Gary Wooten, who now lives in Austin, grew up in North Carolina. He began taking guitar lessons at age five and continued throughout his teen years. Once he could legally drive, Gary was hired to teach by his guitar teacher. He continued his studies at the National Guitar Summer Workshop in Connecticut, and at Musicians Institute in Los Angles, California, after which he began touring professionally. Over the last 20 years, when not on the road, he has taught lessons for all ages in all styles.
As a professional touring guitarist, Gary has played over 3000 shows for several national acts in all styles from rock, country, jazz, blues, etc., spending seven years as bandleader/lead guitarist for Texas Country/Sony recording artist Wade Bowen. While with Wade, the band charted a national top forty country single, had videos on all country music channels, released seven number one singles in a row on Texas radio, played the Grand Ole Opry on multiple occasions, and played amphitheaters, rodeos, and large venues all over the country – including performing halftime on the fifty yard line at a Houston Texans season opener. Prior to playing in the Texas country music scene Gary worked professionally in Las Vegas for Polygram-signed swing band “Jive Deluxe”, playing swing guitar with a full 12 piece big band in casino showrooms six nights a week. Other notable gigs include lead guitarist for Step One Top-40 country recording artist “Don Cox,” and “The Mike Corrado Band”, (where while still in his early twenties, Gary was with the Mike Corrado Band, when they charted the #1 most requested song of the year on eastern NC radio).
Teaching six-, seven-, eight-, and nine-string guitars is Gary’s specialty. Fun and engaging lessons that teach discipline and provide rewards. From easy beginner chords and sight reading, to rock star riffs and shredding guitar solos; from your first scales and theory, to jazz standards and full on hyper-fast bebop swing, Gary’s got you covered. Gary is also well versed in bass, ukulele and multiple other stringed instruments.Back to Classes & Teachers>