Russ Pettit

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Russ Pettit

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Instruments: Guitar

Specialties: Studied Music at Los Medanos College and with Joe Satriani

Musical Influences: Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck, Mike Stern, Robben Ford

About Russ: Russ Pettit has 28 years of experience playing guitar. He performs throughout California in various bands and with numerous styles of music including: Top 40, All Styles Rock(metal,classic rock,grunge,50`s, 60`s,Etc.) Blues, Funk, R&B, Jazz, Instrumental Fusion and original Rock.

Russ studied music at Los Medanos College and continued his musical education by studying under Joe Satriani, Doug Doppler and Brian Pardo from The Jazz School in Berkeley, CA. During his 19 years of teaching guitar, Russ has worked with students as young as 5 years old through adults. Russ teaches all levels, individuals and group.

Russ' curriculum includes:
  • Reading Notation
  • Chords
  • Scales
  • Theory
  • Improvisation
  • Harmony
  • Ear Training
  • Rhythm Guitar
  • Lead Guitar
Russ teaches numerous styles including:
  • All Styles of Rock
  • Jazz
  • Metal
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Fusion (Instrumental)
  • Classical (Finger Style)
  • Classical for Electric Guitar
  • Reggae
Due to Russ' extensive experience, he can quickly evaluate a student's musical strengths and weaknesses in order to develop an individualized program to assist students in meeting their musical goals. Russ' lessons are both differentiated and flexible to match students' learning styles, motivation levels and musical interests. Having students recognize their own progress is a key component to every lesson. It allows students to celebrate their successes, no matter how small, because learning an instrument is a lifelong journey.

Russ is currently playing with Rcubed (R3), which is an Instrumental 
Progressive Fusion Band. Hear them at

He also plays with a Top 40 band, Super Bad

Russ has a self-published book called Heavy Metal Mechanics. It focuses 
on Metal rhythm guitar playing. 

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