Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz
Guitar, Bass guitar, Piano
Rock, Blues, Jazz
Mike Kelly and Friends, Triple Roc, OMG, Josh Allen Band
Guitar, Banjo, Bass Guitar
The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, John Coltrane
Berklee College of Music, Bachelor Degree, Bachelor Degree, Bachelor Degree
Over 40 years
Music has been my passion from an early age. Originally inspired by the Beatles, I started playing guitar at the age of 10. I started on acoustic guitar and got my first electric at age 12. Some older boys who were already playing taught me my first chords and from there I learned by ear. As time went on I started to get into many different guitarists: Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jerry Garcia, Duane Allmand, Dicky Betts and many more
I started playing in bands in my early teens and played in numerous bands up to age 27, playing all kinds of rock and Top 40 music. As time went on I realized that I wanted to know how to read and understand music. I had become more interested in jazz music and realized that it required a higher knowledge of music theory than I had needed to play rock. When I was 27 I got the opportunity to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston, one of the country's top jazz schools. After 6 semesters of extensive study(I already had some previous college credit) I graduated Summa Cum Laude.
After graduation, I returned to Falls Church, VA, where I grew up. I started teaching guitar at that time and got back into the music scene. My band Banzai Plains released an album of original material in 1988. I have continued performing in various bands and currently play with Mike Kelly and Friends, Tripleroc, OMG, and the Josh Allen Band.
I believe that my background has prepared me well for teaching music. I enjoy teaching students of all ages and interests. I try to fit the student's interests whether it is learning to read music, basic strumming, learning songs of the student's choice, or improvising lead guitar. I teach all levels from beginner to advanced and all styles of music.
If you are interested in lessons for yourself or your child I want to work with you.