CJ Colandrea steel guitar

An accomplished Nashville session and touring musician, CJ Colandrea brings the steel guitar
world to River Guide Music.

Through RGM, CJ with be offering private lessons and courses in five separate areas of study:
pedal steel guitar, dobro, slide guitar, the Nashville number system, and a uniquely tailored
course titled, “Guitar For Songwriters”.

With over a decade in the country music industry under his belt, CJ has built an impressive
resume for himself, including numerous Grand Ole Opry performances. He has toured and
recorded with several chart topping country artists, playing stadiums and arenas across the US
and Europe. No stranger to the stage or pit, two of CJ’s favorite career highlights are playing
steel guitar in the Always…Patsy Cline musical, and being a staff musician on the hit television
series, ABC’s Nashville, for several seasons.

CJ Colandrea began studying music at a very young age with Steve Girardi, founder of River
Guide Music, in a second story walk up studio situated in the New York City Suburb of Summit,
NJ. After years of studying jazz with Steve, he went on to study music at Clemson University
where he continued his education in jazz, music theory, and music pedagogy. During this time,
he found his place playing country and bluegrass music in foothills of the Appalachian
Mountains, along with his love for the steel guitar and dobro. Following his higher education
years, CJ moved to Nashville, TN in 2011 to pursue a career as a steel guitarist and songwriter.

His true passion lies in his original music. Falling in the genre of “jazzgrass”, CJ brings
elements of jazz and avant-garde music into the idiom of bluegrass through original composition
and a unique improvisational approach on dobro.

As a teacher, CJ strongly emphasizes proper technique, repertoire, how to practice, and practical
music theory.

pedal steel guitar, dobro, slide guitar

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