Instrument(s): Guitar, Mandolin, and Banjo
Style(s)/Genres: Folk music, blues, acoustic fingerstyle guitar.
With a borrowed guitar from a neighbor down the road, a library card, and a record player, I taught myself how to play guitar, when I was twelve years old, and my life long journey in acoustic music has never faded. A life devoted to teaching, university and high school English instructor, theatre director, published playwright, that great and good musical spark has accompanied me on my journey from Cleveland, Ohio, to Haverhill, Massachusetts, to Durham, New Hampshire, to College Park, Maryland, to Amenia, New York, to Hagerstown, Maryland, and to Charlottesville, Virginia. My mother bought me my first guitar. It cost $11.50. She got a deal on it because it only had five strings. I am both a music instructor—I teach beginner guitar, beginner mandolin, and beginner banjo--and a student at The Front Porch.
Fun Fact: And when those tired and friendly maintenance folks, cooks, and kitchen staff put away their brooms and rakes, aprons and frying pans, and dried their soapy hands, they picked up their guitars and banjos on the last night of summer camp, and sang the campers to sleep, and I knew I just had to play guitar and sing out to the warm cobalt blue star-speckled summer sky.
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