First off I am a dedicated husband & father to 2 young children. I was always passionate about music even as a young boy. While attending college in Sante Fe New Mexico (studying film as my major) I started to play guitar with some guys I met on campus. This casual hobby turned into local gigs, which then led to my being welcomed into a seasoned local band as their lead guitar player. All along this journey I soaked up all the knowledge I could on every aspect of the guitar, scales, theory rhythm I had found my true calling. Luckily, the college I attended also had a first rate music program, I switched my college major from film to music and never looked back.
After college I was asked to audition to be the lead guitar player in a well respected San Diego band & I got the gig. My future wife & I packed up and moved to San Diego. I started teaching guitar to local students to supplement my income. I have been fortunate enough to play guitar on nationally touring gigs with thousands of fans packing the venues.
Life can be hard on the road and my wife & I wanted to start a new family. I stumbled upon a job teaching music education to elementary school kids which was awesome in that it also allowed me to perform local gigs without the hardship of being away on the road for weeks on end.
I had a huge bummer summer 2008. I was laid off from the job I loved, teaching music to elementary school kids (think School of Rock, Marty-Style! I have been called the Jack Black of youtube guitar teachers, lol).
That was really bad. So I devoted all my time to giving one-on-one guitar lessons to students ranging from young rockers to old blues dogs looking for some new tricks.
I was amazed at how many students of all ages wanted to learn all guitar styles covering rock, southern and blues. And then something really cool happened. I discovered that by teaching guitar lessons full time to others, it gave me the absolute best game plan of what works and what doesn’t.
It was like tinkering in a lab and coming up with a new invention -by hearing the feedback from my private lessons and noticing the jaw dropping progress of my best students, I (almost accidentally, it seems), uncovered the blueprint for learning the guitar in the shortest time possible. It was also like re-discovering the law of karma – if you share with others what you know best, then you can discover something on your own that’s valuable and exciting.
The result: a precise game plan that takes you from simple rhythm & strumming to blazing guitar solos. You can learn it ALL just like my students