Started: Age 14 in 1970
Instruments: Guitar, bass,drums,vocals
Styles: Rock, shred, zen guitar
Books Publications: (National Guitar Workshop Publications/Alfred) The Book of Six Strings- The Six-Fold Path of Zen Guitar (P.T. Sudo & T. Hurwitz) Learn How to Transcribe for Guitar Rock Chops Rock Guitar for Adults Punk Guitar Styles Seven String Guitar Styles Guitar Technique Encyclopedia DayJams Guitar Method Getting Your Sound
Recordings: The Way of Zen Guitar (2004) The Painted Sky (1998)
Gear: PRS guitars Ernie Ball strings Buda Marshall Mesa amps Electro Harmonix Boss pedals
Lesson Text: Learn to Play Guitar with Tobias Hurwitz Tobias Hurwitz is a Rock guitar player who can shred it as well as play it soft. Tobias' long-time involvement as a guitar teacher for National Guitar Workshop and as an author of a Zen Guitar book contributes greatly to his teaching style. If you are just learning to play guitar, Tobias will demonstrate the basics of electric guitar and how to operate an amplifier. His beginner guitar lessons include the following topics: octaves, 5ths, power chords, hammer-ons, pull-offs, vibrato techniques, bending, sliding with single notes, and other guitar fundamentals. At the intermediate level, Tobias covers advanced minor scales and modes, suspended chords, cool progressions, 7 chord scales, Hendrix fills, the diminished triad arpeggio, among other topics. Advanced guitar players can round out their skills with learning partial chords and double stops, odd time signatures, harmonic minor, whammy bar, speed picking, sweep picking and tapping. Add slapping, hybrid picking, advanced harmonics, modal interchange, phrasing, add 9 chords, chromatic scale, combining scales and modes, and your guitar playing will be on fire! Tobias also teaches the following guitar song classics: "Another Brick in the Wall," "Black Dog," "Good Riddance," "Whole Lotta Love," and "Stairway to Heaven."