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-playing guitar for 20 years
-teaching in the Chicagoland area for 12 years
-have taught over 2000 lessons
-student range 6 yrs to 63 yrs old
-work with beginner, advanced & performing students
* including "special needs" students
-released 4 studio albums
-toured for 12 years with a national act
-shared stages with such artists as:
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Blues Traveler, Rusted Root, The Wailers
* John Scofield, KRS-One, Les Claypool, moe.
* Umphreys McGee, String Cheese Incident
* Buddy Guy, Linsey Alexander, Mike Wheeler

I began my musical education at the age of 11 playing the clarinet in the grade school band and continued throughout my middle and high school years. During this period I was trained to read music charts, understand and apply music theory, and exposed to different types of music in various group settings. With a growing passion for music, I picked up the guitar at the age of 15 and began playing in local rock bands, composing original material, and released my first studio album at the age of 18. After high school I toured the nation for several years with my band, playing over 1500 shows and shared the stage with such acts as The Black Crowes, Blues Traveler, Rusted Root, John Scofield, and The Wailers.

In 2004 I moved to Chicago and began teaching private lessons and in the past ten years, I've taught over 2000 lessons to hundreds of students in a group or private setting. With my teaching approach I stress the basics of the guitar and incorporate the musical styling the student is interested in playing. I focus on song structure, soloing and improvisation, and for those interested, songwriting, singing and playing. In the past few years I have been working with Star Guitar, an after school music program specifically designed for teaching children the basics of guitar in a group setting. I've written the curriculum, tested the program with hundreds of students, and I'm currently the program coordinator for our Chicago locations. For more information on the program, visit the Star Guitar web site.