Guitarist / Guitar Instructor - Tampa, Florida
“When my sons wanted to learn guitar, the first and only person I thought of was Gene Ford. I’ve recommended Gene to so many people, beginners as well as professionals who want to improve areas of their playing; all have come away better musicians. Current pop, fingerpicking, chord work, standards, classic rock, acoustic or electric… you name it and he’s the man for the job.”Richard Bennett - Guitarist for Neil Diamond, Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, Producer, & Songwriter
Gene owned a music lesson studio in Nashville for over 10 years and was a professional guitarist and guitar instructor for over 30 years in Nashville. Gene's students have included hundreds of people from ages 6 to 76.
Some of his well-known students include Chord Overstreet from the TV series GLEE, Justin York from the band Paramore, and Peyton Parker from last season's The VOICE.
Whether you are a beginner, a music enthusiast looking to enhance your joy in playing for relaxation, or an advanced guitarist wanting to go to the next level - Gene is the instructor for you! Lessons are 1/2 hour and are $30 per week. Lessons are paid in advance on a monthly basis.
Gene has played the guitar since he was 12. While his degree is in classic guitar, Gene is a blues rocker at heart. His style calls to mind the greats like Jimmy Hendrix or Eric Clapton. He also loves to play R&B and has covered hundreds of classic rock songs over the years in various bands.
Gene is currently seeking musical collaborations locally and is in the process of forming several bands with different styles.
As a solo guitarist, Gene is available now to play in the Tampa/St.Pete/Clearwater area - his soulful and expressive guitar sounds are the perfect choice for any event big or small. Call 615.584.5275 for details and pricing.
Back when Gene was on the road, he toured with Rich Mullins on the Amy Grant Unguarded tour, Rick Cua of the Outlaws, TG Sheppard, Deborah Allen, Ashley Cleveland, Bill Miller on a BoDeans tour. Gene was a core member of The Nashville Mandolin Ensemble and the Nashville Mandolin Trio with Butch Baldassari, that toured in the United States and Europe. He was a member of the original band Cody, out of Nashville. Gene also recorded and played live with Alex Call (songwriter of "867-5309").
After coming off the road, Gene spent his time in Nashville as a studio guitarist, songwriter and owner of a highly successful music education studio. He also continued to play around town with the Mark Sorrells Trio.