Troy Stetina

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Troy Stetina
BornNovember 16, 1963
Occupation(s)Guitarist, music educator

Troy Stetina (born November 16, 1963) is an American guitarist and music educator with more than forty rock and metal instructional methods to his credit, and total sales currently over 1 million units. He was the director of Rock Guitar Studies at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and writer for GuitarOne magazine, and now teaches independently.[1]

Early years[edit]

Stetina grew up in Indiana, the youngest in a family of Olympic cyclists, including his brothers Wayne, Dale and Joel,[2] and won several national medals as a teenager. Stetina's mother, an accomplished opera singer, supported his interest in music, and at age 12 she bought him a $60 beginner guitar and little practice amp.[1]

Stetina started giving private guitar lessons part-time at a local music store and found he had a knack for teaching. When a chance meeting with Hal Leonard author/editor Will Schmid occurred at the store, an opportunity to write a heavy-metal instructional method materialized. His first effort was never published due to copyright issues. His second attempt resulted in the highly successful[according to whom?] Heavy Metal Rhythm Guitar (Volumes 1 & 2) in 1986, and Heavy Metal Lead Guitar in 1987.[citation needed]

The same year the first book was released, Stetina joined the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, in Milwaukee. Although he eventually became Director of the Rock Guitar department, he left in the early 1990s to finally pursue a career as a recording artist.[citation needed]

Speed Mechanics for Lead Guitar[edit]

Speed Mechanics for Lead Guitar (ISBN 0-7935-0962-9) is a guitar tutorial book by Stetina first published in 1990. It is designed to teach lead guitar techniques, how to practice and encourage evolving creativity. It is split into three sections Mechanics, Rhythm and Creativity. It Includes a rock version of "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, "Caprice No. 10" by Niccolò Paganini and "Prelude in D" by JS Bach.

Associated bands[edit]

  • Wraith
  • Titan
  • Second Soul
  • Dimension X
  • Exottica

Guitar lessons: book, book/CD & DVD[edit]

Troy Stetina Series guitar lessons:

  • Metal Rhythm Guitar Volume 1
  • Metal Rhythm Guitar Volume 2
  • Speed & Thrash Guitar Method
  • Metal Lead Guitar Primer
  • Metal Lead Guitar Volume 1
  • Metal Lead Guitar Volume 2
  • Metal Guitar Tricks
  • Speed Mechanics for Lead Guitar
  • Fretboard Mastery
  • Secrets to Writing Killer Metal Songs
  • Total Rock Guitar
  • The Ultimate Scale Book
  • The Ultimate Barre Chord Guide
  • Left-Handed Guitar
  • Beginning Rock Rhythm Guitar - DVD
  • Beginning Rock Rhythm Guitar - VHS
  • Beginning Rock Rhythm Guitar - book (English)
  • Beginning Rock Rhythm Guitar - book (Spanish)
  • Beginning Rock Lead Guitar - DVD
  • Beginning Rock Lead Guitar - VHS
  • Beginning Rock Lead Guitar - book (English)
  • Beginning Rock Lead Guitar - book (Spanish)
  • Troy Stetina's Guitar Lessons: Hard Rock
  • Troy Stetina's Guitar Lessons: Funk Rock
  • Acoustic Rock
  • The Very Best of Ozzy Osbourne (with Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee & Zakk Wylde)
  • Best of Foo Fighters
  • Best of Rage Against The Machine
  • Best of Black Sabbath
  • Best of Black Sabbath - DVD
  • Best of Aggro-Metal
  • Deep Purple Greatest Hits
  • Modern Rock - DVD
  • Hard Rock - DVD
  • The Best of Joe Satriani by Dale Turner (Troy Stetina recorded all of the music on the accompanying CD)[3]
  • Dream Theater - Signature Licks
  • Speed Mechanics for Drums


  • Troy Stetina Series


  1. ^ a b "Troy Stetina, Bio & Quick Facts". January 14, 2001. Archived from the original on January 14, 2001.
  2. ^ Lardner, James (April 17, 1978). "Big Spill, Photo Finish Enliven Bike Race Here". Washington Post. Washington D.C. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  3. ^ "Guitar Lessons". Retrieved March 18, 2017.

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