RL Heyer (beginning-advanced guitar) has been a staple in Seattle’s music scene for the last 15 years. Currently fronting the bands Cracker Factory and My Sweet Action, he has been called in for his musical talents on albums and performances alike for groups such as Andrew Vait, Eric Miller, Cody Beebe and the Crooks, Carrie Cunningham, La Push, Richie Aldente, and fronted The True Spokes and Flowmotion for 7 years at the height of their popularity.
RL began playing the guitar at the age of 8 and was performing professionally by the age of 11. Entering Jr High School in Cheney, WA he found his way into the Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Terry Lack and continued into High School as part of a “dynasty” that would go onto win competitions all over the region. By the time he was 17, he was the guitarist in Bob Curnow’s Big Band alongside the best players in Spokane, most of them music educators.
RL started teaching private lessons while still in High School, and has always kept a roster of students from beginners to advanced. One of his strengths as an instructor lies in his flexibility in assessing different students’ needs. He is now also part of an organization called STYLE, Songwriting Through Youth Literature Education which offers programs geared toward elementary and middle school students. The classes write songs inspired by books and record them with a professional mobile studio.
A prolific songwriter, producer, and musician, it brings RL great amounts of joy inspiring others to learn, hone, and further their craft of musicianship.