Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to a music-loving family, I began playing piano and guitar at a very young age. At age twelve, I began playing double bass, which has become my primary instrument. Throughout middle and high school, I received numerous awards for excellence in both jazz and classical music. After high school, I moved to the Oklahoma City area and had the opportunity to play with many of the great musicians who passed through, including Jon Faddis, Wynton Marsalis, Byron Stripling, and Anne Hampton Calloway.
Since moving to New York City, I have been fortunate enough to travel throughout the US, Canada, Caribbean, and Europe with such groups as Pete Robbins and Centric, Ryan Blotnick's Secret Mainstream, and The Paislies. Aside from my freelance work with various groups, I also play bass guitar in Brooklyn based rock band, Hungry Hands, as well as double bass in Karavika, an improvising chamber ensemble based on Indian folk melodies. As a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and an active freelancer, I continue to search for new musical realms of expression within the context of improvisation.
Aside from a performing career, I enjoy sharing my diverse musical experiences with my students and helping them develop their creative abilities.
*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me are tailored to your specific musical aspirations. Whether you want to learn to read music, improvise, or just play your favorite pop tunes, I can help you grow in whatever direction you choose. My teaching style is balanced between learning fundamentals, achieving your own musical goals, addressing weaknesses and fostering strengths.
I incorporate a range of teaching techniques that help each individual student gain a well-rounded musical foundation. Topics I cover include ear training, rhythm training, sight reading, fun listening examples, and more. My laid-back yet professional approach gives students the desire and discipline necessary to meet their full potential.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Three guitars, upright piano, keyboard, ukulele, industry standard recording setup, double bass, 2 electric basses, amplifier. Lessons are out of the recording studio.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own guitar, ukulele, upright bass, bass guitar, mandolin, piano, keyboard, amp, music stand, etc. I also have some extra instruments for the student if needed.
*** Specialties ***
Drums, Ukulele, Piano, Guitar, Mandolin, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Folk, Blues, Classical, Americana, Reggae, World, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Music Theory, Recording Techniques, Composition & Songwriting, Performance, Business of Music.