I have a deep commitment to acoustic music as evidenced by the level of teachers I have sought out for myself and the styles of music I play. I am equally commited to passing this music on to my students by teaching solid technique, theory, arranging, and practice habits. I believe the best way for a student to become accomplished in the style he/she chooses is to learn as many examples of that style as possible and have fun while doing so. After all, the point is to PLAY music! Methods I use to teach are note reading, tablature, and ear training. One of my goals is to bring the student to the point where he/she learns songs and tunes by ear. Patience is the key here, so we go over it, and over it, and over it, and over it. I've studied with Will Bledsoe, Steve Kaufman, David Grier, Robin Kessinger, Paul Chasman, Dwight Diller, Eric Schoenberg, John Miller, Woody Mann, Eddie Pennington, Wayne Henderson, Russ Barenberg, and Eric Thompson. I am currently writing flatpicking guitar articles for OBA's Bluegrass Express and the WBA Bluegrass Gazette.