FretMapp Suite :
The THOUSAND LESSON Shirt
Music, computers and language are my three big interests in life, and music started
first -- with piano lessons beginning at age 5. Next came violin, then guitar (starting
at age 8), then clarinet. I had many good teachers in my youth, but the most memor-
able one was the fellow who introduced me to the world of LEAD GUITAR.
That was way back in 1972 or 1973, when I was a freshman in high school in
Topeka, Kansas. I didn't have a driver's license yet, and my parents both worked.
So, I rode the bus from my high school -- located just across the street from the
State Capitol building -- to Steam Music. (Steam Music is still operating today,
there in Topeka, with the same original owner behind the counter or out on the
sales floor!) In those days it was a small green-colored building on 15th Street
a few blocks from Washburn University and a block or two north of Taco Tico.
The buses didn't run after six o'clock, but I would get a ride home from some-
body at Steam. I still remember getting a ride from the drummer for Black Oak
Arkansas in an old rusty white Ford Falcon!
My Guitar - image source for
the Fretboard Flipper button
Anyway, my lessons took place at Steam in a back room. The store had lots of
inventory in a small space, which meant that most of the time teacher and stu-
dent would be sitting on boxes of freshly arrived merchandise crammed into a
glorified closet. This tiny space was where I got initiated into the secrets of
Pentatonics and the physical techniques of killer lead guitar. The time was
brief -- a few weeks, maybe -- but potent. And then my teacher was gone, off
to New York I think it was, to do some recording. An album, and touring, and
many more albums, and more touring, were his road to follow. His name was
(and is) Kerry Livgren, author of "Carry On My Wayward Son", "Dust in the
Wind", and many more great songs.
Those lessons have served me well since then -- on stage, in the practice
room, sitting on the washer in the college dorm laundry trying to impress
girls, even playing at subway stops in the 80's and 90's -- can you guess
where? In somewhat more recent pre-recession years, I taught a few thou-
sand lessons at a couple of music stores in the Tampa area. Nowadays,
I live in Nashua, New Hampshire. I like writing iPhone apps and working
on this website. I'm also learning French by watching a Quebec TV chan-
nel. (By the way, I wrote all the Spanish that's on this website and in my
FretMapp Suite software.)
I hope you appreciate my efforts, and THANKS FOR VISITING !!