I specialize in Flamenco, Classical, and Latin-jazz guitar and have taught and coached over 10,000 one-on-one lessons. Over the last 21 years, I've had both good and bad teacher and know how frustrating it is to leave a lesson more confused than when you walked in. So when I began teaching 17 years ago I promised myself that I would dedicate my lessons to explaining both WHAT and HOW to practice.
I lived in Seville, Spain for 3 years where I performed flamenco guitar on a regular basis and where I graduated with highest honors in flamenco guitar performance from the Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco. At the Fundación I studied flamenco guitar technique, solo guitar, dance accompaniment, singing accompaniment, history of flamenco, flamenco 'compás' (rhythms), and the forms of 'cante' 5 days/week for 2 academic years, with Pedro Sierra, Niño de Pura, Paco Cortés, Eduardo Rebollar, Pepa Sanchez, Javi Gomez, and Tino Van Der Sman. I have also taken numerous Master classes and workshops with Flavio Rodrigues, Juan Carmona, Jose Luis Rodriguez (de la Paz), Miguel Angel Cortes, and many others. Although my main focus has been flamenco guitar I also have a strong background in classical guitar (Peter Aglinskas, Denis Azabagic) and jazz theory (John Moulder, David Bloom) and I incorporate these genres into my teaching.
I use my Bachelor of Science degree in research psychology to implement research-based skill development and practice techniques (Psychology of Expertise) and time-tested pedagogy to teach an effective practice approach that gets you clear results. Currently I am studying at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain) for my Masters Degree in Flameno with a focus on Flamencology (the study and research of flamenco guitar, voice, dance, history, evolution, cultural significance, and pedagogy) and expect to graduate in 2020.
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"Diego is a fantastic teacher and guitarist. He is generous, patient, encouraging and effective. Diego has the ability to simplify difficult technique and break it down in simple terms. Diego has given me the key to succeed in this beautiful and challenging art form. I wholeheartedly recommend him!"
- Martin M. (M.A. Education, B.A. Guitar Performance) Chicago, IL