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AA, Citrus College, Liberal Arts
2010 - Accompanied Thomas Dolby and string quartet Ethel and 2010 TED conference.
I am a guitarist residing in Orange County who performs in the ambient, folk, and Celtic genres. My influences in these genres are Leo Kottke, Antoine Dufour, Andy McKee, Laurence Juber and others. I have become a distinguished and reputed artist on the West Coast. In February 2010, I performed with Thomas Dolby and string quartet Ethel in opening the TED2010 conference, an annual gathering of paramount figures in technology, entertainment and design. My performance there earned accolades from several attendees, including an invitation to perform at a San Francisco TEDx event in Summer 2010. Way back in the way back machine, I performed on the Kevin and Bean Show on KROQ 106.7 FM
I have been a freelance guitarist for over five years, and have performed in a variety of genres and styles. In teaching, I not only emphasize the importance of learning how to read music, but also make sure that I am doing what is necessary to keep the student motivated and engaged.
Having taught guitar both privately and as an independent contractor, I have experience teaching a wide variety of student types. What I try to do is bring the aspects of the student's playing to their attention that may not have otherwise noticed. I try to satisfy the student's curiosity as well as make recommendations for areas of focus in the student's practice routine that I find valuable. Especially in the case of children, my students certainly notice an improvement in their ability to focus after taking lessons with me for an extended period, and parents have a lot to benefit from this as well. For those concerned, I teach beginners using Mel Bay's Modern Guitar Method in addition to material that the student wishes to learn from.
I encourage students learn what I find is important for them to progress and eventually teach themselves, but I make sure not to exceed the pace of the individual student. At the same time, I make sure that the students are learning something that they consider enjoyable. I might ask if there is a particular song or style they are interested in learning. Though scales and exercises are important, the benefit of practicing these things is often not experienced until long in the future, causing the student to lose motivation. That being said, I try to make sure they are enjoying themselves. That's the point of playing music, after all.
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