Favorite guitarists :
David Gilmour, SRV, Jimi Hendrix, Chet Atkins, Tommy Emmanuel, Colin James, Greg Keelor (Blue Rodeo), Eric Johnson, Heath Fogg of Alabama Shakes, Johnny A.
Fav guitar solos: David Gilmour's solo in The Wall, Jimi Hendrix intro solo in All Along The Watchtower, Robben Ford in Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood. Larry Carlton's supporting guitar in Joni Mitchell's Help Me, Colin James intro in Why'd You Lie, Greg Keelor's solo in One More Night, Ted Greene everything he plays. Junior Marvin's solo in Waiting In Vain.
Favorite books :
Favorite tv :
Later with Jools Holland, Guitar Picks
Started with piano from very young until mid teens. Then all through high school played trumpet for 4 years. Went off to university, got into the career and family thing and didn't do anything musically for a very long time. Sometimes I dabbled on the keyboard. Getting back to playing was always in the back of my mind. One day a friend was telling me he took up guitar and I thought yah that's it. The timing was perfect. I tried to learn guitar on my own in early teen years with little success and it was something I knew I had to come back to. I went out and picked up a squire stratocaster in 2007. After a year of messing around and not getting far I knew I needed help. I had to take lessons. The local music shop offered lessons and they hooked me up with a teacher who is my age. He's the best teacher ever with 40 years experience and I'm learning so much. In June 2008 I got a mexican stratocaster. It feels great to play with low action. Upgraded to an American Standard in April 2010. The sound is beautiful. Next I wanted a tube amp. It's never going to end.
Update: I'd been keeping my eye on a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe all tube amp (combo). July 2011 it was finally found and I got a great deal on one. I'm complete, for now.
March 2012. Just added a new acoustic to this growing collection. It's an acoustic. Yamaha F310P. Playing it makes me feel like I'm learning all over again. It's so different than electric. I gotta lot of work to do!
June 2012. Uh oh. I just found an awesome deal on an Epiphone ES-135 and I got it. Still building on skills. Being taught a lot of fingerstyle. Haven't picked up a pick in a long time.
April 2013. I wasn't looking but ended up finding a 2012 Les Paul Studio. The music shop guy took me to a sound room to try it out. OMG it felt as good, if not better, than my fav, the Mexican Strat "Manuel". Right off the shelf I didn't have to change anything it played that beautifully. I brought it home and now it's all I pickup. I'm so lucky!
September 2014. The VOX practice amp is getting on and showing signs it's ready to retire. After some research I decided on a Fender Mustang II V.2 amplifier. It had great reviews, has the ability to interface with the Mac, can download 1000's of presets. Went to the local shop and they had one left. I tried it out on a studio Les Paul (much like my own) and loved the sound on the many presets that come with it. The price was exactly as expected, which was very reasonable, so now I've added it to my collection. I'm very happy with this amp.
April 2015 - added a 72 Telecaster to my guitar family.