Terry Syrek About the Educator

Terry Syrek is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, session musician, producer, instructor and author, known internationally for his virtuosic and passionate soloing and instrumental and vocal compositions.

As a recording artist, he has released three full-length CDs: Obscura (2001), Aum (2005), and Machine Elves (2012). His previous release, Aum, debuted on the Guitar Nine sales charts as the top seller in all four categories in which it was placed, including Best Overall Sales. Terry’s compositions have also appeared on numerous compilation CDs, alongside such respected guitarists as Steve Vai, Marty Friedman, Paul Gilbert, Guthrie Govan, and Bumblefoot.

Terry has performed with such esteemed artists such as: Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X), Allan Holdsworth, John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Marty Friedman (Megadeth), Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne), Brett Garsed, Alex Skolnick (Testament), Reb Beach (Dokken, Whitesnake, and Winger), Vinnie Moore (UFO), Ty Tabor (King’s X), Jon Finn (Boston Pops, Berklee Faculty) and the multi-platinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

His session work includes numerous television commercials (Dairy Queen, Disney, ESPN, Kool Aid, Max Factor Cosmetics, Olive Garden) and shows (Highlander, PBS programming).

Terry received his Bachelor of Music degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and has over 26 years of private and classroom teaching experience. He is currently a senior faculty instructor at the National Guitar Workshop, where he has taught for more than twenty three years. His credits include the creation of numerous week-long advanced seminars, including: "Shred", "Rock Fusion", "The Big Fat Guitar Extravaganza of Doom", "Rock Star", "Lord of the Strings", and the "Art of Metal" – all of which are in the current curriculum.

His writing credits include the Alfred Publishing video “Shred Is Not Dead”, followed by a book of the same title. He also released an instructional CD-ROM for Chops From Hell entitled “Unearthed Arcana”. In 2012, he began a monthly column entitled “Diary of a So-Called Shredder” for Premier Guitar magazine.

Terry has been featured in Axe, Guitar, Guitar One, Guitar Player, Guitar for the Practicing Musician, Guitar Techniques, and Premier Guitar magazines, as well as the New York Times newspaper.