Influential and innovative guitar and bass players

Anyone wanting to learn to play guitar surely has a long list of guitar players that they like and would like to learn. A while back I put together a list of suggested listening for my students at AAW. The list is mostly made of of my favorites but most would agree that these guitar and bass players are some of the most influential and innovative players to date. If you have not already done so I definitely suggest checking out their music. This list is in no particular order and I know there are many missing so please feel free to add more in the comments!







and this is just the short list…..

Quick Tips for beginning guitar players

Want to learn how to play guitar? As a professional guitar player myself I am always trying to get to the next level, always striving to find the fastest way to learn, the most efficient way to practice. I have been teaching people how to play guitar for 20 years now. I know it marks my age – and some might find it hard to believe but I started teaching private guitar lessons at Huron Music II while I was still in high school (and that doesn’t count my junior high years of teaching friends). Over the years I have collected a lot of tricks to make things easier. I would like to share a few things I have picked up along the way.

Here is a short list of QUICK TIPS to help you get started:

  1. Stretch before any practice or performance. For great ways to stretch visit This is almost always the first thing I teach new students.
  2. Keep fingernails short on fretting hand to make everything easier.
  3. Change strings regularly for a more vibrant sound
  4. Wipe guitar strings off with a clean dry cloth to ensure strings will last longer
  5. Create a practice space that is free from things that will take you away from the pure experience of getting to know the instrument better.
  6. Set an alarm so that you don’t have to watch the clock.
  7. Focus on one practice item for as long as you can to build your mental endurance and general ability to focus.

Whenever you are trying to learn something new it can seem overwhelming and impossible, but with some time, patients and passion you can play anything.

Also here is a list of a few website that I have found helpful for either myself or students:

Happy New Year

Happy new year to all! This year is suiting up to be a great one. There are some Major changes in the works. For starters I have return to my position at Gus Zoppies Music Center as a guitar and bass instructor for private lessons. I will be taking students Monday thru Thursday nights. If you are interested in taking lessons you can call (586) 978-1816 for available time slots. Lessons are $20 per 1/2 hour. I have a promotion going on for all students. If you refer a new student that takes at least one full month of lessons I will give you 2 free lessons.

Also, I am leaving Arts Academy in the Woods. This was a hard change to make but I am looking forward to spending more time working on the many projects I have had in the works for some time now including new solo guitar tunes, an acoustic duo and songwriting with Jon Vidal, and Jazz music with Chuck Bartel.