My Commitment to You: To help you grow musically. Enthusiasm and passion keeps you going, so I’m constantly thinking of new ways to spark that interest. We’re committed to your learning, and to providing fun & easy-to-follow programs!
A Bit of History: Most of you know me from the Instructional DVDs, but did you know that I started teaching music at the age of 13? Giving private guitar instruction out of my parents’ house, I spent the cash I earned on pizza and soda for my friends; I thought I was Donald Trump!
In 1985 – when VHS videos became popular – the idea of teaching lessons to the masses was born. With big hair and spandex, and my parents’ living room serving as a backdrop, I created four, fairly successful instructional programs. With guitar magazine advertisements, the business was on its way.
In 1995, I felt this system of teaching was working, but could use a boost. Looking toward the future – and, finding that the Internet would play a key role in everyday life – my interest peaked towards online instruction. But, the package still wasn’t complete.
With the rise in popularity of the DVD, I sensed that this could be the final piece to our programs. After mounds of research, we recognized this powerful, dynamic medium was the future of teaching. DVD instruction, featuring full Internet support, created what The Rock House Method is today.
The Internet is cool, but I really feel that people need to have hard goods that they could learn with 24-7 and with full support on the Internet it is a home run!!
Why I Do It: Plain and simple: I LOVE TO TEACH!! I get a high out of someone learning from one of my programs. Teaching people to play guitar is like showing them how to paint; then, to see them begin their first Dali…That’s a rush for me.
We will continue to give everything we’ve got, to help you progress and make learning fun. We’re here for guidance; that’s our core focus.
My View of the Music Scene: I look at music today with a smile! Music is changing to a more Rock influenced genre, and I love it. There seems to be more guitar leads and a bigger influence of raw instruments.
Providing students with the necessary tools, we hope to energize the next music generation!
Personal Stuff: Born and raised in West Haven, CT, I started playing guitar at age five and fell in love, immediately. I even have the original essay I wrote when I was eight years old stating that when I grew up I wanted to play guitar. I started teaching guitar at 13, and performed in clubs at 15.
I found my soul mate Cathy and got married in 1999. We have three children: Johnny Blues born on July 23, 2001, Melody Faith born on January 22, 2003 and Amanda Lynn Lyric born on January 11, 2005. I love kids, and being a dad.
Things I Love: Working out, running – I plan on running the New York Marathon this year, the beach, hot weather, and traveling. And of course, I LOVE TO PLAY GUITAR!