Favorite bands :
Pretty much anything that's CCM, blue grass, classic rock, pop, smooth jazz, jazz, country or blues. How about Larry Carlton, The Eagles, Michael Franks, Peter White, Steely Dan, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, BB King, Randy Crawford, just to name a few.
Favorite guitarists :
Too many to mention. Okay, here's one: Larry Carlton
Favorite bassists :
Timothy B. Schmidt
Favorite books :
Anything guitar related.
Favorite tv :
Discovery, TLC, History Channel or anything educational.
I'm an electronics technician for a small company.
I've been playing guitar for awhile. I teach guitar lessons on the weekend in order to share what I've learned with others. Nothing comes close to the thrill of taking a new student and watching them progress to become a skilled musician.
I started taking classical piano lessons about a few years ago. I'm often asked which is harder to learn - guitar or piano? The answer is piano. Learning to play using all 10 fingers AND read music at the same time is a lot more difficult than playing guitar. Will learning to play one instrument help you to learn another? You bet it will and I highly recommend it.
I recently bought a Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass. I surmised that playing bass was related to playing lead guitar. They do share some similarities, although the bass player is typically expected to keep rhythm and set a nice groove for the song. Playing lead guitar definitely helps with playing bass and playing bass definitely helps with playing lead.
I also write music. I use a program called Finale. I typically hear the piece in my head and then go to the piano and figure out the notes for transcribing into Finale. I've also had inspiration hit at the piano, after playing some notes and hearing the potential for a new song. Either way, Finale is a great tool for getting those ideas onto paper - although it is a bit expensive.