Tommaso Zillio, PhD - Chief Instructor

Tommaso is a full-time professional rock/metal guitarist, teacher, and composer based in Edmonton, AB, Canada.

Tommaso is the main writer at, and collaborates as a writer with websites such as,,,,, and, among many others. Tommaso has written a number of instructional eBooks available online; among them is Sweeping Blues: 101 sweep picking licks for Blues guitar, an innovative course that applies the cutting-edge technique of sweep picking to the grittiness and sincerity of Blues.

He collaborates regularly with local acting companies for musical theater productions, the most recent shows being:

  • "Jesus Christ Superstar" (2013, with the Trinity Singers, sold out on all shows).
  • "Reefer Madness" (Fringe holdover, Highest grossing Fringe show in 2012, Highest grossing Fringe BYOV of all time).
  • "Bare" (3 Sterling Award Nominations),
  • "Hair" (Fringe holdover, Highest grossing Fringe show in 2010, Highest grossing Fringe BYOV before 2010)

One of Tommaso's songs "Where Angels Stumble" has been featured on the compilation CD "Under the Same Sky", whose 10,000 copies have been distributed worldwide. Tommaso regularly works as a "hired gun" for other artists as a studio musician and orchestral arranger.

Tommaso is a proud endorser of AMT Electronics, the best distortion pedals on the planet. His pedals of choice are the SS-20, the F1, and the DT-2.

Tommaso is a graduate of the Tom Hess' Music Career Mentoring Program and is currently involved in the Tom Hess' Elite Guitar Teacher Inner Circle program (only member in Edmonton).

Among Tommaso's favorite musicians and influences are: Dream Theater, Pink Floyd, Joe Satriani, Andy Timmons, Mike Oldfield, Jean-Michel Jarre, Deine Lakaien, Litfiba, Nightwish, Astor Piazzolla, Hans Zimmer.

Tommaso is also the main teacher for the GRIP (Guitar Results Intensive Program) in Edmonton and is available for private and group lessons. To book a free one-on-one consultation with Tommaso, please click on the button below:

What Our Students Say About Tommaso

"Lessons with Tom made a huge difference in my playing, within two weeks actually. It was pretty amazing. Tom was teaching me the skills I needed to learn to play the songs I wanted to play."

Nicole Ringuette

"Taking lessons with Tommaso actually helped improve the technical aspect of my playing, It helped me be more precise, more certain of what I am playing.

Alex Dudin

"Where I progressed the most was with the little shortcuts that Tommaso teaches, how to shift from one chord to another, without making it more complicated than it actually is. Taking lessons with Tommaso has been great, I'm learning and progressing, I really enjoy it."

Bronwyn Irvine

"Tommaso's teaching approach provides a perfect balance of technical advice, practical theory and creative guidance, that has helped my playing advance to the next level. For years, I had tried all sorts of guitar teaching methods (DVD's, videos, books) with limited success, and my guitar playing stagnated as a result. Since teaming up with Tommaso, my playing has advanced faster in the last year than in the previous fifteen years. Tommaso's guitar lessons have been the best investment I have made in my pursuit to be a better guitar player and a guitar soloist."

Mark Plamondon (Fort Saskatchewan)