As a composer, I've placed numerous pieces in major motion pictures, including "3000 miles to Graceland" starring Kevin Costner and Kurt Russel - as well numerous History Channel episodes including "Little ice Age, Big Chill" -- and video games such as Midway's "Road Kill".
My music composition is guitar based, with an emphasis on rock, groove, funk, soul, and all styles in between.
I have continued to share my info with students since 1990, and continue to teach my insights regarding composition (as I have learned it) any chance I get.
Over the last 15 years, I've placed numerous pieces in major motion pictures, including "3000 miles to Graceland" starring Kevin Costner and Kurt Russel - as well numerous History Channel episodes including "Little ice Age, Big Chill" -- and video games such as Midway's "Road Kill".
My music composition is guitar based, with an emphasis on rock, groove, funk, soul, and all styles in between. Placing music in film is another level all together, many factors are involved, and much time can be saved if you have the correct info:
I enjoying sharing and teaching my insights regarding composition and music placement for film/tv/video games approaches (as I have learned it) any chance I get.
A little General Music back-story:
Some of my first memories of playing an instrument were banging on pots and pans to my Dad's jazz records, then at 8 years old, I picked up the the Saxophone, followed my Trumpet, School Choir, eventually discovering Guitar, and the rest is history.
I found myself drawn to classical guitar for a couple of years, in addition rock and roll, and blues etc… upon attending Musician's Institute, I was exposed to numerous useful, and applicable music styles for the working musician/guitarist.
As a music lover, I have, and continue to enjoy/listen to as many different styles of music I can get my ears on - I believe listening to appreciating, and learning as many musical styles as possible makes one a better guitarist/musician, as well as a more rounded and capable composer.
With over 25 years' experience as a professional international touring musician, and session player (in addition to the incredible information I was taught at the Musician's Institute Los Angeles), my unique approach to guitar is based on skills for the "Working Musician'".
While some teachers concentrate only on technique, scales, and theory, etc (which is awesome!), my approach to guitar is to also contribute what sounds best for the song at hand, and/or the live situation in which the guitarist places themselves.
I look forward to sharing this information with students looking to take their musicianship (via guitar) to the highest possible level.
Like General Music, Music History is also a vast concept - as an artist, I have read (and continue to do so) studied, and steeped myself in as much as I can regarding the art of music I personally love, and the greats who have broken ground, carved the way, and added their contribution to music in general.
My strengths are in the music since the 60's as they relate to Rock, Soul, Funk, Jamband, Blues, Gospel, and some Classical - and I enjoy sharing this knowledge with my students.
Songwriting is beautiful craft, one that anyone lucky enough to compose a song, or enjoy one, can appreciate.
From nothing, something is created that can move, touch, and inspire limitless people ongoinly...most importantly, the artist who created it : )
Having been fortunate enough to have placed numerous compositions in Film, TV, and Video Game projects - I understand the power of song first hand.
My approach to songwriting is in the Pop, Rock, Blues, Soul, Funk arena - I still listen to new music, and am always looking for new approaches either in structure, or the use of technology to create new compositions.
I believe the gift of songwriting is to honestly express oneself...which is what I like to teach…
I've been fortunate to appear in numerous music videos for various artists, including Brain Setzer, Kevin Costner, Kurt Russel, Courtney Cox, Ice T, David Arquette, Charlie Terrell and many others.
Most recently, I starred in a music video for one my compositions "Live On" which was recorded/filmed at Capitol Studios in Los Angels, and is being edited presently for global release...
There are many facets to Music Video production (and Video production in general). I teach both sides of the camera, with an emphasis on the performance of the artist, and storytelling as it pertains to the artist’s vision/lyrical content.
I've studied singing with Tim Bogart at Musicians Institute, as well as the Brett Manning approach, and have used my voice in the professional field my entire career.
As a lead/background singer for 20+ years (sideman and studio), I have experienced first hand the power of emotion when a performer is conveying their voice with both technique and honesty.
There are, of course, many techniques to get you there, however, I've found that a few adjustments here and there, can make a world of difference and allow you to connect authentically with yourself and therefore others.
I teach honest expression - the techniques are vehicles to honestly expressing oneself...which is the ultimate freedom.
Most voice is done in the studio these days - as a producer/engineer, I've discovered many ways to help people realize their dreams, and share their gift with the world.