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Always a Beginner....

I started playing the guitar in 1999, and bought myself a cheap $150 yamaha acoustic. My dad used to be a really decent guitarist until he got married and had kids, and now he only plays a couple times a year. Some of my happiest memories, however, are of him on our back porch, coaxing beautiful tunes out of his twelve string when I was little. I, like most kids I guess, went through the "I hate my parents" phase, and when my father offered to teach me to play guitar at the age of 14, I refused. A decision I regret to this day. It wasn't until 6 years later, when I went away to college that I finally started teaching myself to play guitar, and it has become a part of me. Now, by no stretch of my imagination do I consider myself to be a good guitarist, or even a competent one, but I love it. I got into playing electric in the Fall of 2001, when my drunk friends smashed my acoustic. I went to the store and dropped $200 on a 1998 mexi strat, and fell in love with the guitar all over again. I pulled my dad's old '72 yamaha amp out of the crawl space, and dusted it off, and away I went. I even joined a band, and played a few gigs at local bars. Now I'm here to learn and love.

My Equipment....

As far as style goes, I usually play classic rock and blues (ya, I'm listed as jazz - go figure). My guitar of choice is a '98 MIM fender strat. For an amp, I use that aforementioned '72 yamaha solid state amp. The amp has 2 channels, with a footswitch to control reverb and tremelo. Its not bad, but when I get the money I'm going to go tube. I'm the type of guy that's never satisfied with either his playing or his equipment, and as such I'm always tinkering with my guitar... changing it around fairly frequently. Other instruments I play: I have a '97 mexi fender jazz bass that I'm learning to play, an ovation mandolin (isn't that wierd) and a yamaha 12 string acoustic guitar.

Musical Influences

  • U2
  • Grateful Dead
  • Duane Allman

Favorite Recordings

  • Santana & Buddy Miles: Live!
  • Allman Brothers: Eat a Peach
  • Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band