I teach how to use music harmony and theory. Improvisation and critical thinking. Technique and reading. I also teach various styles of guitar but specialize in Jazz, Classical, Flamenco and popular music.
I have taught guitar since 1970. I have performed for years and I started playing at six sixty two years ago. I play different styles but I enjoy Jazz and popular music as well as Flamenco and Classical. I enjoy Western Swing and Gypsie manouch Jazz but I don't play them as much as other styles.
I enjoy seeing a student progress and become a guitarist that is better than me. I enjoy new students who learn and play become better and have fun.
Most guitar teachers teach a new student how to play C, F, and G chords in first position. These chords are hard to play and not interesting. I teach chords that are voiced. They often are easier and sound better. I use the capo for students who are smaller because it shortens the guitar, making it easier to play. I believe in the minimum movement pricipal. My teacher Howard Heitmyer who has taught some famous guitarist, like Lee Ritenour, Steve Lukather and others, said he was a lazy guitarist. He didn't want to move his fingers more than he needed to. It is also the same principal used in Kung Foo. If you flail around it takes longer to get to the next note.
I was lucky to have amazing teachers in my teens I studied with Howard Heitmeyer, Vince Macaluso on ten string classical, Enrique Heredia on flamenco, and Jazz from Jimmy Wyble an amazing guitarist who taught bi-tonal improvisation. He had played with Spade Cooley, Benny Goodman and Bob Wills and his texas Playboys. That is him on Rolley Polley playing the sologuitar work that runs through it. Asleep at the Wheel is a tribute to Bob Wills. If you live in Texas and you don't know who Bob Wills is, well you may as well go home.
I was born in NYC in Grenwich Village. But we lived in Brooklyn and Staten Island till 1958. We moved when the Dodgers moved to LA. I lived in Southen California and San Diego. Also in Palm Desert. Now my wife and my two dogs Milo and Molly live in Fresno.
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