Vinnie has been a full-time musician and teacher since 1995, and is especially patient with adult beginners. He’s performed on Broadway as an understudy lead guitarist in the Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp collaborative Moving Out, was a regular sub in the pit orchestra of Mamma Mia and has also worked on Jersey Boys, School of Rock and with Grammy-winning producer Glen Ballard onthe chamber-reworking of Ghost. He’s been onstage backing Jimmy Buffet, Herb Reed’s Platters, Marylin Michales, Nadia G, and others, but most weekends, Vin rocks a crowded dance floor with ‘80s tribute show White Wedding, ‘90s tribute band The Reservoir Dawgs, or with various wedding bands.
Vinnie has penned hundreds of six-string-related articles and is a regular contributor of instructional lessons and transcriptions to Guitar Player and Frets magazines. He’s written the Guitar Performance textbooks/curriculum for the prestigious Musicians Institute and was featured in Guitar World Magazine’s Guitar Secrets: The Edge instructional DVD. Five of Vin’s lesson columns were chosen for inclusion in Hal Leonard’s 2008 publication The Guitar Player Book. At NYC Guitar School, Vinnie is a Mentor Teacher and his experience in performing, writing and transcribing, have helped him design and teach the Classic Rock, U2, Heavy Metal, Surf Rock, Led Zeppelin, and Intermediate Acoustic Rock courses. He was the initial teacher of our Adult Rock Band performance ensemble classes, has starred in our Rock Band Instructional video series, recently completed writing our Rock Band 101 textbook, and is of the most-requested Rock Band teachers. He holds a BS in Jazz and Commercial music from Hofstra and a BA in Musicology from L.I.U. Vinnie is a proud user and endorsee of Hughes & Kettner amplifiers.
Vinnie in the Guitar Player/Guitar World Magazine Studios explaining the guitar styles of U2’s The Edge for an accompanying article he wrote:
Vinnie and Brooklyn vocalist Tara Lawton celebrate The White Album’s 50th Anniversary with their version of The Beatles classic “Dear Prudence”:
Vinnie rocks a full house at Prohibition during White Wedding’s monthly 80s show!