I have been teaching guitar for over 40 years. I started taking guitar lessons at the age of 9, beginning with Mel Bay Volume One. It's quite a trip to now have my Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian books published by Mel Bay. But my learning breakthrough was when I began listening to records and using my ear at an early age to figure things out. I started dropping the needle on records, then moving to cassette recorders and half speed cassette recorders. Now I use computer programs such as "Amazing Slow Downer". I teach to help students realize their musical goals and still remember what it was like to be a beginning guitar student. The drive and passion I had for learning guitar remains today.
I enjoy teaching in the following specialized areas:
Gypsy Jazz/Swing Guitar
Gypsy Jazz and Swing Music.
Wrote two books each on Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian, pioneers of jazz and swing guitar and one on Benny Goodman, The King of Swing.
Led several bands that specialized in Swing Music and Gypsy Jazz.
Played thousands of solo guitar gigs.
Extensive repertoire that includes The Classic American Songbook (Gershwin, Porter, Ellington) Jazz, Latin, Brazilian (Bossa Nova and Samba) and Pop (Beatles, Elton John, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Carole King).
Learn to perform full, complete sounding chord melody arrangements of great songs.
If you are a singer I will show you how to play a great background accompaniment for your songs.
Blues and Jump Blues Guitar
The music of BB King, Albert King, Freddie King and other blues greats.
The great jump blues players like Bill Jennings, Tiny Grimes, Duke Robillard and Junior Watson.
Popular favorites for gigging musicians.
Please contact me by email to inquire about lessons.
Current Rates: $75 per hour
Once we agree on a lesson time, you will be sent an online PayPal invoice (or alternate invoice if you don't use PayPal).
The lesson must be paid for within 24 hours of scheduling to reserve your spot.
What Is Needed For Lessons:
Computer with high speed internet connection
Built-in or external webcam
An agreed upon format such as Skype or Zoom
To avoid being charged for a missed lesson, notice of cancellation must be given by 12pm PST (12 noon my time zone) the day prior to the scheduled lesson. If notice is not given prior to noon the day before the lesson, you will be charged the full rate. If notice is given prior to the deadline, your lesson will be rescheduled at a mutually agreeable time.