music saved me DURING MY TEENAGE YEARS from a turbulent family life while the guitar gave me an emotional outlet i had no words for. you can be destructive, angry and sad without consequences while banging on a guitar. Except for the current tinnitus and occasional sore fingers! It became my purpose to really learn the instrument.
at age 12 an uncle gave me an old black harmony that had a low e, a, and d string for the first year i owned it. like most things kids own, toys, a timex watch and a cherished guitar they where taken apart Piece by piece and attempts where made to reassemble with varying degrees of success. the watch never did tell time again and the guitar was unplayable except as a slide instrument.
while attending high school on a usaf base in lakenheath, england i devoted myself to playing electric guitar in bands making friends and learning the musical lore. bands such as black sabbath, led zeppelin and yes we tried copy. guitarists like jimi hendrix, eric clapton and bb king inspired my note choices. i looked out of a rehearsal room one day across a military base tarmac to see my old baseball team practicing and realized I was finally in the right place and knew what i was going to do.
well... that path did not work out until much later...
living in atlanta georgia in the 80's and experiencing my 2nd divorce i became unmoored enough to acknowledge a major unmet desire of mine. taking everything i cared to own which included a 60's bluesbreaker marshall 50 watt amplifier a 69' telecaster and my mothers 63' impala i traveled to LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA to go to music school. by this time i had tourd the south with the original drifters for two years learning much about music performance but little how music was put together.
many thanks and love to dana, a best friend who took the road trip with me and john who gave me a floor to sleep on in north hollywood. their support allowed me to attend my year at Git.
imagine a building with 3 floors filled with amps, drums sets and eager musicians inspired by great teachers helping you achieve your dreams. it was a giant romper room for all! i totally bought into the dream and ran with it winning a student of the year award and brand new Howard Roberts gibson guitar.
after 6 years teaching, touring and working for git i moved out of the big city life to boulder, colorado. ahhh. mountains, fresh air and exercise were badly needed by this body.
to this day as a man approaching retirement I CONTINUE looking for new musical challenges and continuing to learn new ways to enjoy the guitar. My purpose and motivation has brought me to many wonderful places all around the world to meeting and playing with wonderful people and most of all my loving family and friends. i wouldn't change a thing. Bob