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.
Very knowledgeable. Excellent instructor.
"A touch of class" Brought nothing short of First class with them at our Event on the Yorktown!
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.
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.
Assess their musical desires, then provide them with the techniques, skills and theory to make their desires a reality.
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.
$70/hr, $35/half hr
Saw it as an alternative income when performing was slow.
8-80 year olds.
Two sold out shows with the Oscar Rivers Quartet at the 2019 Piccolo Spoleto Arts Festival in Charleston, SC
Look for a patient, knowledgable and experienced teacher who listens to the needs of the student.
Their desired musical direction.