February 5th, 1970. That was the day I began my lifelong career of guitar education. Since then, I’ve discovered my passion truly lies in inspiring my students to realize their musical dreams. Throughout my 45+ years of teaching, I’ve become a student of how people learn. And my role is to teach you how to know and hear the information in your head, see it on your instrument, and execute it with flawless technique.
I've instructed literally thousands of students ranging from absolute beginners to seasoned professionals, and I’ve created over 50 courses available on TrueFire. Rather than a “one-size fits all” approach to music education, I have found the more effective method, and one I truly enjoy, is through creating an element of spontaneity in a lesson, keeping both the student and the teacher excited about the idea of studying and discovering music through the instrument.
I have the reputation as the “man who can play anything.” I’m not stating this just to brag: Through being well-versed in many styles, I am equipped to teach students across a wide spectrum of musical genres and techniques.
As a professional musician, I've played literally every kind of gig you can imagine from funky bars to the classical concert stage, from session work to international European music festivals. Through these experiences and others, I can offer insight for the aspiring musician that extends far beyond the classroom.
If the idea of studying with me sounds appealing, let’s talk about my teaching philosophy:
- You are your own teacher and I am your coach.
- You will be encouraged to sing the music that you want to play, because if you can sing it, you can play it.
- The foundational issues of rhythm will be preeminent in all that you do.
- You will learn how to utilize the guitar to its maximum potential in the areas of melody, harmony, and rhythm.
You might be thinking, This guy’s not for the faint of heart! Let me assure you: My goal is always that you enjoy improving in your craft and in the art of making music. Whether you’re a virtuoso or not, I truly believe that anyone can enjoy the pleasures of being able to express oneself through music.