Riker's first adventure with guitars began a little while after the Beatles had arrived in the United States. With his first show in 1967 at The Cafe Bizarre in New Your City. What began as a hobby had transformed into ambition and career. As a result of performing instrumental shows alone, he has had the opportunity to play in over fifty bands across diverse genres.
Wayne earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. After school, he decided to take time to pursue a career in music and in 1979 attended The Guitar Institute of Technology.
Wayne has taught privately since 1973. Riker has taught in New York City, Topeka, Kansas, Rochester, Minnesota, and now in San Diego.
Throughout his career, Riker has conducted several joint workshops with many well respected guitarists. Between 1967 and 2003, thousands of shows were played. However, a one year hiatus was taken for studying.
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