Guitar, Bass Guitar
-Local jazz & blues gigs, Dwells Within, solo material, youtube instructional videos underway
Areas of instruction
Electric & acoustic guitar, bass, ukulele
Derek has been avidly playing guitar for 23 years- along with bass for 10 years and ukulele for 5 years.
Derek specializes in namely rock, pop, blues, jazz and heavy metal.
Favorite music and artists
Shostakovich, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report, John McLaughlin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, 80’s rock, Guns ‘N Roses, Rolling Stones, King Diamond, Slayer, Johnny Winter, Marty Friedman, Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, apocalyptic folk, modern fusion, Grant Greene, Joe Pass, Blues Saraceno
Derek performs around Ohio in jazz and blues clubs, has toured with various metal bands in the Midwest, played around Asia for a decade
Derek studied rock performance at the Atlanta Institute of Music and undergraduate studies in Jazz Guitar performance at the University of Akron
He started off down the rock and blues path, which led to expanding interests in other genres, and a real interest in instrumental guitar rock.
Teaching professionally for 17 years, he is a full-time instructor for one-on-one for and group lessons. He was the owner Falls Music Academy in Ohio. He has taught private lessons, small group and rock ensemble bands in Cleveland, Akron, and Columbus- and well as abroad. He also directs student recitals and performances around the area routinely.
He spent 10 years in Asia teaching and performing guitar in Killing Fields, along with a mix of styles like rock, blues and metal with local ethnic bands. The exposure to a vast multitude of ethnic styles and sounds greatly broadened the musical palette. He learned to teach guitar in Thai as a second language.
Teaching and performing are a passion of Derek’s: from beginner through to advanced; for the aspiring child to adult. Theory is taught along the way- with skills to arrange, compose and learn one’s own voice- along with emulating our favorite artists.
Derek loves spending time playing out on weekend gigs around Columbus and Cleveland, and arranging current new material to be released in the modern metal genre. New YouTube channel in the making on modern metal guitar playing.