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Julian Byun

G
Cain

Guitar Instructor

The way my parents tell it, I was 2 years old in the living room of our home in Seattle when “The Lawrence Welk Show” appeared on the TV. PBS was broadcasting a marathon of episodes, each dedicated to the music of an early 20th century American Songwriter. I dragged my wooden rocking chair up to the screen and watched the entire marathon. I was hooked. Even as an adult, I still feel that childlike wonder when I listen, play, and teach music. 

 

In high school I studied Jazz Guitar. I loved the playing of Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, and Kenny Burrell. In my late teens, inspired by Andres Segovia and Julian Bream, I began studying the classical guitar. Through practice, I strived to develop an original and distinct style. This is my goal as a teacher: to help students find their own voice as a musician.

 

There are tools that help in this journey. The theoretical and technical knowledge that I provide helps students to achieve the ultimate goal as an artist: to express themselves with no limitations. Lessons help a guitarist get to a point of technical competence where they are able to play the music that they want to hear.

FAVORITE MUSICAL ARTIST

Frank Sinatra

1st song you learned beginning to end

Sunshine of Your Love

INSTRUMENT YOU WISH TO PLAY

Organ

FAVORITE SONG

Moon River

what inspired you into music

The Great American Songbook

FAVORITE TEACHING MOMENT

When my ukulele class played Ode To Joy all together for the first time. It was a week into class and it was astonishing to me how much progress the kids had made in such a short time together.