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The Successful Musician was founded by Terry Carter to help musicians develop the mindset and routine of success.

Terry is a guitar & ukulele player, producer, composer, and motivational speaker. Some of Terry’s credits include work with Weezer, Josh Groban, Robbie Kreiger (The Doors), 2 time Grammy winner composer Christopher Tin (Calling All Dawns), bassist/songwriter Duff McKagen (Guns n’ Roses/Velvet Revolver), and producer Charles Goodan (Santana, Rolling Stones).

As a producer/engineer/performer Terry has worked and recorded with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Robbie Kreiger, Ron Eschete, Grant Geissman, Howard Alden, Frank Potenza, Steve Trovato, Larry Koonse, Pete Christlieb, Bruce Forman, Tim May, Carl Verheyen, John Pisano, Putter Smith, Tom Ranier, Joe Bagg, Zildjian, iPerform3D, Wirechoir, The Chris Frame Band, and Ocean Tribe.

Terry opened his studio, Carter’s Coyote Pass Studios in 2002. He has written and produced tracks for commercials and television shows including CBS (Scorpion), Animal Planet, MTV (Trippin’Wildboyz, and The Real World), and Puma. He also produces music for artists and also my own musical groups including, The Ron Escheté Trio: Live at Carter’s Coyote Pass Studios (DVD and CD), Wirechoir: Release The Fury (CD), Charles Sharp 6: Exits (CD), and Ocean Tribe: The Zen of Rock and Roll (CD).

Terry is the creator of Uke Like The Pros and Rock Like The Pros, online instructional sites aimed at helping people become better ukulele and guitar players. Terry has released 9 instructional music books, including his Rock Like The Pros series of guitar method books, a Studio Guitar book with Tariqh Akoni (music director Josh Groban), and 2 Blues books/DVD’s/ebooks with USC professor Steve Trovato. Terry has ventured into the world of music educational apps which include Rock Like The Pros, Uke Like The Pros, and Bandblast, all available for iOS and Android.

Terry received a Masters of Music in Studio/Jazz Guitar Performance from University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Music from San Diego State University, with an emphasis in Jazz Studies and Music Education.

Terry teaches or has taught at the University of Southern California, Santa Monica College, San Diego State University, Los Angeles City College, Cypress College, and Los Angeles Trade Tech College.


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