We are so excited to announce that our lesson program is back in action! The approach is a little different, too. For 2022, we will debut a new genre-based curriculum. Ethan Hale returns as our lead instructor, and for the moment, sessions are limited to guitar only and Wednesday afternoons.

We are currently booking both Half Hour and Hour sessions on Thursday afternoons (bookings available from 1 pm to 5 pm). Half Hour sessions run $50, and Hour sessions are $90. We welcome all ages and all skill levels.

Genre-Based Curriculum:

  • Rock - The rock genre has the most popular relationship with the guitar, especially the electric guitar. It is a beautifully diverse genre with a wide variety of rhythms, melody, and harmony.
    • Introduction to Rock Rhythm Guitar (8 sessions) - This a great place to start when first learning the guitar. Students will be introduced to chords, chord short cuts, and strumming fundamentals. The only prerequisite is desire to learn.
    • Introduction to Rock Lead Guitar (8 sessions) - This is the place to be when students first harbor the dream of shredding solos and tasty licks. Single-note playing technique is the focus here as learning the fretboard is debuted.
    • Intermediate Rock Rhythm Guitars (10 sessions) - Chord study continues here with the addition of music theory elements; such as intervals. Strumming alternatives in right-hand technique are introduced. A prerequisite of Intro to Rock Rhythm guitar or two years playing experience is suggested. 
    • Intermediate Rock Lead Guitar (10 sessions) - The ideas of melody and improvisation begin here. More tools are introduced to help the lead guitarist conceptualize composed parts. A prerequisite of Intro to Rock Lead Guitar, or two years playing experience is suggested. 
    • Advanced Rock Rhythm Guitar (12 sessions) - The idea of song construction and key theory is covered here as students learn to maximize efficiency. A prerequisite of Intermediate Rock Rhythm Guitar, or 4 years playing experience is suggested. 
    • Advanced Rock Lead Guitar (12 sessions) - The entire fretboard is explored in this comprehensive look at CAGED theory and diatonic based studies. A prerequisite of Intermediate Rock Lead Guitar or 4 years playing experience is suggested.
  • Classical - The term “classical music” generally means two things: all of the Western European based, instrumental music that happened before 1900, or the specific time period between 1750 and 1820. In our journey, we take the former as we explore the idea of melody and harmony played together in one approach, covering the historical time periods from the late Medieval period to the present. This is a great place to start for a student interested in fingerstyle guitar.
    • Introduction to Classical Guitar (8 Sessions) - This is the place for students who are looking for a more scholastic, theory-based learning approach with the introduction of note reading. No prerequisites are required.
  • Jazz - As the only musical genre that was born in the United States, jazz is a beautiful and challenging expression. In our journey, we explore the Jazz standard as a melodic and harmonic device.
    • Intro to Jazz guitar (12 sessions) - This is an excellent option for students looking to advance their harmony study by introducing chord extensions. We move on from the triad to more complicated voicings. Lead jazz ideas and the swing rhythm are covered as well.

Our Instructor

Ethan Hale

Ethan started playing piano and guitar in junior high as a vehicle for songwriting. He joined his first band in high school with the ominous name Tunnel. He graduated with a Bachelors in Theatre with a Minor in Music from the University of Wyoming in 2002. After chasing  a career as a recording artist in New York City for a couple of years he settled into Los Angeles to study film scoring. On a whim he moved with a friend to Telluride for “only” a winter to ski in 2005.

He joined the Squidshow theatre company in 2007, an all original theatre company stared by Sasha Sullivan.  As music director for Telluride Theatre, (Squidshow 2.0) his ten year involvement has led him to lead and write many musical projects in the theatre realm, and an excuse to collect and learn several instruments. A five year stint with Jen Julia’s Young People’s Theatre company also ensued during the 17 years Ethan has been in Telluride.

Ethan started teaching lessons at Telluride Music Company in the summer of 2016 and has enjoyed the diverse spectrum of students and lessons. You may see him around town playing solo or with the band. 



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