I've been teaching guitar for over 30 years. Electric, acoustic,... all are fair game. Making it fun, while developing skills and technique is where I focus. Nothing succeeds like success so we go from strength to strength. This applies to all ages, children through adults. Improvisation is always fun and inspiring so we learn music theory, applying it along the way. It's also interesting to introduce other styles like world music while still working on more expected styles like blues, classic rock, and jazz. My students range from amateurs, playing for enjoyment to professionals who have gone on to do great things.
Nothing beats the satisfaction of watching a student jump to the next level and conquer new territory.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
!I like to start with music that the student likes to listen to. It makes it more fun and motivating. From there, it's easy to transition into topics and skills like technique, the fingerboard, etc. using the songs that the student is inspired to play.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I went to the School Of Hard Knocks!
How did you get started teaching?
As a professional studio musician in LA, I was first asked to teach music theory to professional players who were interested in getting better at improvisation. Most of them were not even guitar players. Then, I was recruited by music teachers at the Dick Grove School and Musicians Institute (MI) to sub for their classes. The topics ranged widely from reading to technical skills to playing grooves and more and more songs.
What types of students have you worked with?
From children through adults, beginners through professionals. It's all just music and it's all fun.