My mother sang and played piano, she also taught elementary music and choir. My father was an amateur guitar player who just liked to play guitar and sing folk songs. He was an opera aficionado. He liked folk music and classical music. We listened to records and sang a lot at home and at church.
I started out on French horn and now I just play guitar. I like fingerstyle guitar, classical, bossa nova’s, blues, folk, rock that kind of thing. Pretty much any good guitar music is what I like. I like to play with my wife, Robin, who plays violin/fiddle. We do classical/standards/Irish/folk music/bluegrass.
That’s difficult to say. The best composer/musician ever was J.S. Bach. It’s hard to play and takes a real commitment. My favorite guitar composer is Villa Lobos.
My parents were both teachers so I come by it naturally.
Students are either motivated or they aren’t. I try to teach them how to play guitar using music/tab/demos/listening/watching and then encourage them, every week, to practice.
I try to get everyone to learn to read music if they will. And you should, if you are a guitar player, at least learn to count rhythms and some theory. I also try to get students to play in front of people and with other students in groups.
Brazilian Rosewood. It’s considered one of the best tonewoods, so I would live on as a guitar.