I started playing music around the Kansas City area 30 years ago. I graduated from The University of Southern California with a degree in studio/jazz guitar (cum laude). While at USC, I received a merit scholarship and an award for professional leadership and service within the department. I also graduated with honors from Musician’s Institute (GIT) of Hollywood, CA.
I have toured the U.S. and Canada, playing venues such as The Portland Rose Festival, The Playboy Jazz Festival, The Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series, Irvine Lake Blues Festival, The Burnaby British Columbia Blues Festival, Palm Springs Women's Jazz Festival and the Long Beach Blues Festival. The headliners at these events included Robben Ford, The Neville Brothers, Diane Schuur and Johnny Winter.
I have released two solo albums that have received first-rate reviews and international airplay. After the second album, I was biographed for All Music, the internet's first source for music information. Here are excerpts from the All Music bio:
... there are also elements of Jimi Hendrix (arguably the first true heavy metal/hard rock artist), Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan in her playing, and she clearly has a strong appreciation of jazz--not only jazz-rock fusion improvisers like John Scofield, Larry Coryell and Mahavishnu Orchestra founder John McLaughlin, but also, straight-ahead bop favorites such as Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass.......eclectic outlook is one of her strong points; her ability to move from a tough, aggressive blues-rock groove to a more cerebral, fusion-minded approach to the occasional soul-jazz/hard bop number has made for some very unpredictable albums.
I have been teaching full-time for the past 20 years. I have taught all ages and popular styles. In 2008, my blues guitar method was published and distributed through Amazon. My second book, Fingerboard Geometry, was published through Amazon in 2023.
*** Lesson Details *** I incorporate a tailored curriculum to help people achieve their personal goals. Learning music is not a "one-size fits all" proposition. I can show you the songs that you want to play. I can also teach you music theory, technique, improvisation, reading and more. I adjust your course of study according to your areas of interest. If you are dying to learn a Led Zeppelin tune or are planning on auditioning for a college-level jazz guitar program, I can help you achieve these goals. I have taught hundreds of beginners alongside more advanced students. My students have gone on to study music at GIT, Fullerton College, Pasadena City College, Berklee, Cal State LA, and USC.
Most of all, I am incredibly patient. The ability to play a musical instrument is measured on a calendar, not on a watch. I often work at a slow, systematic pace. I am generally very laid-back. On the other hand, if you learn very quickly, I can readily show you the skills you need to meet your goal. I have fast-tracked many individuals that were seeking admittance to an academic program.
My teaching studio is computer equipped. This allows me to incorporate computer software that enhances learning. One such program, Band in a Box, generates accompaniment for students so that they can work on their soloing skills. Another program can slow recorded music down so the student can practice slowly. Also, I often give out play-along practice tracks for improved learning.
The aspect of performance is often only addressed by some. I can work with my guitar students while accompanying them by performing live bass or drum parts or work with bass students while playing the guitar or drum parts. This allows the student to understand their role in a live band.
*** Specialties *** I teach all popular guitar and bass styles. I am a expert in Jazz, Blues, and R&B. (degree in Studio/Jazz guitar) Great with theory, technique and reading. Have given recording lessons with CUBASE.