About Us

NO HYPE: First of all, if you're looking for a lot of hyped up descriptions and testimonies of overnight success schemes and empty promises, you've come to the wrong place.  There are no "Get Great Quick" programs that work, they just don't deliver what you need to be a good musician.  Our goal is to teach you enough so that you will be able to learn anything you want on your own.   With the flooded market of guitar methods today, too many teachers try to reinvent the wheel offering shortcut programs that leave you confused and frustrated.  Guitar players are notorious for learning bits and pieces of information from a friend, a magazine, a video, etc. that are useless until you can put them all together to complete the puzzle and get the big picture.  Music is not rocket science, anyone can learn it if they have the correct material, taught in the proper order. 
What if school children tried to learn algebra before learning to add and subtract? What if they tried to read before they learned the alphabet?  Well of course none of this would work but this is exactly what you've been trying to do for years with the "Do-It-Yourself" approach to learning guitar.  Obviously it hasn't worked or you wouldn't be here now, right?  And does a school teacher ever ask "What do you children want to learn today?"  No, the curriculum should taught in the correct logical order for maximum effectiveness.  That's how Guitar College Home Study courses are designed, each lesson prepares you for the next, building on one another for easy comprehension.  It's as simple as that, the right material taught in the right order.  Just work the plan and the plan will work for you.

THE FIRST, THE ORIGINAL. Our guitar courses were created in 1989 as a mail order program called Guitar Correspondence then they were reorganized into the current home study courses when we initiated our website in 1995.   As a former instructor at Musicians Institute of Technology (G.I.T.), I can say first hand, it's an excellent school.  Unfortunately due the high cost and a year long full time commitment, only a small percentage of musicians will ever be able to attend.  I was amazed at how many students came there totally unprepared, spending $1000's to learn just the fundamentals of music and guitar.  Students who started the program with a working knowledge of music theory and decent chops gained the most from what the school had to offer.  I saw the need for a program to adequately prepare students beforehand as well as offer an affordable, advanced level, comparable curriculum for those who would never have the opportunity to attend a school like GIT.  I researched the market and found that the only home study type guitar lessons available were the Dick Grove's programs that cost thousands of dollars.  So I decided to develop something more offering comparable instruction, make it more than just a guitar lesson you'd get at a local music store, and add a complete, affordable music education too, similar to GIT and Dick Grove.  Although some students require the accountability of an instructor to complete their work, most desire the flexibility of a working at their own pace and around their schedule. So after writing and recording almost 100 lessons, I organized them into Guitar College as you see it today, an affordable Home Study Guitar Program for all levels, in a variety of styles.

ABOUT RICH SEVERSON

Click to read an interview with Rich from Just Jazz Guitar

Originally from the L.A. area, Rich has been playing professionally and teaching guitar for over thirty years. His education includes years of college and private instruction with a variety teachers including Mitch Holder, Ted Greene, Joe Pass, Charlie Shoemake to name a few. He feels education is a continuing process, there's always more to learn. Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Howard Roberts, Ted Greene and Larry Carleton have all influenced his playing.

Rich wrote three books for a major publisher Dale Zdenek/ Belwin Mills/Columbia providing him the opportunity to work with other great artist/authors like Tommy Tedesco, Joe Diario and Ted Greene.  After teaching at GIT/Musicians Institute, in Hollywood, CA, for three years he developed and published his own home study guitar school type curriculum available on his website www.GuitarCollege.com which has helped over ten thousand students improve their playing. Rich has won honorable mentions and awards in songwriting and served as president of the Ventura County Producers and Songwriters Guild. Touring for three years with "Dick Clark's Good Old Rock and Roll Show" he had the opportunity to perform with Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Little Anthony and many other great, old time rock and rollers. When moving his family the Fresno area he taught guitar and directed the jazz band at Fresno Pacific University for two years.

Being a well-rounded player, Rich is comfortable playing a variety of styles including jazz (his favorite), blues, rock, fusion, country and solo fingerstyle. He performs at local venues in a number of different scenarios; as a solo guitarist, with his jazz trio or quartet or smooth jazz quintet and also with an eleven piece little big band.  

For over fifteen years Rich has been playing guitar in church. Serving as the band director and guitarist at Northside Christian Church since 2003, Rich is committed to raising the level of musicianship in the Christian church today. He travels throughout the U.S. and Canada instructing and playing at variety of Christian worship conferences, workshops and seminars. Rich is also endorsed by Hofner Guitars which takes him around the country to guitar shows, workshops and clinics. Rich also hosts the Christian Guitar Workshop and an annual Guitar College Jazz Workshop in the Yosemite area.

The years of experience and knowledge he can share with you will
help you be the player you always dreamed you'd be.

Call Rich if you need help deciding where to start or
working through the lesson at 888-621-1447 or 559-642-2597