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Welcome to HighCountryGuitar.com!
HCG has been owned and operated for more than 20 years by Paul Murin, a Colorado-based guitarist and teacher who toured with Phix and currently plays with DeadPhishOrchestra (or I did, at least, until COVID-19 caused all of our gigs to get cancelled).
In 2020, the site was fully redesigned for better navigation and easier updating on my end. Here in 2021, I have begun adding more content and plan to update some of the older content to reflect some of the ways in which my teaching has evolved in the last few years.
While I seem to specialize in the music of the Grateful Dead and Phish, my musical tastes are diverse to the point of almost being ridiculous. I grew up on classic rock like Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, etc., and eventually discovered more improv-based rock like the Allman Brothers and of course the Grateful Dead. Eventually, Phish showed up and sparked my interest in jazz, which I studied formally at the University of Denver (though I do not consider myself a jazz player by any stretch). And on top of all that I like to dabble in some country and bluegrass guitar as well. Frankly, I don’t see much of a difference between any of the above. They are different dialects of the same language…it’s all music, and I love it.
Feel free to contact me if you see something amiss, if you have questions, or if you’d like to set up a private lesson.