jazz guitar, beginner guitar private and group instruction. Jazz guitar comping and rhythm guitar styles. Big band guitar. Bossa nova, blues, soul-jazz comping styles. Jazz improvisation, beginners and intermediate. Chord-melody arrangements. Reading music, writing music. Music theory.
My teaching method has two ideas at it’s core: “Music is Easy,” and “Go to the Source.”
I am a patient teacher. I have helped absolute beginners of all ages up to semi-professionals to feel comfortable with the instrument and to unlock their love of music. They learn that music is easy. My method can be described as “go to the source” and I use jazz records as my main curriculum. My focus is on being able to sit down and play something on the guitar, a complete song, whenever the mood strikes. I learned to play because I was motivated by my love of performing music. This has taught me that The Music is the most important element in studying any instrument, and I have earned to enjoy the challenge of daily practice. I strive to show students that the motivation to learn music comes from within and from the element of self exploration that music study offers.
“I think you will find that “Sparks” will light the artistic fires of the soul and intellect.” Heartfully, YUSEF LATEEF
“Apicella is a lithe, swinging guitarist with an affinity for the contrasting styles of both Grant Green and Wes Montgomery…An all-around impressive debut by a guitarist of substance.” MARK GARDNER, Jazz Journal
Classic jazz guitar tone and phrasing are the cornerstone of Charlie Apicella’s playing. He is the leader of the organ trio Iron City and has produced three of the band’s recordings including “Big Boss” on ZOHO Records. He has published lessons for DownBeat and Just Jazz Guitar magazines and was featured twice in Vintage Guitar magazine.
His straight-ahead sound has him among the first call as an accompanist for vocalists and his Freddie Green-style rhythm guitar playing keeps him in constant demand for big bands.
He is on the summer faculty at Jazz House Kids in Montclair, NJ along with Christian McBride, Billy Hart, Steve Johns, Dave Stryker, et. al., and on the summer faculty at the Noel Pointer School in Brooklyn.
Charlie Apicella is a ZOHO recording artist, an Eastman Guitars Featured Artist and a ZT Amplifiers Official Artist.
“Payin’ The Cost To Be The Boss: a tribute to BB King” 2016
“Big Boss” 2014, ZOHO Records
“The Business” 2011, CArlo Music
“Sparks” 2010, CArlo Music