Instructor Bio

My fascination with the guitar began at an early age. I became serious about the instrument after hearing Jeff Beck’s “Blow by Blow” album, an album which I consider to have served as a turning point of my musical development. This experience sparked my interest in other artists associated with the jazz/rock fusion, traditional jazz, and the hard rock/metal genre.

Influences:

Through various guitar instructors, I was introduced to traditional jazz artists such as Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, and 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. I also gained an interest in guitar synthesizers and electronic music in general, always keeping an open mind to anything new and interesting that would come my way.

Education and interests:

I was fortunate to have studied with many top guitar instructors in the Rhode Island and Boston area. Currently, I concentrate on performing as a solo jazz guitarist in the Boston, Rhode Island and Connecticut area. I am also a veteran of several cover and original bands.

I wrote and performed on a home video guitar course concentrating on technique, and music theory. The course emphasized proper technique, scales, chord construction, chord/scale relationships, and improvisation. The instructional series was advertised in national guitar publications such as Guitar World Magazine and sent to subscribers throughout the USA on a monthly basis. On multiple occasions, I have been contracted to demonstrate a new line of guitar effects at the annual NAMM show in Nashville, TN and Anaheim, CA.

I acquired an interest in acoustic music and added a 21 string Harp Guitar to my arsenal of instruments. Although I have played solo jazz guitar for several years, the harp guitar opens up a world of possibilities. It also serves as a wonderful tool for composing. In addition, I also own and operate a music lesson facility that provides private music instruction for more than 300 students. Currently, I am featured on the playlist of several internet radio stations including CD101.9, Smooth Jazz Mix New York, SmoothJazz.NYC, RadioGuitarOne.com, and others.

Virtual help:

The Guitar and Beyond course is designed to help the student develop his or her own musical style. I also encourage students to send questions and videos to me to discuss trouble areas. This will provide us with a one on one virtual association that will prove beneficial for the student.

Demo:

Crystal Silence (available on Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, ITunes, and other online platforms)

Outta Space

Exhale (available on Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, and other online platforms. Currently in rotation on CD101.9 and Smooth Jazz Mix New York and affiliate streaming stations).