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Tom

Member Since 07 Jun 2007
Offline Last Active Nov 10 2016 02:16 AM
Finally updated my profile. Not much to talk about gear wise so it kind of became my music journey through the years. Updated 13 Dec · 0 comments

About Me

Background
I have always loved music, although my tastes have changed through the years. My first love was that of late 70s rock. Heart, Cheap Trick, Kiss, The Runaways, Boston, Van Halen,etc, etc. I remember the first album I ever bought with my own money was Queen's A Night At The Opera.

Here I am with one of my prize albums from back in the day. I mean what 12 year old wouldn't love a hard rock group of teenage girls.
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And also at the age of 12 opening my Birthday Presents - Queen's Sheer Heart Attack and Rush's 2112.
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I also was a major concert goer back in the day. Saw my first rock concert in 6th grade when my Dad took us to see Bachman Turner Overdrive and Trooper. I also saw Boston on their initial tour supporting their first album about that time.

As I moved into High School my tastes were still very much rooted in rock and roll. I was still a huge Heart fan and discovered Journey at about 16 and they remained my favorite group throughout high school.

After High School my musical tastes wandered quite a bit. I listened to a little bit of everybody. It was about this time that I bought my first guitar. A Fender Gemini II acoustic, the guitar I started Learn and Master Guitar with.

I went through phases during the next decade or two. I spent years listening to New Age artists such as William Ackerman and David Lanz. I started easing my way into Jazz with artists such as Larry Carlton. My next big discovery was a contemporary jazz groups called the Rippingtons. I was a avid fan for most of a decade. I also began listening to Tuck and Patti, Acoustic Alchemy, Richard Elliot, Brian Culbertson. I was heavily into smooth jazz at the time.

That pretty much brings things up to my current musical tastes, which are primarily fingerstyle acoustic guitar. No big surprise that I discovered it the same way that many others have, I stumbled upon videos of Tommy Emmanuel on YouTube and my jaw hit the floor. I was hooked.


Current Favorites

Tommy Emmanuel
Adam Rafferty
Joe Robinson
Frank Vignola
Joscho Stephan


The Catalyst That Pushed me to Buy The LMG Course
In September 2006 I took a trip to California and visited a friend for an afternoon. Tony Morales was the drummer for the Rippingtons for many years and we had become friends. I picked up a guitar at his house played a few chords and he hopped on his drum set and suggested "Blues in E". I froze! I had no theory and had no idea what to do. When I returned from that trip I decided it was time to get serious so I researched courses and ordered LMG shortly thereafter.


Current Gear
Breedlove Pro C25/CR Acoustic (my go to guitar)
Epiphone Broadway Hollowbody
Line 6 Variax 300 (largely neglected)
Zager ZAD59ce

Roland AC-33 Acoustic Amp.
Line 6 Pod XT.
Roland Cube Monitor
Boss BR600 recorder.

That's about it. I still have no dedicated electric guitar amp and no pedals other than the POD XT. I am not really a gear hound at all.

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