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Originally from New York, I lived in Washington D.C. for 3 years before moving to Boulder, Colorado with my wife and son in 2019. I knew I was meant to be a musician from an early age. When I was a kid, I always had music in my head. I got a guitar from a friend in high school and played it nonstop. Somewhere along the way, it just became obvious to me that I would keep at it my whole life. Playing and teaching guitar is my passion, and I am fortunate to be able to share my rich musical experiences with my students. Through the years, I have collaborated with singer/songwriters and recorded several albums with various artists. I formed instrumental rock bands (HIGH NORTH and VIU) and toured along the US East coast. I am also passionate about collecting and playing vintage pedals and guitars and can guide you to find the instrument and tone that is right for you. Hugely influenced by the music of the 60s and 70s, I have created a unique blend of atmospheric rock that goes from dreamy soundscapes to heavy riffs and everything in between. Improvisation is a key element of my sound which requires understanding band dynamics and using your ear to guide the tune. Having played hundreds of shows since the early 2000s, I am well versed at forming successful bands and rocking out on stage. I customize my lessons based on the goals of my students. Even if you never picked up a guitar before, my patient approach will have you playing songs and having fun from the first lesson. Do you want to learn the techniques of songwriting? Form your first band? Understand chords, scales, and theory? Improve upon the skills you already know and bring your playing to the next level? I can guide you to reach your musical goals. Outside of work, I enjoy interviewing musicians & artists on their creative process for the podcast “Frequency Range”, which I am about to launch. I am also recording music and forming a new band.
I have been teaching guitar since the early 2000s and can honestly say I can’t think of anything else that brings me so much joy every day. I Iove working with students of all ages and abilities, and enjoy seeing how they grow and develop in their skills and performance. I design each lesson according to my students’ abilities, and make the necessary changes once I become more familiar with their needs. I always encourage consistent practice at least 10 minutes per day as this will build finger strength and muscle memory.
I like starting with the song approach. Learning a song you love is a fun process that will keep you motivated to keep learning more. I have a way of simplifying songs so anyone can start playing guitar within a few lessons. I also have a very patient teaching method that my students appreciate. I do refer to a few books by Hal Leonard or Alfred to get the students on the right track. Consistently checking in on what my students want to learn keeps them interested to continue with lessons. Having fun during every lesson is my goal!
I love to learn the goals of my students. We work towards those goals while having fun! Here are a few things we can get started with: * Learn your favorite songs on guitar. * Learn chords, scales and theory so you can start jamming with your friends and creating your own tunes. * Learn strumming patterns, practice methods, soloing techniques, and more. * Learn about guitars and guitar pedals and getting your own "Tone". You can be assured of plenty of individual attention and focus. Each lesson involves an element of learning and theory but the majority of the class is devoted to putting that theory into practice and having fun!
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