May 21, 2013
Location: In-Home Only
Joshua Formanek began playing guitar at age 11. He spent up to 6 hours a day rigorously learning every nuance of rock legends such as Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix. He also greatly enjoyed rocking out to artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stone Temple Pilots, and Rage Against The Machine. While in high school Josh joined the orchestra first playing cello, then moving to double bass. He also played in the concert band, but gained the most pleasure playing guitar in the jazz band. In 2004 he made the Kentucky All-State Jazz Band as well as winning the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. After high school Josh began attending Central Florida Community College where he performed with the jazz band, jazz combo, variations show band, concert band, and string ensemble.After graduating with his associates degree Josh began attending the University of South Florida where he is now working on his bachelor's degree in jazz studies. He performs various styles of music ranging from jazz to rock in both Ocala and Tampa, also working as a studio musician. He currently enjoys the music of John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Medeski Martin & Wood, but is open-minded and always searching for new sounds. Josh has two years of teaching private lessons under his belt and has taught students ranging from 6 years old to adults more than twice his age. His biggest concerns when teaching is that the student finds it fun and sounds good! Nearly any style of music may be covered ranging from classic rock, hard rock, punk, and metal to jazz, blues, reggae, country and folk. Various concepts may be covered as well, such as reading music, music theory, improvisation, and songwriting. Josh looks forward to helping you achieve your musical goals!
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