Teaching Days

Tuesday | Thursday



Brett Vaughn

Raised in a musical household, Brett Rechtfertig eventually began playing guitar at age 11 after falling under the spell of rock innovators Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix. By high school, Brett was performing original music and opening up for national rock and metal acts.

While pursuing his Bachelor’s degree at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Brett studied guitar performance in the jazz, funk, fusion, American roots music, Gypsy jazz and blues idioms. Another large part of Brett’s education centered on arranging for 11 and 12-piece jazz ensembles, extending Brett’s knowledge beyond merely guitar and offering a “big picture” approach to music and ensemble playing/writing.

As a teacher, Brett is committed to exploring what each student is drawn to about music, and giving them pathways that will continue to unfold and bring personal satisfaction. Brett believes that all students have the ability to achieve their musical goals, and that time, passion and energy are the only requirements.

When he is not teaching, Brett is performing and recording with his own rock/jazz project, The Mindful. You can find The Mindful’s music at www.themindfulband.com.

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Brett’s Setup

This will give you some understanding of what he plays.

Custom Warmoth/Musikraft HH Jazzmaster
’63 Fender Jazzmaster
2006 Fender American Telecaster
80’s Fender Japanese Stratocaster

Vox AC30 Heritage Handwired Head/2×12 Cab (Celestion Alnico Blues speakers)
Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue
Marshall 1959RR Super Lead Mk II head with custom Mojotone 4×12 cab (vintage Altec Lansing 417-8h speakers)

Strings: D’Addario EXL110/EXL120+
Cables: Mogami Gold, George L patch cables
Picks: Pickboy Jazz, Classic Celluloid and T. Shell (1.20mm and 1.50mm)

Pedal Train Metro 24 pedalboard
One Control Black Loop
Wren and Cuff Your Face 70’s fuzz
Vintage (early 80’s) MXR Distortion Plus
WMD Parametric EQ
Boss TU3 Waza tuner
Electro Harmonix Micro POG
Electro Harmonix Freeze
Mr. Black Bloodmoon Reverb
JHS Mini-Bomb Boost
Strymon El Capistan d’Tape Echo
Vintage (80’s MIJ) Ibanez CS9
Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2+