When Rick opened his music store, Wood & Strings in Massachusetts, he chose the tagline, "Pick the Best You Can." It turns out that this snappy slogan is also his philosophy of music making. Rick has always held high expectations for himself as a musician and as a teacher. And he has the uncanny ability to help students discover their own styles. He did that for me.
But what really distinguishes Rick is his dedication to the music beyond the lesson. Stopping by his store from time to time, Rick and I would often end up playing together. It was his observations and suggestions during those sessions that have made the difference in my playing.
So if you want to pick the best teacher you can, look no further.