What’s my Story?
I was a quiet kid, and I just loved music – it always amazed me, and made me feel good. So, after my freshman year in college, I decided I wanted to take guitar lessons – just to get a taste of what my heroes did. I was hooked immediately. I loved the fact that I could put some time in, and get an almost immediate improvement, and sound better. My best friend at the time had a job and a girlfriend. I had neither, so I had plenty of time, lol.
I started playing a little bit of rock guitar, like most people. Shortly after that though, I started taking classical guitar lessons. My favorite guitar players were the ones that could play any style of music, so that’s what I was shooting for. I played for hours a day – even during finals week in college (and I continue to do that). In retrospect, maybe not the smartest move I’ve made, but I was really excited about music.
Around this time, I started getting some nice comments from people about my playing, which encouraged me to keep going, and possibly dream of being in music to make my living. After a couple years of classical guitar lessons, I decided to learn jazz guitar, after I discovered George Benson and Wes Montgomery’s playing. Studying jazz guitar put all the pieces of the puzzle together for me for every kind of music. It has taught me how all about scales, chords, arpeggios, and how to make music with all of that in any style of music. I still study this music continually.
I’ve been teaching kids and adults guitar in Duluth full time for 12 years. I’ve come across just about every type of student, and in that time, I’ve learned how to explain things to people in a way that they finally get it. I’ve learned how to give people just the right amount of push to keep them on track with their goals.
Even after almost 30 years of being a guitar player, I still get excited about playing and listening to music. That’s what I enjoy
most about teaching – showing students how exciting it can be. Come join the fun!
That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!
Looking forward to working with you,