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On the topic of guitar playing

The following musicians provided the melodic background for my guitar education. Some seem to appear now and then, either through quotes, compositions, or similarity in my improvisations, due to their influences over the years:

Jeff Beck, Neil Young, Ed Bickert, John Scofield, Roy Buchanan, Albert Collins, Freddy King, Tommy Bolin, Mike Stern, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, John McLaughlin, Nils Lofgren, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Mark Knopfler, Joe Pass, Lenny Breau, Herb Ellis, Joe Satriani, Daniel Lanois, Derek Trucks, Michael Franks, Larry Carlton, and non-guitarists Bill Evans, Stéphane Grappelli, Brad Mehldau, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Paul Desmond, and Earl Scruggs.

Thank you all for years of listening pleasure.

The guitar players above all have a variety of technical and of course melodic approaches to the guitar. This is what created their signature sound or "voice".  I can't speak about the other instrumentalists technically but melodically the same applies.

There are some approaches to playing the guitar that seem more pragmatic and ergonomic than others. It depends what you want out of the instrument. If you do not know what you want out of the instrument, there are definitely things you should be aware of avoiding.

Jimi Hendrix played with his teeth, but not for very long at any given time. He needed to get more out of his instrument.

Through serendipity, cross training, and transfer I have arrived at a level of technical ability that with minimum effort, assists me in delivering the sounds or musical voices that I hear.  In other words it works best for me.

 I adopted concepts and approaches that lead to my least amount of physical demand while getting what I desired out of the instrument.  I use a variety of hand positions however I do have a “main” approach.  I do believe this technique is portrayed in the videos in varying degrees on the DiiKoda page.