I play various fretted instruments. I started out with rock guitar and ventured into seven-string guitar, ukulele, and banjo.
I initially learned by ear but acquired reading and theory skills at Elmhurst College in 2012. This has helped me play in different styles when called for.
I have taken classical guitar master classes with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Scott Tenant, Shingo Fujii, The Australian Guitar Quartet, and Eduardo Fernandez.
I like to have my experienced students view a piece of music through different angles, whether it be from finding a different transcription or arrangement in order to have the music “be their own.”
If the students are beginners, I like to make sure they deeply understand the fundamentals, theory and technique-wise, through proper nomenclature/language and playing position. With a strong fundamental base, I believe a student can use an instrument as a means of communication and expression rather than something that just makes a sound.
I am also a musician for hire in various community theater productions. Some performance credits include:
Avenue Q (Elgin Community College)
In The Heights (Wheeling High School) Mary Poppins (Deerfield Community Theater)
Heathers (Up and Coming Theater)
I am also a freelance recording engineer. I set up mics and try to get the best sound possible for clients.
When I am not playing music, I like to coach my son’s baseball team.
First piece of music that had a profound effect on me: “Just Friends” Joe Pass’ arrangement
Music teacher who inspired me the most: Tie between Jack Cecchini and Frank Portolese
How I am making the world a better place: By teaching students through basic fundamentals and proper process.
Favorite quote about music: “Music is the space between the notes. It’s not the notes you play; it’s the notes you don’t play.” -Miles Davis