About

Me -
I have played guitar for over 30 years.  Long ago I played lead guitar in a couple of different rock 'n roll 'cover bands' working the occasional gig in various night clubs around the Houston area.  After getting married, becoming a family man and working professionally as a computer programmer I had all but given up guitar and music.  I still had the desire to express myself musically, but not to join a band.  Eventually I 'discovered' the classical guitar and became enamored with the style - I could actually play music - music that was more complex and beautiful than anything I had played before - and I could do it alone without the need for other musicians to make it complete.  I was hooked and have studied diligently ever since.  I also got on a bluegrass-country kick a couple of years ago and have found that style to be challenging, although not as difficult as classical, and it really is a lot of fun.
 
Teaching -
I like to cover all the bases when teaching guitar.  Too many casual guitarists out there do not read music or even think it necessary.  I use traditional 'method' books and teach sight reading early on, but also use tablature and chord charts.  I always encourage proper posture, technique and musicality.  I also enjoy playing duets with students and feel that doing so instills a certain discipline in their playing - learning to play with other musicians is no easy feat.  You may view video samples of my daughter (my most reluctant student!) and I playing together on YouTube: Click Here and scroll through the video list.
 
Why I'm A Good Teacher -
Well first of all I love to teach.  I enjoy the time spent with each student.  Secondly, I am the first to admit that I am not a naturally gifted or talented musician.  Now let me explain how this helps me in my role as teacher.  Whatever I have accomplished with the guitar was done so only through patience, determination and hard work.  None of it was easy for me.  I have practiced diligently over the years to develop correct techniques and instill good habits in my playing.  The hard work continues each time I approach a new piece of music I would like to master.  I have become very good at identifying and solving problems and overcoming whatever obstacles arise.  I believe this benefits me as an instructor when working with students who find themselves struggling at various levels - I've been there too.  I got through it and know how to help you do the same.
 
Being Left-Handed -
You may have noticed from my picture or videos that I am a left-handed musician.  I have always played left-handed and no one ever advised me to do otherwise.  Let me assure you that it does not present any detriment when teaching right-handed students.  All of my guitars are left-handed and, therefore, as I play I apply the same fingerings and techniques (and face the same technical issues in the music) as any right-handed player.  When sitting down, face to face for a lesson with me the student may feel as if they are looking into a mirror - and we all practice in front of a mirror at some time.  It's really not so strange.