Week of May 1st

I have just a couple days left until school (I teach at Lake Michigan College) is done for the semester and my summer break begins (!!) which means I will be starting up Skype lessons again. I offer lessons in guitar (all styles), music composition, and music theory. We can do one lesson or many lessons, it is entirely up to you.

I love my summers. I get to hang out with my kids, play my guitar and compose a ton of music. I am currently in the process of recording two more albums. I have composed a lot of pieces over the last couple of years and want to get them recorded. That will be one album. I have been doing a lot of improvisations and will probably include them on that one as well. Improv example...

 

Last year I started a series of laments. I am hoping to finish and record those this summer. I started by composing 12 little sketches and then posting videos on Youtube. Here is the third lament...

From those sketches I am now filling them out. I finished the first one a couple days ago.

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Finally, I would like to share with you my favorite guitarist....Kazuhito Yamashita. He plays the guitar with incredible musicality. He is the fastest guitarist I have ever heard in any style. His dynamic range is incredible and what I love the most is his boldness. He plays pieces that you wouldn't normally think would work on the guitar like Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition...

or Dvořák's New World Symphony. A guitarist worth checking out.