ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR, ADAM DOUGLASS

NYG Guitar Instructor Adam Douglass

I started playing the guitar at age 13, and by the time I was old enough to drive I was sneaking into bars to sit in with my high school physics teacher’s cover band, which I eventually became a member of. In college, other students in my dorm would hear me practicing and throw me a few bucks for a guitar lesson, and the rest, as they say, is history.

In addition to the wonderful faculty at the University of Florida, I also studied with professors from the Musician's Institute (previously known as The Guitar Institute of Technology), and Berklee College of Music,
including  private study with Bruce Bartlett for my entire ten year tenure living in Boston.
 

While doing my intensive studies (and I still practice and study for many hours, every day), I was also performing with various groups on the East Coast on every type of gig you could imagine: from Brazilian pop music, to funk and soul, cover bands, to a weekly jazz gig for 3 years, or classic rock cover bands, and for singer-songwriters.

I then started playing with a few Grateful Dead tribute bands and then wound up performing with Tom Constanten (their second keyboardist, who was also in Jefferson Airplane/Starship), Scott Guberman (who is now a member of Phil Lesh and Friends), and Grammy Award winning saxophonist Charles Neville. All of this study and playing with other bands was for the purely selfish reason of maintaining the creativity to write my own music, and I have two albums of original music available for download or as a physical CD.

I have never looked at playing the guitar as work or an obligation that I have to go through every day, I simply want to play guitar every day. In doing it every day I found there were things I gravitated towards and things I did not, but I wanted to be good at it, so I still worked on the things I was not good at. And that is basically my teaching philosophy: If you can just love the simple act of creating music, no matter what level it’s happening on, everything else will fall into place.
That does require patience, but it’s not really patience if you enjoy existing in the moment that you are taking the time to create something.

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