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Other times it makes me want to go pick one up and play until my ego can take no more of my suckiness
Dufour started playing guitar at the age of fifteen. He went on to study at the CEGEP in Joliette, where he listened to the music of Leo Kottke, Don Ross, and Michael Hedges at the behest of his teacher. Since then, he has gone on to place second at the 2005 Canadian Guitar Festival's Fingerstyle Guitar Championship and first place in the 2006 competition. He also placed third at the 2006 International Finger Style Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas.
Dufour has released four solo albums to date: Naissance, Development, Existence, and Convergences. He has garnered a sizeable fanbase through YouTube with live performances of his songs cut in the same studio as fellow guitarist Andy McKee, amongst other CandyRat performers. His most popular video is a cover of "Jerry's Breakdown" performed with Tommy Gauthier, who is himself an expert fiddler, using a single guitar between the two. Dufour has also released a fourth album (Still Strings) with Tommy Gauthier.
Dufour works on the side as a guitar instructor, offering lessons through Skype as well.
Dufour's pieces are characterized by a highly percussive playing style, using slap and natural harmonics frequently. Dufour shares many compositional traits with other fingerstyle guitarists such as Andy McKee, Craig D'Andrea, and Don Ross, especially in terms of his music's technical complexity.
Many pay special attention to the red bandana/scarf tied around the end of his guitar's neck above the nut, seen in most of Dufour's YouTube videos - he has stated in interviews that this is used to mute the strings ringing above the nut as they would resonate after a hard strum.
Currently, his primary instrument is a guitar by Mario Beauregard. He endorses Stonebridge guitars, and uses his own signature Stonebridge CR23 model.
Electric or nothing!