About Me

I grew up in Haworth, NJ and then I was sent to private school in Cheshire, CT to finish High School before entering Syracuse University. I traveled extensively across the U.S. reaching various points on the West Coast many times before settling in San Francisco. After finishing my degree at Syracuse there was a stint in Stockbridge, MA and then back to NJ.

I started playing guitar just before entering High School locally in NJ. I went on to play in Prep School and College, buying my first real guitar with my own money soon after. Since then, I have become serious with my music and have learned a number of different styles and methods of playing guitar. I’ve learned fingerstyle and fingerpicking as well as flatpicking. I have explored folk, blues, and classic rock music as well as reggae and bluegrass and the sub-genres of piedmont blues and jazz among various other styles. While I was raised on the pop / classic rock of the radio when younger, I went on to become involved in following the Grateful Dead and other Jam Bands, I now have an affinity towards acoustic music – Folk / Blues / Jazz and most recently Bluegrass.

As far as the guitars that I use, I am in the habit now of using my acoustic C.F. Martin & Co. HD28LSV, however when out and about I may bring only a Martin D28. I also have inherited a Yamaha Clavinova (an electric piano) and can pass for a beginning player. I am an amateur Harmonica player and I play a small amount of both Mandolin and Banjo. Most recently (in October 2007), I built an acoustic guitar of my own with some help from my friends at Custom Pearl Inlay up in the “North Country” of New York State - Malone, NY …. just a few miles from the Canadian boarder. Ask me and I’ll bring that guitar along to a lesson.

Drop me a line …. istrum@aol.com

Or call me ….  201-888-3584

I currently travel to all the Burlington County, New Jersey neighborhoods and surrounding areas on a regular basis to teach hour-long “in home lessons” …

Bass River, Beverly, Bordentown City, Bordentown Township, Burlington City, Burlington Township, Chesterfield, Cinnaminson, Delanco, Delran, Eastampton, Edgewater Park, Evesham, Fieldsboro, Florence, Hainesport, Lumberton, Mansfield, Maple Shade, Medford Lakes, Medford Township, Moorestown, Mount Holly, Mount Laurel, New Hanover, North Hanover, Palmyra, Pemberton Borough, Pemberton Township, Riverside, Riverton, Shamong, Southampton, Springfield, Tabernacle, Washington Township, Westampton, Willingboro, Woodland Township, Wrightstown, Ramblewood

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