I am a guitar, bass, and ukulele teacher and performing guitarist and bassist in the San Francisco Bay Area. I began playing guitar at age 11 and went on to study Jazz and Classical Guitar at Capital University in Columbus, OH. I moved to Oakland in 2010, and have been performing locally and internationally ever since. Today I perform with original rock groups Sleepy Sun and Fine Points.
I specialize in all forms of rock and pop music, primarily modern rock, blues and jazz. I also study and am proficient in classical guitar technique. I use the Hal Leonard Guitar and Bass Method and Mel Bay Modern Guitar Method books to establish sight reading and general technique and theory.
Lessons are interactive and fun, introducing new concepts and techniques through thoughtful music selections. We’ll start with simple chord fingerings and melodies. Sight reading, music theory, and scales are introduced as we progress. I find that most students enjoy learning some of their favorite songs on their instrument, so I encourage them to bring in recordings and we can work out the chords and melodies of those songs. Overall, I try to promote improvisation and experimentation to broaden the student’s abilities and develop musical instincts. Playing an instrument can be very enjoyable but it does take practice and some dedication to get better. I encourage students to practice at least a little bit each day.
Lessons are held at Owen’s studio near Lake Merritt in Oakland, and privately in student’s homes throughout the bay area. To inquire about scheduling and pricing, please send an email to or see contact below.