Before Heroes

There wasn’t any specific guitar player or music genre that made me want to play guitar. It was the sound of the guitar itself. I started wanting to play guitar around the age of 9 or 10. This was around 1970, and radio at that time wasn’t...

Too Good For Your Own Good?

The passing of Alan Holdsworth has me thinking about “virtuoso” guitarists. If you have never heard of Alan Holdsworth, that is my point. Although he was a highly skilled player with amazing technique and was highly respected by professional musicians, outside of guitar players, fusion, and prog rock circles I doubt many people know him. It’s a common sad story that...

Earliest Musical Memories

When I was a little kid my family and I would walk up to the small church on the corner on Sunday nights. And sit on really hard wooden pews. And sometimes a huge bus would pull up and park in the church driveway, and a singing group would come out of the bus and give a concert. And I would like that a lot, especially if the music was lively...