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Bachelor Degree: Berklee College of Music
Spring 2006 – Spring 2009: Berklee Achievement Scholarship Recipient
Fall 2004 – Spring 2006: Berklee Entering Student Talent Scholarship Recipient
Fall 2004 and Spring 2008: Dean’s List, Berklee College of Music
Spring 2004: Louis Armstrong Jazz Award (as guitarist in NHS Jazz Ensemble)
I picked up my first guitar at the age of 13, and I've been addicted to it ever since. I graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2009 with a degree in Professional Music. I currently play guitar for international-touring Video Game Metal band Powerglove, as well as national-touring Progressive Metal band Lattermath. PowerGlove tours the US and Canada regularly with bands such as Dragonforce, mc chris, Symphony X, and Sonata Arctica. We have played on the Summer Slaughter Tour, and have appeared at Video Game, anime and Comic conventions such as PAX East, MAGFest, Youmacon, A&G Ohio and New York Comic Con. Recently, we've played on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise, and at the SXSW Gaming Festival.
I have been passionately teaching guitar lessons to people of all ages and experience levels since 2000. I also taught youth and teen band classes and clinics at Plugged In Band Program in Needham, MA from 2005 to 2018, prior to moving to Los Angeles in January 2019. I enjoy passing on wisdom gained from years of playing in professional bands and studying music. I continue to strive to push the limits of my own playing, and encourage my students to do the same. Although I specialize in rock, metal, and blues, I am also well-versed in a wide variety of other styles. I always make it fun and engaging right from the first lesson! I maintain a relaxed, anxiety-free teaching style that is focused on the individual goals of each student, no matter what their level of experience and stylistic preferences might be.
Your lessons are all about you! My lesson plans are customized for each student, based on their level, goals, and stylistic preferences. Here are some examples of what we can work on, depending on your playing level:
For beginners, we will start with the fundamentals: open chords, strumming, rhythm, reading tabs, and if you are interested, reading music. Right from the first lesson, you'll learn fun songs that you get to pick yourself! If you are interested in playing rock and metal, we move on to power chords and barre chords, pentatonic scale soloing, and studying the bands and guitar players you love. If you love acoustic and folk styles, I have an extensive library of finger picking pieces we can learn.
If you are an intermediate player, you can expect to expand your knowledge of the fretboard, learn modes, arpeggios, music theory, and a more in-depth study of different techniques including: alternate picking, legato, tapping, sweep picking and hybrid picking. You'll learn how to put it all together to play things you never thought you could, express your ideas, and take your creativity to the next level!
If you are already an advanced player, then most likely you have very specific goals and areas you would like to improve upon. I will create specific exercises and plans to help you take your playing in new directions, and fill in any gaps in your knowledge of music and your instrument. Whether it's music theory, songwriting, recording and production, arranging, specific techniques, or just having someone to organize and guide your practice and goals, I can get your there!
If you are a high school student preparing for a college or scholarship audition, I have tons of experience in helping students to get into the music college of their choice and to get scholarships! Many of my past students have gone on to study at prestigious schools, such as Berklee College of Music, and then gone on to become professional musicians themselves!
I love seeing my students become as passionate about music as I am! Therefore, it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. It's important for each student to have just the right amount of material to work on each week, so that they are progressing without feeling overwhelmed. I also make sure to acknowledge the work that might students put in, and encourage them to feel proud of what they accomplish. This drives my students' desire to want to constantly improve and to learn more.
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