Why did I start playing guitar?
My older sister loved the Beatles and The Rolling Stones, you know all those classic groups.
At that time bands were a drummer, a singer, bass player and a guitar player -pretty simple.
That’s what I wanted to be. A rock and roll guitar player.
My first guitars were acoustic, and that’s what got me my start.
At one point I just knew two chords, G and E minor.
I went on to write a lot of songs with those two chords, and then I got myself the Mel Bay book.
Building on my natural ear, I started training myself.
Simultaneously, I was playing the organ and piano and taking lessons.
I didn’t want to learn the song, I just wanted to play it easily.
Out of frustration, I guess that’s why I started playing guitar, because you could do that.
That led to me learning a lot of songs, and eventually to putting together a band with my friends and cousins.
We sounded pretty good for some nine year olds.
Now we’re those same kids at heart with a lifetime of experience about how to play and love the guitar – all styles, bluegrass, country, rock, and Joni Mitchell jazz.
Add to that, my experience touring with “The Voice” Vern Gosdin on his bus called “The Worm” all over North America in the 1980s...
playing at theatres in Gatlinburg, Tennessee,
writing songs with multiplatinum songwriter heroes, and
sharing the stage with icon Sheila E at Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
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