What my students say
"Tony kicks the most ass of any guitar teacher out there. He is patient and encouraging, but in no time will have you playing things you didn't think you could play. He will give you a good music foundation while letting you learn the music you like the most. If you're serious about playing guitar, he's the man."
— Ami E Albernaz
"I was playing guitar like s&*t, and everyone knew it. I was ham-fisted, and a drunkard to boot. Then I went to Tony with this challenge: 'Teach me to play guitar, or I'll eat feces.' For short money, he has–by god–taught me to play guitar, and saved me from eating feces. I love Tony."
— Moon Mullins
"I've been playing the guitar for 10 or so years and I was very proud of the fact that I have never taken any lessons. However, for the past few years I've found myself stuck playing the same patterns, chords, and solos over and over again. I watched a great friend of mine go from being a pretty mediocre (hey, he'll be the first to admit it!) guitarist to being able to rip through any Clapton solo and Sultans of Swing after taking some lessons with Tony, so I figured I'd give it a shot. After only a few lessons I found myself moving around the fretboard with much more confidence and I was playing things I never thought I'd be able to play. Whether you're a crusty old seasoned cocky guitar player like myself or someone who's just getting started, Tony will give you the chops you need."
"When you take lessons with Tony, you're not just taught chords so you can play a Van Halen or a Nirvana riff. You're taught the fundamentals in a way that you become familiar, almost in tune with your guitar. If you find any other knucklehead that can do that, I'll pay for your lessons. Actually, I won't, but you should take lessons with Tony anyway. He's that good."
— Jessica Green
"Tony is patient, encouraging, and entertaining–he rocks! Never having prior lessons, all I expected was to learn one song but he's helped me to surpass that goal and to appreciate more about music than I had ever imagined. I always leave the guitar lesson happier than I walked in!"
— Sherri Smith
"I've studied under four different guitar teachers and Tony is the first one that's been able to clearly explain how the different parts - key signature, chord progressions, scale patterns, picking technique - all fit together. My first lesson was six weeks ago and the guys in my band have already noticed a huge difference."
— Glen Goland
"I have been taking lessons from Tony for about 4 months now, and to say I have gone far beyond what I expected would be an understatement. He seems to have an innate feel for what the student is capable of, then reaches just beyond, to get the most from you...... I have not had one lesson where I did not come away feeling that I achieved something..."
— Alan D.
"If you're looking for an instructor who will take you to the next level based on where you are musically, Tony is your man, he has a great talent for identifying and teaching you what you need to get where you want to go."
— Dave Yanolis
"I have been going to Tony for lessons since this past spring and my playing has improved tremendously. He has helped me work on my left hand technique, improve my picking, introduced me to new approaches to playing various types of licks, and has helped me with my approach to learning other artist's songs. On top of that, Tony is an excellent teacher, an amazing player, and extremely easy to get along and work with"
— David Schwartz
"Tony is a wonderful teacher. I've only been taking lessons with him for three months, and had never touched a guitar before - now I'm starting to play my favorite songs! Not only do I learn the techniques and theory, but also how to develop an ear for the music, which is amazing, considering I had always thought I was tone-deaf. Tony keeps me motivated; he is patient, yet perceptively authoriative. Plus, his irresistible Sicilian wit makes the whole thing so much fun!"
— Anneke Boese