Influences: Eddie Van Halen, Steve Morse, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Chet Atkins. "When I started
playing, groups like Rush, Molly Hatchet, ZZ Top, Dire Straits, AC/DC, and Lynyrd Skynyrd were an inspiration and influence
too. To me, an influence can either be a playing style, technique, or just attitude."
Has worked with these bands: Voyager, Strike III, Borderline, Countdown, Terry Gunther, Clear Creek,
Randy Gilkey, Southern Draw, Citizen Kain, George Whittaker II, The Draw, Riverchase, Bitter Creek, Brooklyn Bottom, County
Line, Overpass, and Buddy Allen's Cheat River.
Has opened for these artists with different bands: David Frizzell, Bill Anderson, Stonewall Jackson,
Lone Star, Ty Herndon, Dan Seals, Connie Smith, Billy "Crash" Craddock, Highway 101, Marshall Tucker Band, Nitty Gritty Dirt
Band, Eddie Raven, Confederate Railroad, Johnny Staats, Kentucky Headhunters, and The Amazing Rhythm Aces.
Has done session work at these studios: Media Productions, Nova Tech, Fence Post, MacArthur Bark, Dream Mountain,
E & D, and Moonlight.
Favorite Artists/Bands: Steve Morse, Van Halen, Def Leppard, G3, Greg Howe, Dokken, Ratt, Led Zeppelin,
Aerosmith, Heart, Journey, Jake E. Lee, Vinnie Moore, Al DiMeola, Jimi Hendrix, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Andres
Segovia, Miles Davis, Brad Paisley, and Johnny Hiland-just to name a few.
Practice tips: "The traditional way to practice scales is to start on the root note, stay within
the octave, and play each note until you reach it's octave. Here is a different way of working on your scales. The idea is
to go "outside" the standard position and pattern of a scale. This helps in learning the fretboard better, and is
a good exercise for stretching, accuracy, and string skipping.
One example is to play the G major scale: G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, and G. Start by playing the G note on the 6th
string/3rd fret. Now things change. Next, play the A note on the 4th string/7th fret. Next, the B note on the 5th string/2nd
fret. The C note on the 3rd string/5th fret. The D note on the 5th string/5th fret. The E note on the 3rd string/9th
fret. The F# note on the 4th string/4th fret. Finally, the G note on the 2nd string/8th fret. You have now spanned two
octaves! Now, try descending with the same pattern. Make sure to rotate your picking.
Another way to practice is using "one minute drills." Play a riff or exercise for one minute straight without
any stops. This helps to develop endurance. Using a metronome is very helpful too. Always start slow, and work to gradually
increase speed. Keep in mind, the two components of timing are, rhythm and tempo. Timing is instinctive, but it is a skill
that can improve with practice.
All the best, have fun, and make the most out of every session."