From Scherer System students

Since I was 11 years old I wanted to play guitar and write songs. I begged my parents until they reluctantly agreed to by me my first guitar if I promised to take lessons at a local music school. Those classes were all about learning popular songs and memorizing music theory, which I hated because it was so boring. I thought it was a trick by my parents to discourage me from pursuing a career in music. But everyone else I talked to also insisted that was the proper way to do it. It just didn’t make sense to me, so I quit. A few years later I watched a Scherer System video DVD at a friend’s house that blew my mind and stoked my interest to play again, so I borrowed the DVD and quickly memorized the exercises. I was surprised that it didn’t waste time on music theory and learning songs. The system is so simple to use yet so effective at developing the physical skill I need to play my own music. I have no pretensions of becoming a world-class virtuoso, I just want to be competent enough to create and perform original songs. I now know that Scherer is my ticket to success.

Alex Penalosa

After graduating with a degree from Berklee I soon became disillusioned with the music industry and seriously considered giving it up completely. Then I read an article about Scherer that explained why traditional music education lacked creative substance and contributed to a decline in artistic culture. That resonated with me, and I was intrigued by the description of the unique Scherer System methodology so I decided to check it out. The one-hour class was only $50.00, but was packed with the most valuable training I ever had. My prior education gave me a head start to hit the ground running, but Scherer was a new school of thought entirely. I was immediately impressed by the pragmatic technical philosophy of combining anatomy and aesthetics. But the real proof was in the results. It renewed my long lost love for the art of music and feel like I discovered a musical miracle.

Kenton Kovich

I learned more in a one-hour class than I did in two years of standardized lessons taught by other guitar teachers. The Crash Course was an intense hour packed with creative coaching and practicing some unusual scales that seemed strange at first. But the lesson included a CD with practice exercise videos on it. Later at home I had it down after a couple of hours playing along with the animations. It all makes sense and it really works well compared to other methods. The only criticism I have is that it doesn't’t teach music theory, and has too much emphasis on creative originality. I want to play popular cover songs rather than write my own. But it does give me the chops to be able to play what I want.

Dan Simon

As lead guitarist in a SF metal band I was always under continuous pressure to get a competitive edge against rival shredders. A gig in this town is like a trial and the verdict will either be respect or humiliation depending on how good you are. In this situation more than ego is at stake, entire reputations are on the line. I was jaded and cynical, so when I heard about the Scherer System I thought it was a scam because it sounded too good to be true. But a phone call to Scherer deflated my skepticism and convinced me to book a training session at his studio. It was a major reality check. Within 5 minutes I realized this was the best decision I ever made. I had a testy attitude at first but was humbled by everything he taught me. Now I use the system regularly and notice my chops go up another notch with every 5 hours of practice spread out over 3 days. It’s the thing I needed to get me out of the rut I was in and to get my creative juices pumping. I don’t worry about the competition anymore because I’m developing my own style as a byproduct of the Scherer System.

Scott Forester

I'm so happy I found Rich for teaching me how to play the guitar when I first started at age 17. I went to him because I didn't have the pactience to learn how to read music and he was the only teacher with the type of instruction that was right for me. His system was easy to learn but it took me a few months to build calouses on my finger tips. My fingers hurt so bad at first that I could only play a few minutes at a time. I tried to practice more but one of my fingers started to bleed, so I could use that one until it healed in a couple of weeks. The good news is that in less than a year I was playing better than my friends who played for more than 3 years. I can even make up my own songs and I don't need to write the notation. That's really amazing because my friends both know how to read and write music but they can't create their own original songs. Even though I'm still a beginner I already feel like a real artist, not just somone who can play the guitar. Now I have so much inspiration and I want to share it with you.

Jackie Cameo

I'm not a guitarist, I'm a double Grammy winning studio engineer who worked with some of the greatest guitarist on earth, including Carlos Santana, Tony MacAlpine, Greg Howe, Joe Satriani, Yngwei Malmsteen, Joey Tafolla, and many more major monsters. So trust me when I say that I know about guitar music. I first met Richey Scherer in 2009 in San Francisco and we became good friends. I see so many world class guitarists that, as you can imagine, I'm not easily impressed. But I insisted that Richey let me endorse him with a testimonial because I have the utmost respect for him. He is not a rich and famous superficial pop star. He's the real thing, a truly unique artistic genius. I already knew this before he explained the philosophy behind his his training system to me. And then that was when I realized he was a living legend. I am honored to know him.

Steve Fontano