posted on May, 24 2012 @ 05:07 AM
When did you start?
I started when I was 17 that would be about 10 years ago.
Who influenced you or what made you buy your first guitar?
I bought my first guitar for 50$ (a cheap stratocaster copy), my parents didn't want to buy me one because they didn't think I would be serious
about playing, but I had been listening to a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Everclear... guitar music basically... So I bought my first guitar
and decided I would prove to them wrong. Eventually my cousin gave me a nice Seagull acoustic that he wasn't playing, and so I ended up switching
from electric to acoustic, and from a slim neck to a full-sized neck, still playing that seagull to this day.
Have you or do you play in bands or just for pleasure at home?
I'm currently working on building a band with a couple friends I recently met. I've been writing songs for fun for a while, but whenever people hear
me play, they ask if I play in a band, and hopefully that will soon be answered with a "yes".
What do you play? What instrument...what genre?
I play guitar, a little piano and I'm a singer, although I have just started learning to play violin (still sounds like I'm killing a cat though).
As far as genres go, I play a lot of covers in a folk style, but in terms of my own material, I am more involved in using jazz chords and somewhat a
progressive style of song writing.
What tips would you pass on to anyone wishing to play?
Just keep practicing, and try to learn many different songs, don't worry if it doesn't sound great right now, we all have to go through the process
of learning. Also do a lot of ear training, play along with the songs you do know on a set of speakers, if it sounds a little off, you can work on
your tuning. Learn all your basic open chords first, then start learning barre chords (it will be difficult at first, but it is necessary at some
point). And finally, however you get the sounds you want to get is fine, even if you are not playing it exactly how it says in a book or a youtube
video. The sound is the most important, if it sounds alright, then it is alright.
Good luck to you bud, wish you all the best in your learning... And personally, I recommend trying to learn the song Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
as it is all just open chords and pretty easy to play. It is also a song that everyone knows and people can sing along with