I've been exploring music since age 13 when I started with bass and guitar. I've gigged around the Puget Sound area with different types of bands, I've been playing classic-rock, blues, folk, big band, r&b, punk rock, reggae and alternative styles. I've also played in jazz and blues ensembles while studying music in Boston and Seattle. I currently play in a band Wax Orchards in Seattle and perform on my own as well!
*** Lesson Details ***
I provide my own student binder that is divided into two main sections: Songs and Fundamentals.
I will write up any song for you that you'd like to learn, assuming it's within your skill level. If you have no particular recommendations, I bring in songs regularly of my own choosing as well. Student notebooks come with at least five beginner songs. I am happy to go through songbooks students may have purchased.
In the fundamentals part of the student binder, scales, chords and theory are presented in an easily readable fashion. These parts of lessons become improvisation time, as the student learns how to apply these scales and chords.
I do a mixture traditional music notation and tabulator in my sessions. Accessories required are a tuner, three-ring binder with sheet protectors and music stand.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring one of my acoustics to my lessons.
*** Specialties ***
I play all kinds of music and can assist with anything from pop to jazz to metal to folk and acoustic playing. Some of my personal favorite artists are The Beatles, John Frusciante, Paul Simon, The Smashing Pumpkins and Bob Marley & The Wailers.
I've been teaching Guitar and Bass since high school and now also teach Ukulele and Songwriting lessons as well.