Influences, early to recent:
Hendrix - Still
one of my favorites. His music and playing have a very spiritual
Rick Emett - Guitarist
from Triumph. He is a great acoustic player as well as rock. His
versatility was inspiring and got me into acoustic playing.
- Great writer and player.
Gary Moore, Randy Rhodes, Jake E Lee,
Neal Schon, The Edge, Prince - All
great rock/pop players
J.S. Bach - I
taped "Air on the G String" when I was 14 and coudn't
stop listening to it. I eventually figured out it was Bach and
started collecting his music.
EVH - Eddie
was the best ,What an innovator!
Yngwie - Godfather
of neoclassical. I got into all the neoclassical guys as they
came out: Tony Macalpine, Greg Howe, Vinny Moore...
- Very intense player!
- I was so blown away when I first heard him. I was 15 when Guitar
Player came out with that soundpage with "Cliffs Of Dover"
on it. He's the best rock player I've ever heard. So musical.
Stevie Ray Vaughn - Huge influence.
- Albert Collins, Robben Ford, Ry Cooder
(fiddle) - One of the best musicians I've ever heard. From bluegrass
to his fusion stuff he's awesome. I have all his recordings. His
live solo on "Sally Goodwin" on the "Elisian Forest"
record is insane.
- Jerry Douglas (dobro), Tony Rice, Ricky Skaggs, Vassar Clements,
Allison Krause. Amazing players and one of my favorite styles
- Albert Lee for chicken pickin, Jerry Donahue for pedal steel
bends and and Scotty Anderson for his great double/triple stop
- Scott Henderson and Frank Gambale are my 2 favorites
- Old Metallica, Slipknot, Praxis. Some of the Nu-metal was great.
- Beatles, Elton John, Sarah Mclaughlin, most 80's stuff ,Journey.
U2 - Unforgettable
Fire and Joshua Tree are the best pop albums of the 80's.
- Well, mostly Bach. Brandenburg Concertos and Partitas for solo
violin are among my favorites. But also Bartok and Arron Copeland.
Juno Reactor, Nebula nine, Paul Oakenfield
- By far the best acoustic player. "Spices" is my favorite
album. He plays only in DADGAD. Lots of Irish type stuff.
James Taylor, great player, singer and writer. John Renbourn and
William Ackerman, excellent solo acoustic stuff.
Blues Sacaceno - His first Cd had a big impact. Melodic rock/blues
playing and good writing.
Satriani/Vai - Both
brought rock guitar to a new level. I really dug Satchs' songwriting
on the first 3 albums..
- He was an awesome player and great writer. I'm still working
on getting some of his ideas down to add to my playing. Huge inspiration
-After hearing Shawn Lane talk about him I checked him out and
became a big fan. The ultimate virtuoso. Very inspiring!!
Tuck Andress - The
greatest guitar player in the world. Get "Reckless Percision"
and his Hot Licks tape and see him live.
- The king of cool lines!
- Awesome single note stuff in the 60's and unreal solo stuff
in the 70's.
- King of jazz guitar. After hearing him in 99 I decided I was
going to be a jazz player. A true monster on guitar.
- My favorite Jazz. The different phases with Coltrane then the
group with Wayne Shorter.
- The king.
Indian - after
hearing Nusrat Fatei Ali Kahn sing on the "Dead Man Walking"
soundtrack I became a huge fan. That was my favorite CD from the
90's (the CD with Nusrat and Ry Cooder not the one with all the
pop songs from the movie). I've also been listening to a lot of
Shankar and his doubleneck violin.
Roach and Michael Stearns. One of my favorite styles of music.
Lisa Gerard -
Vocalist from Dead Can Dance and Gladiator soundtrack. Also Jennifer
Berezan's "Returning" is another favorite vocal CD with
some different styles of chanting (Yoruba prayer, Navajo, Alaap)
with some awesome guest singers. The whole CD is one long song/chant.
- My favorite film composer, actually one of my favorite composers.
Road To Perdition, American Beauty, Finding Nemo...
Definitely the music I listen to most frequently. Some of my favorites
are Alan Silvestri (Contact, The Abyss) , John Williams( Amistad),
John Barry (Dances With Wolves). Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, Thin
Red Line) Randy Newman (Parenthood, the last song in lydian, one
of the greatest tunes ever) K-Pax , Signs, Halo (X-Box) yeah it's
a video game but the score is awesome.
Joe D'angelo - My
instructor. One of the best teachers and players ever. For real.
He's a heavy dude.
- Excellent modern jazz player. My mentor while I was getting
my jazz shit together not too long ago. These days I see him play
at the Java hut jazz jam every other week , his playing and dedication
to playing jazz are very inspirational.
- Jazz and progressive rock/metal bass. Great writer and kick
ass jazz player. He's on my demo tunes.
- Burning jazz and funk player. We gigged together several times
a week for a few years getting our jazz chops together.
- Berklee student from Brazil. Takes lessons with me while he's
here in MA. Great player and keeps me in touch with the guitar
world. Vast knowledge of all the great players out there, guitar
and other instruments.
My Favorite Authors:
I dig reading science related books -
mostly quantum physics and some cosmology. Also metaphysics and
spirituality type stuff.
Carl Sagan - Science
and some philosophy. Even his fiction novel "Contact"
- Heavy. Science meets spirituality. I've seen him lecture a few
- The best quantum physics writer. "About Time" and
"God and the New Physics" are my favorites.
- Heinz wrote the classic "The Cosmic Code"
- Every year I read the quantum physics meets Eastern philosophy
classic "The Dancing Wu Li Masters"
Carlos Casteneda - Probably fiction but the first 5 are really
- "Infinity and the Mind" is so cool. I read bits of
it all the time.
Arnold Swarzenegger - Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding. I'm an Arnold fan
so I though I'd mention him. He actually has a cool anecdotical
writing style and tells some funny stories. Interesting guy.
I try to practice every day, chops, playing
changes, memorizing standards, lines, transcribing, more chops.,
solo stuff, improv, I love practicing and improving, not just
chops but melodic ideas, writing, etc.... every 6 months or so
I try to emerge as a much better player than I previously was.
My playing came out great on the J.A.M. CD recorded in the fall,
by late winter I think I sounded a bit different, my chops improved
anyway, the jazz clips that I put on the site may reflect that
a bit. I'm going to start recording a solo CD this summer and
should be playing at a bit higher level than the last CD. However ,I do get away from guitar enough to fit
in a few other things such as:
Lifting. Some running.
MMA (mixed martial arts). I've been taking separate classes for grappling, boxing and kickboxing for about 4 years. I love the UFC -Ultimate Fighting Championship and the other similar leauges.
The Simpsons, Family Guy, Lost - Good shows. I record tons of the shows on History, Discovery and Science Channel too. Those are great to watch while I'm working on my chops.
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