I have played guitar for a decade. I originally wanted to learn guitar because I loved rock and punk rock music. I was able to quickly learn the songs I loved. I began learning and performing classical guitar in junior high. I auditioned and was accepted into an arts magnet high school for both jazz and classical guitar. I continued learning and performing and got into Florida State University on a music scholarship. In high school and college I performed classical guitar as a soloist and in a variety of different ensembles. I performed jazz guitar in big bands and combos, played folk songs, was in a bluegrass duo, and played lead guitar for original bands and cover bands. I currently write and record my own songs influenced by the many genres I have performed.
I maintained a studio of 4-5 guitar students in high school, one of which got into FSU’s College of Music. Throughout college I have taught various different adult friends and colleagues. I was taught by Mark Switzer, a student of Pepe Romero; and I was taught by Bruce Holzman at FSU. Their teaching styles are reflected in the way I teach. I try to emulate their emphasis on technique.
I can read music quite well. I can teach how to read either music or tablature. I have grown to know the fretboard well so I can teach various different scale and chord positions. I have taken many music theory courses in high school and college and can teach music theory as it relates to the guitar, like chord extensions in jazz guitar. I have extensively studied both rhythm and lead guitar in rock, folk, bluegrass, and jazz and can effectively communicate the nuances of each. My classical guitar training placed on emphasis on technique, so I have a good understanding of right and left hand technique. I have learned exercises to maximize efficiency, develop tone, and get rid of unnecessary motion. Technique allows students to play their favorite music easily and to learn new songs more quickly. In college I also learned what efficient practice looks and feels like, so I can communicate that to my students as well. I am apt to give performance advise as well from the many times I have performed.
I am mostly a laid back and relaxed instructor. I will emphasize the importance of practice but I never lose my patience. I am there to help the students accomplish their goals. I will do everything within my knowledge and power to make that happen. Students can expect exercises to help their technique, but they can also expect to play some of their favorite music quickly. I try my best to be a clear and effective communicator when relaying ideas or technique that will benefit the student.
The environment will be very relaxed. I like to create a studio environment where the student feels free to make mistakes. Mistakes are often a great learning experience.