Meet The Artist

Behind the scenes of Guitar512

About Me

A great teacher once told me…
“work in the area of your talents”


I have been teaching for 11 years now. I feel lucky to be able to share my talent and knowledge with other people. I really enjoy what I do!

I received a scholarship to, and attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston MA, and have been playing guitar for 21 years.

My Story

When I was 12 my friend played me the opening riff of “Manic Depression” by Jimi Hendrix on his older brothers guitar. Shortly after that my Dad, a singer and blues harmonica player, showed me Stevie Ray Vaughn’s version of “Little wing”. I was hooked. My Father and I picked up my first guitar at a pawn shop near Houston and I went home and played Manic Depression about a million times! Something for you parents reading this to look forward to!

I proceeded to take lessons from a professional guitarist and friend of my father. In eighth grade my friends and I formed our first band which continued through high school, playing Jimi Hendrix, Talking heads, Phish, and Grateful Dead songs at parties and school events. I went on to receive a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston MA in 2006. There I studied with some truly great players including Tomo Fujita, accredited for teaching John Mayer his famed “slap” technique. As well as David Gilmore(Boz Scaggs, Joss Stone, Wayne Shorter), and Joe Walsh’s cousin Marty Walsh(Supertramp, Kenny Rodgers, Neil Diamond) to name a few.

Upon returning home from Berklee I began touring throughout the northeast with my band, playing guitar in other groups, and teaching for a few different companies including Paul Green’s School of Rock. I found out how fulfilling it is being able to share the gift of music with others and I’ve been teaching guitar ever since.

Among the most memorable people in my life are the great teachers and mentors that I’ve been lucky to know and learn from. It’s a spiritually rewarding experience to share my talent and knowledge with someone who is excited about learning, and this explains why my teachers were available to me.

A great teacher once told me “work in the area of your talents”, and that’s just what I’ve been doing. I’ve been teaching for 11 years now and it’s a joy. I moved to Austin in June of 2017 to be a part the live music capitol of the world, the overall great vibe, and to share my knowledge and talent with as many people as I can.

Pat was the very first guitar instructor that my son had and is THE reason he is still playing. Pat ‘got’ my kid and always knew exactly the right way to approach him. He is incredibly patient, understanding, non-judgmental, flexible and most importantly – just a very cool guy! We are very grateful for the two years Pat spend with us and we will miss him greatly! Whoever gets Pat as an instructor is lucky to have him!

Elina L.

Pat has been my son’s guitar teacher for the past 2 years and he was wonderful. His personality and ability to connect with his students really set him apart from the other teachers we have found. The level of patience and understanding that he had with a sometimes reluctant novice student made him a perfect fit for my son. We are so sorry to see him go and wish him nothing but the best for him. Thanks Pat!

Paul T.

Working with Pat was a huge help in getting me out of the rut that my guitar playing had fallen in for years. He balanced theory and technique in a way that came through clearly and was very applicable to my interests as a guitar player. After working with him I can say that it has reawakened my love for the instrument and my desire to keep improving. Not to mention he’s a great dude!

Daniel G.

Pat is great! He’s a wonderful teacher and really caters lessons to the student. For example, I was really looking to learn how to accompany myself while singing so a lot of our lessons are focused on getting to that point and improving my rhythm while playing. He always picks songs from artists I love and has no problem following up with me outside of lessons if I’m struggling with something. Would definitely recommend!

Amanda H.

Pat has done an excellent job teaching my wife ukulele to use in her classroom. He has been patient and encouraging, leading to great results. My wife has shown great improvement in a relatively short amount of time. Pat has been good about teaching her songs she requests and proactively suggesting others. He is very responsive to email questions. We highly recommend him!

Tim S.

Pat is a great instructor for all ages. I took up guitar at 58 and he made me feel like I could do anything. He is a great technician, but focuses on teaching people at the level where they feel comfortable and can grow from – whether you are just beginning or have some experience, Pat can help you advance your music goals to the next level. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking a great instruction experience.

Susan S.

I am so lucky to have found Pat. He is an incredible teacher, and I am learning so much from him. He is creative, patient and incredibly talented. You would be hard pressed to find a better teacher!

Bonnie G.

Pat has been a wonderful instructor to my 11 yr old daughter. We are really proud of the progress she has made with guitar, and willingness to practice. He is kind, patient, reliable, professional, and encouraging. He knows how to bring out the best, and stimulate interest in learning. He relates with music that my daughter loves, but still manages to incorporate music theory and classic techniques into his lessons. She is always excited and motivated to conquer each new song or lesson. Best of all, we don’t have to harp on her to practice. Pat has a great teaching style, and we highly recommend him.

Linda R.

Pat is an excellent instructor and my 13 year old son is always excited to go and practiced because he wants to impress him.

Sarah G.

Pat has been a great instructor for our 9 year old. We appreciate how he works with her music interests while teaching her proper technique and how to read music. She looks forward to lessons AND practice.

Beth T.