Call Steve at 206.437.2223 to schedule a lesson.
Steve grew up not far from the exact center of the continental United States. He first picked up the guitar at the age of 7 and began taking lessons at the age of 9. By age 13 he was studying classical guitar at a local University, and studying rock and roll in his bedroom. It was a year later that he began teaching private guitar lessons out of his parents’ home. During his teen years he became interested in Jazz, studying with a local performing guitarist/teacher, playing in various combos and entering numerous competitions.
By his late teens Steve was performing in local taverns, and had earned Master's Degrees in Van Halen, Rush, Metallica and Led Zeppelin. Upon high school graduation he was awarded a full music scholarship to Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. At the beginning of his freshman year Steve was hired by “the” local music store to be their guitar and piano instructor, sometimes being paid with records or farm-fresh eggs.
Over the next few years Steve toured the US, playing four sets a night in different Top 40 and Metal bands. Inspired by the Northwest music scene, he moved to Seattle in the early nineties, forming the band Spoonbender with two fellow Kansas transplants. Spoonbender, which eventually morphed into Slow Gas Heater, became a strong presence during Seattle's "grunge" years. Steve supported himself by teaching music, and practiced guitar 8 to 10 hours a day.
As his tastes began to broaden, he fell in love with the music of Sonic Youth, Chet Atkins, Stravinsky, The Beatles, Charlie Parker, Radiohead, and Sunny Day Real Estate – to name a few. He became deeply involved with the music of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, researching their influences to learn more about the Blues. To date, the Blues is still one of his favorite genres.
In 2000 Steve co-founded the band Upwell. Their CD "Replica" and EP "Number Nine EP" were recorded and produced by Jack Endino, currently the band’s bassist. Upwell's 3rd CD "$ELL THE SKY’, also recorded by Jack Endino, was released in 2008. In 2015 Upwell released their 4th CD “In Through the Outro”.
For over 28 years Steve has been teacher, mentor, friend and therapist for aspiring musicians ranging in age from 6 to 60. He welcomes beginning to advanced guitarists and beginning to intermediate bassists. As an instructor, he focuses on reading, theory, chord / scale / arpeggio mapping of the guitar neck, modes, soloing, technique, song writing, ear training, rhythm and timing. He specializes in rock, metal, punk, country, blues, fingerstyle and having fun.
Steve has performed and/or recorded with: Ben Ireland (Sky Cries Mary), Chad Redlight of Dawn (Thaddillac, Luke and the Lovingtons), Concorde, Dawn Jewell, Dilana, Get it Gurl, Jack Endino, Jackie on Acid, Mama Charlotte Hill O’Neal, Marmalade, Mia Boyle, Shenandoah Davis, Slow Gas Heater, Spoonbender and Upwell.
*Steve can no longer be paid with eggs