima Jr. and is endorsed by Gretsch guitars and Fender strings. He was the subject of a feature article in the January 2017 issue of Vintage Guitar magazine, 
Ryan's previous project, Crash Street Kids, released 5 critically acclaimed albums. In 2007, the album Chemical Dogs was voted 'album of the year' in the UK. In the US, the single 'Mandy and the Leapers' (composed and sung by Ryan) was named song of the year at the Hollywood Fame Awards. 
Louis Prima Jr is the son of the legendary jazz giant known for such hits as Jump, Jive and Wail, Just a Gigolo, and Disney's Jungle Book. Ryan's swinging guitar and stellar songwriting can be heard on the albums 'Return of the Wildest' and the Top 30 charting follow up 'Blow' (Warrior/Universal records). The group can be spotted on tour and coast to coast on national television broadcasts. 
In addition to writing, recording and touring Ryan also dedicates his time to teaching guitar to future rock stars young and old. He has also been a panelist on the National Engineering Society's seminar series 'The Other Side of the Glass'. And still finds time to host a weekly music talk podcast called 'Shabby Road Record Show'.

After many years of teaching, what I love the most is watching former students achieve success of their own. Whether that's with a band, an album, or simply nailing a piece of music that they've worked for weeks on.

Another great aspect of teaching is getting to share my personal stories of 25 years in the music industry. The people, the places, the ups and downs of being a full time musician most of my adult life.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First finding out what music they are into. Then finding out where they are at in terms of technique and knowledge.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I've been playing guitar for 30 years. I've been a full time musician most of my adult life. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Yes, Skype lessons are $25 for 35 min

How did you get started teaching?

I worked at a music store when I was 17, I began teaching at the store shortly after.

What types of students have you worked with?

Kids as young as 7yrs old to adults in their 60's. Professional, gigging players and people who have never held a guitar.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

There's too many to count. The music business can be pretty fun.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Find one who can relate to you. One who will take what you know and expand on it. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

How much experiece do you have as a teacher? Will you design a course specifically for me?