MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
Bob Carver (Guitar)
My name is Bob Carver and I have been teaching guitar at Gordon's Music and Sound since 1991. I greatly enjoy being a guitar instructor, and teaching the instrument is my career. I am a big guitar and music lover; playing and recording in working bands is something I've been doing for most of my adult life. Because of my extensive Top 40 background I can play and teach most of the popular music styles. I can teach acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and electric bass. Classic Rock is my specialty!
My focus and goal as an instructor is to get the student playing and enjoying the music they like as quickly as possible. I have many ways of achieving this and it's very important to me that the student has fun learning as we proceed. I enjoy teaching beginners from 7 to 70 years old and as a father myself I work well with kids and adults. Whether the student is an absolute beginner or a skilled player, I'm confident that I can get the beginner up and playing or the existing player to add to their skills.
I studied Music Theory and Composition with Delbert Bump at Solano College for two years and I understand the fundamentals of music very well. If a student wishes to learn note reading and theory, I can help them get that going. I like to stress the basics but I also find it important to teach all students fun songs in the styles they like. Once a certain level of ability is reached I will teach those students incredible guitar songs, new or old, note for note. I'm also a music gear lover, so I can offer plenty of pointers on equipment purchases and upgrades.
New beginners will learn basic finger exercises, simple and fun easy tunes, important music scales, tuning skills and basic chords as quickly as possible. I will also highly recommend basic note reading ability and we'll work out of the Hal Leonard guitar method books to start out. As soon as possible we can begin to learn the music the student prefers and chooses. I have a fully loaded studio with amps, lots of music, and plenty of ways to listen back to the music being studied. Anyone can learn to play the guitar if they put forth the effort. I can help!
DeVonte Thomas (Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele)
DeVonte Thomas is a former student here at Gordon’s Music & Sound and a musician for 12 years. He's also a touring musician in a metal band, as well as a front man of an alternative rock band. His mission is to keep the fun in learning, whether starting from basic music theory, intermediate or more advanced playing techniques. He is happy to meet students of any skill level, whether it’s your first time playing, you want to develop your existing skill, or learn a new style. He brings the diversity of different genres to the table in hopes to tailor his teaching to any kind of student.
Rick Lowe (Guitar, Piano)
Rick has been teaching music for 40 plus years. He was classically trained on piano. He picked up Guitar and Bass in High School and went on to play in many popular National and Local bands. Rick teaches Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Piano and Music Theory to beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Students. For an extensive bio, see the Daily Republic article "'Six Degrees' of Local Musician Rick Lowe": part 1 and part 2.
Ron Park (Guitar, Ukulele)
Ron Park: “You too can learn to play the guitar... provide me with you desire and dedication and you will be on your way."
Introduction: My name is Ron Park and I have been playing guitar since 1962. I sincerely look forward to sharing with you, everything I have learned on my wonderful journey with this instrument.
Experience: I mostly perform as a solo musician and I excel at playing acoustic guitar and singing in a live venue. My forte is playing classical soft rock song for my audience, sharing memories, smiles and good times as the relax and allow me to entertain them. Performing as a solo musician or the front man/lead singer with a band, I have entertained crowds professionally at wineries, corporate events, fundraisers and private parties for over 40 years in the U.S. and Canada.
What you will learn: I will teach you the necessary skills to get started, beginning with the basics; learning notes on the fretboard, tempo and counting, and eventually simple chords and strumming techniques. You will learn how to implement a "perfect practice" routine that is designed to keep you focused on the goal... learn how to play guitar. Are you ready to get started? Call (707) 422-0313.
Janine Alcordo (Violin)
Janine is a local resident of Fairfield who has been playing violin for 15 years, classically trained under the Suzuki violin method. She is a graduate of the University of California Davis, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology and minored in Music. She took violin lessons for 4 years under the instruction of professor Jolán Friedhoff at the UC Davis Music Department, and she performed with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra for 2 years. Janine enjoys helping students at any level, and she hopes to help them grow in their violin technique and their love for music. She can teach beginners the basics of violin technique and reading notes, and she can help current violin players improve their skills.
Woodie Douglas (Clarinet, Saxophone)
Woodie Douglas, "A musician who believes in sharing and spreading the Joy of Music." On Saxophone, Woodie holds a BA Degree in Music from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. He is also a graduate of the US Naval School of Music (Army Element).
Born in Louisville, KY and then living in the Nashville area for some time, Woodie was exposed to some of the most musical surroundings anyone could ask for, both performing and recording. Woodie was one of the many students of the late "Legendary Pioneer of Jazz," Clarinetist, Alvin Batiste. While in Baton Rouge, Woodie was also a member of the popular touring R&B show group, "The 13th Amendment Band." Serving in the U.S. Army, he performed in a mixture of Marching, Concert, Big Band, and Combo settings for various military functions, dignitaries, and parades.
Woodie has performed throughout the U.S and South America. He's performed at the Berkeley Jazz Festival, Kuumba Jazz Center, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Super Bowl Halftime Show, Kentucky Derby, Evergreen Jazz Festival, El Hatillo Music Festival, IE Jazz/R&B Festival, and numerous other venues during his career.
A private Music Instructor for over 15 years, Woodie teaches with the influences of his own past instructors.
Cyndi Chancellor (Flute)