Todd Barth has been teaching guitar and electric bass lessons at Pfluger-Rock since its inception in 2000. He is a graduate of the University of Texas and the Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T.) in Hollywood, California.
Todd started playing guitar in 1973 when his mom brought home a guitar from the local church thrift shop. He spent hours each day learning songs by soft rock singer-songwriters and bands like James Taylor, John Denver, Jim Croce, The Eagles, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Heart and many others. In college, he studied classical guitar, played in jazz ensembles and started playing in country bands.
Locally, he has played lead guitar for Rick Trevino, The Debonaires, Texas Unlimited Band, The House band at Coupland Dance Hall, Six Sanchez, Allie Danielle and has freelanced with many others. Todd has extensive experience as a working and recording musician performing with many top bands in Texas and California. He has performed at concerts, nightclubs, dance halls, cruise ships, Disneyland, Disney World, Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe.
Todd has played regularly with the band at Riverbend Church. Todd’s demo tape was one of only three selected from over 600 monthly submissions to be profiled in Guitar Player magazine’s “Spotlight on New Talent,” a column featuring hot new up-and-coming players. He was also featured in the “Resume” column of Guitar for the Practicing Musician and in the “Hometown Heroes” column of Guitar World magazine.
In college, Todd was chosen by audition to play guitar with the University of Texas Jazz Lab Band and the Sam Houston State University Big Band. Todd has designed a well-rounded guitar curriculum and uses an extensive checklist to track each student’s progress. He also incorporates a large collection of recorded music, hand picked for its relevance to guitar instruction, into his lessons.
Todd is also the author of a nationally distributed instructional DVD/Video and two CD/Books. His latest CD/book, Country Licks, is available from Carl Fischer music. Todd has worked as a teacher at nine different music stores, Sam Houston State University and at the Guitar Institute of Technology. See a sample list below: