Best known as “Guitar Guy” from The Jeff Dunham Show, Brian Haner is that perfect combination of skilled guitar player and stand-up comedian. Brian was part of the largest comedy tour in the world while on the road with Jeff, seen live by over 2 million people. He was also part of the Jeff Dunham Christmas Special, the highest rated show in the history of Comedy Central, seen by 20 million people. While many guitar comics simply play chords while they do their comedy act, Brian is a whole different kind of musician. Brian spent twenty-five years as a guitarist, recording and touring with some of the biggest names in the music business.

Brian is currently on tour with Eagles Of Liberty Comedy Tour.



The Syn Gates School

A message from my son (Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold) about our FREE online school.

Between the two of us, we’ve have spent over 80 years pursuing the art of playing guitar.

My dad took his first guitar lesson as a five year-old – learning the names of the strings. His most recent lesson was a video on Chromatic Mediant Modulations last week. In between, he has learned immeasurable amounts from hundreds of different sources, ranging from private lessons, to countless dog-eared books to formal schooling to paid seminars and such.

But no source has been a greater influence on both our playing than fellow guitar players. A lick here, a trick there. Maybe even just a word of advice or bit of encouragement from a player we admired.

My dad started out his life with dreams of being a rockstar. He had some success in that arena, which left him with a single gold record and a hard-won appreciation for how difficult and nearly impossible it is to make a living on the road.

Before and after his short career as a rockstar, he did session work, toured, wrote songs, scored films, even delved into comedy as “Guitar Guy”, and counted himself fortunate enough to make a life-long living in the music industry.

Ironically, it was my dream to be a studio musician – like my dad. And while I have done my share of studio work, my life took a very different turn. So in a cosmic sense, we have lived each other’s dreams.

And while some of our talents overlap, we have a different set of peculiar skills. Papa Gates is old school with a twist. His roots are firmly planted in classic rock and blues but his approach technically is modern and unique; applying economy and sweep picking as well as eight finger tapping and beyond. My roots grew out of the metal and the rock bands of the 90s and later. Although we both respect each other’s musical preferences, where we truly meet is in the jazz and classical genres. We have been jamming, listening to, and studying these two infinitely layered art forms together our entire lives– it is how we complete the circle, and how we continue to learn from each other every day.

When we decided to embark together on this adventure now known as The Synyster Gates School, our goals were simple:

  1. We wanted to organize and share the diverse knowledge we have obtained over the years.
  2. We wanted to create a place where other guitar players could not only learn, but also share their own idiosyncratic knowledge and experiences.
  3. And lastly, we wanted to give something back to the music community that has given us so much by making it free of charge.

Our first conversation about The Synyster Gates School happened five years ago. For the first few months it was really just a number of “what if” conversations. Then came two years of developing  a curriculum, followed by a year of making videos and building the right team to bring our vision to fruition.

Please believe us, this has been a labor of love and something we are extremely proud of, we have taken great pains to make The Synyster Gates School a continually evolving site that will reflect the needs, desires and wishes of all who care to be a part of it.

We are all on the same path. Some of us are just further along than others. So dive in!!! 


Syn Gates

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Everyone likes to say there are no funny conservatives - as if conservatives are incapable of humor. 

FREEDOM TO LAUGH Comedy Tour, is here to change all that – once and for all. With a cast of incredibly talented performers who bring years of experience to the stage – this show is undeniably funny. 

Chad Prather has been described as “the modern-day Will Rogers”.
He is a comedian, armchair philosopher, musician, and observational humorist. His social media viral videos are measured in the hundreds of millions. He has made numerous appearances on Fox News, CNN, A&E, and The Blaze.

Reno Collier is a national headlining comedian who has appeared numerous times on Comedy Central. He was one of the stars of “The Blue-Collar Comedy Tour: The Next Generation". He also toured nationally with Larry The Cable Guy, Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall.

Michael Loftus is a nationally known headliner who has starred in his own shows on Comedy Central and The History Channel. As a seasoned comedy writer, his credits include hit shows like “George Lopez” and “Anger Management” with Charlie Sheen. His frequent appearances on Fox News make him a favorite of right-leaning audiences.

Brian Haner is a world-class musician turned comedian. He has appeared on Showtime, Comedy Central and AXS TV. He toured the planet as “Guitar Guy” with “The Jeff Dunham Show before becoming a nationally touring headliner. 

He is still a first-call session player and when he's not doing comedy, you can find him recording for some of the biggest names in the business.

FREEDOM TO LAUGH Comedy Tour is a pro-America, pro-small government, and pro-family values show.
It’s not dirty or crude. Just flat-out funny!

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