About dc.oneil

Residing in Denver, Colorado, I have over thirty years experience as a private music instructor specializing in guitar, piano, and college-prep music theory. I began my piano studies at age six, but later changed my focus to guitar upon entering high school. The budding age of rock ‘n’ roll was just beginning to take shape back then, in the ‘60’s – and, it was a lot more fun than classical piano.

After two years of metallurgical engineering school at Ohio State University, I opted to continue my education at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music in the modern guitar program. Perhaps, my decision was prompted by having attended live performances by Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, Mountain, Ten Years After, Jefferson Airplane, Iron Butterfly, and the list goes on and on. And, I can’t forget the Yardbirds – Jeff Beck was ‘in hospital’ that day, so Jimmy Page assumed the lead guitar duties. He brought the cello bow, too. Too bad, huh? I know I made the right career choice – I traded metallurgy for metal, I guess.

Over the years, I’ve had the good fortune to study with many accomplished musicians including Elliott Randall of Steely Dan fame (Reelin’ in the Years and others). Every rock and jazz instructor played an integral role in my development as a guitar player and teacher, and I still highly value their collective mentorship. I strive to provide my students with the same level of musical knowledge, encouragement, and inspiration that will last a lifetime.

Teaching music is my primary focus, but, since I minored in English in school, I enjoy writing as well – especially music articles and lessons. I tutor math and English once in awhile, too. So, I hope you enjoy my contributions to this fantastic website, and I wish you continued success!

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