Guitar, Electric Bass Instructor
I began studying music at the age of 10, initially on piano for which I studied for a year. Then at the age of 15, I forayed into practicing drum rudiments with an instructor, but quit after a year because I wanted to learn to play a drum set. Soon thereafter, a friend showed me a few chords of a song on guitar and my passion for it has never waned.
Blessed with a natural ear, I initially studied rock guitar rhythms on my own, learning songs for about 6 months before taking up private instruction, which I did for a year. In that time, I studied scales, technique, and soloing. The next couple of years, I focused primarily on rock guitar while learning the foundations of finger-style guitar and blues styles as well. I attended the University of Georgia. During my time there I furthered my music education, taking classes in music history, form, and theory. It was then that I developed a love for classical music, and began to study classical guitar on my own as well.
After college, I continued on my own with music education, with intensive study of technique, theory, and soloing. It was around that time that I heard the music of the Gypsy Kings and also become enamored with Latin and flamenco guitar styles, appropriating those styles into my repertoire. Soon thereafter, I began teaching private lessons out of my apartment. I taught on and off for the next 7 years.
In that same year, I wanted to expand my music education and studied jazz guitar from an astute and renown jazz professor from The New England Conservatory in Boston named Rick Beato. I studied intensively with him for a year, focusing on theory, sight-reading, chord charts, and improvising.
I begin playing guitar in 1985 and teaching in 1993. I teach guitar in the styles of rock, metal, blues, folk, classical, flamenco, and Latin. I teach from beginning through advanced levels with a specialty in the areas of rock, metal, blues, and folk, with a specialty in improvising, theory, and composition.
I also teach bass from beginning through intermediate levels.