Guitar by Craig

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Welcome to my Site!

My name is Craig Launer. I am a professional guitarist and teacher with over 30 years of experience, including live playing as a member of several local bands and studio work with recording artists Johnny LimaJamie Allen and MISS Crazy  -

(Click to read reviews of the album GR!P I collaborated with MISS Crazy and performed all the lead guitar work in addition to mixing & mastering the entire album):
Album Review 1   Album Review 2


Musical Background

My musical background is rooted in rock guitar, metal and neo-classical shred, and my style is influenced by Randy Rhoads, Yngwie Malmsteen, Ace Frehley, Eddie Van Halen and several other innovative guitarists.


Based in San Jose, I offer private guitar instruction to players of all levels and ages. I especially welcome and encourage beginners!  A typical session runs 45 minutes, and my rates are very reasonable.

I have a relaxed approach to instruction, and I tailor my lessons to the needs of each of my students to help them achieve their playing goals. I encourage regular practice, however, I always keep it fun and interesting by helping you apply what you learn to your favorite songs.

Some of the techniques that I specialize in teaching are:

  • Alternate picking & speed picking
  • Sweep picking & arpeggios
  • Legato phrasing
  • Scale patterns
  • Two-handing tapping

Additionally, I offer guidance with recording tips, programming, sampling and Pro Tools tutoring.

*Bass Lessons also available*

Feel free to contact me if you'd like to schedule some lessons! In the meantime, please visit the 'LISTEN' section of my website and check out some examples of my playing.

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All guitar on this website performed exclusively by Craig Launer