Music and Performance

Susan Palmer teaches jazz, blues, and rock guitar styles in Seattle and via webcam. Since 2006, she has been the guitar instructor at Seattle University. Palmer created and taught, “The Rock Project” at Cornish College of the Arts from 2010-15, and she was music instructor at Seattle Girls School for the 2016-17 school year. Palmer is the author of, The Guitar Lesson Companion Method Book Series which is used by teachers and students in over 10 countries, including faculty at Berklee College of Music. Her extensive collection of lesson videos and jam tracks are available for free on YouTube. Palmer’s current and former students perform regularly throughout the country, including these Seattle venues: The Comet, The High Dive, Skylark, Neumos, The Hard Rock Cafe, Chop Suey, The Tractor Tavern, The Rendezvous, The Sorrento Hotel, The Crocodile, The Mix, Cafe Racer, The Edgewater Hotel, The Sunset, and other private events.

Susan Palmer performs solo and in groups for public or private events. She plays a variety of styles, from acoustic jazz standards to electronic original compositions. She is dedicated to providing you with the atmosphere you desire at your next event. Check her availability:


Although Palmer has performed jazz, blues, and original music from the time she was 11 years old, she suffered an arm/hand injury in her late 20s that left her unable to perform regularly until very recently. She used those 12+ years to focus on teaching guitar students at Seattle University, and she also wrote a couple guitar method books:

She has written music since she was very young, and she continued to compose and record her music while she was injured:

A few years ago, she discovered this Jay Turser guitar with a neck width of 1.5″ at the nut:

The smaller scale and the narrow nut didn’t stress her arm/hand like all other guitars she had played, so after about 6 months of using this guitar in her teaching studio, she realized she could get back to practicing. She was eager to have a regular practice routine and get back to her studies, including learning Sonny Stitt’s baritone solo in the tune, “Tri-Horn Blues” by ear:

Then she learned his tenor solo on the same tune, and she knew she was going to be able to perform again:

During this heavy practice time, Susan found another guitar that had a 1.5″ neck width at The Guitar Store. It was a 1964 Fender Duo Sonic, and she named it, “Love”:

Susan Palmer has been super excited to finally have a guitar that fits her and allows her to really practice and play again. She’s been hosting some jam sessions, hanging out at public jam sessions, and booking a few gigs here and there. Her teaching studio is still her first priority because demand is so high, but she does intend to get back to the stage when time allows.