Accepting new students of all ages and skill levels. I have 35 years experience in performing and a little more than 20 years experience in teaching and mentoring music enthusiasts. My influences and the music I like to teach are primarily acoustic, but I also love to dig in on some electric guitar. I'm interested in The Blues, Classic Rock, Modern Rock, Metal, Country & Western, Jazz & Swing, and I regard Bluegrass & Old-Time Southern Appalachian music as my specialty. I grew up outside of Baltimore & Washington, D.C., home to a thriving musical culture that my parents brought me up around, and then later explored more for myself under the tutelage of some highly regarded musicians. I began to teach at a boutique music shop when I was 16 and never stopped. I also joined bands and toured the world. After high school I worked for a distinguished roots music record label for a couple years and I eventually moved to Middle Tennessee to get a degree in Nashville's Recording Industry. After college, I left Nashville and moved to East Tennessee to get closer to the roots of real mountain music. I studied with several legends there and worked on an extensive folklife project. As time moved on, I went deeper into the roots, moving further east from the Cumberland Mountains into The Blue Ridge in North Carolina where I lived way back in a holler in an almost abandoned farm house for quite some time, working hard labor jobs and still playing music and teaching. I eventually made my way to Ithaca from Asheville, pursuing a quest to learn more about the instruments I play and how to repair and restore them -- I took an apprenticeship with a once then very respected luthier. During those later days of my experience there in the shop, I met my wife who is from Broome County, and this is where I have primarily been performing and teaching for the last 10 years. Please get in touch if you think we could be a fit!
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