Senior photo- with a strat even- my first guitar.)
mentioned I play guitar. I've been playing for about 6
years now. I originally took lessons from Gravity Crush lead
guitarist Chris Hedman. I'll post some original songs here soon- as
soon as I get the time to finish something...
I started my guitar journey because of Brian May (Queen) and
Metallica and soon got turned on to Ozzy (Zakk Wylde and Randy
Rhoads really.) I've evolved through many musical styles and
taste changes and am currently a progressive rock fan. I
thrive on Dream Theater and King's X and still listen to my fair
share of Queen.
All of my guitars and equipment have their own page now. Cool
pics and descriptions. Check out the
semi-underground band has been around for over 20 years.. and
has put out an amazing number of great songs. They play hard
rock/metal, but have the ability to make each song catchy and
melodic. Probably the most under-rated group of musicians
ever! These are the guys who started the down tuning trend in
Theater: Man- simply awesome stuff. I don't know that
there's ever been a band where each member is a master of his craft-
well except for Dream Theater, of course.
Yeah- you know them- "We will rock you," "Bohemian
Rhapsody," "We are the champions"- the list goes on
and on... Queen was one of those groups that was lucky enough
to have 4 members who could all write, play and sing well.
Straits: Amazing versatility. Headed by Mark
Knopfler, the band has put out a ton of albums- and they're all
Fountains of Wayne:
Can you say pop song? FOW
writes the best pop songs ever- and you cant get them out of your
head. You have to listen to their self titled album- then
you'll see what I mean.
Chris Hedman: Originally with Sphere,
Hedman can be heard on Sphere's first CD- Evolution.
Chris now plays with Gravity
Crush- spreading rock havoc all across Iowa. Chris does great as a rhythm guitarist, but really shines on his solos-
where he can showcase his speed and melodic creativity. Oh-
unlike most of today's guitarists- he knows music theory-
Rhoads: Randy was best known for playing with Ozzy
Osbourne on Blizzard of Oz and Diary of A Madman
(think Crazy Train). He was a technical genius who mixed
elements of classical into metal to get an awesome new sound and is
hands down my favorite guitarist. Have a listen to the Tribute
album, or listen to "Mr. Crowley" or "Diary of a
Yngwie Malmsteen: In all honesty, Malmsteen is the
fastest- most classically trained player I have ever listened to. He uses
classical styling to compliment his heavy metal roots- very
cool. Check out Yngiwe.com to
learn more. He has some great lessons on how to play Paganini.
May: Brian is
best know as the guitarist for Queen, who always chooses the right
notes, but he also has a great solo career. The man who wrote
"We will rock you" has gone on to write and play many more
awesome songs. Brian developed many amazing guitar techniques
such as the echo effect developed for "Brighton Rock" and
the many amazing guitar symphonies done with multi-tracking his
guitar parts. Check out "Blues Breaker" for some
great soloing. Also be sure to listen to "Who wants to
live forever" and "Keep yourself alive" for great
Tabor: Ty is known for his work with King's X. He
writes, play's guitar, and sings on quite a few tracks. King's
X have perfected hard rock with classic pop hooks and
melodies. Ty introduced dropped tunings to mainstream rock
long before everyone was playing in drop D. He even drops to
an A now... Check out "Dogman," "Its
love," or "Black Flag" and see why King's X and Ty
Tabor rock. Ty has probably shaped my playing more than almost
any other guitarist. He is the man.
Wylde: Zakk is the last true metal hero. He
went from playing with Ozzy to doing his own stuff- and doing it
well. He can shred with the best- or sing- or play piano- or
drums.... You can listen to Zakk play acoustic on Book of
Shadows, or listen to the more Southern Rock-ish Pride and
Glory CD. Zakk's newest band is Black Label Society.
Since I've gotten into progressive rock more and more, I listen to
less OZzy, but I remember my roots and they started with this guy.
Knopfler: Mark is known for his unique style, his years
fronting the Dire Straits, his writing abilities, and for the fact
that he doesn't use a pick. He is a very versatile player and
has lately moved into movie soundtracks. Check out "Money
for Nothing," "Romeo and Juliet," and "Telegraph
Road." Knopfler has the best feel for guitar ever
and he uses his tone and volume to control the sound
Petrucci: I'm now a seasoned Dream Theater fan and
listening to John Petrucci really changed everything for me guitar
wise. Lots of chromatic stuff
and really complex rhythms and solos. Petrucci has a style all
his own- you have to listen to see what I mean..... He's
fast as Malmsteen and much more creative.