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Jan Rivera

Jan Rivera is a graduate from both the A.A. and bachelor’s programs (Electric Guitar Performance – Contemporary Styles) at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA; where he studied with Alex Machacek, Antti Kotikoski, Chris Juergensen, Greg Howe, Scott Henderson, and also worked as a Teaching Assistant.

He was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where he started his formal education by obtaining a B.M. in Musical Education and a B.A. in Music (Classical Guitar) from the Universidad Interamericana of Puerto Rico, San German Campus. He also finished all coursework for a Masters in Music Education before moving to Los Angeles, where he still resides.

His book “Advanced Rhythmic Concepts for Guitar; Foreword by Alex Machacek: (An in-depth study on Metric Modulation, Polyrhythms and Polymeters)” reached the 2014 Abstract Logix top sellers list, and placed #1 in its category for best sellers at Amazon.com. It has also received raving reviews by publications the likes of JazzTimes Magazine, Vintage Guitar Magazine,fellow authors (Mel Bay/Hal Leonard), educators (Musicians Institute, Berklee College of Music, and the Tokyo School of Music), as well as other musicians. It has been cited in several books around the world, and used as a resource in music bachelor programs.

Jan has worked as an on-set consultant, curriculum designer and writer for Fender Guitars, and taught and performed clinics with Guitar Workshop Plus. A guitar camp that regularly features guest artists like Tosin Abasi, Paul Gilbert, Albert Lee, Gary Hoey, and Andy McKee.


Words on Advanced Rhythmic Concepts for Guitar:

"...Some of the exercises here, while smartly explained and harmonically barebones, make Mahavishnu Orchestra seem like ZZ Top..." -JazzTimes Magazine

"I wish I'd had this book 20 years ago."
– ALEX MACHACEK (solo artist, "NOW" w/ Gary Husband, "In This Life" w/Virgil Donati, trio w/Terry Bozzio and Jimmy Johnson, "24 Tales" w/ Marco Minnemann)

"Jan Rivera's book is clear, thorough, and methodical, and will be an asset to anyone wishing to improve in the area of rhythm

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