Guitar and Beyond
My fascination with the guitar began at an early age but I became serious about the instrument after hearing Jeff Beck's "Blow by Blow" album, an album which I considered to serve as a turning point of my musical development.That album sparked my interest in other artists associated with the jazz/rock fusion, traditional jazz, and hard rock/metal genre. Through my various guitar instructors at the time, I was introduced to traditional jazz artists such as Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Tal Falow. I later found inspiration from players of a more avant-garde styling such as Ralph Towner and John Abercrombie. Other major influnences include Pat Metheny, Bill Connors, Tommy Bolin, and Roy Buchanan. This association influenced my interest and experimentation with guitar synthesizers and electronic music in general, always keeping an open mind to anything new and interesting that would come my way. After studying with many top guitar instructors in the Rhode Island and Boston area, I wrote and performed on a home video guitar course that not only concentrated on heavy metal technique, but also touched on the theoretical aspects of music. The course emphasized proper technique, scales, chord construction and chord scale relationships. The instruction series was advertised in national guitar publications such as Guitar World Magazine and sent to subscribers on a monthly basis. More recently, I have acquired an interest in acoustic music and added a 21 string Harp Guitar to my arsenal of instruments. Although I played solo jazz guitar for several years, the harp guitar opens up a world of possibilities and serves as a wonderful tool for composing. In addition to preparing online video lessons, I own and operate a music lesson facility that provides private music instruction for more than 300 students each week. For those of you who are considering enrolling in this course, it is designed not to "spoon feed" the student licks and tricks or teach you songs note for note, but to help the student to gain the understanding and musical knowledge to develop his or her own musical style and create their own innovative solos. I also encourage students to email videos to me to show their improvement, discuss trouble areas, or for a critique of your playing. This will provide us with a one on one virtual live association that will prove beneficial for the student.