Who we are...
SheetsOfSound publications is a small mom & pop shop run out of Cleveland, Ohio. My wife and I handle all printing, packing, mailing and customer service issues.
Please Note: We ship once a week (typically on mondays) so please keep that in mind when scheduling purchases..
- Performed and recorded with the Army Jazz Ambassadors
- Studio Music/Guitar Major at the University of Miami
- Played, performed and studied jazz guitar for over 30 years
- Taught at Universities and privately for over 20 years.
- Lectured on improvisation at jazz festivals
- Studied with Bill Biesecker, Dennis Sandole, Pat Martino, Howard Roberts, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Andrew White, Marc Copeland, Rick Whitehead, Randall Dollahan, Stan Samole, Larry Wooldridge
- Performed live broadcasts for the Today Show, numerous other television and radio broadcasts
- Performed with Steve Abshire, Eddie Baccus, Greg Bandy, Keter Betts, Paul Bollenback, Dr. Glenn Cashman, Marc Copeland, Danny Gatton, Ellory Eskelin, Shannon Ford, Kathy Lee Gifford, Drew Gress, Jamey Haddad, Paul Horn, Bruce Hornsby, Randy Johnston, Greg Karukas, T. Lavitz, Mike Lee, Hank Levy, Joe Lovano, Rich Madison, Terry Plumeri, John Previti, Dianne Reeves, Howard Roberts, Jim Roberts, Dan Wall, Rick Whitehead, and many others.
- Performed in pit-bands for many broadway shows in the DC area
- Many local jazz performances in the DC and Cleveland area
- Author of: Sheets of Sound for Guitar, a unique and exciting jazz guitar melodic/harmonic technique book. The book is endorsed by Henry Johnson, Jimmy Bruno, John Pisano, Paul Horn, T. Lavitz and more.
- Currently working on Slapping and Popping for Guitar and Sheets of Sound the DVD.
Why did I write SOS?
I wanted to write a few words about why I decided to write a guitar book in the first place.
In May 2003, shortly after my son started playing the guitar, I suffered a spinal injury while exercising. This injury left my right arm extremely weak and I was in excruciating pain 24 hours a day. I couldn't sleep and I could barely function. The right arm eventually weakened to the point where I could not lift more than 5 or 10 lbs. It was literally 1/5th the strength of the left arm. I could no longer play the guitar for hours a day. Playing for even a 1/2 hour was more painful than I could bare.
At the same time, I needed to teach my son how to play and was very dissatisfied with the state of guitar education and the current crop of guitar books. Though it was too painful to practice, I could type on the computer and I began writing out exercises for my son. After I had 25-30 exercises written out, I realized I had the basis for a guitar book - Something I had wanted to do for years but was unable to previously motivate myself to do. No matter what happened to me, this would be the legacy to leave behind for my sons, Andrew and Jeremy. Since it was too painful to play and perform, I decided to focus my energies on writing the ultimate guitar book. Something that a beginner such as my son could use and yet something that would stimulate even the most advanced guitarist.
Thus, Sheets of Sound for Guitar was born.
As a footnote, I underwent spinal surgery in October 2003 and though I'm still in some pain, I have regained some strength in my right arm and can now play relatively pain-free.
Special thanks to my surgeon, Dr. Abdul Itani and to Dr. Jon Sterngold for his excellent support and advice.