Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. A jazz gig at Manor HEB, a big show at Baby A's, and helping to purchase equipment for a student....
Also, I am the guitarist and director of a theatrical rock band. We perform for conventions mostly, and I enjoy the aspect of teamwork and collaboration. We've been together 12 years!
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Try a free, sample lesson- with me, then someone else.... then decide :) Also, my prices are excellent. For what you'd have to pay a "rock camp" you could fly to Europe!
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I de-mystify "theory" so students can learn how to apply it to virtually any style they are playing. I show them the exercises and fretboard "tricks" that will get them to a more advanced playing level FAST! I genuinely CARE about my students, and work especially well with kids. VAST experience in this arena. Hundreds of testimonials upon request. And, I actually can READ MUSIC.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Having a guitar in my hands every day. Meeting new people and watching them grow into musicians.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How long will this take? The more you practice, the better you get. The better your technique, the better you sound. It's that simple. Stay committed!
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Not all professional players are good teachers.Some just teach to make a little extra money, but teaching music requires understanding the learning curves of different age groups, and also working w/different personality types. It does require patience, which not all run of the mill guitar players have-
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. Wanted to be in music since I was a kid!
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. We do the BoeDee Student Showcases several times a year, and my students sing, play guitar, bass and generally rock out! Lots of fun. They learn to help w/ stage set-up.
Also, I have a theatrical rock band and we perform for conventions, often for hundreds of people- I like the teamwork aspect of being in a band for the past 12 years!
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I watch and work with other musicians, and basically practice constantly. Nuts and bolts. I leave the tech stuff and recording up to the engineers. However, the ear...I have got the producer's EAR. I hear tone, balance, blend of instruments and the slightest "flatness" of anything!
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. versatility of skills/styles and technique....as well as helping others find THEIR strength.
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. My outreach, as far as social media and visibility in the community- got a ways to go.