About Guitopia

The Mission

Guitarists… you’ve found your Utopia!  Guitopia was developed to bring you the ultimate guitar education experience.  Our goal is to help you become a proficient, competent, confident, satisfied, well-rounded guitarist and musician by providing experience-driven knowledge from actual industry professionals.  Guitar teachers are a dime a dozen, but touring, recording, Grammy-nominated professionals is what you’ll find at Guitopia.

 

You will learn quickly here because our efficient and effective teaching methods are aimed at getting you to play music from day one.  Learn a new chord?  Use it in a musical situation.  Learn a new technique?  Use it in a musical situation.  Learn a new scale?  You get the idea…  To become a musician, it’s beyond learning the “tools”.  You have to know how to use them; that’s what we focus on at Guitopia.

 

We’ll be guiding you every step of the way and show you how to implement everything you learn, musically, immediately.  THAT is the difference between us and everyone else.  While other places will give you a fish, we teach you how to fish!

 

You can expect constant growth here at Guitopia.  We’re always revising our resources to further define the best possible learning path.  We’re constantly monitoring the web’s newest technologies and seeing how we can implement them here to keep your learning experience as fun, exciting, effective and efficient as possible.  We are also eager to hear from our Members so please contact us with your site and content suggestions!

 

Now go learn and play some music!

The Team

Dave Weiner
Founder & Host
Greg Weiss
Chief Technical Officer

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Jim Perona
Master of Transcriptions

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Michelle S.
Director of Member Happiness 

The Story

Guitopia was founded by Dave Weiner.  Here are some quick stats on Dave:

  • 28-years playing experience
  • 22 years teaching experience
  • 16 years touring experience
  • Steve Vai’s touring guitarist of choice for the last 16 years leading to numerous world tours
  • Attended and graduated from Musician’s Institute:  Guitar Institute of Technology.  Later returned there as an instructor for many years
  • 4-time Grammy nominee for both guitar playing and engineering for his work on Steve Vai’s recordings
  • 3 records released
  • Creator and host of Riff of the Week® since 2005.  ROTW is the internet’s longest running guitar education video series
  • Hosts clinics and master classes around the world
  • Pioneered online guitar lessons via Skype and iChat in the early 00’s

 

The Past – Riff of the Week:

All that experience is what has culminated into Guitopia, but it started a decade ago.  Dave started producing guitar-education videos in 2005 with his hit series “Riff of the Week®”.  As season after season passed, production naturally increased: the move from SD to HD, added cameras, pro lighting, green screens and microphones lead to more post-production: editing multiple angles and mixing and mastering audio.  All at the aim of producing the highest quality content possible.  But that was just the beginning.

 

The Present – Guitopia:

Shortly after ROTW became a full-fledged business, it started to quickly grow.  A bigger vision became apparent immediately.  That vision would entail a better, broader name; one that wasn’t quite as narrow and misleading (we teach so much more than a riff per week!).  It would also entail more features to immerse the learning guitarist, keep them interested and having fun (chatroom, forum and giveaways, to name a few).  And this vision would be presented via a brand new, rebuilt from the ground up, website to enhance the Member experience and provide the best learning atmosphere possible.

 

The Future:

Rest assured, we won’t rest on our laurels.  Guitopia will continue to evolve to provide the best possible guitar education for our Members.   The near future holds an exciting, soup-to-nuts guitar course, tentatively named “The Guitar Path”.  It will be the most all-encompassing guitar course ever created.  From day one of owning a guitar, we’re going to guide you through the learning process, making sure you know how to make music with everything you’re learning along the way.  We’ll show you step-by-step, what to learn and where to go next.  If you’re an absolute beginner or a seasoned veteran,  you’re going to learn more, faster, than you ever thought possible, and be a real musician, not just a guitarist.

Our Policies:

GUITOPIA, LLC – TERMS OF USE

 

The following terms and conditions of use (“Terms of Use”) govern your use of this web site, guitopia.com (the “Site”), and the subscription services available through it, further defined below (the “Service”). We reserve the right to change the Terms of Use at any time without prior notice. BY USING THIS WEB SITE AND SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE YOU ACCEPT AND AGREE TO THESE TERMS OF USE. IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT THE TERMS OF USE IN THIS AGREEMENT, THEN YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO ACCESS THE SITE OR THE SERVICE.

 

THE SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE

Description. Guitopia.com is a web-based subscription service intended to help subscription holders (“Users”) to learn how to play guitar.  The web-based lessons are digitally streaming and are not downloadable. The intended use of this Site and Service is to help individual Users learn how to play guitar.

 

Users:  A User must be at least eighteen (18) years of age, accept the Agreement, complete the registration process, and pay the subscription fees in full in order to use Guitopia’s Site and Service.

 

Registration:  User hereby warrants and represents that the information provided during the registration process is accurate and that, if registering on behalf of any entity, the User is an authorized agent of that entity. User hereby grants Guitopia a perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license to use the User’s registration information for its business purposes. Guitopia will use reasonable efforts to protect the privacy of information obtained as part of the registration process. User also agrees to keep all user information up to date.

 

Payment: User shall pay a subscription fee according to the current price listed on the Site. Subscription fees are due at the beginning of the term. Customers must pay by credit card, debit card, or Paypal which will be automatically charged at the beginning of each term. By agreeing to these Terms of Use, you authorize Guitopia to charge your selected payment source at the beginning of each billing period until such time as your account has been canceled. A User’s account will not become active until payment is satisfactorily processed.  The member is solely responsible for payment in full, each billing period, regardless of use of the site.  It is solely the member’s responsibility to maintain payments to Guitopia and cancel payments if desired.

 

Email Communications:  From time to time, Guitopia will use email to communicate with the User. By using the Service, Users agree to receive receipts, status notifications, newsletters, and carefully selected special offers and promotions that Guitopia believes could be of value to the User. Users are free to unsubscribe from such communications at any time.

 

LIMITED LICENSE

Limited Use License Grant. By consenting to these Terms of Use and paying the subscription fee, a User is entitled to a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-assignable license to stream the content from Guitopia’s Site onto a personal computer or other internet compatible device for the purposes of learning to play guitar taught in those lessons. Your right to use the contents on this Site is limited to your personal, noncommercial use.

Loss of Licensed Material. If Guitopia should decide to discontinue any of its services on the Site and Service, Guitopia may immediately remove such content without notice to User. USERS DISCLAIM ANY DAMAGES RELATED TO THEIR SUBSCRIPTION FEE BASED ON THE REMOVAL OF CONTENT UNDER THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES.

 

PROHIBITED USES

Prohibited Uses of Protected Intellectual Property. User acknowledges that the Service is a streaming service and all downloading of any content on the Site is strictly prohibited. Furthermore, User shall not post, display, publish, copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, modify, sell, perform, broadcast, transfer, or otherwise exploit the content, data, or other information on the Site and Service. User agrees not to publicly display the streaming music and instructional content to anyone who does not hold a license to view this content. Users shall not remove, conceal, or alter the copyright notice, byline information, credits, or other notices of intellectual property on the Site. User hereby agrees not to make any commercial use or exploitation of the Site or Service or any of the content therein. User expressly agrees not to share his or her password with anyone who is not registered on his or her account. Users may not broadcast, circulate, distribute, download, perform, publish, rent, reproduce, sell, store, transmit or create derivative works from the Web Site. The User must comply with all applicable laws in connection with using the Service. The User agrees to refrain from any use that is infringing, defamatory, libelous, or invasive of the personal or privacy rights of others or depicts third parties in a false light or other unlawful or actionable manner.

Prohibited Uses Related to Site Security. Users are prohibited from modifying the Site or any portion of it. Users agree not to upload or otherwise infect the Site with any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, or other electronic data that are intended to damage, interfere with, surreptitiously intercept, or expropriate Guitopia’s Site, Service, data, or other content. Users are prohibited from accessing content not intended for User access and prohibited from testing the vulnerability of the Web Site or otherwise creating or attempting to create a security breach. Users are prohibited from interfering with the Service, the host, and the network and are prohibited from using any web tools to harvest data or other content information from the Site.

 

PROPRIETARY RIGHTS

Intellectual Property. As between you and Guitopia, Guitopia owns and has all rights to control the contents of this Site, including but not limited to all of the intellectual property, copyrights, trademarks, patent rights, database rights, moral rights, sui generis rights, and all rights in the graphics, user interface, “look and feel,” text, symbols, musical compositions, video files, audio recordings, literary property, images, the selection and format of these elements, the underlying software and databases. All of these elements may be protected by U.S., state, and international intellectual property laws.

Derivative Works. User expressly acknowledges that User bears all responsibility for obtaining the rights and permissions necessary to create any derivative works with the skills learned via the Service. User acknowledges that this license agreement is only a limited license and does not contain the right to create, record, or register derivative works or arrangements of the licensed compositions and sound recordings made available via digital streaming through the Service.

Public Performance. User expressly acknowledges that User bears all responsibility for obtaining the rights and permissions necessary to publicly perform any of the musical works learned via the Service. User acknowledges that this license agreement is only a limited license and does not contain the right to publicly perform the licensed compositions and sound recordings made available via digital streaming through the Service.

Copyright Agent for Infringement Notices. The parties are mutually committed to protecting the intellectual property of others. The parties acknowledge that Guitopia does not have a duty to affirmatively monitor the Site or Service for potential infringements of proprietary rights. If you believe that your work has been copied in a manner that amounts to copyright infringement, please provide written notice to Guitopia’s Copyright Agent, Michelle Stucker, at the following address: Guitopia LLC, 153 Woodland Rd. Wyomissing, PA 19610. Your written notice should contain the following information: address, phone number, email, a description of the alleged infringing material, the specific location of the allegedly infringing material, a statement that you have a good faith belief of infringement, a signature, and a statement made under the penalty of perjury that your notice is accurate.

 

INTERNET

Accessibility. Guitopia shall not be responsible for any delays, interruptions of, errors, or omissions encountered in accessing the Site or Service. Guitopia makes no representation, warranty, or covenant that its Site or Service will be available at any specific time or from any specific place. Guitopia SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS, COST, DAMAGE, OR LIABILITY THAT MAY RESULT FROM SUCH LIMITATIONS ON ACCESSIBILITY.

Third Party Web Sites (“Linked Sites”). Guitopia’s Site may contain hyperlinks to third-party web sites. These linked sites are not under Guitopia’s direction or control, and Guitopia is not responsible for any of the content on the linked sites. Linked sites should not be viewed as an endorsement by Guitopia, and a User assumes the risk of accessing any of these linked sites.

 

WARRANTIES, INDEMNIFICATION, AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

Warranties. The User represents and warrants that he or she has the full legal authority to enter into this Agreement. The User further represents and warrants that his or her use of the Site and the Service will be in compliance with the requirements under the Terms of Use.

Indemnification. User agrees to indemnify and hold Guitopia and all of its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, members, and employees harmless from all liabilities, claims of any third party, damages, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, arising out of the User’s use of the Service and/or the User’s violation of the Terms of Use. User agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Guitopia against any claims of infringement, contributory infringement, or vicarious infringement liability related to User’s use of the lessons, musical compositions and sound recordings, which are made available under the limited use rights of this Agreement.

Disclaimers. The Site and Service are provided “AS IS.” GUITOPIA makes no guarantee that any one lesson will be available through the Service at any point in time. GUITOPIA has the right to add or subtract from its inventory at its sole discretion, and DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY RELATED TO THE NON-AVAILABILITY OF ANY PARTICULAR LESSON, COMPOSITION OR RECORDING. Guitopia DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTY OF ACCURACY OR PRECISION IN THE INSTRUCTION OF THE LESSONS OR THE ACCURACY OF ANY DISPLAYED INFORMATION though GUITOPIA makes reasonable, good faith efforts to provide accurate instruction and credits. Guitopia MAKES NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND RELATING IN ANY WAY TO THE WEB SITE, including, but not limited to, any user identity or linked content. Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, Guitopia SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES AGAINST INFRINGEMENT OF ANY THIRD PARTY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, OR PROPRIETARY RIGHTS.

Limitation of Remedies. Guitopia SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO ANYONE FOR ANY DAMAGES, COSTS, OR LOSSES RELATING TO THE SITE OR THE SERVICE ARISING UNDER THESE TERMS OF USE OR OTHER APPLICABLE LAW IN ANY AMOUNT ABOVE THE AMOUNT PAID BY THE USER FOR THE SERVICE. IN NO EVENT SHALL Guitopia BE LIABLE FOR CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, OR INDIRECT DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOST PROFITS, DELAY DAMAGES, OR DAMAGES FROM THE LOSS OF USE OF THE SERVICE, EVEN IF Guitopia HAS BEEN PUT ON NOTICE OF THE POSSIBILITY FOR SUCH DAMAGES.

 

TERM AND TERMINATION

Term. The term of this agreement shall commence on the date GUITOPIA confirms your registration and sends you a subscription password. The Agreement shall continue in full force and effect for the duration of the term paid for by the User unless there is a period of significant inactivity or there is a material breach of these Terms of Use.

Inactivity. GUITOPIA has the full right to terminate a User’s subscription for a period of significant inactivity. A period of significant inactivity shall be defined as a period of one year that passes without the User logging on to the Site and utilizing the Service.

Breach. Breach shall be defined as the failure of any party to perform any agreement or obligation set forth according to these Terms of Use or the material inaccuracy or breach of any representation or warranty made under this agreement. A breach will be considered material where the breaching party fails to cure such breach on or before the 10th day following notice of the breach, or, if such breach cannot be cured within 10 days, the breaching party fails to commence to cure such breach during those 10 days and further fails to pursue such cure to completion. Notwithstanding this definition of breach, GUITOPIA reserves the right to suspend your account immediately if it believes in its discretion the User is a repeat infringer of intellectual property rights or has otherwise engaged in PROHIBITED USES forbidden by Section III or has violated the Proprietary Rights as provided in Section IV of these Terms of Use.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Modifications. GUITOPIA reserves the right to change the Terms of Use Agreement and such modifications shall be effective immediately. A User’s continued use of the Site and Service after changes are made to the Site, Service, and/or Terms of Use shall be evidence of the User’s acceptance of such changes.

Governing Law, Arbitration, Venue, and Jurisdiction. The validity and interpretation of this agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Pennsylvania without reference to any choice of law rules that would result in the application of the substantive law of any other jurisdiction. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating in any way to this Agreement or the validity, construction or performance of this Agreement, or the breach thereof, shall be resolved by arbitration in accordance with the commercial rules and procedures in existence at the time of such claim of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) under its jurisdiction in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Judgment on the arbitration award rendered by AAA may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. Such AAA rules and procedures are incorporated and made a part of this Agreement by reference. Either (i) GUITOPIA and User shall mutually select one arbitrator familiar with the music industry, Internet, streaming and website functionality (“qualified arbitrator”) or (ii) if they cannot agree on such qualified arbitrator, they shall each select one qualified arbitrator and those two arbitrators shall then select a third qualified arbitrator. All such proceedings shall be closed to the public and confidential and all records relating thereto, except for the arbitrators’ award, shall be permanently sealed. The parties agree hereto that they will abide by and perform any award rendered in any arbitration conducted pursuant hereto. The arbitration will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and any award shall be final, binding and non-appealable. The Parties agree to accept service of process in accordance with the AAA Rules. Any court action to enforce the arbitration award may be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in Philadelphia, County of Philadelphia, State of Pennsylvania. Each Party waives to the fullest extent possible any objection it may have to the arbitration or judicial enforcement venue lying in Pennsylvania, the inconvenience of such forum, and the exercise of personal jurisdiction over the Parties.

Severability. Any clause herein that is held to be fully or partly invalid or unenforceable for any reason whatsoever, or in violation of any applicable laws, shall be deleted and the remaining clauses of this Agreement shall continue to have effect and be binding upon the parties.

Survival. The following provisions shall survive any termination or expiration of this Agreement: Payment; Warranties, Indemnification, and Limitation of Liability; Relationship of Parties, Survival and Miscellaneous.

Entire Agreement. This Agreement represents the exclusive, full, and complete agreement of the Parties.

Relationship of Parties. The Parties are independent contractors. None of the terms set forth in this Agreement create, or are to be construed as creating, any partnership, joint venture, agency, master-servant employment, trust, or any other relationship between the parties.

Reservation of Rights. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved by GUITOPIA.

Privacy Policy

 

What information do we collect?
We collect information from you when you register on our site, place an order, subscribe to our newsletter, respond to a survey or fill out a form.

 

When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your: name, e-mail address, mailing address, phone number or credit card information. You may, however, visit our site anonymously.

 

What do we use your information for?
Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:

 

-To personalize your experience (your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs)
– To improve our website (we continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you)
– To improve customer service (your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support needs)
– To process transactions (Your information, whether public or private, will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or given to any other company for any reason whatsoever, without your consent, other than for the express purpose of delivering the purchased product or service requested.
– To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature
– To send periodic emails
The email address you provide for order processing, may be used to send you information and updates pertaining to your order, in addition to receiving occasional company news, updates, related product or service information, etc.Note: If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.

 

 

How do we protect your information?

 

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you place an order.

 

We offer the use of a secure server. All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our Payment gateway providers database only to be accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems, and are required to?keep the information confidential.

 

After a transaction, your private information (credit cards, social security numbers, financials, etc.) will not be stored on our servers.

 

Do we use cookies?

 

Yes (Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computers hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the sites or service providers systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.

 

We use cookies to help us remember and process the items in your shopping cart, understand and save your preferences for future visits and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may contract with third-party service providers to assist us in better understanding our site visitors. These service providers are not permitted to use the information collected on our behalf except to help us conduct and improve our business.
Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

 

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.
Third party links:
Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.
California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent.
As part of the California Online Privacy Protection Act, all users of our site may make any changes to their information at anytime by logging into their dashboard and going to the ‘Account Info’ page.

 

Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

 

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

 

Terms and Conditions

Please also visit our Terms and Conditions section establishing the use, disclaimers, and limitations of liability governing the use of our website at https://guitopia.com/terms

Your Consent

By using our site, you consent to our web site privacy policy.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page.

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may CONTACT US.

Happy playing!

Guitopia.com

Legal & Trademarks

Guitopia® is a federally and internationally registered trademark under classes:

 

Goods and Services

IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Downloadable video recordings featuring guitar instruction; Electronic sound pickup for guitars and basses; Guitar amplifiers; Guitar cables; Guitar effects processors

IC 015. US 002 021 036. G & S: Acoustic guitars; Bass guitars; Electric bass guitars; Electric guitars; Guitar bridges; Guitar pedals; Guitar picks; Guitars

IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: Belts; Hats; Hooded sweatshirts; Jackets; Pants; Scarves; Shirts; Shorts; Sweatshirts; T-shirts

IC 035. US 100 101 102. G & S: On-line retail store services featuring guitars, amplifiers, guitar effects, pedals, racks, picks, pickups, straps, guitar parts, instructional books, videos, and accessories; Retail store services featuring guitars, amplifiers, guitar effects, pedals, racks, picks, pickups, straps, guitar parts, instructional books, videos, and accessories

IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Educational services, namely, providing online instruction in the field of guitar instruction via an online website; Providing a web site featuring non-downloadable instructional videos in the field of guitar instruction; Providing a website for entertainment purposes featuring videos, audio, photos, and text about guitar instruction

IC 042. US 100 101. G & S: Hosting an on-line community web site featuring guitars, guitar equipments, guitar enthusiasts, and guitar education

IC 045. US 100 101. G & S: Online social networking services provided through a community website

Under penalty of federal law of the United States and international law by means of the Madrid Protocol, no usage of Guitopia may be used for:

– A guitar-education resource of any kind (online or offline, downloadable or non-downloadable) including websites, books, videos
-Manufacturing of electric or acoustic guitars, guitar amps, guitar effects (racks and pedals), guitar pickups, guitar accessories (strings, hardware, straps, etc)
-Manufacturing of electric or acoustic bass guitars, bass guitar amps, bass guitar effects (racks and pedals), bass guitar pickups, bass guitar accessories (strings, hardware, straps, etc)
-A retailer/reseller store (either brick and mortar or online/virtual)
-An online community
-Name of social network pages on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, etc.