Kihn, Ryan

Kihn, Ryan

Corporate On-site program only; not available for private lessons at CSMA

Education and Background

After studying with Joe Satriani while still in high school, Ryan went on to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. He received a BFA in Jazz Guitar Performance from California Institute of the Arts. While at CalArts, Ryan had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of world class teachers, including Charlie Haden, Larry Koonse, Miroslav Tadic, and David Roitstein.

Ryan has performed with major rock artists such as Eddie Money, Joe Satriani, Billy Idol, Greg Kihn Band. He also was the house guitarist on his dad’s KFOX morning radio show for over 10 years, where he jammed with celebrity musical guests on a regular basis. He has toured worldwide with various acts in Europe and Asia with thousands of gigs under his belt, from rock to blues to jazz.

Ryan has 20 years of experience teaching privately in the Bay Area to students of all ages and skill levels. Former guitar instructor at Guitar Showcase, Musicians Warehouse, BandFuse, and GuitarTricks.com. Currently teaching at King Amplification.

Teaching Philosophy

“I have a passion for helping students of all levels achieve their own personal musical goals. I always aim to keep the lessons fun and engaging. My teaching method involves creating a curriculum to fit the student’s individual skill level and personal musical tastes. I want to give the student all of the tools to succeed in a performance setting.

“I teach acoustic and electric guitar, and I specialize in electric guitar techniques in a wide range of styles, including lead, rhythm, and improvisation. Learn guitar arrangements of your favorite songs, or study the advanced techniques of your favorite guitar gods.”