As a guitar teacher, musician, songwriter, and performer, Jeff is extremely passionate. He is committed to giving his best always. Jeff is as sincere in the progress of his students as he is to the progress of his own growth as a musician, songwriter, and performer. While playing guitar for over 20 years he has been performing live since the age of 15. Jeff and his latest group Stone Soul Foundation have shared the stage with many great guitarists and bands such as; Lesley West and Mountain, Grand Funk Railroad’s Mark Farner, Saliva, Pop Evil, Black Stone Cherry, Warrant, Nonpoint, Sponge, Otherwise, Skid Row, and many more.
From Then till Now
As a young child Jeff was infatuated by the sounds of a variety of rock and metal groups ranging from Metallica and Black Sabbath to Skid Row and Motley Crue. He was most definitely the only kid wearing a Metallica shirt to the 4th grade! After begging his parents several years to buy a guitar Jeff was gifted one for Christmas and began lessons and playing at the age of 12. Although Metallica was his favorite group, growing up during the grunge/Seattle era he gained an appreciation for bands like Sound Garden and Alice In Chains, while at the same time discovering a love for classic artists like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and other 70’s rock and blues influenced groups. Some of Jeff’s favorite current artists are Queens Of The Stone Age, Wolfmother, Skindred, Foo Fighters, Sword, Mastodon, and In Flames. Jeff’s overall sound is a mix of classic and modern rock/metal with a blues twist. Although electric guitar is Jeff’s main instrument he also enjoys playing on and teaching acoustic guitar as well.
Jeff is certified in Professional Guitar through Berklee College Of Music credited with a 4.0 GPA! He is the only guitar teacher in the Auburn NY area with a Guitar Teaching Mastery Certification through “The Elite Guitar Teachers Inner Circle”. His band Stone Soul Foundation received a “Best Rock Album” award from the Syracuse Sammy Awards, was selected for the top track on Classic Rock Magazine’s “Super Power Hour” CD, played the Austin, Texas SXSW music festival, was selected for Berklee College Of Music “Featured Students” compilation for SXSW, toured nationally, played the world-famous Whisky in Hollywood, has received airplay on both college and commercial radio, been featured in movie soundtracks, the Animal Planet T.V. network, and so much more.
Jeff has experience in songwriting, music production, band management, booking and promotions, tour management, copyright and music publishing, and music video production. Even with all his experience and teaching guitar full time for a decade now Jeff is still pushing to learn more and take things further! He is currently a member of The Elite Guitar Teachers Inner Circle, a group headed by Tom Hess with guitar teachers worldwide that are dedicated to producing highly effective guitar teaching and training for their students.
Years Teaching Professionally
With many more still to go!