Bill Schrey has been playing since 1965. He took his first guitar lessons from Mr. Gelb, the original store owner of Gelb Music.

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Teaching Experience
Bill has been teaching at Gelb Music since 1976. He has also taught at various rock and jazz summer camps. He currently is teaching 50 students weekly.

Playing Experience
Bill played in Rock and Blues bands at dances and parties all through High School. He began taking music very seriously while attending San Jose State College. He played in the school Jazz band and various Jazz, Rock, and Funk Bands at clubs and dances. He began his full time career in music while as a senior, playing five nights a week at a club in San Mateo. This gig lasted for eleven months. This band, "Grandslam", went on to play steadily for four years at clubs all over the Bay Area, including a 3-1/2 month stint in Japan.

After Grandslam, he played in many more club bands, casual bands, Jazz bands, Jazz Fusion bands, Funk bands, and Rock bands, performing and recording original music and cover material. Through all he's been fortunate to have played with scores of the Bay Area's finest musicians as well as many "big name" musicians as diverse as: John lee Hooker, David Grisman, Eddie Money, Pete Escovedo, The Mamas and the Papas, Lou Rawls, Jesse Colin Young, Merl Saunders, John Denver, Neil Schon, Mike Shrieve, Pat Thrall, Carmine Appice, Lee Oskar and many more.

Recording Experience

Bill has been playing on radio & TV Jingles, corporate in-house videos, documentary films, children's albums, film music as well as foreign language & original music CDs since 1979.

Some of the more notable recordings and ads include the "Garfield the Cat" TV series and CD, "Peanuts" TV specials, commercials for the S.F. Giants, Oakland A's, Oak Raiders, Safeway, Lucky's, Money Store, California Raisins, Union Bank, Lotto and PBS Documentaries on "Barbie", Triple AAA Auto, Hawaii, and Yosemite.

Teaching Overview
Bill teaches ALL levels of proficiency from beginning to pro in the styles of Rock, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Folk, Latin & Finger Picking including beginning to intermediate Classical.

All students will be taught basic skills in rhythm playing, soloing and chord chart reading. More advanced students get into music theory, playing rhythm and soloing on more complex chord changes, understanding chord construction, using arpeggios, advanced scales, etc. Sight-reading is optional.

If you are interested in private lessons, please contact us at (650) 365-0875

Gelb Music Institute Receptionist on duty 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

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