I have 34 years of experience playing guitar and coaching musicians. I play by ear and have trained myself to be comfortable sitting in with almost any band. I like to work with guitarists who know the basics and who are looking to take their music to the next level. I teach about song dynamics, techniques for playing with other musicians, transposing on the fly, achieving desired tone, rhythm, lead, finger picking, strum patterns, tuning, pedalboard arrangements, multi-effects, equipment selection, etc. Proficient with acoustic guitar and electric guitar. I do NOT teach how to read music or formal theory. If you are a guitarist who wants to explore a more organic style with less structure, we will probably get on well. I am especially fond of blues, classic & southern rock and praise/worship. I've worked with many church musicians as well as many rock/blues musicians to enhance their skills and bring a much more full range of ability to the table. I can also help you develop a comfortable singing style. Let's get started!
I am passionate about music as a natural expression of mood, emotion and meaning. My focus is on fluidity and flexibility for any jam session as well as understanding where we fit... at that moment... in the overall sound. I help musicians to step out of the box without overpowering other instruments and I am good at identifying areas that need work. I am not a hard-line teacher... if you want to learn riffs, we can do that. If want to play cover songs, I'll teach you. If you would like to explore composition, I can help you achieve the right atmosphere with your instrument and vocals.
I had a several lessons and am very satisfied. I would highly recommend for any skill level. They were prompt and professional and balanced encouragement with patience in such a way that really empowered my desire to further my musical skill.
I didn't want to do a bunch of bookwork. I just wanted to learn some of my favorite songs and try to figure out how I could improve my technical ability. I was able to do that with this guy. He didn't have a set curriculum, he just worked with me on what I needed and taught me some stuff I thought I would never be able to play. (Money well spent)
I really enjoyed working with this instructor. He has such a sweet clean sound and that's what I wanted to sound like! He helped to find the tone I wanted and showed me how to be a more versatile player. He doesn't use sheet music but what he teaches enhances what I already knew, giving me much more confidence and versatility on stage and in the studio. I would definitely recommend this instructor if you want to expand your musical intuition and improv skills. (oh, and he is a killer blues man!) - Thanks Josh.
I want to know what they love to do musically and how they want to improve. Each student is different. My approach is very unlike most professionally trained instructors. I play mostly by ear and I work with guitarists to build their improvisational confidence and skill.
My goal is to begin where the student is, and often feels stagnant, and explore a different approach to music, focused more on our intuitive nature than our ability to memorize or intellectualize. With me, technical instruction is rounded out with confidence-building, understanding an instrument"s most useful contribution to the overall sound, sensitivity exercises, strength, speed, accuracy, and training in versatility. Additionally, the attribution of meaning and purpose to music is placed at the forefront of my teaching focus in hopes that those I work with will truly learn to Play from the Heart and make it count.