Objective: To engage individuals in the joy and proficiency of becoming adept guitar players. To cultivate a foundation of students and to provide them with the fundamentals, knowledge, and practical guitar playing skills needed to encourage a lifelong love of playing the guitar.
Primary Styles: Folk, Blues, Pop, Rock (Classic to Alternative), Country, Irish, Jazz, Children’s Songs
Secondary Styles: Metal, Classical, Finger-picking
Lesson Plans: I customize lessons specifically for my students and teach chord structures, scales, strumming patterns, rhythm, tablature, lead improvisation, blues, folk, rock, song writing, composition, sight reading, ear training, finger picking, stage presence, and more.
2011 to present Studying professional voice, music, and the music business with Laura Kessler.
2000 Piano at College of DuPage
1991 Continued with private guitar instruction with Frank Potts of Hammond, IN.
1989 – 1990 Formal Voice lessons through voice Coach Karyn Sarring in Chicago.
1978 First series of 20 formal guitar lessons
Learned through Mel Bay theory books, Rock and Roll, Jazz, R&B, and Standards Fake Books, and extensive ear training.
1973 First formal piano lessons
2011 Performed more than 110 shows in the Chicagoland area.
2004 to present Perform 3 to 4 times per month as entertainer in an acoustic guitar duo at Lovell’s of Lake Forest Restaurant. Book all musical acts in the Captain’s Quarters Dining Room for the weekly entertainment, and many musical groups for private functions in the Odyssey Room.
1987 to Present Recording studio work regarding the composition, performance, and arrangement of about 40 original works, some for commercial advertising and generally for hire. Instruments performed: guitars, bass, mandolin, accordion, piano, keyboards, vocals, drums and percussion, and synthesizers.
1984 to Present Perform professionally on vocals and guitar at weddings, receptions, pubs, coffee houses, block parties, concerts, street fairs, restaurants, grand openings, holiday parties, special private events, and country clubs. Perform with Bobby Rex Group and several other bands.
Main Guitars Used: Line-6 Acoustic Variax 2007, Gretch semi-hollow body 2001, Guild J-5 acoustic 1990, Takamani 1987, Fender Custom Shop Telecaster “relicked” No-Caster 2009
Main Guitar Influences: Jimmy Page, Dickey Betts, Eric Clapton, Brian Setzer, Tony Rice, Jimmy Vaughan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Neil Young, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, Johnny Winter, John Lennon, James Burton, Steve Howe, and Albert Lee.
References: Available upon request.