Guitar Arts Academy

at 2026 17th Street, Suite 104, Bakersfield, 93301-4251 United States

Classical, Jazz and Folk instruction for guitarists of all skills - ages 9 and up.

Guitar Arts Academy
2026 17th Street, Suite 104
Bakersfield , CA 93301-4251
United States
Contact Phone
P: (661) 549-2787


Jim Scully and Roger Allen Cope bring over 40 years of professional instruction with them into this Academy, including over 30 years of collegiate music instruction at universities throughout California and the United States. Group and individual lessons in classical, jazz and folk styles for guitarists of all skills - ages 9 and up. Our model of small classes (4-8 students) for 50-minutes per week allows for interaction and peer learning in addition to the quality instruction and leadership provided by the instructor. The curricula focuses on reading traditional notation, building proper right and left hand techniques to avoid repetitive stress disorders, expression, theory and playing in small groups - something rarely possible during an individual lesson. Additionally, for jazz students, we will study accompanying, soloing, modes & scales, rooted and rootless chord voicings, concepts on phrasing and reading traditional staff notation and lead sheets. In addition to classes for classical, jazz and folks styles, the Academy will be offering a college preparatory program for guitar students planning to study music in college. To support that program We will also offer courses in music theory to better prepare first-time freshman guitarists (and other vocalists/instrumentalists) for the rigors of a University music program.

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It is with sadness I announce: Guitar Arts Academy closes for business Friday. With my increased responsibilities at CSUB and Roger Allen Cope working hard at BC it was just too much to keep a space going. We will both continue to teach, but not at 17th and D. Thanks to the many who studied with us this year and best wishes to you all.

Published on 2014-02-13 05:36:06 GMT

Happy New Year all! Call 549-ARTS to get started with your guitar instruction. 20% off in January/February.

Published on 2014-01-05 00:49:50 GMT

Here's our best wishes to all for safe and happy holidays. The run from Thanksgiving to Christmas/New Year's is one of the most active and stressful periods of the year. Plan to play more music, relax and enjoy your friends and family. All the best from GAA.

Published on 2013-12-03 18:06:42 GMT

Ahem, make that Aranjuez. Bad spellers of the world, untie!

Published on 2013-11-09 18:30:00 GMT

Today marks the 73rd anniversary of the Premiere of one of the most famous concertos of the entire music repertoire. On November 9, 1940 Regino Sainz de la Maza gave the first performance of Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Arajuez for guitar and orchestra. The performance was in Barcelona, Spain with Cesar Mendoza Lasalle conducting the Orquesta Filamonica de Barcelona. The piece has legs, and cor anglais players live for the middle movement. rac

Published on 2013-11-09 17:35:28 GMT

Congratulations IRIS CARRILLO on her Senior Recital performance last night at CSU Bakersfield. Her presentation was professional, disciplined, and displayed a wide range of music styles and technical facility. Well done, Iris! rac

Published on 2013-11-08 18:14:49 GMT

REMINDER: Tonight, 7:00 PM at CSUB (Rm 127, Music Bldg.), Iris Carrillo, Senior Recital. I heard the dress rehearsal yesterday. It's a good program, and well played. See you there - rac

Published on 2013-11-07 17:01:07 GMT

FREE CONCERT: IRIS CARRILLO, guitar, Senior Recital, Thursday, November 7, Rm. 127, CSUB Music Bldg. 7:00 PM ($$$ for parking). Works by da Milano, J. S. Bach, Carcassi, Coste, Barrios, Mertz, Turina, Villa-Lobos and Johanson. Seating is limited, so bring a friend.

Published on 2013-10-29 15:26:43 GMT

Remember that seventh chords consist of two parts - a three note triad and a seventh. Each has a quality (major or minor). Different combinations of those two things make different types of seventh chords. Theory Nugget: a minor 7 chord (usually shown as -7) consists of a minor triad and a minor 7th. So, for C-7 it's C, E-flat, G (minor triad) and B-flat (minor 7th). Find two places to play that arpeggio on the guitar. Then find two more.

Published on 2013-08-22 14:26:01 GMT

Ever notice how you "shred" and "rule" at 11:30 PM on Saturday night, but trying to do exactly the same thing at Noon on Tuesday doesn't work? Yeah, wonder why that is? rac

Published on 2013-08-20 17:58:46 GMT

Example: Do you read guitar tablature (tabulature, or tabs)? Good. Stop doing that. Start spending time with conventional staff notation. Expand your literacy to include this more comprehensive set of directions.

Published on 2013-08-19 16:48:02 GMT

While you may have a natural affinity for one or two elements of music, at some point you’ll need to accept and realize there is more knowledge required to become complete. Musicians are artists and natural ability certainly contributes, but natural ability will only get us so far. Don't spend so much time on things you already understand. Spend your daily practice time exploring, learning and understanding what you don’t know. We all must work hard and persevere in order to advance to the next level. Performing on stage is not for the faint of heart or under prepared. Find out what you don’t know. Do that! rac

Published on 2013-08-19 15:20:37 GMT

Practice and Play: do both but don’t confuse one for the other. Practice sessions are short, sharply defined relatively brief periods of hand’s-on work. To practice for a half hour, set out goals, work slowly and patiently, listen to what you make, and don’t try to make any music; just execute. Then stop! Walk away. Failing to end your practice session may increase fatigue and result in increasingly poor progress. Frequency is better than duration: a little every day is better. At another time, Play for the sheer joy of it! rac

Published on 2013-08-18 16:57:00 GMT

Great lesson today on pitch class set theory with an LA based composer - super fun to work on such advanced concepts with such a talented individual.