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Teacher Profiles

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Russ Pettit

Instruments: Guitar

Bio: Russ Pettit has 28 years of experience playing guitar. He performs throughout California in various bands and with numerous styles of music including: Top 40, Blues, Jazz, Instrumental Fusion and original Rock.


Russ studied music at Los Medanos College and continued his musical education by studying under Joe Satriani, Doug Doppler and Brian Pardo from The Jazz School in Berkeley, CA. During his 19 years of teaching guitar, Russ has worked with students as young as 5 years old through adults. Russ teaches all levels, individuals and group.


Russ' curriculum includes:

· Reading Notation

· Chords · Scales

· Theory

· Improvisation

· Harmony

· Ear Training

· Rhythm Guitar

· Lead Guitar

Russ teaches numerous styles including:

· All Styles of Rock · Jazz

· Metal

· Blues

· Funk

· Fusion (Instrumental)

· Classical (Finger Style)

· Classical for Electric Guitar

· Reggae


Due to Russ' extensive experience, he can quickly evaluate a student's musical strengths and weaknesses in order to develop an individualized program to assist students in meeting their musical goals. Russ' lessons are both differentiated and flexible to match students' learning styles, motivation levels and musical interests. Having students recognize their own progress is a key component to every lesson. It allows students to celebrate their successes, no matter how small, because learning an instrument is a lifelong journey.


Russ is currently playing with Rcubed (R3), which is an Instrumental Progressive Fusion Band. Hear them at


He also plays with a Top 40 band, Super Bad


Russ has a self-published book called Heavy Metal Mechanics. It focuses on Metal rhythm guitar playing. To contact Russ, please email:


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Specialties: Top 40, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Instrumental Fusion, Classical, Reggae

Accolades: Studied Music at Los Medanos College and with Joe Satriani

Musical Influences: Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck, Mike Stern, Robben Ford

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