Hello there folks! This is Richard Gilewitz and I'd like to invite you to hopefully join me in some guitar or ukulele studies. I'm best known as a fingerpicker. I don't use a flat pick because they fall in the hole! Check out my video for a simple example of my finger style playing.
I hope some of you will join me in your musical journey. I'll be happy to help you from the point where you are. I'd also like to thank The Music Gallery here in Highland Park, IL for hosting me as one of their guitar teachers. Nice to meet you and I hope to see you again!
Richard began honing his skills both as a performer and composer during the late 1970’s at the University of Alabama, playing the local coffeehouse circuit while pursing degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Music. Following graduation, Richard placed his musical calling in the background and joined the world of flight simulation design, telemetry and satellite systems.
The 1980’s brought Richard to Florida where he released his first LP recording, Somewhere In Between. As the pull of his passion for performing and recording became so compelling, Richard left corporate life to teach and perform full time in a career that has propelled him into an international music arena. He has gone on to release eight more recordings plus a number of educational materials.
Collaborating with Mel Bay Publications, Richard released Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop; a book based on his guitar workshops, First Lessons: Fingerstyle Ukulele,along with a DVD of “All Time Favorite Fingerstyle Guitar Tunes” and a live performance DVD, "Live at Charlotte's Web", as well as several interactive instructional software videos with TrueFire. He is a contributing writer for Acoustic Magazine (UK), Ukulele Magazine (UK), the L2P Network and has been featured in several other trade magazines such as Premier Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, and Fingerstyle Guitar. He has the nod of several major music companies, including D’Addario, Shubb, L.R. Baggs, and Audio-Technica.
Students around the globe attend Richard's roving GillaCamp Guitar/Ukulele Workshops and Guitars, Gear, and a Bit of Ukulele Clinics. These interactive experiences provide players an avenue to renew their love of the instrument and hone their craft. Designed for all level of player, these events explore a wide variety of topics in a group and individual setting. Richard also has a number of international students that study with him through Skype and is guest instructor at a number of international guitar retreats including Winterbreak in Australia and Guitar Retreats in the UK. Meet the Artist Educational Outreach takes him into the learning environment at grade/middle/high schools, colleges, and universities as this 1-5 day residency program introduces students to the professional musician. Classes include lectures and instruction. He is on the faculty of Master the Possibilities of Ocala Florida, and is a Sherpa Classroom Instructor with TrueFire.
Richard's patience, quirky sense of humor, and fingerstyle mastery have charmed audiences and students all over the world for decades. We are excited to have him on board as an instructor at The Music Gallery!