Alan's passion for playing guitar began at an early age and continues to this day. In addition to being an experienced performer, he has had many years of formal studies in classical, jazz, rock, blues, and more.
Alan is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he studied jazz guitar and composition with such renowned and Grammy award winning artists/composers such as Alla Elana Cohen, Mick Goodrick, Sheryl Bailey, and others.
As a passionate player and lifelong student, he understands the importance of creating an efficient curriculum tailored to each individual student's interests, age, and experience. Whatever style or level of music you want to learn, Alan is the person to go to for fun, expert lessons!
*** Lesson Details ***
As an experienced teacher, I carefully customize each student's lessons with clearly defined short and long term goals according to the student's interests. I believe in cultivating a personal connection to the instrument and together creating a steady path for improvement.
I teach beginner through advanced level guitar and I'm experienced with all age levels. I love to teach and play and I look forward to making new musical friendships!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Several guitars and amps available for use in lessons.
*** Specialties ***
My first love was blues and rock guitar, and I now specialize in Jazz guitar and performance. I also have three years of formal classical guitar training and lots of experience playing many other styles including Latin Jazz, Salsa, Pop, Classical, Fusion, etc.
Guitar and performance instruction. All ages, beginner to advanced.
Freelance guitar performance in the central Texas area, focused in Austin. All genres including jazz, classical, blues, rock, singer-songwriter, film score improvisation, and more.
The Austin Jazz Band, The Vintage 15, The Vendetta Big Band, The Austin Swing Orchestra, Georgetown Palace Theatre, and more.
Combos and Small Ensembles:
The Austin Piazzolla Quintet, Small Life, Allison Thrash, Manteca Beat, MÃÂ©lange, James Anderson Collective, The Crocodile Tears, and others.
Guitar performance, composition, music history, and songwriting classes at my home studio.