I have 5+ years as a guitar and music instructor for various after-school/summer programs around central and south Texas. I am also a professor at texas state university ( I can supply student evaluations, if requested). I have 20 years on the guitar, 10+ years on drums and 8+ years on piano. I also played drums and 3 types of saxophone during my years in high school band along with the 5 string bass guitar. Performance experience includes playing drums for hip-hop acts in south Texas, guitar in various bands ranging from black-metal to country and other stuff in between. I spent 3 years in London recording with a studio as a session musician for local artists. The main instruments that I have recorded on are the guitar and the drums. I can also read and teach sheet music.
I love the feeling of accomplishment when I am able to accurately recreate an iconic song or guitar-riff. Especially when you are able to share that with others–familiar or not–and the looks and expressions they show when they recognize what you are doing. I take great pleasure in supplying music to others while creating and adding to any given atmosphere at any given time. I am proficient in many different styles. For instance, I can play finger-picking classical with a flamenco style, I can also play travis-picking folk melodies, along with classic rock and modern metal techniques. I can play songs ranging from jimi Hendrix, to buckethead, to certain classical songs like ‘classical gas’, and baroque styles such as ‘bourre’ by J.S. Bach. Songs that I enjoy playing on my acoustic range anywhere from artists like Rodrigo y Gabriela’s ‘tamacun’ to the Beatles’ blackbird, to Elliot smiths ‘son of sam.’ I came to be the player I am today from a constant need to master as many techniques as I could to help me become a better musician, and also to share with those around me.
I love to recreate, which means, I think it is important to be able to walk in the musicians shoes, to feel out their styles, and quirks; in order to get an accurate picture of their approach to a certain song or piece of music. There are lots of context clues and stylistic patterns that are found in music, and musicians especially–I take great pleasure in trying to understand these minute details and making them understandable for others. This is how I l learn and get better as a musician: If I cannot help another master a certain technique, then I am no master of that technique. There are various starting points in understanding and it is fun for me to figure those out depending on who I am teaching.
My main teaching mantra is: One must first understand the rules, in order to efficiently break, and rewrite them.