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Kevin Zugschwert is a talented performer and musician teaching private in-home guitar, piano, bass and ukulele lessons in the Denver area.
Mentorship and Musical Studies:
Neil Haverstick, Todd Keehn and Dave Martone
Musical Experience:
25+ years
Teaching Experience:
Teaching Music Since 2004
Achievements:
Six String Theory Rock Guitar Competition top five in 2011

Guitar Player Guitar Superstar top ten in 2010

Guitar World magazine top ten shred the web in 2009
Kevin Zugschwert
Guitar, Piano, Bass, Ukulele

Kevin Joseph Zugschwert, was born in Westminster, Colorado. The youngest child in a household that included his mother Ann, father Ron, and brother Brian. Kevin had interest in music at an early age. He started taking private piano lessons at a local music school and progressed very quickly performing at recitals and churches.

After the release of Van Halens ‘1984’ album he became increasingly interested in synthesizers and rock guitar styles. Seven year old Kevin watched in amazement as Eddie Van Halen went from synthesizer wizardry to legendary guitar techniques. The day Eddie Van Halen played on MTV, the guitar-playing Kevin emerged.

Applying genuine desire and motivation to first an old Gibson Les Paul replica and then a Fender Stratocaster replica, Kevin obsessed over the music of such artists as Ozzy Osbourne and spent long hours practicing to learn their songs. His admiration for Randy Rhoads, and later Zakk Wylde left him with a constant thirst for knowledge and the art of music performance. By age 12, he began to spend most of his time studying and composing music. At this time, Kevin composed his first piece for piano and guitar which he was invited to perform at a large wedding ceremony. Soon after, he began studying with Neil Haverstick, popular for his microtonal guitar innovations. His mother and father became aware of his musical talent and gave him encouragement. Later, as a gift from his mother, Kevin received a custom made Jackson King V. His playing began to progress rapidly.

In his mid teens, Kevin’s older brother, Brian, brought home a collection of audio tapes, notably Yngwie Malmsteen, and Dokken with George Lynch. The outcome was enlightening and Kevin realized the potential of combining the precision of speed metal with the soaring melodies of arena rock. Neil introduced Kevin to a local musician named Todd Keehn of TK instruments, who among many accomplishments took first place in a Colorado guitar competition during the late 80’s. Under Todd’s wing, Kevin began to delve deeper into the intricate details of guitar construction, tunings, creative exploration, and computer based digital recording.

Around this time, Kevin began playing in a band built around a group of guys nearly twice his age who were enthralled with his ability to play none other than Eddie Van Halens ‘Eruption’. After playing as Doctor Cherry at several unsuccessful battle of the bands type venues the group fell apart.

By age 18, Kevin and two remaining members of Doctor Cherry rejoined and formed Isolation. Once again unsuccessful gigs led to the eventual breakup. Soon after, Kevin turned to the idea of recording a demo in order to gain exposure. With brother Brian on drums, he recorded a three song demo and used it to recruit for a new group to continue under the Isolation name.

While still with Isolation, it became clear that to fully develop as a professional guitarist, Kevin would have to go solo. Kevin’s first instrumental solo album, Over The Limit received excellent reviews, and sold well on the local level. Recruiting Eric Lockwood on bass and drummer Rob Higdon, who was soon replaced once again by Kevin’s brother Brian, the trio played several shows and enjoyed a loyal following. Kevin’s second album, Subject To Change (also instrumental), did just as well, with great reviews and good sales locally.

In 2009 Kevin entered the Guitar Worlds shred the web II guitar solo competition featuring guest judges Judas Priest, K.K. Downing, and Glenn Tipton. Out of hundreds of guitarists who competed Kevin landed a spot in the top ten.

After taking some time off, Kevin released (June 14, 2010) his third record to date titled 'Fungi'. On August 16, 2010 Kevin made the cut for one of the ten finalist slots for the 2010 GUITAR PLAYER’s GUITAR SUPERSTAR competition! He vanquished hundreds of entrants for the opportunity to stand onstage at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, California on September 18, 2010, and strut his stuff in front of hundreds of guitar fans, host Nikki Blakk, and judges Elliot Easton (The Cars), Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie, solo artist), George Lynch (Lynch Mob, Dokken), and Gary Hoey (rock instrumentalist).

In July, 2011 Kevin entered the international Yamaha Six String Theory guitar competition and was selected out of hundreds of entrants to compete in the Los Angeles rock division semi-finals. Competing against Guitar Player Guitar Superstar alum Krisz Simonfalvi among other top notch finalists. Kevin had a strong performance of original material and ultimately lost to Fabrizio Zambuto performing some wonderful Jimi Hendrix music.

In January, 2012 a brand new formation of rockers joined forces and were known as, Dead Silence.  This lineup included Kevin Zugschwert on guitar, Eric Hager on guitar, and Erik Martin on drums. They melted faces across Denver Colorados entertainment landscape in the spring 2012.

Kevin's teaching style is laid back and comfortable. Focus is on teaching students how to teach themselves. His goal is to keep lessons interesting for the student. He tailors his curriculum to the students level and interests as well as covering the basics including but not limited to: music theory, music reading, chords, chord progressions, melody, harmony and technique.

 

 

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