AS, Ivy Tech, Computer Science Certificate, ITTO, Teaching Certificate, ITTO, Teaching Business English
1998 - Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Society
I have fun and easy lessons that are customized to your musical interests. I'll teach you the songs that you want to learn. I have given thousands of lessons during my 35 years of playing guitar. I began playing guitar in 1981 and studied with several experienced music teacher during the following five years. I began playing professionally in 1986 and began teaching professionally in 1998. During the 90s I played with a road band that opened for the national acts Quiet Riot, Dokken and Jackyl. From 2008 to 2013 I played with a touring gospel act that played at festivals, churches and concert halls across the region. I'm currently playing three nights a week in an Indianapolis night club and I play on Sunday in a praise band at a Catholic Church in Zionsville, IN.
I've been teaching people guitar since I was a teenager. I taught several of my friends how to play guitar or to play certain songs. Later, I began to teach from my home and eventually was offered a job in a music store. I've given thousands of lessons since I began teaching. I think it's important to teach students songs as quickly as possible while introducing some fundamentals like counting and giving them a number of different strumming patterns to work with. Later I like to teach students scales, finger exercises and how to improvise lead guitar.
I start with a few different books depending on the student's interest. I try to encourage younger students to learn to read music. I have often used the Hal Leornard Guitar Method. Often adult students want to focus more on learning chords and how to play a few songs. Sometimes I use the Hal Learnard Tab Method or my own 16 page beginner's guitar book.
I like to teach students a few easy chords to get them started. Hundreds of songs can be play with only 3 chords. I also like to teach students some 2-note chords also called power chords. Rock and roll and blues are often played with power chords. I find that students can begin playing some common rock and blues rhythms only after a few lessons.