The Teachers And Staff At Guitar Works, Inc.
Brian Medas owner and founder of Guitar Works started playing the guitar at the age of 7. He went on to study with the great guitar masters Jesus Silva, Andres Segovia, John Williams and Alirio Diaz. After graduating from The University of North Carolina School Of The Arts he went on to several years of performing which included two years as an Artist In Residence for the state of North Carolina followed by teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University as head of the guitar department. In 1978 Brian founded Guitar Works, Inc. The shop opened it's doors in this old house on Cary Street which it still occupy today. Over these 38 years Guitar Works has grown tremendously, sold thousands of instruments, represented the major brands, helped over one million people with their musical needs, taught over a half a million lessons and repaired thousands of instruments. In 2000 Guitar Brian started producing his own line of instruments simply branded Guitar Works, Inc. Instruments. There was and still is a need for a higher quality instruments in the "affordable" price range which feature the unique service of being completely set-up and adjusted for perfect play. The need for these instruments is tremendous due to the fact that most instruments sold in this price range are and have always been poor quality and poor playing cheap guitars in a box. Well 30,000+ Guitar Works, Inc. instruments later the line is doing great, gaining popularity with both professional and amateur players. The store has become somewhat of a Richmond & Virginia Landmark. Through GW, eBay, Amazon and Reverb websites Guitar Works continues to serve customers all across the U.S., Canada and several countries abroad.
Chris Vasi arrived in Richmond in 1995 with a music degree from University of Buffalo. He has been teaching guitar since 1988. Chris has a love for many different kinds of music and is currently performing a variety of styles, including modern and vintage jazz, rock, funk, latin, and blues. Chris can be seen around town playing with Hotel X, Vesuvius, and the Illbillys. He has recorded 12 CDs over the years, and played over a thousand gigs from Canada to Florida, including clubs, colleges, and receptions. Chris plays acoustic nylon- and steel- string guitar, electric guitar, bottleneck slide, mandolin, bass, and percussion. His original compositions have been played by the Jazz Composers Alliance and his music has appeared in Guitar Player magazine. Chris has performed onstage with Moe Tucker (Velvet Underground) and members of moe. (NY jamband). His first CD with Crumbs of Insanity was produced by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips). In 2003 Vasi released Moon Over Mars, an album of acoustic instrumental.
Clarke Hedgepath took up the guitar at the age of 11 playing 90's rock. After several years of various bands and graduating from high school, Clarke enrolled in the Music Department at Virginia Commonwealth University where he received his Bachelor of Music degree. Clarke a versatile musician has performed a wide array of music. He has worked with the rock group Tanakh, various jazz ensembles in the area, and has performed guitar with the Latin Ballet of Virginia. Clarke also works as a session musician for Alien 8 records. Clarke has been teaching for over 10 years now. His students are mostly young to middle age interested in rock, jazz, or classical. Clarke's advice is "It's always got to be fun."
Ages 8 & Up
Ed Drake is a member of our first teaching crew, joining us back in 1980. Ed has helped thousands of Richmonders over the years learn everything from rock tunes to jazz riffs to folk songs. Ed has played hundreds of performances at many venues in and around the State, from playing in the orchestra pit of broadway musicals to playing guitar for the Susan Geenbaum Band. Ed's playing tip - "Bring me a piece of music that you like and I'll have it worked out for you in 20 minutes." They call me "The Ear"
Teens & Up
Hannah Standiford took up the guitar at a very early age. She went on to VCU and received her degree in music education. Hannah is a very active performer and singer songwriter. She loves teaching all styles and all ages especially children.
Teaches Children To Adult
- Song Writing
- Classic Rock
Call to set up a lesson time with Hannah. 1.804.358.0855
Jason Hull has been building and repairing stringed musical instruments for 23 years and is a 20-year member of the Guild of American Luthiers. He has worked as a warranty repairman for most of the major manufacturers and as a craftsman, building mandolins (for Collings Guitars of Austin, TX) and building custom instruments by commission. His life long musicianship gives Jason a valuable perspective on the service he provides. His mission is to treat every instrument and instrument owner with the respect they deserve. So, whatever your instrument needs, no job is too big or too small. Bring your instrument to Guitar Works anytime. No appointment is needed. We will work up a free analysis and estimate before doing any work.
- Instrument Repair
Call: Guitar Works 804.358.0855
Justin Smith has been playing guitar for 20 years. He has played with various jazz groups in the area. Presently he is playing with the band Bossa Brava lead by singer Bernedette Stevens performing traditional and modern Brazilian music with a touch of jazz. Justin is also seeking a degree in Jazz and Classical Guitar at Virginia Commonwealth University and is due to graduate this year. He has been teaching guitar privately for some 7 years. He enjoys teaching students of all ages Blues, Jazz, Rock, Pop and Latin and can also help with guitar/vocal studies. No the photo of Justin is not reversed, he is our resident Southpaw and does play left handed. His righty students love it for when they play with Justin and watch his guitar playing it's like looking in a mirror!
Teaches ages 8 and up
- Rock Guitar
- Acoustic Guitar/Vocal
Call Guitar Works, Inc. 804.358.0855 and try a lesson with Justin
Roy Myers began playing music at age 12. He received his B.A. in music with a classical guitar focus from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003. Bluegrass and old-time Appalachian string music captured Roy's attention at an early age. Around 1999 he began concentrating his musical skills on bluegrass guitar and banjo. Roy teaches lessons full time. Roy's students enjoy his positive attitude, knowledge of music and endless supply of patience. Roy performs on the banjo with the Richmond-based band "The Whiskey Rebellion".
Website: www.thewhiskeyrebellion.net (at their site click on "music" to hear a few samples of Roy and the band)
Teaches All Ages, All Levels
- Clawhammer Style Banjo
- Scruggs Style Banjo
- Acoustic Guitar
Call Guitar Works and try a lesson with Roy. 804.358.0855
Steve Ashby began playing guitar at age twelve. Having two years of private lessons to create a good musical foundation, Steve taught himself the styles of his favorite guitarists from songbooks, CDs and guitar magazines. As high school ended, Steve began studying classical guitar, which he continued through his college career, receiving both his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University. Steve has been teaching for seven years, sharing his knowledge of the guitar, songwriting, and music to his students. He focuses on teaching students to develop their own musical voice by emphasizing technique, music theory and an understanding of song structure used by the student's favorite musicians.
Teaches Ages 6 and Up
- Music Theory
Call Guitar Works 804.358.0855 and try a lesson with Steve
Allie Longworth is our in-house board-certified music therapist and founder of Awakenings Music Therapy. She holds a graduate equivalency degree in Music Therapy from Radford University and has worked with clients of all ages to address a variety of needs.
Allie also holds a bachelor degree in Music Production and Recording Technology from Shenandoah Conservatory (with a minor in viola, voice, and piano) and has been playing guitar since age 13, playing her first rock and folk gigs in high school.
She enjoys a variety of musical styles, especially rock, pop, and folk. As a music therapist, Allie works similarly to a psychotherapist with kids, teenagers, and adults to address a variety of needs, including increased self-esteem and dealing with difficult emotions such as sadness, anger, and grief. However, with music as the co-therapist, music therapy is able to offer a uniquely powerful, evidence-based, and experiential approach to traditional talk therapy.
Email Allie at AwakeRVA@gmail.com or call 804-213-2278(cannot receive texts at this number) for more information. Visit AwakeMT.com
As a guitar teacher at GuitarWorks, Allie is interested in helping kids, teenagers, and adults to not just learn “the notes” but to help develop their interest in guitar into a passionate and creative leisure skill that will last a lifetime. Email Allie at AwakeRVA@gmail.com or call 804-213-2278 (cannot receive texts at this number) to schedule your first guitar lesson!