Study with Bill


Lessons Now Available Via SKYPE!!


Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

Learn at your own pace. Whether you’re goal is to become a world class musician or you are just looking to learn for personal enjoyment, Bill’s guidance and instruction will help you get there.

With over 30yrs experience as a PROFESSIONAL FULL-TIME MUSICIAN and 0ver 20yrs as a COLLEGE MUSIC EDUCATOR many of Bill’s former student’s have gone on to become some of the most IN DEMAND musician’s both Nationally and Internationally.

Rates are reasonable and all instruction is custom tailored to each students individual goals.

Lesson’s also available for other instrumentalist’s in Improvisation and Composition.


“Bill Farrish is one of the greatest teachers I’ve ever had. He opened my mind and my ears to music in a way that no other teacher could. Changing the way I hear and play music for the rest of my life. Bill also guided, supported and encouraged me in all my musical endeavors and I am eternally grateful. – Dave Kain – ( jazz guitarist & recording artist )


“I learned more about music with Bill in one semester of study than I did in 4 years of college” – John Machado co- chairman of the Audio Recording Technology Division of Five Towns College, Dix Hills N.Y.

“Bill is an excellent musician. His deep understanding and appreciation of music is reflected in his compositions, performances, technique, and teaching methods. Learning from Bill helped to give me the foundation I needed to grow as a musician.” – Brian Eisenpresser, guitarist, producer and columnist for Guitar World Magazine

“Bill Farrish’s dedication to teaching and his deep knowledge of music makes him a great choice for anyone looking to get to a higher level. He has the increasingly rare gift of old school knowledge and ethics, coupled with a modernist’s sensibility of melody, harmony, and rhythm.” -Tony Romano, guitarist, International performing and recording Artist

“Bill Farrish is a very knowledgeable musician. He has an organized system of teaching that is excellent and has a consistent track record of turning out skilled musicians. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced musician I highly recommend studying with him.” – Peter Rogine, Chair of Five Towns College Guitar Dept., Dix Hills N.Y.


 Some of the Topics covered include:

  • Effective Practicing methods
  • Harmonic concepts and application
  • Advanced chromatic concepts
  • The art of listening
  • Chord Melody
  • Improvisation
  • Modes and Arpeggios
  • Effective Practicing Methods
  • Applied Fingerboard Harmony
  • Advanced chromatic concepts and application
  • Technique, nuance, dynamics, phrasing
  • Polyrhythmic applications
  • Sight Reading

While Jazz is main focus of study it is important to note that all lessons are geared towards helping students become proficient in all styles of contemporary music.

Clinics and Live Performance Workshop Arrangements can also be made for Bill to perform at clinics for the students in your schools music program.


About Bill:

  • 1993 – 2004 Professor of Music, Five Towns College, Jazz Guitar, Advanced Harmony, Improvisation, Head of Ear Training Dept.
  • 2008 – 2016 Adjunct Faculty, SUNY Oneonta, Advanced Jazz Guitar, Basic Musicianship, Aural Skills
  • BM Jazz Performance , Five Towns College, NY 1992
  • AA Jazz Performance, Five Towns College, NY 1988

If you would like to set up lessons with Bill or just want some more information you can use the contact form below.

I’m currently trying to set up for skype lesson’s, but until it actually happens all lessons are conducted in my private studio or via regular mail or email.