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Battle Axe!

Every journey begins with a single step

At the age of 10, my father purchased a Harmony acoustic for me as a Christmas present. I thought it was the coolest thing and wanted to play along with him. After about a week, I grew disgusted as I was unable to fret chords as fast as my dad. I didn't have much patience back then. I figured that guitar wasn't for me since it hadn't come easy. Sports did come easy, so I abadoned the guitar and went back to playing football, baseball and riding motocross. By age 16, I wanted to try and play again. Money was tight and my parents were unwilling to fork out the cash for something I had given up on before. After a few months of saving on my own, I had enough cash to buy a used Hondo Les Paul copy and Gorilla amp from a friend. It was from this copy that I developed a love for the Les Paul design. I really took to guitar the second time around. I would practice for hours at a time. After my dad showed me some initial chords and progressions to some G N'R tunes, I joined a local garage band as the rhythm player after only my second month of playing. By the end of my senior year of high school, I had enough cash to purchase a Gibson Les Paul Studio. I still have this guitar today and it is still my main axe!

The journey continues...

I played in a band from '90 - '93. We did mostly original tunes and had a pretty big following around our area. We placed 2nd and 3rd at a couple area Battle of the Bands. Not too shaby for playing our original songs. After nearly three years, the band disbanded to get "real" jobs. Getting a college education, starting a family, and entering a new career didn't leave time for anything else. For the next 7 years, my guitar would, for the most part, lay dormant. Ironically, after finishing my degree in 2001, it was jamming to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young tunes with my dad that caused me to get "guitar fever" again. Currently, I am working on mastering the fretboard, taking in music theory and just having fun jamming with friends.

Musical Influences

  • Zakk Wylde - Jon Schaffer - Billy Gibbons
  • James Hetfield - Buckethead - Satch
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan - Jimmy Page

Favorite Recordings

  • ...And Justice For All, IV (Zo-So), Master of Puppets
  • Electric Tears, Colma, Texas Flood, Horrow Show
  • 1919 Eternal, Book of Shadows, Hangover Music Vol 6