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With over twenty years experience as a professional musician, Joe Polito has obtained a wealth of information about music that he enjoys sharing with his students. He has taught in situations ranging from preschool music classes to teaching retired folks who are starting from scratch. Under the direction of Dr. Brian Cobb, he is also on the adjunct teaching staff at Bellevue College.
He studied under Wayne Cockfield, a Musicians Institute graduate. Joe has performed in front of the legendary Flamenco guitarist, Carlos Montoya, and also played in masterclasses with jazz greats Herb Ellis, and Joe Diorio.
Joe focuses on Rock/Pop guitar styles as well as Classical and Flamenco guitar. He is also proficient in a number of other guitar styles; he is comfortable with both acoustic guitar and electric guitar styles and techniques — pick and fingerpicking — and also plays bass guitar, mandolin and ukulele. Joe tailors his lessons to each individual student to help them reach their musical goals and desires, while at the same time providing a solid musical education that goes beyond mere guitar lessons.
Music is unique in that there is both an artistic and analytical approach to it and Joe covers both the emotional/expressive side of music while teaching music theory and technique in a straightforward, easy-to-understand manner — the “art and philosophy” of music as well as the “nuts and bolts” of music. He designs his lessons for the real world of music and guitar playing.
Joe received Honorable Mention in Guitar Player magazine’s 1991 Soundpage Competition –an international event — and his original rock music has been played on the radio. Over the years, Joe has had the opportunity to sit in with various players, among them Alan White of Yes/John Lennon fame and Steve Fossen of Heart.
His musical experience also includes playing solo guitar for weddings, parties and special events, playing in an acoustic duo with a vocalist, and playing with various groups.