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Music Influences

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Music Influences

My first and early music influences included Three Dog Night and the Rolling Stones, in particular the song "Jumpin Jack Flash". Other big influences would include Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. To this day, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore remain among my top 10 favorite and most highly respected guitarist for their obvious knowledge of the guitar and guitar theory, as well as their ability to compose and create and deliver such a wide variety of sounds that range from classical guitar to the heaviest of metal. As an early teen I began to appreciate the great blues guitar playing of Johnny Winter and Lightning Hopkins. These blues greats became among my favorites for their ability to follow note for note along with the vocal line of a song. Others would include the southern rock greats such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and Molly Hatchet and bands like Boston and Van Halen who became to change the sound of rock music in the 1970's. During the later years I became fond of Metallica and Megadeth, for their use of classical scales that were adapted to heavy metal. This playing style was elaborated by guitar wizard Yngwie Malmsteen who adapted the sounds of Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Mozart and 19th century violinist Niccolo Paganini. As well as being fond of blues rock and southern rock music, I also became very fond of one country guitarist by the name of Brent Mason. I had the privilege of being introduced to Brent's amazing play- ing style by a student of mine Daryl B who obviously has a great ear and much appreciation for such an extremely talented guitarist. After hearing this great talent I was inspired to practice some of my earlier lessons I was taught in my youth that included hall of famer Roy Clark. Roy is among the most respected of all country guitarist for his abilty to play various instruments and his application of smooth tones and lightning fast fingers. I would have to say that Roy's song "Guitar Boogie" remains to this day as my favorite country song. Other early to modern day infuences would include: Jimmy Page * Jimmy Hendrix * Ace Frehley * Eric Clapton B.B. King * Chuck Berry * Steve Howe * Buddy Guy Jeff Beck * Carlos Santana * Zal Cleminson Alex Lifeson * Billy Gibbons * Elliot Easton Andy Summers * Eddie Van Halen * Joe Walsh * Don Felder Paul Kossoff * David Gilmour * Stevie Ray Vaughan Michael Schenkar * Matthias Jabs * Angus Young Malcom Young * Brian Setzer * Glen Tipton * K.K. Downing Dave Murray * Adrian Smith * Wolf Hoffman * Jake E. Lee Brad Gillis * Joe Perry * Adrian Belew * Robert Fripp Donald Fagen * Walter Becker Joe Satriani * Steve Vai * Dimebag Darrell * Billy Duffy * Warren De Martini * Mick Mars Zakk Wylde * James Hetfield * Kirk Hammet * Dave Mustaine Slash * George Lynch * Kerry King * Billy Joe Armstrong The Edge * Andreas Rudolf Kisser * Daron Malakian Overall Favorite Guitarist * Randy Rhoads Being a guitarist who favors music that is based upon much theory using scales and modes for composition as opposed to easier music that may consist of a simple 12 bar blues, or a few grunge powerchords, when I was first introduced to the guitar playing of Randy Rhoads, as many others like myself, it opened a whole new approach to the world of guitar and how it could be played. Before his early departure, I was lucky enough to see Randy Rhoads play live in the year 1981 at the Welsh Auditorium in Grand Rapids Michigan. I can recall on the way to the concert, the song "Crazy Train" came on the radio. The whole entire song was (is) amazingly written with much theory and Randy's playing was the most incredible sound I have ever heard. At the concert, from the very opening note of the song "I Don't Know" to the grand finale, Randy's performance was better than all of the many performers I had seen, all put together. As it was Jimi Hendrix who changed the sound of guitar and the way it was played in the 1960's, it was Randy Rhoads who took playing the guitar to the next level of creation and innovation. Long live Randy Rhoads!