- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 15 to 70
- Teaching since:
- May 1991
With a bachelor's degree in music from Rutgers University, I began teaching guitar over 20 years ago. I have recorded with Larry Coryell and many other artists over the course of my career.
My teaching style is direct and to the point. We will go through all the necessary theory of music and apply it to the fretboard to unleash your creativity. If you are looking to advance your style beyond what you thought you could not play, let's get started with some lessons.
With certification on ProTools, I have recorded and worked with Jon Anderson(Yes), as a producer and engineer. I can teach you the art of recording and editing for music production.
*** Lesson Details ***
Fretboard fingering positions.
Scales and modes.
Legato vs. Staccato playing.
*** Studio Equipment ***
ProTools 11.2 fully equipped recording studio.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide instruments, amplification. Also audio equipment for teaching digital recording.
*** Specialties ***
Specialize in jazz performance, progressive rock, music theory, guitar technique.
Guitar instruction of students from beginners to advanced.
I have recorded with jazz legend Larry Coryell, Mark Egan (Bassist for Sting), Thierry Arpino (Jean Luc Ponty), Jon Anderson (Vocalist for Yes), Kool and the Gang, Gloria Gaynor, and more.
Professional Engineer with over 30 years experience.
It's been a great experience taking lessons from Dennis. He is clearly very knowledgeable about the subject matter, and is very patient and clear in his teaching instructions. He also takes the time to explain the theory behind the instructions and strives to keep every session interesting and fun.+ Read More
Dennis makes you comfortable right away. Very easy to relate to. He moves at a pace his students are comfortable with. I look forward to MANY more lessons.
Dennis is an all around great teacher. He is easy and comfortable to work with, but knows exactly how and when to get things done. Most importantly for me, Dennis was able to let me know which things I needed to work on to better my musicianship while also helping me figure out how to utilize what I had already accomplished to achieve new goals. As a metal player getting into jazz improvisation I had some really strong skills and many things that needed serious work. Dennis was able to help me use my strengths from previous experience to become better at something entirely new.
Mindful of tradition, but more interested in innovation, Dennis has a vast knowledge of modern styles, chord progressions, chord shapes, and scales you can't just learn from any guitar teacher. You can hear it on his record; Dennis is just as much of an individual in his playing as he is in his teaching. Unfortunately due to relocation I can no longer take lessons from Dennis but he got the ball rolling for me into new worlds of guitar playing and musical thinking that has been incredibly valuable to me.
I decided to re-kindle my guitar playing skills after putting down the instrument for several years and not knowing what results to expect. I was amazed to find my ability to play quickly returning while taking lessons with Dennis. He was patient, encouraging and always professional and courteous. I am now practicing every day and continue to progress. I would encourage anyone seeking a skilled and talented instructor to sign up with Dennis. He has versatility with many different styles of playing and accomplished at them all.
Take Lessons From This Guy!
I was fortunate to meet Dennis and partake in six months of intensive weekly sessions which were no-nonsense. My instrument of choice is the acoustic and electric guitar.
Dennis adds a shade of color to the audible realm of musical expression that invites all practitioners to give ear to Dennis' command of the guitar. Ask him what he's been working on lately and he will show you something; it's more than enough to inspire you to keep learning and discover your own musical voice.
Dennis was humble in sharing his credentials and is a continuous student of learning himself. He clearly shows no bias and imparts his knowledge to anyone willing to learn.
Due to relocation, we could no longer meet up in person for lessons. But now that Dennis is geared up to provide teaching services online, I can still effectively take lessons regardless of location.
From the moment you meet Dennis, you know he has "that musical something."
From the moment you meet Dennis, you know he has "that musical something." Dennis' teaching style is genuine, present, and easy to understand. Further, he has the ability to take his natural gift for music, schooling, and experience in the studio to help you create a musical journey and to capture sound like no one else can. I would recommend Dennis to students of any age or professionals at any level. He's just that good!