The guitar is a remarkable instrument.
Like the piano, it has the capability of creating more than one note at a time; like the violin it possesses the ability to create melodies with an infinite variety of timbres, and can even come close to the sound of the human voice; and, like the drums, the guitar can be percussive and rhythmic. On the guitar we can make simple or complex chords, play searing solos, or even be a one-man band. It is an instrument that has evolved and gotten better through the ages. We find guitar, or some equivalent of it, in almost every world culture.
I have been teaching for practically the entire duration of my adult musical life. After a broad and varied career as a performing guitarist and composer, I have made teaching a main focus of my professional career. I strongly believe that the music world is stronger and more vibrant with the passing down of information and techniques from one generation to another. Equally important is the fact that the study and playing of music can give much enjoyment to an individual and enrich his or her life.
I’ve been fortunate to have had a rich musical life, experiencing the joys of making music in the company of accomplished musicians in clubs, concert halls, music festivals and recording studios. In addition to that, there’s the deep satisfaction of composing, reaching inside myself and coming up with an expression that was completely individual and new.
I believe strongly that it is the process of learning music that is important. It gives us a way of thinking and acting unlike any other pursuit. Music is an abstract art form that is concrete and universal, and can stimulate our emotions powerfully.