Q: What style of music do you play?
A: I play instrumental solo guitar arrangements of love songs. I play chord-melody style guitar. The arrangement includes both the song's melody and harmony. At times I play with an accompaniment track that I pre-recorded for a fuller sound. I typically perform on an acoustic/electric jazz archtop guitar, and also perform on acoustic-electric steel string and nylon string (classical) guitars.
Q: Do you use amplification?
A: Yes. I use gentle amplification to provide a volume level that is enough to appreciate the music, but also comfortable for guests to speak to each other. I strive to keep the volume just under the level of conversation. I have a small PA system that I use for the reception that takes up very little space.
Q: Will you travel outside of Columbus?
A: Yes. I add a travel fee of $1 per mile (total one-way). For example, if you live 100 miles from Columbus, I will add a total of $100 to my fee.
Q: How much do you typically charge?
A: My usual fee for the ceremony is $200. For both the ceremony and the reception (cocktail reception or dinner) I typically charge $300. If more is needed, I can provide up to 3 hours of continuous music for $100 per hour. Contact me for a quote based on your specific requirements. I typically request a deposit of $100. The deposit is fully refundable.
Q: Do you accept payment by credit card?
A: I accept payment by cash, check, or bank transfer through Venmo, Zelle, or Paypal. (Sorry, I am not set up to accept credit card payments.)
Q: Do we sign a contract?
A: I will provide a performance agreement for your review and approval, detailing your required schedule and program.
Q: Do I have to meet with you in advance?
A: No. I am perfectly willing and able to work with you through email or phone. If you would like to schedule a consult, please do no hesitate to let me know to make arrangements.
Q: Can you give advice on song selections and musical programming?
A: I have over 40 years of musical knowledge and experience that I will happily share in any way to assist you!
Q: Do you need to attend our rehearsal?
A: No. Having consulted with you in advance about song choices, etc., I'll be fully aware of the format of your ceremony long before the big day. Also, I am able to review the cues that I need the day of your wedding with your officiate or wedding planner prior to the ceremony. I will coordinate with them so that the music aligns perfectly with the entrance of the bridal party. I am skilled at bringing a song to a close during the ceremony so that it is tailored for the time needed for that part of the ceremony.
I often provide music during rehearsal dinners and for Sunday brunches after weddings, so please ask about my discounted fee for other wedding-related events.
Q: Will you play a special request?
A: Yes. I am happy to accommodate special requests, and will gladly go the extra mile to learn your favorite song! Please allow as much time as possible for the preparation of a beautiful solo guitar arrangement. There is no additional fee for special requests, as I enjoy adding selections to my repertoire.
Q: I have a friend who I'd like to have sing during the ceremony. Will you accompany a singer?
A: Yes. I will gladly accompany your designated singer. I recommend a rehearsal a day or two before the ceremony, if possible, and I may add a small fee for the rehearsal time.
Q: Will you perform at same-sex weddings?
A: Of course!
Q: Do you require any special equipment?
A: Just access to an electrical outlet. I have all the necessary equipment, including a small PA system with a microphone, available for your use at no additional charge.
Q: Do you play outdoor ceremonies?
A: Yes. I have the equipment to accommodate outdoor ceremonies. In fact, beautiful guitar music and the open air setting creates a serene and welcoming environment!
Q: What can I expect if I hire you to perform at my wedding?
A: You can expect a high quality of service. I am very responsive to any and all inquiries. You will receive a good value at a good price. I am very flexible, friendly and easy to work with. I am always punctual and easy to communicate with. I promise beautiful music that will perfectly accompany your celebration, whether the number of your guests is large or small.
Q: What is your policy concerning Covid-19?
A: If you or your venue require social distancing, masks, or temperature checks at the door, I consent. If your event is rescheduled, I will re-calendar it for no additional charge or deposit. If I am already scheduled to perform on the rescheduled date, I will refund your deposit in full and assist you with finding a substitute ceremony musician if you so desire.
Wedding Ceremony at the Knights of Columbus in Decatur, Indiana