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Don Riker

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Don is an animated and friendly guitar instructor who's played in many bands covering a very eclectic range of styles. He has studied popular and classical guitar at East Stroudsburg State Teachers College and has studied alongside Arnie Berle, a jazz player, columnist, and professor at Mercy College. Don has also performed with Harvey Brooks, a bassist who's played with The Doors and was a member of Bob Dylan's backing band.


In total, Don has played guitar for forty-seven years. He has also played bass guitar and fiddle for about twenty years each. One of Don's most emotional and greatest experiences was playing aboard the aircraft Carrier Intrepid as part of a Vietnam Vet tribute band; performing for over 100,000 people. At New York School of Music, Don has coached Rock camp for five years. He personally devotes time to his community and religion as a worship leader at a local church.

Main InstrumentGuitar
Other Instrument(s)Bass, Mandolin, Fiddle
Level(s) TaughtBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Style(s) TaughtRock, Jazz, Alternative, Bluegrass, Metal, Country
NYSM Program(s)Rock Camp, Private Lessons

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