I have been teaching professionally since 1984 and have taught
90 to 100 students per week at Stanroy Music Center since 1988. I have given
well over 90,000 individual guitar lessons and am one
of the most experienced teachers in northern California.
I have been playing guitar since 1968, started performing in
1972, and have opened for national acts such as Metallica,
performing with Stone Crow, to Johnny Otis performing with the
Decker Brother Blues Band. Also performed live for Al and Jamie
Hendrix (Jimi Hendrixs father and sister) in the Hendrix Fender Guitar
Competition, and have recorded numerous jingles for Vinson Advertising . I have recorded sound files and videos for
EMG Guitar Pickups,
Effects Pedals, V-Picks Guitar Picks,
ToneGrinder Tubes and WattGrinder
My influences include Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai,
Yngwie Malmsteen, Eric Johnson, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric
Clapton, Gary Moore, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Al Dimeola and
everything I hear.
I am the author of the guitar book "Scales
& Modes For Guitar" published in 1999. I currently perform in my band "The
Decker Band" playing original instrumental rock music, and in "Monsters of
playing classic rock songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.
All lessons are given privately, one on one at Stanroy Music Center,
street, Santa Rosa, California, 95404. I teach 6 days a week, Monday through Friday, 12 to
9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Students usually take one 30-minute lesson per week.
Rates are $35.00 per half-hour lesson.