Lessons

Lessons At Murphy’s Guitars

Murphy’s Guitars has 7 studios used for music lessons for guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo and drums with multiple teachers and over 200 students. Our instructors teach a variety of styles including rock, jazz, funk, latin, classical, country, and more. For more information about lessons call our store at 801-298-4777. You can learn more about our instructors by clicking on their name. Murphy’s Guitars is the premiere stop for lessons in bountiful, Davis County, Utah Request Info


Our Instructors

Guitar

Aaron Jorgensen

Aaron Jorgensen

Instrument: Guitar, Ukulele

aaron_jorgensenMusic Styles: All Styles, All Levels

Website: www.AaronJorgensenGuitar.com

Bio: Aaron has been teaching since 2011, and has been playing since he was 10 years old. He has played and sang in bands all over the salt lake valley in a multitude of genres. Aaron’s specialties include Blues, Rock, Reggae, and country, but he can teach nearly any style of guitar. Aaron offers a monthly open mic night where students are welcome to come share the songs they’ve been working on.This gives friends and family the opportunity to hear the hard work Aaron’s students have been putting in

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Katie Ainge

Katie Ainge

Instrument: Guitar, Ukulele

Music Styles: Acoustic, Indie, etc.

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Taylor Flandro

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Instrument: Guitar, Ukulele, Harmonica, Piano, Fiddle/Violin

Music Styles: All Styles, All Levels

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Mike Smith

Mike SmithMike Smith

Instrument: Guitar

Music Styles: All Styles, All Levels

Website: Not Available

Bio: I am not a naturally gifted guitarist. The time I spend learning music is usually at a much slower pace than some of my counterparts. My past seven years of solid teaching has illustrated to me that most of my students are not naturally gifted either. I understand the challenges of learning the guitar, and I think any student of mine that is passionate for music will succeed at whatever style he/she wants to play regardless of their personal learning obstacles. The first song I remember hearing is “I Wanna Rock” by Twisted Sister. Since then I haven’t been able to satisfy my insatiable appetite for music. I started piano around age 6, then switched to guitar at 13 and have been playing ever since. After high school I played in local bands: UnderSound, Lotus, I Could Never Hope, and several other sporadic oddities. I studied music at the University of Utah and played in many jazz guitar ensembles there. I studied the guitar with Pat Terry, Geoffrey Miller, and Kevin Johansen while I attended the U. Other private teachers I have had the privilege of studying under are Bob Gains, Russ Hodgson, and Sam Brown. I teach guitar and bass in several styles: rock, finger style, jazz, and classical. I also teach song writing methodologies for those students interested. I try to focus exactly on what the student wants. I also try to expose the student to different styles of music and to artists they might not be aware of. During the summers I offer students the option of playing in student bands that perform a concert at the end of summer.

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Phillip Richter

Philip RichterPhillip Richter

Instrument: Guitar

Music Styles: All Styles, All Levels

Website: Not Available

Bio: Phillip has been an employee and guitar teacher at Murphy’s guitars since March, 2008. He has a lot of experience playing in rock bands, having won the state-wide high school battle of the bands competition 3 years in a row, along with numerous other small scale competitions. His guitar playing has led him to release two albums, a music video, open for national acts, gig around the Western United States and even play on the FOX television series “The Next Great American Band” in his hometown of Los Angeles.

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Troy Nielsen

Tory NielsenTroy Nielsen

Instrument: Guitar

Music Styles: All Styles, All Levels

Website: www.troylnielsen.com

Bio: Troy has been a music instructor, performer, composer and engraver for over 23 years. In 1996 he completed a Bachelors of Music in Music Composition and Performance from the University of Utah. Awards for composition include: The Marget Jory Fairbanks award from the American Music Center, 6 time recipient of the ASCAP Plus Award, Composers Guild Contest -first place in two categories. His Music is published by LenMuse Music and Great River Books. As a classical guitarist Troy’s clientele/venue list includes: The Utah Symphony, Mayors’ Rocky Anderson and Peter Coroon, Randal Carlie, The Metropolitan Resturaunt, La Callie Restaurant and Snowbird Lodges. His repertoire includes music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Modern periods. In addition to his work as a composer and guitarist Troy has been a music instructor since 1986, focusing on instruction in classical and jazz guitar and music composition/theory. Troy is also a music engraver and Copyist and has provided services for the University of Utah, Ricklen Nobis, Carlton Vickers and other notable music studios and individuals.

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Ryan Mitchell

Ryan Mitchell

Instrument: Guitarryan1

Music Styles: All Styles, All Levels

Website: Guitar.RyanMitchellMusic.net

Bio: Ryan Mitchell is a passionate musician, singer, songwriter, composer and guitar player that has been providing guitar lessons in Salt Lake, Bountiful, and all over the Salt Lake Valley since 2012.  His music pulls influence from a wide variety of genres such as rock, funk, jazz, blues and classical.
Ryan has studied guitar, piano and singing through Salt Lake Community College as well as privately with various professors from the University of Utah.  Some of his mentors include Dean Kaelin, Pat Terry, Dan Waldis, Steve Lowry and MaryAnn Drescher.

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John Pulsipher

John Pulsipher

Instrument: Guitar, Banjo

Music Styles: All Styles, All Levels

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Mike Hansen

Mike Hansen

Instrument: Guitar

Music Styles: All Styles, All Levels

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Kellen Tew

Kellen Tew

Instrument: Guitarunnamed

Music Styles: All Styles, All Levels

Website: www.kellentew.com

Bio: Kellen has played venues ranging from small hole in the wall stages to large-scale music festivals and a packed house at Abravanel Hall. He has collaborated with various singer/songwriters and recorded on a number of studio albums. Kellen has a lot of experience playing solo guitar and as part of a band. In addition to performing he has extensive experience teaching guitar. He received his Bachelors of Music with an emphasis in Guitar Education from Utah State University in 2014. He loves playing all styles of guitar including classical, country, funk, flamenco, punk, rock, metal and anything in between. Kellen is very personable and easy to work with for any age or ability level.

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Tyler Heinz

Tyler Heinz

Instrument: Guitar, Ukulele

Music Styles: All Styles, All Levels

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Leslie Uzzell

 Leslie Uzzell

Instrument: Beginning Guitar

Music Styles: All Styles

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Jake Robinson

Jake Robinson

Instrument: Guitar

Music Styles: All Styles, All Levels

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Danny Smith

Danny Smith

Instrument: Bass, Guitar

Music Styles: All Styles, All Levels

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Drums

James Clark

James Clark

Instrument: Percussion, Drums

Music Styles: All Styles, All Levels

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Bio: James Clark received a scholarship to berklee college of music in boston. played in the house band at aerosmith’s club “mamakin” in boston and in the house band at dan akroid’s “house of blues” at harvard square. He’s has played with and for the radio city “Rockette’s”, Mary Wilson of the Supremes (they made the movie “Dreamgirls” about her), Joe Muscolino, Micheal Mclean (forgotten carols and the ark), George T Gregory, Victoria Mallory, Dan Weldon, Adam Lee, the last 7 seasons at Pioneer Memorial Theater Company and many more. He can also be heard on more than thirty musical theater soundtracks as well as many tv and radio spots. He has been teaching privately for 18 years. He teaches all drumset styles, percussion, and mallet instruments (marimba, vibraphone etc). His students regularly receive scholarships to the local Universities.

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Richard Gailey

Richard Gailey

Instrument: Percussion, Drums

Music Styles: All Styles, All Levels

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Bass

Danny Smith

Danny Smith

Instrument: Bass, Guitar

Music Styles: All Styles, All Levels

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Mike Smith

Mike SmithMike Smith

Instrument: Guitar, Bass

Music Styles: All Styles, All Levels

Website: Not Available

Bio: I am not a naturally gifted guitarist. The time I spend learning music is usually at a much slower pace than some of my counterparts. My past seven years of solid teaching has illustrated to me that most of my students are not naturally gifted either. I understand the challenges of learning the guitar, and I think any student of mine that is passionate for music will succeed at whatever style he/she wants to play regardless of their personal learning obstacles. The first song I remember hearing is “I Wanna Rock” by Twisted Sister. Since then I haven’t been able to satisfy my insatiable appetite for music. I started piano around age 6, then switched to guitar at 13 and have been playing ever since. After high school I played in local bands: UnderSound, Lotus, I Could Never Hope, and several other sporadic oddities. I studied music at the University of Utah and played in many jazz guitar ensembles there. I studied the guitar with Pat Terry, Geoffrey Miller, and Kevin Johansen while I attended the U. Other private teachers I have had the privilege of studying under are Bob Gains, Russ Hodgson, and Sam Brown. I teach guitar and bass in several styles: rock, finger style, jazz, and classical. I also teach song writing methodologies for those students interested. I try to focus exactly on what the student wants. I also try to expose the student to different styles of music and to artists they might not be aware of. During the summers I offer students the option of playing in student bands that perform a concert at the end of summer.

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Banjo

John Pulsipher

John Pulsipher

Instrument: Guitar, Banjo

Music Styles: All Styles, All Levels

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Steve Butler

Ukulele

Tyler Heinz

Tyler Heinz

Instrument: Guitar, Ukulele

Music Styles: All Styles, All Levels

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Taylor Flandro

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Instrument: Guitar, Ukulele, Harmonica, Piano, Fiddle/Violin

Music Styles: All Styles, All Levels

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Katie Ainge

Katie Ainge

Instrument: Guitar, Ukulele

Music Styles: Acoustic, Indie, etc.

Website: Not Available

Bio: Not Available

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Aaron Jorgensen

Aaron Jorgensen

Instrument: Guitar, Ukulele

aaron_jorgensenMusic Styles: All Styles, All Levels

Website: www.AaronJorgensenGuitar.com

Bio: Aaron has been teaching since 2011, and has been playing since he was 10 years old. He has played and sang in bands all over the salt lake valley in a multitude of genres. Aaron’s specialties include Blues, Rock, Reggae, and country, but he can teach nearly any style of guitar. Aaron offers a monthly open mic night where students are welcome to come share the songs they’ve been working on.This gives friends and family the opportunity to hear the hard work Aaron’s students have been putting in

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Taylor Flandro

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Instrument: Guitar, Ukulele, Harmonica, Piano, Fiddle/Violin

Music Styles: All Styles, All Levels

Website: Not Available

Bio: Not Available

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