I’ve been playing and performing classical guitar for nearly 40 years. I grew up in India and the Philippines. In the early 90s I found myself in New York City for the first time, getting a graduate degree in performance at the Juilliard School of Music. By now I’ve lived in Manhattan long enough to fool most people into thinking me a native, not that that’s ever my intention. I created this website to share and showcase my compositions, arrangements, performances and occasional other stuff. My “official” bio is here. If you live on the Upper West Side, drop in to Kuro Kuma coffee shop sometime around 10 AM and chances are you’ll run into me! I'm interested in finding the best way for you to shine as a guitarist and a musician, by applying all my knowledge and teaching experience to the task of finding the best road forward for you. I want to show you the best ways to practice and help you select the best music and achievable goals that will make practicing a joyful challenge. I teach straight classical guitar to those who are interested, and I also teach acoustic guitar skills from very basic to very advanced popular arrangements and song playing. I've taught all ages and levels for 25 years, privately in New York. I've also been teaching children at the Marymount School and privately for nearly that long. I've held teaching positions at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival and at Western Connecticut State University. I also am the creator of the website Art of Guitar, where I share classical guitar lesson videos and article among other things. I hold graduate degrees from the Juilliard School and the Cincinnati Conservatory. I'm also composer and also enjoy working with you in developing and honing your composing and song-writing skills.
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