About Ricky as a Player and Instructor
Since I was 9 or 10 years old I had a guitar in my hands every day, for hours. I became a professional guitarist at the age of 13. I was named best jazz guitarist in Massachusetts in high school allowing me to perform and record with the all-state jazz band.
In high school I was rarely ever seen without a guitar in my hands. A science teacher at Natick High School began calling me “Rick Guitar” and I thought “yea, that should be my facebook guitar teacher moniker.” I’m all about the guitar, always have been. For almost 50 years now. Consequently, I know a few things because I’ve played a few things (some thousands of times).
I attended Berkeley College of music, left to tour with a rock 'n' roll band, spent decades as an entertainment attorney and business attorney, and have always been an educator. I presently teach at the University Massachusetts and Lowell in the music business program. I have played with Draw the Line, the official Aerosmith tribute band. With the band Nobscot I opened for Chicago in 2006. In my playing I draw influences from Al DeMieola, Jeff Beck, Roy Buchanan, SRV, Jimi, Joe Perry, Albert King, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Page, Duane Allman, Dickie Betts, and many others. I played instruments which I personally customize (Les Paul, Strat, Tele etc.) through usually a 100 watt 1959 Marshall head.
As a guitar instructor I look for students who would benefit from who I am as a musician and what I might be able to teach them. I cater my teaching style to every student, because every student is different. I am passionate about helping a guitarist become better and better at expressing themselves (their heart) through their hands, their guitars and their gear.
Lessons are always meant to be fun, creative but challenging. It’s an honor to be able to teach, and I cherish that opportunity.
// Ricky Berger