Rick has studied with many of the world's greatest players in workshops and summer music camps. Also, he has studied music theory, composition, and performance in college classes and in private lessons. Rick has taught hundreds of guitar and banjo students over the past several decades in both classroom settings and as private students. He has been active in the music community for many years playing at folk festivals, coffee houses, blues bars, and (his special love) at rest homes in service to the elderly. Since retiring Rick has been pursuing his passion for writing, playing music and teaching. He has written several best selling books about music, science and nature. Some of his other interests include hiking, treasure hunting, recreational mathematics, photography and experimenting with microcontrollers.