Marc Spagone has found his niche at Music Town.
Some would say he has several: master guitar repairman, studio recording engineer, instructor and lead guitarist for his band Soulbutta and for blues daddy Bryan Lee.
At Music Town, 5103 Lena Road, Suite 101, he teaches adults and children to play guitar and drums, including one 80-year-old who wanted to cross off one of his bucket-list items.
“They all want to be rock stars, but sometimes their parents just want to get some structure into the lives. Kids today are so into video games,” Spagone said.
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Joseph Ware, who collects and builds his own guitars, often hangs out at Music Town for the environment and to soak up some of the Spagone’s guitar prowess.
“He is probably one of the most talented guitarists I have met, and I have known a lot,” Ware said. “I build my guitars and then Marc does the pro setup for me. He is also a great teacher. He is good with anyone.”
He is probably one of the most talented guitarists I have met, and I have known a lot. I build my guitars and then Marc does the pro setup for me. He is also a great teacher. He is good with anyone.
Joseph Ware, on Music Town owner Marc Spagone
Spagone teaches his students how to play guitar, and then gets them up on stage at Music Town where they get accustomed to performing before others.
“I do weekly lessons for all ages, and I perform with the students,” he said. “We jam every Saturday with the adults.”
Spagone began doing guitar repair at a young age, and then got hired by Dean Guitars, where he learned the finer points of the craft, including fret dressing, electronic repair, intonation and getting the right action with the guitar.
“It’s very therapeutic. When you finish working on the guitar, you can enjoy it. It’s an essential thing. You need to keep your equipment in good shape,” Spagone said.
Many of his relatives played musical instruments, and Spagone started out on drums at the age of 4 or 5 before moving on to guitar a couple of years later.
“I have been in more than 30 bands,” he said.