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"Kasey Carmody combines elegance, intelligence, skill and beautiful musical intention, a true artist at the highest level."

- C.F. Kip Winger

About 

Kasey Carmody is one of Las Vegas’s premier classical guitarists and guitar instructors. He has been an active performer in the Las Vegas area and throughout the southwest for the past 15 years with regular performances around Las Vegas at such places as the Bellagio, The Park, Wynn, Paris, HardRock, MGM, Planet Hollywood, Ceasars, Aria casinos, JW Marriott, Tivoli Village, Lake Las Vegas, and the Smith Center. Although classical guitar is his forte, Carmody is also well versed in acoustic finger-style, and electric styles. In May of 2017, Carmody was chosen for the lead guitar chair for the hit broadway musical “Matilda”  covering all classical, steel string, and electric guitar parts for its week long engagement at Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center. Always looking for eclectic and challenging musical collaborations, Carmody joined forces with grammy winning classical composer and frontman of the rock supergroup of his namesake, CF Kip Winger, to give the second ever performance of his composition for guitar and orchestra, Windrunner, with the College of Southern Nevada Orchestra in 2016, with Kip in attendance. 

 

Carmody is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience through teaching. He currently teaches or has taught on the faculty of UNLV, College of Southern Nevada, Brill Music Academy, Nevada School for the Arts, Southern Nevada Homeschool Performing Arts, Nevada Music Academy, and Kessler and Son’s Music. Carmody also maintain’s a thriving studio of private and group students at his home studio in Centennial Hills. He is regularly asked to adjudicate guitar competitions for CCSD and Las Vegas Academy.  

 

Carmody earned a bachelors degree in Classical Guitar Performance at the University of New Mexico, under the tutelage of Andres Segovia protege and National Picking Champion, Michael Chapdelaine. Upon moving to Las Vegas in the year 2000 he attended UNLV and earned a Masters of Music in Classical Guitar Performance studying under world renown concert artist, Ricardo Cobo. Since his teenage years he has also either studied privately or performed in masterclasses with many of the worlds leading guitarists and instructors including: Christopher Parkening, Angel Romero, Dusan Bogdanovic, Eduardo Fernandez, Carlos Barbosa Lima, Roland Dyens, David Leisner, Adam Holzman, and Bruce Holzman. His electric and jazz studies have been with guitarists Lewis Winn, Michael Anthony, and Joe Lano. 

 

Musical collaborations that stretch the boundaries of his classical guitar foundation have always been and continue to be of paramount interest to Carmody. He has been a member of many diverse musical groups such as “The Hot Club of Las Vegas” while performing and recording Las Vegas’s premier gypsy jazz, performing and recording country music with the sister duo Jill and Julia, his own guitar duo with jazz guitarist Bernard Buswell, and a brief stint with the country band Raven Hill. Carmody commonly performs classical chamber music with other instruments, with one highlight in 2008 with Polish accordion virtuoso, Lidia Kaminska, for the Las Vegas Chamber Music Society concert series. 

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Performances

 

June 24 -  Las Vegas, NV -  J.W. Marriot  - Private Event 

July 31 - Las Vegas, NV -  Cork & Thorn Wine Bar @ Tivoli Village 7-9pm 

August 7 - Las Vegas, NV - Cork & Thorn Wine Bar @ Tivoli Village 7-9pm  

September 25 - Las Vegas, NV - Private Corporate Event/World Market Center@ 3:30-6pm  

 October 20 - Las Vegas, NV - Private Event - Red Rock Casino@ 6pm

 

              Teaching approach and Philosophy 

 

I approach teaching in a non-dogmatic way as I feel each students learning process is unique and goals are individual. However, regardless of style or level I feel it is integral to high quality instruction to stress some basic musical and technical principles of playing the instrument. Rather your a serious student with aspirations of becoming a pro, a weekend rock star who wants to be able share music with friends and family or just beginning and have no idea where to start, I’m truly happy and grateful to be your guitar guide.  

 

Some examples of material covered from beginning to advanced levels.

 

  1. Finger-style and plectrum.
  2. Reading music (Always optional for adult students) 
  3. Chords: CAGED system, the theory behind chord construction, common progressions in various styles, arpeggios for both finger-style and plectrum style, more advanced chords,  extensions and substitutions. 
  4. Scales: 5 pentatonic shapes, modes, Segovia scales, altered scales and there musical/technical applications. 
  5. Left hand techniques and positions for various styles, slurring, bending, and different types of vibrato. 
  6. How to learn pop songs, classical pieces, and interpret jazz charts. 
  7. Implementation of etudes as both musical exercises and to address technical issues. 
  8. Applying music theory to the guitar. 
  9. How to practice: managing time, being organized, what to do, and most importantly how to maintain a healthy perspective  through the ups and downs of the learning process. my teaching is always evolving as I am perpetually evolving my craft. 

 My teaching is always developing as I perpetually evolve my craft .

 

Typical lesson length is 60 minutes once a week, however for younger children 30 minutes is perfect. 


 

Over two decades of experience as a performer. Available for hire weddings, corporate events, cocktail parties, and your unique occasions. Please contact me for details.