Carl Verheyen

Adjunct Instructor

Division: Contemporary Music
Program: Popular Music, Studio/Jazz Guitar

Instrument: Guitar
Phone: (213) 740-3119
Office: TMC 110


In his 40-plus years of playing the instrument, Carl Verheyen has created a wildly successful, multi-faceted career. He is a critically-acclaimed musician with 10 CD’s released worldwide and is commonly regarded as a guitar virtuoso capable of playing any style of music with remarkable mastery and conviction. He has been one of L.A.’s elite “first call” session players for the past 25 years, playing on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and television shows. Verheyen has graced the pages of countless industry publications and been the subject of numerous articles chronicling his rise to the forefront of the modern day guitar scene. He has won numerous polls and musical honors in the U.S., Germany, France, Italy and the U.K.

A member of the smash hit British rock group Supertramp since 1985, Verheyen has played to millions of enthusiastic fans in sold out arenas worldwide. As the creative force behind The Carl Verheyen Band, he has released an impressive and eclectic discography that showcases his endless talents across a wide array of musical genres.

A much sought after studio musician, Verheyen plays on other artists’ CDs whenever his busy schedule permits. He has recorded and played with a virtual who’s who of the music industry. His vast collection of movie soundtrack and television credits are enviable. Verheyen was heard by 67, 000,000 people as a featured soloist at the 2009 Academy Awards. He will also be heavily featured in the forthcoming film documentary about the electric guitar, Turn It Up!

On the educational front, Verheyen has produced two instructional videos, Intervallic Rock Guitar and Forward Motion, as well as various on-line lessons. He also has a book/CD detailing his unique “intervallic” style called Improvising Without Scales. Another book, entitled Studio City, is a compilation of all the columns Verheyen wrote for Guitar Magazine between 1996 and 1999. He has written a monthly column for Chitarre, Italy’s number 1 guitar publication, as well as Guitar World and Guitar Jam Daily, a website devoted to serious guitarists. He also lectures and teaches at clinics regularly when not on the road.

As if that weren’t enough, working closely with the Austrian string company Thomastik-Infeld, Verheyen developed a line of signature strings for the electric guitar that perfectly balance the tremolo bridge of the Fender Stratocaster. He also helped design a unique double cutaway acoustic guitar with Avalon Guitars, a highly respected manufacturer in Ireland, in addition to his numerous existing endorsements.

Professional experience

Career Highlights:

  • Featured in dozens of magazines: Guitar Player, Guitar World, Rhythm, Vintage Guitar, Gig, Guitar Shop, Musician, Premier Guitar, 20th Century Guitar, Jazztimes, Chitarre, Jazziz.
    Cover of 1998 Guitar Techniques with his long-time idol, B.B. King.
    Cover of Axe Magazine twice.
  • Performed/Recorded with: Christina Aguilera, Bee Gees, Cher, Belinda Carlisle, Melissa Manchester, Little Richard, Dolly Parton, Glenn Frey, John Fogerty, B.B. King, Shelby Lynne, Jose Feliciano, Leanne Rimes, Gordon Goodwin Band, Miley Cyrus and countless more.

Honors, Awards & Competitions:

  • Best Guitarist 1998, L.A. Music Awards
  • Chosen as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, Classic Rock Magazine 9/09
  • Best Studio Guitarist, Guitar Player Readers’ Choice Awards
  • 2005 release Rumor Mill nominated for four DVD Entertainment Awards (Best Musical Performance, Best Audio Presentation,  Best Dual Disc, Best Authoring Design). Win for Best Dual Disc.
  • Best Additional Features, Surround Sound Award for Rumor Mill


  • Motion Pictures: Star Trek, Up, Land of the Lost,  The Crow, The Negotiator, Strange Days, L.A. Story, Gladiator, Blow, Walking Tall, Titan AD, True Lies, The Usual Suspects, Collateral Damage, Scrooged, The Big Hit, Forces of Nature, Mad Love, Idle Hands, Race the Sun, Ratatouille, Speed Racer and numerous others
  • Television Shows : Cheers, Scrubs, Samantha Who, Frasier, Married…with Children, Larry Sanders Show, Seinfeld, Happy Days, Murphy Brown, The Tonight Show, The Gary Shandling Show, The Martin Short Show and many more.
  • 1988 No Borders  – An early reflection of Carl’s “jack of all trades” status.
  • 1994 Garage Sale – A showcase of Carl’s improvisation skills embracing blues-based forms. He began to forge a unique chordal concept that can be heard on his soulful cover of Bob Dylan’s “My Back Pages.”
  • 1997 Slang Justice - Stylistically diverse with elements of rock, blues, funk and acoustic rock.
  • 1999 Slingshot Written entirely backstage during Supertramp’s Some Things Never Change tour. A blues-rock style album mixed with pop and jazz influences.
  • 2000 Atlas Overload - Back to basics with this technically sparse and raw CD.
  • 2001 Solo Guitar Improvisations A highly respected work of solo acoustic guitar.
  • 2001 Real to Reel – Side project with Karl Ratzer, Vienna’s most renowned jazz guitarist. Recorded in just two days, it consists of extended “jams” and interactive musical sparring.
  • 2003 SIX – Includes a cover of Lennon/McCartney’s “Yes It Is” using a chord style fans have come to recognize as “uniquely Verheyen.”
  • 2005 Rumor Mill – An award-winning DVD box set with a live concert, an acoustic concert, behind the scenes interviews, a masterclass, and rehearsal footage.
  • 2006 Take One Step Another step forward in the tradition of a constantly searching musical and artistic career. Includes an extended piece called “Bells of April” that incorporates the many sounds of the electric and acoustic guitar orchestrally and departs radically from traditional song form.
  • 2009 Trading 8s – Carl’s latest CD featuring duets with some of the finest guitarists in the world: Joe Bonamassa, Albert Lee, Scott Henderson, Steve Morse, Rick Vito and Robben Ford.

Research Interests:

Carl plays:

  • Electric guitar, baritone electric guitar,12 string electric guitar, electric slide guitar, acoustic steel string guitar, acoustic 12 string guitar, acoustic nylon string guitar, acoustic slide guitar, acoustic high string guitar, 5 string banjo, 4 string banjo, dobro, mandolin, and guitarino