Primary Instrument: Guitar
Playing a distinctive style of fingerstyle jazz guitar with a repertoire including light jazz, standards and classic instrumentals reminiscent of the seminal jazz of Django Reinhardt & Eddie Lang. With diverse, eclectic influences ranging from Joe Pass, Django Reinhardt and George VanEps to Leo Kottke and John Fahey. Incorporating a unique styling best described by Mr. VanEps as Lap Piano. Current playing with the unique violin, guitar & trumpet trio Kilde, Fleetwood & La Freniere
I teach fingerstyle guitar, music theory, jazz and music concepts/philosophy. I focus on my specialty, jazz, covering blues and folk with some instruction in country, bluegrass, classical, pop and rock guitar. I also teach skills/concepts of leading church and small group worship with guitar and of playing as a member of a worship team. My Teaching Background It's been my privilege to teach countless students for over 35 years. I am the "senior" guitar teacher at Uptown Music in Keizer, Oregon, having enjoyed a teaching relationship with the store for 20 years. A number of the current and past guitar teachers at Uptown Music were originally my students who have gone on to become excellent teachers themselves. I also teach at Cadenza Academy, a wonderful, full service, state of the art, music lesson studio in southeast Portland, Oregon, founded and run by two of my former students. With 40 years playing and 35 years teaching experienceI offer a vast perspective of playing and performing experiences to share with my students. My Teaching Philosophy I practice what I call "prescriptive teaching". The purpose is to determine your interests, background and learning style and and build lessons that provide you with the tools and guidance to become the musician you want to be. I constantly remind my students that I can't, magically, turn someone into a guitarist in 1/2 to 1 hour a week but I do provide the tools and guidance for them to turn themselves into the musician they are destined to be. I love introducing youngsters to the joy of making music, and helping adults realize that lifelong dream of making music. Availabiltiy I teach beginning to advanced students 1/2 hour sessions per week /four lessons per month. I will take advanced students and professional musicians for longer lesson sessions, as need, and skill, demonstrates and will do consultations for professional musicians desiring to hone their skills and supplement their knowledge.