July 12, 2014
Musically, I'm open to a lot of different influences. I've listened to jazz and blues mostly for my inspirations on guitar, but I listen to a wide range of music beyond the two aforementioned. My tastes range broadly, but I've really anchored my own style around inspirations gained from "old-timey" American guitarists and Hot Jazz guys like Django and such. When I play electric, I tend to play more hard or classic rock or "droney" alternative stuff, depending on my mood. I'd like to learn more about jazz and maybe incorporate that into my compositions.... I've had a wide range of musical tastes that ebb and flow with time. No particular overwhelming influence from any one performer or group. My tastes at any given time include punk, classic rock, hip hop (mostly older stuff from my generation), electronic-based music, glam-rock and art-rock, youtube bedroom performers, classical (Chopin, anyone?), bluegrass rockabilly, old-timey country, and the list goes on....
Meeting musicians and the spirit of musical collaboration!
Played violin as a kid and dropped it, then I picked up a mandolin around the age of thirty after playing around with keyboard a little. Decided string instruments were more my thing and picked up the guitar. I've been playing guitar ever since. I'm self-taught in the sense that I've never had a "live" one-on-one" instructor, although I've used Youtube extensively and am currently following lesson taught by the inimitable Jim Bruce (if you are into old-timey blues, do check him out).
I'm an experienced bedroom and living room guitarist (14 years playing). I also have a day job and I'm a graduate of the UT Radio, TV, and Film Dept.