“Highly experienced teacher of rock n' roll with lots of stage and recording experience! ”
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Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Ages: 5 & up
Willing to travel? Yes
Has teaching location? Yes
Teaches online? No
Subjects Taught In Person
Guitar, Music Recording, Songwriting
Norwalk Community College - General Studies 2 year program - 1990-1996 (Degree received)
Emerson College - Mass Communications MFA - 1996-1998 (Degree received)
American Film Institute - Film - 1999
My methods vary from student to student. Usually I try and assess how each person is comfortable, and re-assess over the life of our lessons together, as it can change.
I'm a folk and rock player, but I've taught so many different styles at this point, it's great.
I'm told I'm pretty laid back, but that doesn't mean I'm not a stickler for discipline. In the end, it's up to you to do the runs and scales and chords, so there's only so much I can do. I try to inspire my students to do well, as it's the most rewarding thing you'll do, creatively speaking. There's nothing more satisfying than hearing music being made from your own hands. I can get you there, but you have to do your share.
One of the biggest goals I have is to get people up and playing as
soon as possible because it's very inspiring to get there. I started teaching guitar when I was 16, and each one of my students was playing in bands within their first year. They were extremely motivated, and I hope I was key to their inspiration. They tell me I was.
I've also taught many people not interested in just performing, but who have come to music for different reasons. Some found it therapeutic, others wanted to do it, 'just because' -- and that's perfectly wonderful reasons to want to express yourself through music.
Another area I really love teaching is songwriting. I grew up in a time where playing lightning fast medieval scales was all the fashion. Well, that just wasn't in me. I was more into songs, so I focused on that area. I've written tons and tons, and have been the main songwriter for all the bands I've been a member of.
I began playing music in a blue collar, east coast town. I learned from playing in bars and clubs from the time I was 16-- how do you play to and for an audience. How do you connect with them, and get them tapping their toes? That's always been my goal, and if it's yours, then I can help.
My first two bands toured extensively. We played tiny backrooms to big clubs to amphitheaters, opening for all sorts of people, such as: Love/Hate, The Misfits, Rainshine, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister,
Guttermouth, Firehouse, and other such bands. Too many to mention. Heck, my latest band even played at the Chivas Arena last year.
I've also spent a lot of time in the studio, and put out several indie rock CDs over the years.
Currently, my band plays the Kibbitz Room at Canter's Deli pretty regularly, and we are responsible for keeping the crowd going and interested...a great bar band gig where we do half covers and half originals.
Recently, my band played the Orange County Fair's HANGAR STAGE, which was amazing! It was a full lighting rig, massive stage, and insane PA. It was a big 'Rock Star' moment for us. Very cool!