BARSTOW - Family history and a search for something masculine led a young Patrick Teasley to the guitar.

Teasley grew up in a family of musicians and had several uncles who played the guitar. Those family members and a love of music led him to lessons where he began to learn to play the piano and clarinet. However, he quit playing those instruments after less than two years, something he still regrets.

"When you're a kid, clarinet seemed like kind of an effeminate instrument to me at the time and I wanted to do something that seemed more macho, which guitar seemed at the time," Teasley said. "You lose those kind of attitudes when you age you know. Then you realize how silly they were, because they're awesome instruments and I'd love to be able to play them better today."

Shortly after Teasley quit those instruments, his cousin gave him an old beat-up acoustic after the cousin got his first electric guitar. Teasley said his cousin's ability at guitar pushed him to practice hours at a time to try and surpass him despite the difficulty the old acoustic gave him.

"I don't think I could play that particular guitar today because the action was so high and my callouses would become like little pebbles," Teasley said. "If I rapt my fingers on a desk you'd swear it was pebbles."

As the years passed, Teasley's ability improved and he went to multiple guitar schools and learned from countless guitarists. He has attended the Los Angeles Music Academy and even the Sky Academy, a week-long guitar instruction course developed and hosted by Uli Jon Roth, formerly of the band The Scorpions. When Teasley first attended the academy in 2006, he was only able to go to a single day due to the cost. This year he was able to attend the entire event due to a scholarship to the academy.

"Awhile after the academy I got a call from Uli and he actually said I was one of the better guitarist, which surprised me," Teasley said. "He said he was disappointed in the day I went because he didn't think it was what I needed help with and he offered me a scholarship."

Having spent several years learning from others, Teasley now imparts his knowledge into his own students. He currently offers guitar lessons at Robin's Music in the Barstow Mall. He said he has even had students show up at the door to his house. One student that he has worked with for several year is Jesse Elledge. Teasley has known Elledge since he was born and Elledge's uncle, Frank Gomez, even taught him some of the first things he learned on guitar.

"I think he has a pretty unique approach to teaching that helps students to remember what they learn in class," Elledge said. "He's an accomplished musician. I know him personally and he works hard to be accomplished at everything he does such as religious studies."

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