I am a guitarist, session guitarist, private guitar instructor, music producer and songwriter from NY.
I started playing at 6, sightreading right off the bat. That’s how I was taught, so I just believed everyone started that way! I could pretty much sight read anything within a few years, and that aided me in becoming a session guy later in life. I took lessons from anyone I could and was fortunate enough to have some wonderful instructors. I took some lessons with John Scofield, Joe Pass, and Alan DeMausse. The diversity of my teachers and influences only aided me in finding my voice on guitar. I do believe that a certain technical facility is as necessary as theoretical knowledge and emotional intensity. History is important too. Study the past. Learn where you came from. I do not believe in labels. I play guitar to play music. I cannot and wll not lock myself into labels. We have too many in this world as it is and it only cheapens and waters down what music is supposed to be. If I feel like playing a Standard or song from Deep Purple or Joe Pass, I can only play it my way. Music is an expression of who you are. Tough day when you learn that lesson! Just meet a hero and realize you will never be able to play like them. Nor should you. That is the moment you have to learn and accept who you are and lay that out for all to see, for better or worse, richer or poorer. Just try and be the best you that you can be and you'll play some great music. Because it will be yours.