Richard Kendrick has a Masters degree in Music Performance (classical guitar) from Cal State University, East Bay (formerly Cal State Hayward). A trained musician who has studied wit several of the Bay Area's finest guitarists (Warren Nunes, Tuck Andress and Richard Flores), Richard is fluent in Rock, Jazz and Classical guitar. He was awarded a citation for Outstanding Musicianship at the 1988 Foothill Jazz Festival and, in 1983, he was the primary co-writer of Rock to Fusion, an instruction book published by Hansen House.
In 1997, Richard became an adjunct faculty member in the Music Department at Ohlone College. He currently teaches Class Guitar and Blues/Rock Guitar.
In 2005 Richard self published his G-String Guitar Method, an accelerated beginning guitar book. It has been used with great success in his teaching at the School of Guitar as well as Ohlone. He also has a Blues/Rock Improvisation book; classical guitar pieces Two Studies (A Very Short Bloom and Passing Time), two classical guitar duets, Te Deseo and Dawn in the Desert, and two solo classical pieces, Imagining You and The Colorful Dragonfly. OLD STONE WELL MUSIC is the name of his publishing and CD company.
Richard has started playing out again, this time performing mostly his own music. After nearly two and a half years of writing and recording Richard finished his Havana Dream CD in Dec. '06. The CD has twelve original guitar compositions, and features Latin Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Classic Jazz, classical guitar duets, and solo classical guitar compositions.
Most recently, Richard has self-published two new classical works. With Open Eyes is a tremolo piece paired with a short piece called Sun and Clouds, and the second is a group of three short miniatures. HIs latest recorded work (Three Miniatures) can be heard at his website. R.W. Kendrick is currently booking upcoming performances and writing new material for his next CD.
Richard also is sole owner and operator of the M.S.J. School of Guitar, located in Mission San Jose at the Rectory House. He teaches classes and gives private lessons. Visit his website at http://rwkendrickguitarjr.com.