U Western Oregon University (music)
I began music at first playing trumpet and later tenor sax in school bands. I became interested in the guitar and began playing at age 14.
I was Initially interested in rock but as I matured I became interested in other styles. My sister is a professional classical pianist and I was interested in the virtuosity that classical musicians possessed. I remember Chopin's 11th etude caught my ear. I took some music theory lessons from my sister and began going to all her recitals. I had a friend who gave me a classical guitar and I began taking lessons from a reputable teacher.
I became interested exclusively in classical guitar and began playing concert pieces, Antonio Lauro, Villa-Lobos, Albeniz, Tarrega, Bach etc
I continued on this path until studying at Western Oregon University and then began playing Jazz guitar and studying musical composition as well as classical guitar. I began music at first playing trumpet and later tenor sax in school bands. I became interested in the guitar and began playing at age 14.
I was Initially interested in rock but as I matured I became interested in other styles. My sister is a professional classical pianist and I was interested in the virtuosity that classical musicians
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I have studied music at the university level and am 5 credit hours from having a Bachelor of Music degree. My theory teacher was Dr. Arnold Freidman who is now on with the composition department at Berkley College of Music in Boston.
I studied Composition privately with Dr. Friedman for one year.
I also studied Composition Privately with Dr. Bill Whitley.
I have also submitted compositions to competitions to be judged.
In addition, the program at WOU is based heavily on students, (composition major or not) actually composing, more so than any other school. Composition projects were mandatory and often in the 2 year theory class, but I also elected to take, contemporary composition, film scoring, and Jazz arranging. All theses classes required composition projects.
The electronic music sequence was required by all music majors and I also had taken an electronic music class at Portland Community College.
I have my education in music and have more than a general knowledge of it, I could easily and clearly explain the basics of music theory and terminology and music history...
I have been playing guitar since the age of 14, I earn my living now as a professional guitar player and instructor of this instrument.
I play classical guitar at a very high level and reached the 400 level mark while attending Western Oregon University. I rate my own ability on classical guitar to be very high I have proper technique and can blaze through the most difficult compositions for classical guitar: Dowland, Bach, Sor, Regondi, Piazzolla, Villa- lobos, etc..
I also play Jazz guitar, I have a high degree of technical ability from classical guitar training which can be applied to any style of guitar playing ie Ralph Towner, Roland Dyens.
I have had several teachers of note: John Doan for classical guitar studies, and Chritopher Woitach for Jazz guitar.
I have had master classes with: John Stowell (Jazz Guitar Legend), William Kanengiser (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet), and Adam Holzman ( Nationaly Respected Teacher).
I have more than a precursory knowledge of theory, Basically what I said before about composition.. I studied privately with composers, I have taken all the theory classes I can take. I can build a 12 tone row, I know what a symetrical scale is and how to build one. Set theory is very cool and I know about that and use it.
Jazz theory- I play jazz so you have to know it- the forms, the progressions, the scales, all keys what is a # 11 of "any chord".. I got it covered, I know it..
minor Flat 5 and minor 6 chords, what is the difference?
Traditional harmony, 4 part Bach coral style. I did fine in theory class but I don't use much of that writing, counterpoint and voice leading principles is what I got out of it but I do not imitate that style.