How long have you been playing the guitar and how have you decided to start?

I have been playing the guitar for 29 years! I have always had a deep love for music and when I was young, one of my friends that I used to skateboard with got a guitar and started a band. I would go to his house and play his guitar and then I just knew immediately that it was what I wanted to do. So, my parents got me a guitar as a gift and I have been playing obsessively ever since!

Which song do you remember best from your childhood?

The first song that I remember hearing as a young child was “Take the Long Way Home” by Supertramp. I can say that hearing that song back then changed my life. I fell in love with the music and it was like magic to me. I think that was the beginning of it all for me.

Which artist you have listened and played mostly?

I was heavily influenced and inspired by listening to a lot of Nevermore and Arch Enemy. I love the technical and powerful elements mixed with the melodic and expressive beauty that the guitar gives in bands like these. Besides that, I have listened to a lot of classical composers such as Beethoven, Bach and Rachmaninov, to name a few.

Which music style you are most advanced in?

I am most proficient in the styles of Progressive Metal and Shred Guitar.

What music gives to you?

Music gives me a way to express myself, to paint a picture with sound to convey my emotions and to tell a story…my story. It’s a playful and endless universe for my imagination.

Why did you start to teach other people music?

I started to teach music mostly through my sheer joy of playing music and wanting to share that with others. I later learned that teaching helps to keep me sharp and learning too, so it is rewarding in many ways.

What is the most important thing for learning music?

I think the most important things for learning music are equal parts understanding the theory of what is happening and also learning to play honestly and making a direct emotional connection to the music. Play from your heart but understand it with your mind!

What is RockSchool for you?

RockSchool for me is a wonderful environment and a community for people to feel positive and inspired and to learn about the amazing world of music.

What music for you is valuable?

All kinds of music are valuable to me! I think it’s important to learn from all styles of music and to incorporate what you learn into developing your own style and musical vocabulary.

What is the most extravagant music you have listened to lately?

I would have to say the new Devin Townsend album “Empath”. It’s absolutely wild!

Do you have dreams related to music?

I certainly do! In fact, I wrote the single “In Dreams” from the first Ghost Ship Octavius album in a dream, hence the title! I woke up with the melody running through my mind and I immediately recorded it and made it into a song for the band.