Magnolia Music Studio welcomes Master Teacher Gary Jones. He has been playing guitar since age 12 when his parents purchased a guitar at a grocery store for about $20. As his skills and love of guitar advanced, he added a jazz guitar and quality acoustic guitars. Originally interested in 60’s rock-n-roll, he emulated the Travis pick-style of Peter, Paul, and Mary and the more intricate fingerpicking of Paul Simon. Over the years he has refined fingerpicking to include bluegrass, classical, gospel, and other styles, including popular fingerpickers such as Christ Proctor, Tommy Emmanuel, and Doyle Dykes. Gary Jones has taught guitar to beginners and advanced students of all ages, with a goal of customizing the lessons to fit the student’s goals. Though guitar was his first love as a musician, he is also a pianist, organist, chorus and orchestra conductor, and has served as director of music at churches in traditional and contemporary music. Gary Jones earned two music degrees from University of Washington, as well as an undergraduate music degree from the University of Denver. He taught music theory and incorporates music theory into the guitar lessons he teaches.
Gary Jones teaches guitar and bass for all ages and levels, starting Winter Semester 2018.
“My experience as a guitarist includes playing at the Seattle Folk Life Festival on several occasions, as well as in front of church congregations, both small and large, up to 1200 people on several occasions. I have played sacred music in churches, both in a traditional style and in contemporary worship music, for many years. I am a Chaplain and, as such, have taken my guitar to many hospital rooms (even in ICU) to play hymns and other sacred music for patients, as well as to nursing homes. It brings me as much satisfaction to use my gift for one person as it does to play for a thousand.”—Gary Jones