Born near Heidelberg, Germany, Gunnar Eisel has developed guitar
programs at California State University Los Angles, Citrus College,
Whittier College and Fullerton College. As chairman of the guitar
program at CSULA for 27 years, Eisel guided many guitarists to
successful careers. His successful "non-classical” students include
Rusty Anderson (lead guitarist for Paul McCartney) and Mike Simpson
(producer, Beastie Boys and Beck).
Eisel served as Executive Director of the Guitar Foundation of
America from 1987 to 2002. His fondest memories are of the many
friendships and the camaraderie that evolved throughout his year at
GFA. He also served as ASTA Southern California guitar chairman for
eight years and ASTA National guitar chairman for two years.
A full-time faculty member at Citrus College since 1989, Eisel has
taught music theory, guitar, music history, and music technology
classes. He was instrumental in the development of the Citrus Audio and
Video Recording Arts Center. Currently he is head of the music theory
program at Citrus and the faculty lead for the Recording Arts program.
Eisel’s Worldguitarist.com is on e of the most popular classical guitar
sites on the internet. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling abroad
with his wife, collecting and showing rare plants, ad playing with his