About Ryan H.
Q&A with Ryan H.
Which musician would you like to play with?
Which musician has influenced you the most?
What can you teach me better on your instrument than any other teacher?
How to progress and grow while having fun! In this life, I worship positivity closely and believe that everyone has the ability to make their instrument fun - it just takes the right teacher and classroom environment.
How did you learn to play your instrument?
Initially, watching my older brother play around the house inspired me to take guitar more seriously.
What equipment do you play on today?
Endorsed by Ernie Ball Guitar Strings; PRS Custom 22 electric guitar, Nash S-57 Stratocaster, Taylor 114ce, Universal Audio Apollo, Apple MacBook, Avid Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Apple Logic Pro, Yamaha YTS-23 Saxophone
Which personal trait helped you the most while practicing?
Humility - there were many times while living in Nashville that I found myself in the comparison game with other guitarists and musicians around me. Eventually I realized that most of my success as a musician is not based on skill alone, but the relationships I build with the musicians around me. To this end, I developed a mindset of humility towards music, focusing on the belief that we all have a song to song that is uniquely our own. Knowing this, I no longer became frustrated at the shortfalls in my playing, but inspired to find them and work on them.
What does your instrument have that others don't?
Nothing! I like the idea of playing a guitar or keyboard just like anyone else has and still sounding like me.
How do you handle children?
I greatly enjoy being with kids, as they often overflow with joy and life lessons that can be learned. I find it is key to treat the child with the same respect all humans deserve; nobody enjoys being talked down to, and that includes children. Keeping a child-like nature in my life has made it easier for me to work with kids, being both comfortable acting goofy while maintaining focus on our musical goals for the day.
What has been your greatest experience as a musician so far?
Opening for 21 Pilots - a band I remember saving money to buy arena tickets for when I was just a high school student growing up in St. Louis.
What was the biggest stage you played on?
Which record would you take with you to the desert island?
Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak
Besides music, what else is important in your life?
My family back home in the midwest (namely my one year old niece Charlotte) has always been an important staple for me. I also hold very dearly the education I've been fortunate enough to receive regarding music history, namely American commercial music history. Seeing the progression of musical ideas from early blues artists like Big Mama Thornton and Robert Johnson continues to fascinate me to this day.
Level(s) Comfortable Teaching
Beginner to advanced students!
What languages can you teach in?
Bands, Projects, Notable Performances, Collaborations
Producer/performer for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress Chrissy Metz\ Guitarist for rock band Arrested Youth August 2021 - October 2021\ Guitarist for empire. Records artist Tonina - Spain tour fall 2019
Other Music-related work / goals
Active producer/artist in LA's studio scene
Recipient of Presidential Full-Ride Scholarship to study guitar performance at Belmont University\ ASCAP Scholarship for Grammy Camp 2016
I love playing basketball for exercise, attending live music shows for fun, and enjoying good conversations with close friends and family.