From Adam Rafferty...
I am a guitar player born and raised in New York City, and currently spending most of my time on the road playing concerts and doing workshops. Playing music for people is my #1 passion. I also equally love teaching music to anyone who is dedicated. I love helping people achieve “aha” moments. Sometimes these insights “bleed” into a personal development – flavor! Teaching music and life is my #2 passion. I am dedicated to both of these passions. As a 6 year old kid, I started with Woody Mann as my teacher and learned little fingerpicking blues tabs from Reverend Gary Davis, Blind Blake and others. Like many guitar players I went through the phases of rock, classical and then got deep into jazz.
B.F. – Before fingerstyle… I played jazz guitar for many years in NYC, and got to play with some jazz greats along the way like Mike Longo (pianist for Dizzy Gillespie and my mentor), Alvin Queen (Drums for Oscar Peterson & Horace Silver), Dr. Lonnie Smith (B3 organ with George Benson), Buster Williams, Bob Cranshaw, Tal Farlow….the list goes on!
A.F. – After fingerstyle… In 2006 I got way deep into fingerstyle guitar after hearing the one and only Tommy Emmanuel. Since then – life has changed. I have toured worldwide (Bangkok, USA, Germany, Italy, Austria, Scotland, Bermuda, Singapore, Malaysia, Czech Republic), released several fingerstyle instruction DVDS (teaching Stevie Wonder, Jackson Five and Jazz Guitar), and amassed over 10 million YouTube views.