Performance and Consulting Services

Consulting services

Private lessons

Gayla has 20 years of experience as a teacher and mentor. Lessons are available for guitar (advanced), songwriting and arranging for guitar.

45 minute lesson: $35
60 minute lesson: $45

Beginners are taught with The Accelerated Guitar Method which is available from Gayla for $15.

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Songwriting workshops

As founder of the Iowa Songwriters Workshop, Gayla has developed and gathered some terrific techniques for jump-starting creativity, keeping on task, "managing the Muses," becoming more prolific, arranging, lyric writing, melody, harmony and chord progressions. She has done workshops at festivals, colleges and universities as well as music stores and as part of larger creativity workshops.

The workshops typically last 3 hours and the cost is $800 plus travel and subsistence expenses.

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Guitar clinics

Widely considered one of the top acoustic guitarists in the world as both a fingerstyle player and a flatpicker, Gayla is in demand as a guitar clinician in music stores and music programs at colleges and universities. She can focus on a variety of topics, including right-hand technique, DADGAD and other alternate tunings, composition for solo guitar, arrangements for solo guitar, fundamentals of fingerstyle or flatpicking, and arranging for singer-songwriters.

Clinics typically last 90 minutes and the cost is $600 plus travel and subsistence expenses.

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Arrangements for solo artists (guitar/voice) or small folk or pop ensembles: $125 an hour. Charts only, no notation, 2 hour minimum.

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Performance services

Gayla Drake Paul has been delighting audiences from Seattle to Nashville with her guitar virtuosity, insightful lyrics and dry sense of humor for over a decade. Widely regarded as one of the best acoustic guitarists in the world, she is also a songwriter's songwriter, with a remarkable presence and confidence. The music is rich and dynamic - passionate guitar weaves together with powerful vocals and hypnotic rhythms in sensual and mesmerizing layers of metaphor and honesty. One of the warmest and most engaging performers you'll ever have the pleasure to enjoy!

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Guitarist and songwriter Gayla Drake Paul recently joined forces with drummer Eric Douglas on the CD "Here in the Center of the World," which fans and critics alike consider some of Gayla's finest and most inspired songwriting. Eric combines a deep musical sensitivity with incredible fire and drive, bringing out ever expanding layers of passion and creativity in Gayla's music. More than just colleagues, their long friendship shines over and through the music, adding another level of entertainment and fun to the mix.

Both extremely versatile musicians, their music can be light and unobtrusive, or a driving focal point for an event.

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