M Paul Gelpi

M Paul Gelpi

5.0 (7)
2 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
40 years in business

About this pro

I have been a professional performing guitarist and bassist for over 50 years. After attending the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD where I grew up, I began teaching, tutoring and mentoring hundreds of students over the next 40 years at various music/performing arts schools as well as  private lessons, from Maryland to Florida. I am currently still performing and teaching around the Charleston, SC area, as well as writing an instructional book for aspiring jazz guitarists.

I teach acoustic & electric guitar, electric bass, ukulele and introductory piano. My methodology centers around the individual's musical desires, then they are given the techniques, skills and theory, to make those desires a reality.

My preferred genres are Classical, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Rock Pop and Folk.

I have a LinkedIn and Facebook profile where you can access referrals, recommendations and photos. You can also check out YouTube for a few videos with the Oscar Rivers Jazz group playing sold out shows at the 2019 Piccolo Spoleto Arts Festival and a special weekend accompanying the late saxophonist, Ritchie Cole. 

A lengthy BIO is available upon request.

I love imparting my 50 years of performing and teaching experience to aspiring guitarists and bassists.

Over the years of learned a number of ways to make the learning and physical aspects easier in order to maximize the student's potential.

I've taught hundreds of students and performed over 1000 gigs which gives me plenty of information to help any potential student.

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Goose Creek, SC 29445
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7 Reviews


  • Don Hooper

    Very knowledgeable. Excellent instructor.

  • Ken York

    "A touch of class" Brought nothing short of First class with them at our Event on the Yorktown!

  • Lance K Boone

    I worked with Paul for a short period and found him to be very professional and very skilled at his craft. It would be pleasure to work with Paul again.

  • Chuck Dalton

    Paul is both an outstanding guitar player and teacher. He is also a very good sight reader of music, which makes him a valuable asset to any musical ensemble.

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

Assess their musical desires, then provide them with the techniques, skills and theory to make their desires a reality.

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

Attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD where I grew up, then spent the next 50 years as a professional performer on guitar and electric bass and 40 years as a teacher, tutor and mentor at various performing arts schools from Maryland to Florida.

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

$70/hr, $35/half hr

How did you get started teaching?

Saw it as an alternative income when performing was slow.

What types of students have you worked with?

8-80 year olds.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Two sold out shows with the Oscar Rivers Quartet at the 2019 Piccolo Spoleto Arts Festival in Charleston, SC

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

Look for a patient, knowledgable and experienced teacher who listens to the needs of the student.

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

Their desired musical direction.