Tony Smotherman
18 years experience in Rock, Blues, Indian Influenced Music

Tony was introduced to the music of Johan Sebastian Bach at the age of 15. His passion for Bach inspired him to take classical guitar lessons and within a few years, Tony was recognized for his outstanding musical abilities including a commendation from Queen Elizabeth II. While his early influences included Jimi Hendrix and Yngwie Malmsteen, he later on experimented with creating his own musical style of electric guitar influenced by the Sitar and the Sarod, two popular string instruments in Northern Indian classical music.

Over the last decade, Tony has gained international acclaim opening for Molly Hatchett in 2000, Ardrian Legg in 2004, and Rick Derringer in 2005. He also performed with Buddy Miles of The Band of Gypsies & Carlos Santana. While touring and performing to packed houses, he has also contributed to local and National Music Magazines and has released two instructional videos, Virtuoso Techniques in 2002 and Licks of the Absurd in 2006. In September 2005, he performed his work in an instructional and performance series in the School of Music at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware.

In addition, Tony has been teaching students throughout Florida and southern Georgia and has held sold-out guitar clinics in the past decade. While gaining recognition for his musical abilities, Tony has acquired endorsements with Halo Guitars, Line 6, DR Strings, EMG Pick-ups, Stylus Picks and Mid-East Musical Instruments. His music is in constant rotation on 106.7 FM Fret Net Radio, Melbourne, Australia. Tony was honored by the Hard Rock Cafe with a guitar display in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.


Guitar lessons by Tony Smotherman

Hindustani Slide

Introduction and Basics

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Hindustani Slide - Playing Rock  

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Demo Lessons


Bollywood Songs

Alvida Solos  

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