Teacher: Rory Cloud
Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting, Arranging
Rory Cloud is a Santa Cruz based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music educator with nearly 2 decades of performance experience and over 12 years as a private instructor. A patient and kind teacher, Rory provides music lessons tailored to individual skill sets and goals.
From beginners to intermediate and advanced students, lessons can cover a wide range of topics including - ear training, left and right hand technique for both flat-picking and finger style playing, basic to more advanced music theory, sight reading, rhythm and lead playing, and more.
“I've been taking guitar lessons from Rory Cloud for a few months now, and really cannot recommend anyone more. Rory is patient (you'd have to be with my guitar playing), kind, and fun as an instructor. He really adapts to what the student wants out of playing. He also happens to be one of the best guitar players in the business. I’d highly recommend Rory to anyone considering lessons.” -Jonathan K.
“Rory is an awesome guitar teacher! He is kind, patient, talented, and is great about tailoring the lesson to what you want. Highly recommended.” -Kyle O.
“Rory is a truly gifted guitarist with the perfect temperament for teaching anyone with the silliness to learn music. Every lesson I have with him is full of music theory and strong fundamentals needed to build a solid foundation for any starting guitarist. Within 3 months of weekly lessons I was able to read basic music notes, understand time, rhythm, and tempo. By the end of 5 months I am able to hear and understand music a lot deeper then I have before and can play a few songs. If you have ever wanted to learn how to play guitar, I highly recommend Rory. He’s the best there is.” -Andy G.
Between 2011 and 2017, Rory performed and recorded as lead guitarist, background vocalist and co-arranger for Bay Area based Americana trio Quiles & Cloud - founded originally by Rory Cloud and Maria Quiles in October 2011, and expanded to a trio with Oscar Westesson on upright bass in 2013. The group recorded 3 studio albums and performed hundreds of shows throughout the US before putting the project down in 2017.
Beyond his work with Quiles & Cloud, Rory has collaborated, performed and recorded with dozens of artists in the Northern and Southern CA music scenes. Some of these collaborators include - Tom Rhodes, John Craigie, Lisa Donnelly (RIP), Julian Müller, Lia Rose, Kelly McFarling, Poet Ali, Graham Patzner of Whiskerman and The Gospel Flats, and many more. Rory also performs and records as a solo artist, composing and arranging music blending modern and traditional styles.
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