I was born and raised in the Midwest. Attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I received a B.S. in Computer Science. After working in academia, a move to Chicago was in order. There, I worked in corporate America at several large-scale computing sites, continuing to exercise and build on my knowledge of all things Unix.
Having a persistent drive and determination to fulfill musical aspirations, I moved to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music part-time while keeping the computer chops sharp. I graduated in May 2006, summa cum laude in Guitar Performance.
After school, I returned to Chicago and resumed a full-time Linux career at the Chicago Trading Company while living in the city. Got married in '07 to my wife Amanda and we moved to the burbs in '08. In '09, I left full-time employment to resume a tech consulting career, as well as starting a music education business on the side. In 2010, our son Eli Schrof was born. Keeping up the trend of one major life event per year, I moved my family from IL to CA in order to accept a full-time position at Facebook in 2011.
My hobbies and interests run the spectrum. On any given night or weekend you could find me writing my own software, designing tech classes, song writing, working hard on my guitar chops, trying crazy stuff in Linux, playing a little poker, brewing my own beer, perfecting my pan-seared steak with a red wine and stone mustard reduction, taking care of my vegetable garden, or, most importantly, spending quality time with my wife and son.
Here are just a few examples of the various projects I've recorded. (All of these come from Berklee...)Joe Huetnner's King of No Regrets
I started playing guitar at the age of 14. My first teacher was Gary Gibson, but my most influential teacher to this day was my second, Paul DePauw. While Paul encouraged my interest in my favorite styles, he also broadened my perspective, encouraging me to pursue sight reading, melody construction, technical precision, improvisational abilities, music theory, and a broad stylistic diversity. I immersed myself in the instrument from the outset, spending 30 or more hours every week practicing and performing. My early musical roots are based in 80's heavy metal, but I quickly broadened my playing to include many styles. (Classical, blues, funk, rock, country, jazz.) In the past 20 years, I have performed guitar with over 50 different ensembles and/or bands. The mainstay ensembles of my career have been Virtual Reality, Awkward Silence, Legally Blind, and Radical Sun. I continue to actively play today, and I also write lessons, articles, and am in the midst of writing a ground-breaking guitar method book series. Here are some shorter excerpts of my writings...Sample of Lessons I've Written: Sample of Articles I've Written:
Some of these are a bit dated or reference outdated technology (rlogin), but are examples of my presentation and writing style.