Based on teaching and understanding of music theory and selecting a repertoire that is fun, interesting and challenging. As I have studied with many great teachers and played many styles i always tailor my approach to each student. In addition to publishing & books i have a complete curriculum that can be seen at guitaru.com
GuitarU.com is the program name and creation of Karl Aranjo, a professional guitarist, author and educator residing in Southern California. Mr. Aranjo is the author of six widely acclaimed, bestselling instructional books, Guitar Buddy, The Working Musicians Dictionary Of Terms, Cool Chords, Blueprint For Hot Guitar, Guitar Chord Guru and Guitar Scale Guru. A graduate of Berklee College Of Music and protégé of the late William G. Leavitt, Mr. Aranjo has studied with some of the best in the business including Tony Mottola, Jim Kelly, Larry Baione, Ted Greene and Robert Conti. Karl is leader of the busy working Jazz Attack Band, and is a highly sought after private teacher. In addition to his Berklee degree in musical performance Mr. Aranjo holds degrees in Psychology and Education. And has taught in a myriad of professional settings, many of his former students are top call, successful professionals and famous recording artists. This study program is developed out of a desire to bring this specialized knowledge to those who thirst for it. All courseware, educational material and musical content was created for this site over a period of many years and is the original work and sole property of the author, Karl Aranjo
To bring high-quality music education to the community of the world's guitar players. As a part of a great
team I hope to share my ideas and methods with the worlds artists and students.
Skills & Abilities
I am a master guitarist, educator, author and electronic musician. I am able to write and record with speed and fluidity in any style and I learned many musical software programs such as LOGIC which is my favorite DAW.
I'm a well-known author and educator and have taught many famous musicians such as THRICE, ANAHITA
SKYE and YOUNG THE GIANT. I have written and seen published seven highly regarded textbooks and I am
also the author of the (concealed information) .com educational website.
Teacher YAMAHA North America
Teaching guitar classes for Yamaha musical instruments, developing their adult
learners program and promoting their instruments.
Self-employed—Gen. music business. 1992 to present
I have made a long career out of writing, publishing and teaching in a wide variety of
educational settings, as well as doing countless performances and recordings with
the top professionals here in Southern California.
Berklee College of music—musical performance 1986 to 1992
I studied every aspect of modern guitar playing and musical composition while
Berklee having accumulated dozens more credits than those I needed to graduate.
I was one of the few protégés of William G Leavitt, creator of Berklee guitar method
National University—music education curriculum design
Studied Orff, Kodaly and educational theories.
Stockton University—BA psychology
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