Hey, my name is Gabe. I'm a guitar player, musician, composer, producer and educator, and I have been playing professionally and teaching music for over 15 years. I have an undergraduate degree in music composition and theory, a Masters degree Jazz Studies with an emphasis in Guitar Performance, a Masters in Musicology, and I was a Doctoral Candidate in Musicology/ Ethnomusicology/ Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California.
My system of teaching is proven to get you playing in no time. Typically, beginning students are instructed via my "Basics Curriculum", and then move on to custom tailored sessions at the intermediate or advanced level. I am patient instructor and love working with beginners and getting them off to a good start, just as much as I enjoy taking advanced students to the next level.
Throughout my career, I have toured throughout the US and around the world, sharing the stage with several national and international acts, including Naked Eyes, Wang Chung, A Flock of Seagulls, Erasure, Men Without Hats, Howard Jones, Berlin, Quactus, John Popper (Blues Traveler), Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Marc Ford (Black Crowes), Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction), Nels Cline (Wilco), Kris Myers (Umphrey's McGee), Moonalice (w/ members of Phil Lesh and Friends, Hot Tuna, Bruce Hornsby, and Jefferson Starship), EOTO (w/ members of String Cheese Incident), Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band, Particle, The Maykers (w/ members of the Jerry Garcia Band), Bobby Vega (Sly and the Family Stone), CR Gruver (Polytoxic/Outformation), Willie Waldman, The New Mastersounds, U-Melt, The Heavy Pets, Cubensis, Delta Nove, Big Organ Trio, Jamie Janover, Leon Mobley, Moksha and Al Howard & the K23 Orchestra.
*** Lesson Details ***
I am experienced in most styles: jazz, blues, rock, funk, punk, metal, acoustic, shred,pop, jam, etc. so I am capable of playing/teaching anything. I pride myself on being versatile and enabling each student to achieve their own goals.
During the lessons, I cover a variety of topics:
Strumming Patterns and Chords
Scales and Modes
Alternate Picking, Sweep Picking and Economy Picking
Hybrid Picking, Fingerpicking, and Slapping
Creating Riffs, Licks, and Bass Lines
Amplifiers and Effects
*** Studio Equipment ***
Various amplifiers, guitars, books, computer tools, and other learning aids.
*** Specialties ***
Music, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Folk, Rock, Punk, Metal, Acoustic, Classical, Jam Band, World, Latin, Improvisation, Shred, History, Ear training, Sight reading, Transcribing
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.
Gabe is very easy-going and friendly. He is also extremely knowledgeable about the guitar and is able to take complex musical concepts and make them accessible. Great teacher!
Gabe's great at teaching how to connect it all together - the fret board got a LOT smaller. Plus he just taught me this cool Tabla-based vocal sound to count out 5/4, which I can't get out of my head. Good stuff.
I'm very pleased with my lessons. I'm a rank beginner -- couldn't read music and have never studied an instrument before. Gabe is knowledgeable, patient, and seriously interested in helping me progress. I believe I am progressing, which is the proof in the pudding. Gabe has been a wonderful teacher for me over the past 16 months. When I started my lessons with him I barely knew one end of the guitar from the other. I've made far more progress than I ever imagined possible in just a little over a year. I can actually play my guitar and am beginning to be able to read music. Gabe has been unfailingly encouraging and patient with my clumsiness -- which means a great deal to me.