Trying to find a nice halfway point between family members in Ohio and Florida, Karl Gunther, a Columbus, Ohio, native, landed in Huntersville.
The Ohio State University graduate has lived in the Lake Norman area for more than five years.
In his early teens, Gunther fell in love with the sound of the guitar. He was in his first band in seventh grade and soon learned to play the drums, keyboard, bass and cello. He has played in countless bands since picking up the guitar as a teen musician. Gunther has played with musicians such as John Sykes of Thin Lizzy and alternative group The Walter Eugenes.
Now Gunther, with more than 25 years of teaching experience, teaches aspiring musicians how to play guitar, bass and drums in his own studio. He also manages more than 25 bands representing many different styles of music.
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"I'll work with any band that's trying to improve," Gunther said.
Gunther's wife, Gabriela, partners with him by doing much of the audio and video recording. She makes videos for the bands. Gabriela, who plays bass, met Gunther in Myrtle Beach, where he played in the house band of a jazz club before moving to Huntersville.
What appeals most to Gunther about owning a music studio is the flexibility. It gives him the opportunity to help aspiring musicians and bands. Gunther uses his studio to teach music lessons, for band rehearsals and for audio and video recording.
"When I opened this studio, I told myself I'd never have another recital," Gunther said. "From now on, the students would perform in lively, public venues. It would be interactive and fun." He was never a fan of recitals and said students perform better in a relaxed atmosphere.
Gunther is also making custom music videos for songwriters. The music videos incorporate a plot or storyline and are filmed at various locations.
"Most songs have a meaning, and our goal is to capture this meaning via audio and video," he said.
When asked about his students, Gunther said, "I enjoy working with beginner musicians as well as advanced. The biggest trick to teaching is to find something that will self-motivate the student. The same method book doesn't work for everyone. I try every angle until something works. "
Gunther's studio is open for band rehearsals seven days a week, as early or late as necessary. Business hours and lessons are by appointment beginning as early as 8 a.m.
Unlike some local studios, there are no late fees. He allows students to pay as they go if necessary. For more information about Gunther and his music studio, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To hear some of Gunther's bands in action, go to Amos' at the Lake in Cornelius between 2 and 8 p.m. May 15 for the 12 Band Jam. For more information about Amos' at the Lake visit www.amosatthelake.com.