The guitar has been my main focus in life. I started playing at a young age and have continued passionately ever since. I am a daily player and have been teaching this wonderful instrument to aspiring musicians of all ages for the past 15 years.
I am fully qualified, with a Bachelor of Music degree. I am also a performer. I have toured the country performing at mid-level theaters and stages. In NYC, I have played Irving Plaza, Gramercy Theatre, and Brooklyn Bowl to name a few.
I am proficient in sight-reading notation, tablature, and chord charts. I possess solid understanding of these concepts and skills in the context of various musical styles, periods and genres.
In the past 15 years, I’ve taught at the Fraioli School of Music and The Nutmeg Conservatory of Music, both in Connecticut. I am also affiliated with other guitar tutoring programs here in NYC. My motto in teaching is “You can play absolutely anything on paper…just maybe not as fast as it was intended. Learn how to play it slow and then eventually increase the speed”.
My primary instrument is the guitar. I also teach bass guitar, ukulele, piano, and voice.
Once the student is ready to start writing music, I often assist them in the songwriting process.
I like to think of myself as a songwriting coach. I can offer up different directions the song can go without interfering with the student’s vision.
Throughout my years of teaching, I have been constantly revising my approach to understanding the Guitar. I have created lesson plans that teach the student how to master the instrument and exercises that help strengthen their technique.
I have students of all ages so I tailor my teaching style to the student’s individual needs and interest.
For the grade school student – I teach the child how to read notation. This way if the student changes instruments as he/she grows up, they will be able to apply what they learn to the new instrument. I like to make it fun at the same time. For example, learning the theme to “Star Wars” is always fun!
For “Day 1” students – We’ll get started with open string chords and rhythm patterns. I’ll also introduce “tablature” which is the number version of sheet music for guitar. It is how most guitarists communicate these days. By the end of the 1st lesson, you will be strumming chords and be able to play a melody.
For intermediate students – Often times I’ll work on a particular song the student would like to learn. After I chart it out, I go over the key, any chords that are new to the student, and which rhythm pattern to use. If we are learning a solo, I point out why these particular notes are being played. I also encourage questions. The best way to learn something is to ask a lot of questions!
For advanced students – I focus on inversions and learning the entire neck.
I’ve found great success in teaching the student how to break down the entire neck through chord inversions. Utilizing the bottom 4 strings, I illustrate how to voice the same chord in 3 places on the neck (Root, 1st and 2nd inversion). I then give examples on how this approach facilitates voice leading and “keeps things fresh” so you are not to resort to the same chord voicings. I also specialize in improvisation, performance, and composition.