I am an Atlanta-area musician and have played electric and acoustic guitar for 50 years. Originally from Long Island, NY, I’ve performed professionally since I was 16. My years of playing experience includes performing with many bands in different musical genres, solo performances, and participating as part of music ministries for over 25 years in various local churches where my family and I were members. I’ve also participated as a guest in a few church music ministries as well.
My main areas of musical focus though the years has been in Jazz, Blues, Rock, Gospel, Classical and acoustic guitar styles.
In addition to performing, I have made a living as a guitar instructor for over 30 years and have had the pleasure of teaching hundreds of students in the Atlanta area. A number of guitar teachers and performing musicians in my area were actually former students of mine.
Born in 1960 in West Islip, NY. The fascination with the guitar, started as a child growing up in my home town of Lindenhurst, New York. At an early age I was exposed to Hispanic music which was rich in exotic rhythms and melodies passionately played by virtuoso guitarists, which caught my imagination.
In my preteens, my Dad bought me an electric guitar from a pawn shop that looked cool but, because of some flaws in the instrument, it proved difficult to play. I began taking guitar lessons on that guitar, despite the issues with the guitar, and was determined to master the instrument. A few years later, I had earned money, as a paper delivery boy, to buy my first good guitar along with my Mom who contributed half of the money. The guitar was a beautiful natural wood-finish Fender Stratocaster. It was a fine professional instrument and it played so smooth. My fingers had built up a lot of strength and dexterity from playing on my first “starter” guitar so playing on that instrument was effortless. A few years later I was able to purchase a blonde Gibson Les Paul Custom.
Naturally, growing up as a teenager in the 70’s, I was hearing the legendary sounds of all the great classic rock guitarists which I eagerly sat to learn how to play in that style. Then a friend introduced me to Jazz and later a teacher introduced me to Classical music. My musical appetite and my hunger for learning deepened. I was practicing all of the time and while taking lessons I did a lot of self-study reading through music theory text books that I sent away for. I also read books about music history from my high school and local library along with music industry magazines. I wanted to learn from anything I could get my hands on. Also I had the privilege of studying under some fantastic guitar teachers and had exposure to many wonderful musicians through those early years that helped me to grow musically as well as hone my playing skills.
Over the next few decades, my life was filled with lots of musical activity. My musical travels took me from New York, Los Angeles, Florida and finally Atlanta, GA where I reside now.
In my early 20’s I had an encounter with Jesus Christ in my life that drastically changed my life along with my life’s direction and activity. I married at 23 and over the next many years worked in corporate America while raising a family and keeping musically active.
Even though I had occasionally “performed” in a few live (secular) settings over the years, my main focus for my music is teaching and writing/recording my own compositions and collaborating with other musicians.
My plans musically for the time being have been doing just those things. At some point in the near future, I’d like to put a small group together again. I am grateful for this wonderful gift from God and my prayer is for it to give glory, honor and praise to my Lord Jesus Christ.