If not music what would you have pursued as a career?
I’ve been involved with music for the last 20 years. When I was 14, and I learned from Chris Bismark and practised for six to eight hours. In college, while pursuing a degree in Commerce, I started teaching others and our band began playing at a couple of Catholic weddings. I realised that I could survive on doing music alone and didn’t look back.
Do beginners come with a lot of expectations and misconceptions?
Absolutely. They have watched all their favourite bands and are under the impression that they will be able to play like them in about three months. I make sure they know how much work it is.
Have you taught many children?
I have only two students as young as eight years right now and this is a deliberate choice. Earlier, I had a few kids who came to me for lessons but I realised that they were not there because they were interested in the instrument — they were there because it was part of a long list of extra curricular activities that their parents wanted them to pursue.
Tell us about GuitarThing(.com) and the Skype classes.
There are a lot of people who are self-taught guitarists but there is a point where your progress stagnates. Our online lessons have notes and audio clips for the beginner, intermediate and the advanced learner. For those who need personal time, we arrange hour-long Skype sessions.
If you could learn to play from any guitarist on Earth, who would it be?
I have a long list of people I’d like to jam with but if I had to choose just one, it would have to be Steve Vai.