Thomas holds degrees from Musicians Institute, Icon Collective and Dick Grove. He has excellent credentials but more importantly the creativity and experience to pass on his unique set of knowledge and enjoyment of the craft. His music has received 4/5 star reviews in Rolling Stone Magazine, "Best of LA Americana Music" for both 2012 and 2014 among other national press. Most recently 2017 he has placed two of his Alt. Country/Americana songs in the up coming Sharon Stone feature film "A Little Something for Your Birthday". He has been a solo performer at resorts around the world and is a working songwriter for a Nashville-based music publishing house. Thomas can assist in writing and instrument knowledge for various genres.
Below are a handful of various genre recordings all written by Derek Thomas. For the most part he is singing and playing all the guitar parts on the recordings below. Thomas and his small hand picked staff of professional writers/players are available to assist you in understanding the craft of songwriting and helping you with your journey. Songwriting and theory knowledge is very important when it comes to feeling competent as a player as well as making money in the modern music industry. Sign up now and fill in the missing pieces to your understanding of the craft of songwriting and playing your instrument. All genres from modern pop, vintage rock n roll, blues rock, blues, folk, alt country/americana, finger style, singer-songwriter, soul, R&B, Gospel, ambient. psychedelic etc.. Instruments taught include guitar, vocals piano, bass, drums as well as other instruments.
Derek Thomas Americana Project - SkylineDriveMusic.com