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William Hartzell

I began playing saxophone at age 11, and added guitar a few years later. From 1984 to 1988, I attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. At Berklee, guitar became my principal instrument. I majored in Commercial Arranging, studying many different composition and writing techniques for all styles of music. During my time at Berklee, I also was introduced to film scoring, jingle writing, and using computers in music.

After leaving Berklee, I stayed in the Boston area, writing music for several independent films, playing guitar (and singing) in rock bands, and also doing live sound mixing for other bands. I also had the opportunity to write and record program music for performers and presentations of other artistic disciplines, help several singers/songwriters arrange their material for bands of various sizes, and to perform in live theater productions. Recently I have focused on composition, production, and film scoring work, while remaining available for live performances.

My personal music has turned in a jazzier direction, but with a rock edge influenced by artists such as John Scofield and Mike Stern. I am also influenced by old-school fusion like the original Mahavishnu Orchestra, and the ethereal style of Bill Frisell.


Primary Instrument


Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Educated at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music, I'm offering private instruction on the guitar for students of any ability, age 8 and up, in the north suburban Boston area. My lessons combine guitar technique with music theory, encouraging students to learn not only how to play guitar, but how to make music. I believe that learning music theory beyond only the guitar allows students to more quickly understand the instrument, and strengthens their ability to learn and play the guitar. Beginners: Learn how to get in tune, get rhythm, find your way around the fretboard, and build your technique on the instrument with basic scales and chords

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Social Accessories

Unknown label


Different Agenda

Self Produced


Tainted Rose

From: Different Agenda
By William Hartzell


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