Patient, experienced instructors for all ages and all levels.
Carmen Caramanica has been teaching since 1964.He maintained a teaching practice while being "on the road" as a professional guitarist, musical arranger and conductor for such major acts as Jazz/Blues singer Lou Rawls, and later with Raquel Welch's show and Tony Orlando. With these acts he made multiple appearances on The NBC Tonight Show, Midnight Special, and many others. His Jazz Trio performed on PBS's "All American Jazz" TV show which was aired world wide. He recorded for MGM, Bell, & CasaBlanca Records,and Paramount Pictures, and played concerts in most major cities in the U.S. While keeping a busy performance schedule Carmen also taught private lessons, held adjunct teaching positions at Hamilton College & MVCC, and taught guitar seminars for Syracuse University and S.U.N.Y. While some of his students have become quite famous (like Joe Bonamassa, who he had the pleasure of instructing for a time) others have learned to play just for their own enjoyment. Mention guitar lessons anywhere in central New York and Carmen's name comes up. Years of performance and teaching experience make for a positive learning experience, for you!
Mike Hartnett plays and teaches impressive "slap bass" as well as classic rock and contemporary. He's a fine guitar teacher, too. Yep...any style you want to learn, he'll guide you there!
Michael Bell hails from America's Southland (check out his accent) and is one of the area's finest Southern Rock and Slide guitar players, .but like all of us here, Michael can guide you to whatever your chosen style of music is. His easy going demeanor makes students feel comfortable right away and learning just comes easy!
Rich Fortuna [ who's CD's includes "Heathen Machines" and "Burnt Shadows" is our Heavy Metal man! With two film scores to his credit Rich is composing and recording the music for a new a double feature. While Metal is his first love Rich has studied Classical Guitar and Jazz for over twenty years. Yeah...he's good!
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Mark Chirico has developed a course of study for those who want to play Classic Rock like Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and all the great Rock and Roll inventors, (but of course he can take you anywhere else you might want to go, musically.) Mark also teaches guitar through our studios for M.V.C.C. and BOCES.
Steve Warzala is a Dave Matthews, Tim Reynolds man, but ask any of his students and they'll tell you he also teaches the music of John Mayer, Avenged Sevenfold, Ozzy and Green day! Steve is like all of us here at the Carmen Caramanica Studios. We tailor your lessons to YOU! We go at your pace, and as long as you help us (by practicing) we'll show you what you want (and need) to know to make your music fun to play!