||"Let me just
state here that I am committed to giving the best instruction
that I am able to provide to each and every student I have on an
individual basis in regard to their personal goals and musical tastes.
I am a professional,
studied and serious teacher and musician. I have earned two degrees in music: from Minnesota State University Moorhead (Music Industry Major) and from The McNally-Smith College of Music, formally Music Tech of Minneapolis (Advanced Professional Musicians Course). I have been playing guitar for close to 40 years, I have been playing professionally in bands for the last 31 of those years and I have played close to 2,500 professional live gigs. I have also been
teaching guitar professionally for over 28 years now and I still love what I'm doing! In this time I have had the pleasure of teaching over 3,000 students of all ages, from the Fargo-Moorhead area as well as in the Minneapolis-St.
Paul and Seattle areas. So please feel free to call or email me anytime. I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have or even go ahead and schedule a lesson time!"
years and playing professionally in various bands for 31 years now. He started out teaching himself how to play songs by Led Zeppelin, Rush, Black Sabbath, The Beatles, Van Halen and many many others. He also got deep into other styles
such as blues, fusion, classical and full-on shredding while taking private lessons as well.
Around high school age and particularly in college Colin would practice sometimes up to 13 hours a day and he was still playing in rock bands and going to class. He became so involved in his music he changed to a Music Industry major and has since earned two degrees: from both Minnesota State University Moorhead (Music Industry) and The McNally Smith College of Music, formally Music Tech of Minneapolis (Advanced Professional Musicians Course).
Colin has also been professionally teaching guitar lessons for over 28 years and has had close to 3,000 students in that time, and still goes five days a week to an average of 40 students a week. Among his playing influences he sites Jimi Hendrix, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, 70's & 80's rock, heavy metal and intense, guitar driven instrumental fusion. Colin loves playing live, composing and recording and has been doing so for over three decades in bands from Fargo to Minneapolis to Seattle. Colin is still gigging consistantly, always writing new music, learning and working on his technique. He describes his playing style as "Aggressive Rock; hoodling blues-tinged funky thrash subtle shredding.
Project, Rucus, Tonic 5, Blackstöne Cherri, Sunday Jam Band - M&J Saloon, West Fargo (2 Years), The Slam, Wednesday Jam Band - Rick's Bar, Fargo (Over 8 Years), Yo Adrian, Groove Elixir, Vodoo Highway, Apadookus, The Fat Cats, Ramblin' Rose, Dream Scream, Pink Fuzzy Bunnies, Proclamation (praise and worship group from First Presbyterian Church in Fargo), Toyz, Big Trouble, Töny Loves Thrash, Thumper, Solicitor, The Syndicate, Akdöv and Stained Class.