I studied Music Theory at the University of Colorado under Paris Rutherford (Regents Professor Emeritus in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas and Hal Leonard author), and Dr. William L. Fowler (Education editor at Downbeat magazine, Music Theory columnist at Keyboard magazine, and co-inventor of the Piezo pickup).
I am a credited contributor to the #1 best-selling Jazz Theory book on the planet: "Jazzzology" published by Hal Leonard Corporation, the world's largest music publisher.
I also have my own Music Theory book published by Hal Leonard entitled "Modalogy: scales, modes, and chords - the primordial building blocks of music".
I know my Music Theory inside out.
Additionally, I have 16 other books, mostly about Jazz, that deal with: instrumental technique; improvisational soloing; the melodic usage of modes, scales, and arpeggios; comping chords; drop-voicings; and all kinds of cool tricks!
All, Advanced, Intermediate, Beginner
Thousands and thousands of gigs all over Europe and in the States: solo jazz piano and jazz combos, folk groups, rock bands, horn bands, disco, festivals, weddings, funerals, private parties, clubs, pubs, restaurants, casinos, beer tents, dance troupes, concert halls, country clubs, casuals, dive bars, pickup gigs, backyard barbecues, pretty much you name it.
Spanish, German, French, Italian
I’ve been teaching for decades and it is always a great joy to witness my students progress towards mastery of their chosen instrument.
Not every musician is capable of being an instructor. It requires the ability to take complex subjects and break them down into easily digestible bite size pieces.
We learn in different ways. Some of us are more visual, some more tactile, some more intuitive, some more cerebral, etc. Knowing this allows me to adapt to each student's most natural mode of learning so that the material is grasped more easily (more quickly), and so that it is retained longer.
Coupled with my love of the art of teaching, is also the realization that it is my calling.
Working with Jeff has been great fun! Corrected some bad habits & learned some solid base skills right away. He's got an incredible depth of musical knowledge and an easy teaching style - even with the challenges of Zoom & remote teaching, it's easy to learn from him. Jeff's helping me develop into a better guitar player, not just a guitar collector.
Jeff is a great communicator. He is passionate about music and teaching. I very much appreciated his time and experience and learned a lot in a short time. I highly recommend Jeff and look forward to taking lessons with him again.
It's been really great taking lessons with Jeff. I feel like I'm learning practical skills, not just doing repetitive exercises. He has been very accommodating of my sometimes crazy schedule, and the improvement I see week-to-week keeps me excited for the next lesson. Jazz, blues, improv skills, jamming with other people, real-world playing, Jeff will get you in shape!
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