What I am as a guitarist, and what I strive for?
I am someone who is focused, having taken a detour that brought me back to guitar. My callouses are thicker and blistering than they ever were. I started my guitar career on electric bass in 1989 when I departed from keyboards/piano focus. Guitar was a hobby when I found my first acoustic one a few years later. A divorce, a military stint, a transition, a forced migration, a cellist-in-waiting….and now we have the present.
My attitude is professional when it comes to my music, and I don’t ever want to have discussions from bandmates & musicians about their sexual needs/desires in regards to me. I do have an image and its presentable to the type of music I am involved with.
I strive for expression and not speed. Sound deserves “color” or “tonal color”, along with passion, persistence, and pleasure. I will be the first to leave something when it “stops being fun” for all practical purposes. I am influenced by many things but for guitarists that resonate with me, I’m enamored by George Lynch, pre-1985 Van Halen, Chris De Garmo of Queensrÿche, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Brian May, Tom Keifer of Cinderella, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Scorpions, The Cult…but I love newer bands like Filter, Senses Fail, Alkaline Trio, Korn, The Birthday Massacre, Ayria….
My style isn’t cemented in stone but an old Zen saying is:
“A smart fish knows its in water.” –and I’ve been called a fish (Fish Speaker, etc.) before.
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