Rich Severson


Rich SeversonBio submitted by Rich Severson 

Originally from the L.A. area, Rich Severson has been playing professionally and teaching guitar for over 30 years.  His education includes years of college and private instruction with a variety teachers including Mitch Holder, Ted Greene, Joe Pass, Charlie Shoemake to name a few.  He feels education is a continuing process, there's always more to learn.  Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Howard Roberts, Ted Greene and Larry Carleton have all influenced his playing.  

Rich wrote three books for a major publishers Dale Zdenek/ Belwin Mills/Columbia providing him the opportunity to work with other great artist/authors like Tommy Tedesco, Joe Diario and Ted Greene.  After teaching at GIT/Musicians Institute, in Hollywood, CA, for three years he developed and published his own home study guitar school type curriculum available on his website  which has helped over 10,000 students improve their playing.  Rich has won honorable mentions and awards in songwriting and served as president of the Ventura County Producers and Songwriters Guild.  Touring for three years with "Dick Clarks Good Old  Rock and Roll Show" he had the opportunity to perform with Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Little Anthony and many other great, old time rock and rollers. When moving his family the Fresno area he taught guitar and directed the jazz band Fresno Pacific University for 2 years.  

Being a well-rounded player, Rich is comfortable playing a variety of styles including jazz (his favorite), blues, rock, fusion, country and solo fingerstyle.  He performs at local venues in a number of different scenarios; as a solo guitarist, with his jazz trio or quartet or smooth jazz quintet and also with the 11 piece Joe Lenigan Little Big Band as well as performing with Lisa’s Big Night Out, The Guitar Titans, Debbie Ruud,  Karen Marguth and other various artists.  Rich is currently producing a smooth jazz album with friend Chris (Call Me) Montez that will be released by the end of the year.  

At home in his studio he is continually producing new lessons for Guitar College.  In addition he hosts and publishes the quarterly Guitar College Video Magazine, an “Entertainment Tonight” style show for guitarists.   Each issue includes interviews with a variety of guitarists, performances, guitar events, product demos and multiple lessons in an array of styles.

For over fifteen years Rich has been playing guitar in church.  Serving as the musical director and guitarist at Northside Christian Church since 2003, Rich is committed to raising the level of musicianship in the Christian church today. He travels throughout the U.S. and Canada instructing and playing at variety of Christian worship conferences, workshops and seminars.  Rich is also endorsed by Hofner Guitars which takes him around the country to guitar shows, workshops and clinics.  He also hosts an annual Guitar College Jazz Workshop in the Yosemite area.

You can contact Rich at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 559-642-2597.