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I was drawn into the cruel world of guitar playing at the influential age of 14, when I decided I wanted to play in the school jazz band, but I could only play clarinet. My dad gave me a cheap electric, a book on jazz/rock/pop chords and a book of solo transcriptions. Apparently he meant for me to learn the chords and play the songs in the book, but i misunderstood and learned the transcribed solos, and after a year of intense practicing, i joined the jazz band only to find that i didn't need any soloing skill whatsoever because all they needed of me was quarter-note comping. BAH!!!!

Musical Influences

  • Quincy Jones - ALL HAIL QUINCY JONES
  • dre
  • that guitar dude who died of a heroine overdose