About Tom Hess
Tom Hess wears a lot of musical hats. He’s a guitar teacher, music career mentor, and guitar teacher trainer all rolled into one mean, guitar-playing machine. In addition to teaching guitar online, Tom Hess has taught private guitar lessons, conducted clinics, workshops and master classes around the United States. He was an instructor at the National Guitar Workshop, and he also started and directed an electric guitar program at Harper College in Illinois, USA. He founded the Elite Guitar Teachers Inner Circle where he coaches guitar teachers on how to teach guitar and develop guitar teaching businesses.
Tom Hess began playing guitar on January 31st, 1986. His early influences included bands such as Def Leppard, Van Halen and Metallica. Later on, after hearing artists such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Jason Becker, George Bellas, and Dream Theater, he became driven to become the virtuoso guitarist and composer that he is today. This eventually led him to enter music schools and earn two music degrees: one in Music Theory and another in Music Composition. Tom also studied with the Lion Music recording artist George Bellas for several years.
Tom Hess has toured the world with the band HolyHell, playing alongside famous bands such as Black Sabbath (Heaven and Hell), Motorhead, Nightwish, Epica, Testament, Manowar, and Rhapsody of Fire. Tom Hess and HolyHell have performed in front of sold out crowds of tens of thousands of fans, including multiple shows in Germany and the Czech Republic; appearing at the German Earthshaker Fest 2005 and the Czech Masters of Rock Festivals. HolyHell’s debut single “Apocalypse” is clawing its way up the European charts throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He is also the main composer of his own instrumental band, HESS. The HESS band released Opus 1 and Opus 2 and have sold successfully in many countries around the world.