My long-held habit of saying “yes” to opportunity shaped my destiny in ways I couldn’t have ever imagined when I got my very first guitar at age 10.  


As a college student, I studied music, but was deeply inspired by the practice of Aikido and even learned some Japanese – imagining my life as a martial artist in Japan. An injury caused me to change my plans.  Over the years, various musical projects and gigs happened along the way – leading me to enroll at GIT in Hollywood as a student in 1985.  I never left.


Saying “yes” has meant that music wasn’t always the central force in my professional life. 

I’ve spent most of the last three decades in service to others by teaching, running/creating various educational programs, engaged in the community, volunteering for nonprofits and doing a few hip gigs here and there.


I’m grateful to be a guitar player. 




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Vice President, Musicians Institute  

Feb 2010 – Present 


Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) Faculty, Musicians Institute  

1987 – Present 


Executive Director, The Musicians Foundation 

Nov 2009 – Present 


Professional Musician 

1981 – Present

Numerous tours, sessions, videos, film doubles, clinics, live TV, theatrical, political & corporate events. Live performances include Helen Reddy, Brownie Mcgee, Louis Bellson, Harold Land, Nelson Riddle, Jackie DeShannon, Judith Hill, Barbara Morrison, Sonya Jason, Great American Swing Band, Robin Flower, et al. Opened for Burt Bacharach, Cyndy Lauper, Laura Nyro, Doc Watson, Barry Manilow, Bruce Cockburn, Bela Fleck, more.



Co-author of bestselling (over 100,000 copies sold) instructional guitar method book "Guitar Soloing", and & "Advanced Guitar Soloing" for Hal Leonard/MI Press.

Freelance music writer for Los Angeles Magazine, and Jazz Guitar Today.


Event Producer, Panelist, Panel Moderator, Judge, Interviewer, Public Speaker, Clinician 



Steering Committee Member, JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles
Oct 2015 – Present 


Advisory Board Member, Women's International Music Network 

Apr 2017 – Present 


Advisory Board Member, Hollywood Heritage 

2015 – Present  


Advisory Board Member, Hollywood Property Owners Alliance/Business Improvement District TDOZ 




Vice President of Education (Academic Affairs), Musicians Institute  

Nov 2008–Feb 2010 


Director of Performance Programs, Musicians Institute 

2004 – 2006 

Guitar Department Chair/Director of GIT (Guitar Institute of Technology), Musicians Institute 

Jan 2000–Nov 2009


Assistant Dean, Bachelor's Degree Program, Musicians Institute 

1995 – 1999 


Aikido Instructor, Nidan 

1981 – 1994 currently retired. 

Letter Carrier, United States Postal Service

Aug 1978–Jun 1984 


Chairman of the Board, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

June 2014 - Apr 2016


Board of Directors and Executive CommitteeHollywood Chamber of Commerce  

Feb 2011–Apr 2018


Advisory Board MemberProfessional Development and Education Coalition Committee (GMEC) Grammy Music Education Coalition

Oct  2013–Mar 2017 

Advisory Board Member (LA Area Council), Little Kids Rock 

Mar 2014–Mar 2017 


Chairman, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation 

Apr 2016–Apr 2017 


Trustee, Hollywood Historic Trust 

Jan 2018-Dec 2020

Board of Directors, The Glendale Historical Society 

July 2019-June 2021

Steering Committee, First World Guitar Congress 



University of Southern California Master's Degree, Music, Studio/Jazz Guitar Mabel Wilson Richards Scholarship, USC. Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society.

1990 – 1995 


University of California, Santa Cruz Bachelor of Arts, Music, Liberal Arts, Japanese. Additional Studies: John Cage (1979)

1977 – 1981  


Musicians Institute Vocational Honors Degree, Guitar/GIT

1985 – 1986 


Private Studies: Guitar with Joe Diorio, Larry Koonse, Pat Kelley, Norman Brown, Kevin Eubanks, Joe Pass, Ted Greene, et al.

1976 – 1995 

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