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Tom Smerk

I have been a professional entertainer since 1965. I have played with recording artists, appeared on TV and radio, and have had articles published in newspapers and magazines. I have taught guitar for the San Diego Community College District (since 1988) as well as several music studios, and I and have a music degree from Mount Aloysius College with concentration on Music Ed and guitar performance. I am available as a music producer. I have a good ear for what sounds good and what sounds bad, and I will work with you or your band to record a dynamic CD that captivates rather than falls short. I am available for session work and for last-minute sideman work (guitar) in the San Diego/Southern California area. My styles include smooth jazz, swing, blues, folk, country, bluegrass and classic rock (`65-`75). I can also perform cowboy/western music.

I joined the school band in 1961, playing baritone (euphonium) and then switched to tuba, which I played all through high school and also in college.

I began playing guitar in 1964. I formed my first combo and joined the Musician's Union in 1965, and played my first professional gig on September 25, 1965. I have, for the most part, been a Union musician and am currently a member of Local 325, San Diego. During this period, I studied with Johnny Adams, a popular USO guitarist, where I learned chord solo style playing, jazz improvisation and fills.

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San Diego

Willing to teach

Advanced only


Recently taught three classes (Beginning Classica Guitar and Beginning and Intermediate Folk Guitar) for the San Diego Community College District. Guitar teacher since 1968. Professional musician since 1965. Music degree from Mount Aloysius College. One or two private lessons (in Dulzura, CA) by appointment only - not every week. $75-$100 depending on needs. Email [email protected],com for more details or to discuss if I can help your playing.

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