Who Am I?
I'm the little guy in the front with the hat and those are some of my students at the Swannanoa Gathering Guitar Week in Asheville, NC!
Over a period of 4 years I've made dozens of trips to Mississippi, Virginia, and North Carolina, continuing my study of acoustic blues guitar from some of the old time masters.
I've been teaching folks how to play all styles of fingerpicking blues, slide, ragtime, and how to improve their playing for over 40 years now. Some of the other places I've taught at are the Fur Peace Ranch, Big Jersey Guitar Camp, Guitar Intensive as well as numerous workshops in the British Isles and Western Europe. It's my life's passion. I'm dedicated to producing the best lessons that I can, and are always looking to improve the content.
"Toby Walker is one of the finest instructors we've ever had at the Swannanoa Gathering. His teaching style is engaging and entertaining, leaving the students wanting more and more. Everyone loves Toby." Al Petteway, Guitar Week Coordinator
Internationally and nationally acclaimed Toby Walker has been hailed as a roots music fingerstyle guitar wizard who has toured the US, England, Wales, Scotland, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, and Holland. Walker has been featured in the New York Times, the London Sunday Times, the London BBC, Sirius-XM radio and was the 1st place recipient of the International Blues Challenge Award - Solo Division - sponsored by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN.
Walker blends the styles of blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, rock, and old-time jazz into his own unique style. He has
Here I am with Happy Traum - founder of Homespun Music Instruction - during the taping of one of several instructional DVD's I've done with Homespun Music Instruction. It certainly is an honor to part of the Homespun family!!
"Toby Walker is a fingerstyle guitar virtuoso, especially adept at blues, rags and hot country picking and he knows how to teach it as well."- Happy Traum.
This one was awarded to me when I took first place in the solo division at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.