George is best known for his smooth jazz guitar instrumentals. George has really lived with the music that he plays. He plays blues, jazz, and rhythm and blues, and has played and recorded with many top names in the music world. George has worked with Tommy Tucker who sang the hit single "High Heel Sneakers," Freddie Scott who sang "Hey Girl," Lou Rawls who won a Grammy Award for the song "Natural Man," Bill Cosby with his 13-piece band, Barry White, and many more. In 2004, he published his own music book, How to Play Today's Guitar Music Today, and in 2005, he summed up American Idol performances for Omaha's Fox 42 network. In 2006, George won two first place awards for composing music for the Hot Shops Film Festival, having composed music for 3 film contestants that won first place in comedy, first place for best video, and second place in drama. George takes all of these experiences and rolls them up into his performances and includes some songs from his CD, One Way or Another the Blues. His performance is designed to give a complete overview of the many extensions of what can be played on the guitar and describes the techniques that he uses to write for films, songs and T.V. jingles.
George has been teaching guitar lessons for more than 20 years. “My objective is to teach students what they need to know about the guitar, so that even if they have picked up the guitar for the first time, they can demonstrate to family and friends what they have learned without any embarrassment.”
One-hour workshops are also available, with the following themes: George Walker's Blues Workshop, How to Read Music of all Kinds for Guitarists, and Popular Songs for Guitarists. Copies of George's book How to Play Today's Music Today are available at workshops or by mail order. George had his own T.V. show by the same name, which was featured on Cox Cable channel 23 every Saturday at 5:00 p.m. This show featured interviews with local people in the arts, music and film. George played live original music and gave guitar lessons, pointing out the latest techniques that are used in today's guitar music. George currently partners with the Durham Museum and The Omaha Blues Society in a program of visiting various schools conducting workshops. Other teaching programs he is involved with are Love's Art Center, the Omaha School of Music and El Museo Latino.
Visit George's website for music samples or www.Songcastmusic.com for the CD One Way or Another the Blues. On Youtube: George Walker Plays Jazz on The Green.
Walker also teaches guitar music for OPS in a way that satisfies the ongoing push for increased science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. There are many organizations dedicated to this topic and they define this with their own objectives. The ultimate goal of STEM education is to encourage students to take an interest in STEM subjects at an early age. This should be beneficial to them when they enter the job market, and in turn it should benefit the greater economy. It is a simple definition with a straightforward goal.
In Walker's guitar music sessions, he explains how to read music and how acoustic and electric guitars work. He illuminates the relationship of math and music, explaining how technology, engineering and math has helped the guitar to be the most popular instrument in the world. Walker elaborates on how and why the electric guitar was invented, while discussing the future of this instrument.
Technical Requirements: PA system, two microphones, two monitor speakers and two PA speakers.
Maximum negotiable fee: $650
Availability: Prefers to travel no more than 300 hundred miles in one day.