*** Travel Equipment ***
When I travel, they're expected to have an instrument, amp (if necessary) and note book.
*** Specialties ***
Having taught for so long I rely on my own experience as a musician, using my extensive knowledge of music theory and the guitar as an instrument to impart a heightened awareness and love of performance and the rewards of a disciplined and focused practice habit to my students. Whether a student wants to learn rock, blues, jazz, pop, folk or other genres, I give them key insights and the right approach to achieve his/her goal in the minimum amount of time. Practice is essential to growth.
I've played just about every kind of gig imaginable, some with world class performers. I have been teaching a wide variety of styles for decades and began teaching in my current location in 2016.
As a jazz performer I have been a side man on several CD's and put out my own well-reviewed CD of original Jazz compositions, Hurricane Watch, featuring master drummer, and author of the best selling book Bass Drum Control for 50+ years (first published in 1964), and has recorded and performed with Joe Pass, Vince Guaraldi Trio, Benny Goodman, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee. Other drummers I have performed with include EDDIE MARSHALL (Toshiko Akiyoshi, Stan Getz, Bobby McFerrin, Bobby Hutcherson, Eddie Harris, Kenny Burrell, Smith Dobson, John Handy, Pharoah Sanders...)E.W. WAINWRIGHT (McCoy Tyner),
World class bassists I have worked with include PETER WASHINGTON (Tommy Flanagan, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, John Handy) JEFF CHAMBERS (Ahmad Jamal, Buddy Montgomery, Bobby Hutcherson) CHUCK METCALF (Dexter Gordon, Anita O'Day) CHRIS HAMBURGER (Cal Trader, Rosemary Clooney, Nancy Wilson).
I have worked with pianists MARK LEVINE (Cal Trader, Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, Blue Mitchell, Dave Liebman; Mark is also the author of the highly acclaimed books, The Jazz Piano Book, and The Jazz Theory Book) BLISS RODRIGUEZ (Jose Feliciano), and Rob Aries (guitarist John Scofield).