My goal is to teach musicianship on the guitar starting with the elements that all music is made of and building from there.
Getting around the guitar doesn’t seem intuitive to most students. This is because many guitar teachers don’t really address how the fretboard works. After 30 years of playing and 15 years of teaching I’ve made the fretboard my main concern and theme. The fretboard lays out notes, intervals chords and scales for you, once you start using tools that help to unlock it. Another important area where I can help is developing technique, whether flat picking or finger picking. Integrating these two aspects, the visual of music and good technique, makes learning music faster and more creative and exploratory.
Like many guitarists, I’ve played different genres of music; classical, rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass, and flamenco. In general, music is music, which means all these genres use the same musical elements. And the musicianship I teach applies to any genre, whether you’re interested in rock, jazz, classical or all of them. Please visit my website
I primarily teach at Santa Cruz Music School, which shares a building with More Music, one of Santa Cruz’s premier music shops. I am 23 years old with certification of completion from Musician’s Institute (Hollywood, CA) for their GIT (Guitar) program. I have been teaching professionally for 5 years and have ranged from children to older adults, and most any style or level, but I also specialize in electric guitar styles like rock/metal and blues. Discounted rates are available through the SC Music School program, please inquire.
If you’d like more background information, visit my band’s website. It is a rock trio based in Santa Cruz.
My teaching style for guitar and bass is based around what my students want to learn. With every student, I try to give them the tools to teach themselves; after studying with me, students should be able to figure out anything I would teach them on their own. I can teach with music theory or by ear.
I have studied jazz bass(upright and eletric), guitar and arranging with Ray Brown at Cabrillo College and I have studied modern styles of music and composition with Dale Ockerman (Quicksilver Messenger Service and the Doobie Brothers) and was mentored on electric bass by Tiran Porter of the Doobie Brothers. I have performed live and occasionally in the studio with around 12 bands and projects since I was 14 years old and I continue to do so today. Styles I reguarly teach are jazz, blues, reggae, funk, rock, progressive, comedy music, and metal.
Musical influences include: Devin Townsend, David Gilmour(Pink Floyd), Stevie Ray Vaughan, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Motown, Neils-Henning Orsted Pederson, Ray Brown(bass player), Opeth, Meshuggah, Strapping Young Lad, Pantera, Ozzy Osbourne, Nine Inch Nails, The Meters, Parliament, Average White Band, The Doobie Brothers, Earth Wind and Fire, Herbie Hancock, Joe Bonamassa, Muse, Bill Withers, and many others.