Aloha Everyone. I'm born and raised in Hawaii and decided to further my education in music by moving to California. I' m a graduate of Musicians Institute's G.I.T program where I received my Associates Degree as well as the "Most Improved Student" award. I've played in various situations ranging from Big Bands, Smooth Jazz Quartet, Rhythm/ Lead for RnB, Funk and Blues bands, Musicals and Cruise Ship gig's. A lot of music revolves around Jazz and Blues playing and I really enjoy teaching in this style. Having a good feel in these genres will benefit you greatly and will improve your internal musical groove as well as having tasty and soulful licks. I can help you develop this soulful, funky groove and when you start diving into new genres, you'll find it much easier to feel and hear the music. On top of that, Its so much fun to play. I'm very open minded to all styles of music and as a teacher, I can help you have a solid foundation of the basics as well as a groove that's inviting to other players.
*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a very relaxed teacher and I'm very open minded as well. My goal is to make you feel as comfortable as possible so you can relax, ask questions, take in the lesson and have fun while doing so. A lot of my teaching is based out of the Musicians Institute curriculum where I received most of my musical education. I really believe that having a great foundation of the basics is very important and when achieved, learning technique, scales, theory and other interests will be much faster. After 3 months of lessons, you will have a good foundation the basics, as well as music theory, music reading, a practice schedule to keep you improving and stay inspired, a good feel for rhythm and single note playing and ways to have fun on your instrument. On top of that, we will be working on subjects your interested in and working on ways to improve on that specific subject. I keep an open minded lesson and I'm interested in anything and everything your interested or curious about. My goal is show you what I've learned and to help you make music on your instrument.
*** Studio Equipment ***
- M -Audio Fast Track interface.
- Logic Pro 9
- MXL 603 S Mic
- M -Audio BX5 monitors
- PRS SE Model
- Squier relic Strat
- Takamine G series Acoustic Guitar
- Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar
- Music stands
- Music graphs and staff paper
- Tuner, cables and misc. accessories
*** Travel Equipment ***
-Staff Papers, pencils, sheet music, etc.
-Tuner and cables.
Students should provide:
-Their choice of electric or acoustic guitar and a amp for electric guitar.
*** Specialties ***
I base majority of my teaching out of the Musicians Institute curriculum, and I like to focus on having a great rhythm feel as well as having a solid foundation. I focus a lot on Jazz, R n B, Funk, Rock and Blues. I also enjoy using concepts, for example. If you play a major scale in the 5th position of the guitar, its a great concept to stay in that same position and play the major scale through the cycle of 5th s. This helps to understand the fret board more, makes you use your brain, you go through all key center and its fun. Little things and concepts can bring the repetitive practicing back to life and inspire new questions in the student.