LessonsWe offer private, 1-on-1 guitar instruction. Lessons are $30, 1/2 hour each, attended weekly. Meet our instructors below:
Mellad Abeid is an accomplished and versatile guitarist with over fifteen years of music industry experience. He began performing with church choirs and at Irish dancing shows at the age of 17. In 2002, Mellad graduated from Gonzaga University with a BA in Music Composition. Since then, he has worked as an adjunct guitar instructor at Gonzaga University and Eastern Washington University and a private guitar instructor at St. George's School and Colville High School.
Mellad is a patient yet highly skilled instructor who is well-versed in a variety of musical genres, including Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Commercial, Country, Celtic, and Broadway. As an international guitar performer, songwriter, and record producer, Mellad is a dynamic instructor who brings a wealth of real-world expertise to the classroom.
In 2003 Mellad founded pop-based Irish group An Dóchas. He serves as the bandleader, writer, and arranger. The band has released two critically acclaimed albums including Independent Celtic Album of the Year awarded at the 2006 JPF Awards in Hollywood, CA. As a member of An Dóchas, Mellad also began working with Irish tenor Michael Londra, formerly of Riverdance Broadway. Mellad and Londra collaborated to create the Irish music and dance show Celtic Fire, which continues to tour extensively throughout North America and was featured on the Emmy-nominated PBS special Beyond Celtic in 2011.
For the past several years, Mellad has been fortunate to write and arrange songs for several independent vocal artists. Most recently, Mellad has been writing and performing with Country artist Nicole Lewis and co-produced her 2013 Nashville-based full-length album My Kind of Paradise. When not on tour or teaching, Mellad enjoys playing guitar for local Jazz ensembles, Spokane Jazz Orchestra, Spokane, and Coeur d'Alene Symphonies as well as the live theatre circuit. Mellad has worked as a guitarist at Spokane Civic Theatre for the past 6 seasons and Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre for the past 7 seasons.
Tyler began playing guitar at the age of 13 after seeing one of his good friends performing Dave Matthews covers. Tyler initially started out playing Rock and Heavy Metal music and spent his teenage years enrolled in private lessons. He performed in the local music scene, participated in battle of the bands, and recorded one solo EP, and two EP’s of original music with his rock band. He then went on to study jazz and classical guitar in college and was fortunate to gig regularly and continue to expand his musical knowledge and repertoire. Tyler has had the opportunity to study acoustic/classical and electric guitar with many great instructors in the local and national scene including Kicho Forrest, Michael Millham, Mellad Abeid, Joe Brasch, Jody Fisher, Bruce Saunders, Steven King, and Matt Warnock.
Here are his formal credentials.
Associate of Arts SFCC
Bachelor of Arts in English EWU
Bachelor of Arts in Music EWU’
Certificate in Solo Jazz Guitar LACM Online
Professional Certificate in Jazz Guitar Berklee Online
Tyler has also done session work for commercials and short films. He continues to perform in the PNW region and maintains a busy teaching schedule. Currently he is working on his first full length instrumental album. In lessons he focuses on getting students to play songs from the beginning and hone their technique. Lessons are tailored to each student’s individual goals and interests. Students can study music theory, technique building, proper picking, fingerstyle, note reading, improvisation, rhythm, songwriting, and various musical styles.
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