reply to post by Scooby Doo
I started playing guitar when I was 15. I was 5'2" tall and had zits, so I figured being a guitar player would get me the girls. It didn't help,
but I got to be pretty good as a guitar player.
I tried a lot of styles and my favorite classical piece is probably Francois Couperin's le Tambourin
, a harpsichord transcription, because it
was the first tough piece I learned. My favorite flamenco piece is probably one of the Sevillanas
by any of the early 20th century players.
Rock guitar? Probably Joe Walsh's outro in Hotel California
. Not one extraneous note in the whole thing. Acoustic steel string? Anything by
Tony Rice, the master of the Martin D-28 and the greatest bluegrass guitar picker I can think of.
In my early twenties, I was seduced by the 5-string banjo, which is probably my favorite (or at least most-played) instrument. My favorite licks are
some of those by Bill Emerson when he was playing with the Country Gentlemen years and years ago. I was privileged to study with Bill and one time
someone told me "you know, if you had talent, you'd sound kinda like Bill Emerson
" I consider that a high compliment indeed!
When I was in junior college, I played stand-up bass in a 18-piece standards band doing Basie and Ellington arrangements. I will still do some
casuals with it, and my favorite is some of the work Keter Betts did with the Charlie Byrd Trio back in the sixties, probably Blues for Night
My favorite instruments are two acoustic guitars:a Martin D-28 steel string and Cordoba classic, Gibson ES-335 electric semi-hollowbody guitar, two
bluegrass banjos, Stelling Bellflower and Gibson RB-250 Mastertone, and a No-name Chinese 3/4 bass. All (except the ES-335, of course) I had fitted
with Fishman pickups. I play the bass through a small Acoustic 50-Watt amp and the Cordoba through a Roland 60-Watt stereo amp if it's a small room,
and everything else through the house sound when I'm playing out.
It has taken me a long time to get all these instruments, and my wife simply doesn't understand why I need more.
[edit on 13-1-2010 by Off_The_Street]