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Richard Barber

B.J. Touc
Honolulu, HI

Instrument: electric guitar
Styles: Rock, Hard Rock

Studio location:
Honolulu, HI 96826
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Hi. Richard here.

I'm a guitarist, guitar teacher and band manager of a rock band here in Honolulu. I focus on rock and hard rock. I only take on a maximum of 4 students that I see once a week each, in order that I can concentrate on quality lessons that specifically address my students' particular needs. And I'm not going to milk my students with endless lessons. I'll get you up to speed asap. Here's why:

Remember that adage 'give a man a fish and he eats for a day; teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime' (pardon the gender-biased language, but I'm just quoting - I didn't come up with this). Well, I adopt that philosophy with my students. I'm not (necessarily) going to show you how to play particular songs (unless it's appropriate to do so to teach a particular point). You can get the tab and manuscript online and build up your repertoire in your own time. What I will do, however, is show you what to do (and not do) to study effectively, improve your chops, repertoire and original song-writing sooner rather than later.

"Did he just say 'original song-writing'?"

Yep. I sure did.

There is no reason why you shouldn't start writing songs from day 1. And I'll show you how to do it. Don't believe me? Check out my band's website. All those songs from the album "Just Another Office Job" I wrote. Lyrics, chords, riffs, solos, everything. I wrote them and recorded them after playing guitar for just 4 years. I'll show you how to do the same.

It's not rocket science. And it's not all about 'Inspiration' with a capital "I". That's bollocks. As they say, "it's 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration". So true.

I'll teach you how to fish, not just give you some tuna. I'll give you the tools, point you in the right direction and then it's up to you - you're off and running! My goal is to teach you what to do, in the most efficient manner, in order that you don't need me any more.

We're all life-long learners, to one degree or another. I mention that only because I do know a thing or two about education as one of my degrees is a master's degree in Education. Also, I'm gaining my music teaching credentials bit by bit by doing the ABRSM Music Theory exams when they come around. They're good fun, actually and every now and then are actually useful.

Lessons are at my house/studio. There's no need to even bring your axe. I have an electric guitar and amp for you to use. Just turn up. Easy, eh?

Check out my personal website all to do with guitar, my rock band in Hawaii, band's facebook page, guitar jam tracks site and, if you want to learn how to get organized to write your own songs, contact me at


Richard Barber





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