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Tryin to find my voice...

Welcome to my page!

First off, I would be lying if I said I wasn't grateful for music being in my life, and at my finger tips. I started playing during the summer of 2001 with a nearly 30 year old emperador acoustic. Once I was hooked, I bought myself an Alvarez RD10 acoustic, which I still have. From here, I haven't looked back yet.
A few months later, I bought an electric Alvarez ASG3VW and have since gone through two amps- a cheesy 12 watt crate amp and a crate gx30m (ar, ar, ar more power!).
Also, I managed to get my hands on a used Ibanez classic guitar back in the spring of 2003. Needless to say, I really like actually feeling the strings on both hands and the warm tones nylon strings produce.
My "newest" instrument is a 1955 Gibson mandolin that my grandpa bought new back in the day, played in a country western band for a year or so, then never played it much after that. This past holiday season, my uncle and I 'swiped' it, got it fixed up with a new bridge, tuner heads, strings, and some tlc. So now it's our to mess around with, cool, eh?

For anyone who has AOL's instant messenger and wants to chat, just ask for my screen name.

A List of Fave Guitar Sites

Cover letter for the WholeNote T-shirt
Fretbuzz: Whole T-shirt for all to sign...

I originally put these links up since I didn't have a computer of my own in the dorm, and it's since grown into merely a cool way to share the wealth of guitar stuff that's out there. Have fun. Clicky-clicky...

my geocities pics
My SoundClick pages

Guitar Tabs

Led Zeppelin-Achilles Last Stand
Guitar Tab Universe
Guitar Tabs at Guitar Tricks
Tab Mall's Guitar Tabs
Slow Hand Blues Guitar f/Eric clapton
Tabalorium's Guitar Tabs
Ultimate Guitar Tabs Archive
MX Guitar Tabs
Classical Guitar Tabs

Other Cool Sites

Olav Torvund's Guitar Pages
Chord House
Acoustic Fingerstyle
Guitar Tips
Guitar Geek
The Guitarist (Classical)

Mandolin links

Jazz Mando
Mandolin Directory

Rex Jones' organization, Medtar, that gives the gift of music to Chicago area children in the hospital. After reading the mission statement at his site, I figured I could add this to my list. Check this out, please.

Musical Influences

  • Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn
  • Rush, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Collective Soul
  • Chris Duarte, Keb Mo, Robben Ford

Favorite Recordings

  • "Ramble On," "All Along the Watchtower," "Pride and Joy,"
  • "Plush," "Nothing as it Seems," "Run,"
  • Any other blues or jazz artists I haven't heard yet...