Born in raised on the south side of Chicago Illinois, I grew up listening to A LOT of great Chicago blues guitarists. After receiving my first acoustic guitar I quickly gravitated towards learning to play blues and blues rock guitar at the age of 13. As my hunger for knowledge grew, I began learning and studying other genres of music through private lessons and lesson videos in the styles of Progressive Rock, Shred, Funk, Fusion and Jazz. Music study was a way for me to find structure, discipline, self worth and expression not confined to a 40+hr work life. Through that I grew as a person and a musician. My sole reason for teaching is to help others find that passion and those qualities within themselves to live a beautiful and fulfilling life through his/her instrument.”
Lead Guitarist for:
-"The Voice" Country Star, Audra McLaughlin
-R&B singer Ces Picerno
-Rock band, The RAKNOSS
-Hip-Hop recording artist, Drew Smith
-Italian pop singer, Giada J.
**endorsed by Wampler Effects Pedals**
**over 200 live gigs played**
Guest Lecturer at University of Akron, OH "Pentatonic Scales the Western Integration"
Featured online instructor via Ibanez Guitars USA
Author and teacher of online lesson videos. "S. Shred Tips"
Guitarist for multiple projects in the Chicagoland area for over 7 years
12 years of Guitar repair and modification experience
Extensive knowledge of guitar effects and applications
2009-2013 Harmony and Theory at Rumoro Academy of Jazz Guitar in Chicago, IL
2004-2008 Experimental Sound/Production The School of the Art Institute Chicago
*** Lesson Details ***
Students should expect a relaxing learning environment that is cultivated to bring the fundamentals of guitar playing to the student and promote individuality in the player through a meditation of self-awareness while using the vehicle of Guitar. Lesson are taught out of my home studio space located in the East Falls/Manayunk Philadelphia!
Lessons are structured around: Finger exercises, Chord building, Strumming patterns, Scales, Arpeggios, Harmony studies and Improvisational chop building.
Some lesson materials referenced are:
The Real Book 6th Edition Jazz Standards
30 hour Guitar workout Steve Vai
The Music Lesson Victor Wooten
after just 3-6 short months, students will see an increase in comfortability with the notes on the fret board, basic chord progressions and single note soloing!
*** Studio Equipment ***
iMac i7 Mavericks
*** Travel Equipment ***
student only needs guitar
I have amps
*** Specialties ***
Rock, Blues, Country and Jazz approaches to guitar as well as home recording practices
Share tip videos distributed through Ibanez guitars.
class room guitar instruction for students ages 8-17ys
"Pentatonic Scales the Western Integration" lecture.