corey-congilioSince picking up the guitar at age thirteen, Corey Congilio has been steadily forming a solid musical foundation built upon honesty, integrity and respect for his art form. Born and raised in Phillipsburg New Jersey, Corey was exposed to music from his father, mother and guitar playing uncles. This exposure to music of all types at an early age, helped to lay a foundation of passion, versatility and appreciation of what music is, where it comes from, and what it should be.

Realizing at an early age that music and the guitar would be his life’s focus, Corey moved to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the Art Institute Of Pittsburgh. There, Corey studied audio engineering but, didn’t get into music production officially until a few years after graduation. In the late 1990’s Pittsburgh had a vibrant music scene rich with blues, RnB, and original Rock. Corey shot up through the ranks by hanging out with the city’s best players who helped in honing his skills and overall musical maturity.

In 2005, Corey produced his first EP for a local country artist and his love of the studio began to blossom. Corey became an in demand session player in Pittsburgh and began to produce projects for singer-songwriters. His projects ran the gamut of styles that showed off his ability on instruments other than the guitar.

Over a 10 year period as an instructor, Corey has taught hundreds of students ranging in age from six to eighty years old. A decade’s worth of guitar instruction helped to connect Corey to the world’s leader in online guitar instruction, Truefire.com. Corey released his first official Truefire course entitled 50 Texas Blues Licks You Must Know in 2011 and his fate as a worldwide guitar instructor was sealed. Since the release of 50 Texas Blues, Corey has released six top selling courses for TrueFire and continues to work on new material for upcoming releases.

His passion for teaching and presenting lends itself to the world of musical instrument demonstration as well. Since 2007, Corey has been a clinician for Fishman Transducers and has recently signed on to work with the most iconic acoustic guitar maker in the world, C.F.Martin Guitar & Co.

The combination of being a multi-instrumentalist and having a solid background in all contemporary musical genres meant that Nashville, TN would eventually become Corey’s new home. Corey moved to Nashville in 2013 and has begun working in what he feels is the “best city for music in the world.” Currently Corey is performing with and producing multiple acts as well as recording his solo EP due to be released in 2015


  1. Henry "H-Bomb" Weck - August 7, 2014 2:08 pm

    I just might need to buy that course on 50 licks! While in Pittsburgh, did you ever cross paths with Norm Nardini? I’ll see you tonight at Puckett’s.

    • Corey Congilio - August 7, 2014 6:39 pm

      Run into the Norm? The uncrowned king of Pittsburgh Rock N Roll? The wop with the bop from Pitsteel Pensytucky? Of course!

      • Paul Baughman - February 15, 2015 7:56 pm

        Ever play at Gene’s or with Glenn Pavone?

        • Corey Congilio - March 28, 2015 8:29 pm

          Hey Paul,
          I never played at Gene’s…lots of themes at the Blues Cafe though! I never played with Glen but did know him. Sad day when he passed. Truly great player.

  2. Kane - January 18, 2015 12:15 pm

    Hey Corey. G’day from Australia. Letting you know I’m loving 50 Progressive Blues Licks right now. Lots of meaty stuff, explained really well. Keep ‘em coming!!!

    • Corey Congilio - March 28, 2015 8:30 pm

      Hey Kane!
      Glad you’re loving the course. That was one of my favs to produce. All the best!

  3. Craig - March 24, 2015 3:47 pm

    Hi Corey, thanks for making the 50 Texus Blues Licks videos available! This instruction is exactly what I’ve been looking for all these years and you have a terrific teaching style that’s easy to follow.

    Toronto, Canada

    • Corey Congilio - March 28, 2015 8:28 pm

      Thanks, Craig!
      Glad I could help!

  4. Tom - June 20, 2015 9:38 pm

    Hi Corey Thanks for the Rhythm Factory course,It’s a lot of fun to play and its improving my playing. Thanks again

    • Corey Congilio - July 27, 2015 12:42 am

      Glad you’re enjoying it, Tom! Thanks for the message!

  5. Spencer Neal - September 16, 2015 7:13 pm


    I just stumbled upon your True Fire Texas Blues Solo course. Your Albert Collins tone is spot on. How did you achieve the tone?

    Also, are you familiar with Ian Moore’s album Live from Austin. If not, I highly recommend it especially if you are a Freddie King fan.

    You have been a great source of inspiration and guidance.

    Thank you,

    • Corey Congilio - September 17, 2015 3:46 pm

      Hey Spencer,
      Thanks for the comment. Actually, I use the Avid Eleven Rack for my videos and that Albert Collins tone is just a tele and a Fender Super Reverb Model cranked all the way up! Ian Moore is a beast…no question about it!


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