Tony has been performing professionally for over 35 years. When he arrived in Los Angeles in 1969 he studied guitar with virtuoso Jimmy Stewart. Later, he studied with master guitarist George Van Eps.
Tony played guitar with many top recording artist in the mid 1970's. Later, he started to teach formerly at the John Waltrip Music School in Arcadia California. From then on, he set up "Music With Frets," and began to teach privately.
In addition, he is teaching 6th and 7th grade guitar classes at St. Cyril of Jerusalem School in Encino. Tony is a bonded and certified by the LAPD and FBI. Tony finds it very rewarding in helping beginner and advanced students to learn the beautiful music the guitar can make.
As Tony's teacher, George Van Eps taught him to think of the guitar as a "Lap Piano" so Tony does the same. The guitar is a versatile chordal and melodic instrument, and should be taught as such.
In addition to the above, I play guitar and arrange music for various Inde-Alternative and Jazz recording artist. I have arranged music for large orchestras, including a 35 piece orchestra in Hong Kong.
*** Lesson Details ***
I will be able to teach students of all ages, from beginners to semi pro players. My studies will include: Learning popular songs, reading chords, single line, guitar harmony, improvisation, blues, rock and jazz. Chordal melodies, finger picking, guitar pick with. left hand studies
*** Specialties ***
Acoustic and Electric Guitar. Piano: Improvisation, Composition, Arranging/Orchestration, All styles, Rock, Jazz, Funk, Brazilian, Latin, Standard Music. All Ages and Levels.
Teach at my studio, or On Line (Skype).
Performed with Lou Rawls, Ike and Tina Turner review, currently, featured soloist with members of the Earth, Wind and Fire, Lou Rawls and Bobby Womack bands. Special exhibition concerts state wide.
JEN was formed in 2008 to help bring together the jazz arts community. It hosts an annual conference with concerts presented by students and professionals, a student jazz festival, workshops, research presentations and an exhibition area with manufacturers, retailers, schools and other jazz related organizations. JEN also offers many educational programs, from an outreach program, to mentoring and scholarships.
Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) is a labor union representing film, television, radio, and new media writers. It was formed in 1954 from five organizations representing writers, including the Screen Writers Guild. It has about 20,000 members.
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.