Q&A with Adam
Which musician would you like to play with?
Stephen Malkmus of Pavement
Which musician has influenced you the most?
What can you teach me better on your instrument than any other teacher?
I can teach you to let go of your mind and channel the music through your subconscious. The art of not overthinking.
How did you learn to play your instrument?
I studied classical piano from age 5-12, and studied Jazz Improv as a Minor in my undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont. But I learned the most about playing through playing with as many different kinds of players as possible.
What equipment do you play on today?
I always prefer just a piano - baby grand preferred. But on stage I use a Korg N1, a digital Hammond XK-2, and a Micro Korg.
Which personal trait helped you the most while practicing?
Patience, patience, patience.
What does your instrument have that others don't?
A picture of Chunk from The Goonies doing the truffle-shuffle.
How do you handle children?
In many ways, at age 41, I still haven't grown up, so I handle children like I'm one of their buddies. I don't go too deep, so they understand I'm still their teacher and it's not just a party. But I like to know what kids I teach are into - what music they listen to, what movies they watch, what they do for fun - because that helps me make a lesson plan designed specifically around each individual.
What has been your greatest experience as a musician so far?
Writing a song that a fan told me he played for his dying mother in the hospital, and how it gave them both great peace.
What was the biggest stage you played on?
Main stage at the Oregon Country Fair for 10,000+ people.
Which record would you take with you to the desert island?
Paul Simon - Graceland
Besides music, what else is important in your life?
My family, the mountains, and the ocean.
Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Level(s) Comfortable Teaching
Beginner to Advanced
What languages can you teach in?
What's your age?
Bands, Projects, Notable Performances, Collaborations
All bands I was in or am currently in. https://www.facebook.com/garciabirthdayband https://lesserbangs.com https://miceparade.bandcamp.com https://joytribemusic.com https://www.turkeymafia.com
Other Music-related work / goals