Instructors – Guitar

Joyce Kuo – Guitar, Piano

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Joyce Kuo grew up in Hong Kong, where she began playing classical piano at age 4. She also studied violin at age 8, and then picked up her first guitar at age 15. Joyce received her teaching certification from the Guildhall School of Music in London. She is passionate about music and teaching, and is in high demand as a private guitar and piano instructor, with over 70 students in the Bay Area.

Over the years, Joyce has performed and recorded many different artists, demonstrating her competence in a wide range of styles from classical and rock/pop to hip-hop and jazz. Joyce is currently very active in the music community. She has even influenced the legendary Stevie Wonder’s music by personally introducing him to a new instrument called the harpejji.

Joyce is the band leader, guitarist, pianist, and vocalist of an all-female Queen tribute band, The Killer Queens. She plays lead guitar and sings backup vocals in The Funkronauts, a disco/funk cover band. Joyce is the musical director and guitarist for Peruvian pop vocalist Fatima Poggi. She also performs with soul singer Steely Nash on guitar and harpejji. Joyce is currently endorsed by Monster Products and Catalinbread Effects.

Some of Joyce’s musical influences include Brian May, Frederic Chopin, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Eric Johnson, and Stevie Wonder.

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Paul Neal- Guitar, Double Bass and Electric Bass

Paul NealPaul started studying guitar and music at the age of 11. He started his formal training after high school and studied with some of the best in the area. His guitar instructors include Brian Pardo, Danny Caron, and most recently Richard Savino. Paul also has been trained as a bassist, both electric and double bass. His instructors include Shahien Shahkar and Rashid Alta.

Paul also has a great deal of experience in performance. He has played in many big bands, orchestras and jazz groups. He was the staff bassist for North Hills Christian Church for 15 years and the staff bassist for Listen and Be Heard Poetry Cafe for 2 years. He is currently playing with a traditional Irish Band known as “Blame the Whiskey”.

Scot Miller – Guitar

Christopher Main Guitar