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Studied with world renowned jazz guitarist, Harry Leahey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Leahey) 45 Years of experience as a performing musician. Columbia Records, MGM, Pathe Films
1986 - Electra Records Undiscovered Artist of the Year Award
1985 -1990 Columbia Records Recording Artist & Opened For: Govt. Mule, Blue Oyster Cult, Huey Lewis, David Johannsen (Buster Poindexter), Stray cats, Billy Squire, Orleans, John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band, Psychadelic Furs, Ramones, The Weather Girls, among others!
1989 - Composing, music for movies such as, MGM film “Crooked Hearts” and John Candy’s film “Delirious”.
My long career and passion for music has given me an unique understanding of teaching. I have been called a savant and my musical life started young playing violin at age 6, drums at 7, picked up the guitar at 8 and piano at 10. I cut my Freshman year in High School to play Frank Zappa's music with 30 year old's and already had my first serious band and was performing regularly in clubs with “Meridian”, a 6-piece jazz fusion band Featuring Frankie Valli’s daughter, Francine on Vocals. I then went on to land the 1986 “Electra Records Undiscovered Artist of the Year Award, by Composing, arranging and performing all instruments on entry, “Sparks”. After that Columbia Records recording artists, The Burns Sisters Band, picked me up as their lead guitarist. During my term, The Burns Sisters Band, had 2 hits. “Listen to the Beat of a Heart” charted #11 nationwide on adult contemporary radio and “I Wonder Who’s Out Tonight” top ten hit on many radio stations across the country. I opened shows for bands like; Huey Lewis & The News, Govt. Mule, Stray Cats, Orleans, John Cafferty, Billy Squire and the Psychedelic Furs among others. I then went on to Composing, music for movies such as, MGM film “Crooked Hearts” and John Candy’s film “Delirious”. Now this recent CD release, "Solo Journey" has just recently been released.
I have been teaching on and off for about 25 years. as my recording career permits. For the past 7 years, steady in my home studio. My teaching style is based on years of experience and influences. I have combined approaches of teaching styles and knowledge from some of the top Jazz guitarists in the world to create my own method. I have been writing my own music since I was 14 and with the tools I teach students, it stirs up their creative juices and I encourage them to write & perform their own music. I combine the technique of Blues, Rock, & Jazz with ear training, helping a student to easilly recognizing chord changes in order to learn songs off a recording, instead of just copying other guitarists. Students gain the understanding of what they're playing in order to also be creative. Not only is this great for the beginner but anyone who is interested in going to music college or embarking on a professional music career. I love to see look on their faces, and the progress of students as they get better and better. It brings them such joy! They all say to me, "Why don't they teach it this way?"
My love for teaching prepares students with a working knowledge of the instrument. Not in 30 years, but in a lot less time! I am adherent to the proper technique and fundimentals for all students. From the basics of reading music to improvising solos over chord changes, focusing on Theory & advanced techniques, for the more advanced. For beginners it's very important to know the optimum way to hold the guitar and to hold their fingers and a pick. They will learn the names of the strings and the notes on the neck, right off the bat. This is like learning the alphabet and I have a very easy quick way of them learning and understanding it. Then I teach basic chords and how to strum so they can start playing very quickly. This knowlege sets everything up for the students future by reducing confusion and keeping it fun as they move on without getting confused or forming bad habbits! I welcome any level student 18+. I teach every student as an individual to give them what they need. Not everyone is the same.
I am a method teacher and I don't teach based on fear like other teachers. All my students stay engaged and move at their own pace, at any level. This is very important! My course is called "The Geometry of Guitar". This approach to guitar could be descibed as a “Skeleton Key” for Guitar visualization, and is the result of 45 years of experience! This method also allows the student to see connections of shapes and forms on the neck as they play. I teach the skills & tells for them to be able to improvise solos & Jam with just about anybody on the spot. Proper Technique, building hands, Chord Theory, Harmony, Guitar chord positions for every string, string groupings, etc. will have students playing well, in the style they like! "I'll make you a player & teach you things that a lot teachers don't know!"
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