Russell Rainey Guitar Lessons

Russell Rainey Guitar Lessons


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 Awarded more than "12" "5-Star" reviews by former students placed me as Memphis' #1 Rated Guitar Teacher " Russell "Rusty" Rainey."  I specialize in teaching adults, as well as intermediate and advanced players!

The satisfaction and joy of sharing music.

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Memphis, TN 38119
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I work with each student to design a course of study enabling the student to reach their goals.  Each lesson we work on material (choosen by both teacher and student) to augment, excite and explore each song, buildilding on both technique and theory. A complete comprehensive course. I teach not only how to play the guitar, but how to change strings, tune, get the diffrent "sounds" in your head.  I can help you accomplish your goals on your terms.

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

A professional musician for over 25 years.  Russell "Rusty" Rainey has played over 500 shows, both as a "band" member and as a solo Acoustic performer. Additionally Russell teaches both Acoustic and Electric Guitar styles, Bass Guitar, Harmonia, Songwriting, Musical Production. Recording and has been a Certified Luithier for over 10 years.

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

Pricing lessons are variable due to the age, length of lesson time and location.  I prefer traching 1 hour lessons.  (my experience has shown a 30 mn. lesson is a waste of time and money- if you are truely interested in "learning" , it becomes clear that a months woth of lessons would only accumulate to 4 hours. If you can learn and absorb anything it would be to have a better teacher, in a better setting that does not approach teaching as a "job" .  I am passionnate about Music and I try to share that joy with those who seek reach their potential

How did you get started teaching?

I started Teaching due to my own personal and proffesional experience that lead me to be the best teacher and mentor I can be.

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with students of all regardless of ages, gender, ethninticity or level of prior training or ability.  Both experienced players -and- most importantly is the students own drive and determination. I only accept students who show a genuine passion for music, and willing to be self-motivated to put the hours of practice neccesary to learning.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I have recently finished "RING OF FIRE" a Broadway Musical based on the life and Music of Johnny Cash, where I was nominated for best male solo performance in a Musical.  I was asked to Perform as "Johnny Cash" during a series of Concerts given in early spring to raise money for a Statue and State Historical Marker at the site of Johnny Cashs first show, during this period I was introduced and worked with several members of the Cash Family, including Roy Cash Jr.  (Johnnys' nephew and songwriter of "I Still Miss Someone") performing with Mr. Cash at the final Event.

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

Find a Teacher that is interested in you as an individual. Someone who takes time to prepare each lesson for you.  Don't be fooled by "professional" teachers in "schools", music stores ect. who fill there days by quantity not quality. I do not compare myself or adjust my rates to be "competitive by the least common denominater. If you decided to become a Pilot, would you prefer a teacher with little or no experience-or- do would it be more benificial to take from someone who has the passion, experince and drive that helps you not just find the the plane, but teaches you how the plane flies .

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

Any and Everything. The success of your experience totally depends on your comfort and communication level with your instructer.  No question iss too small or too big for me to answer. I want to know you.