I picked up the guitar when he moved from my hometown of Phoenix, Arizona in 2001 at the age of 19 and I haven’t looked back since. Twelve years and countless hours of practicing, performing and teaching later, I still play at multiple venues in the Kansas City area while teaching from my studio at Guitar Dock in Overland Park,, Southland Conservatory in Raymore, and for the Music House in Overland Park. I also teach and record from my home studio in Raytown, MO where I offer lessons for all students during the daytime and evening hours.
As a guitarist I’m motivated primarily by my passion for music. Growing up I was influenced by classical, jazz, and film scores. Since picking up the guitar I’ve been inspired by guitarists from such diverse backgrounds as Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Tuck Andress , Ted Greene, John Mayer, James Taylor, Martin Taylor, and John Pizzarelli. Today I play and teach a variety of different styles, ranging from rock and blues to classical and jazz.
I’ve also studied classical piano privately with Karen Kushner, adjunct associate professor of piano at UMKC. I studied jazz improvisation and theory with flugelhorn player Stan Kessler. WIth both instruments I seek to convey greater musical awareness and improvisatory skills to my students. My focus is upon removing barriers to natural progression and establishing an integrated relationship between player and instrument as well as cultivating a finer appreciation of musical subtlety and context. A list of recommended resources can be found here.