Tokyo April 2011
Back in 1995, I met a student from Japan named Koji Tsumoto. My life has not been the same since that day.
After studying with me for a semester, he asked if he could study privately with me. I said yes, but cautioned him that since I get very busy, scheduling might be hard.
At the beginning of the next semester, he showed up at my office early in the morning and waited for me. When I arrived, he asked about lessons again. I told him I was too busy. I was actually. His face fell in an obvious disappointment.
When I asked what was the matter, he told me he’d quit school so he could dedicate all his time to our lessons. Of course I made time for him. Over the next year, I gave him assignments, and his work output was consistently 10-times what I could have expected.
We’ve been close friends ever since those days.
Since then, he’s built a solid career as a recording artist (4 CD’s), author (19 books about guitar to date!) and owner of the very successful ISM Guitar Training School in Tokyo.
In April 2011, he asked me to travel to Tokyo to work with his students, and to give a few concerts.
It was a life-changer for me.