Taylor had his first musical experience when he was enrolled in piano lessons at a young age. After several lessons the instructor harshly told his parents that he had no musical talent and that they were wasting their money. A rough start to what would be a life dedicated to his passion for music. By the age of 12 Taylor proved that assumption wrong when he first picked up the guitar. From then on he never looked back. Over the years Taylor has honed his skills as a player and worked to master the many styles and genres of modern guitar playing, and he is still learning and growing as a musician to this day. He has plenty of performance experience under his belt, playing with his original band of long time friends and performing in worship groups for local churches. Taylor also pursued music academically in high school, earning high honors for classical performance that would eventually lead him to enroll as a performance major in the Jazz program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. There he was part of the Jazz ensemble and had the opportunity to work with some the most respected and talented guitar instructors in the country. Taylor also took on a minor degree for Music Technology which involves the art of recording, mixing, and multi-media. Soon after completing his degrees in music and business, he continued pursuing his passion through the art of music education and continues to enjoy working with students of all ages and skill levels from all walks of life. “My greatest joy is to see the same passion I have for guitar take shape in a new student.”
I have been playing guitar since the age of twelve and have strived to truly master the instrument. I believe there will always be new things to learn and new ideas to pursue both as a guitarist and as a musician in general. This belief keeps me motivated to constantly continue to develop and hone my techniques and knowledge as I strive to reach the next level. With years of study under my belt, both academic and personal, I have developed a vast knowledge of the guitar not only from a technical standpoint but also from a music theory perspective. I have played, studied, and performed in genres such as blues, jazz, classical, gospel, country, folk and rock. My experience playing in bands and pursuing music academically has given me a well-rounded and diverse play style and has helped me to understand music as a whole. This understanding helps me shed light on concepts and techniques that help students progress as players. It’s great to watch the light bulb go off and see a student take that leap in their knowledge and ability.
I would classify my overall teaching style as encouraging and patient. I remember some of the difficulty that goes along with being a beginner and I want to encourage students to keep at it and help them overcome those growing pains. I also know what it takes to get to an advanced level and aim to guide more seasoned players to master the core techniques that every guitarist needs. When it comes to teaching beginner students, I think the key is to keep things exciting and fun while also focusing on getting a good grasp of the fundamentals. Everyone wants to learn the guitar because they envision themselves playing the music they love. Students don’t want to play “Mary Had A Little Lamb” over and over again, that’s no fun. They want to play songs, riffs, and chords that sound good and will get them excited about the possibilities that are open to them. I work to get students playing iconic riffs and songs right away. This, in turn, keeps them motivated to practice and play more frequently which leads to better and faster results. My approach to advanced players to help them master several core techniques and concepts that are necessary to develop an overall fluency with the instrument. Additionally, I believe that an understanding of music theory will deepen a student’s knowledge of the guitar and help to further their overall competency as a musician.