I’ve been a blues fanatic since I was a small boy, when I saw John Hammond on public TV. I was about 10-11 years old. I had never heard anything like this music before. It moved me like only a great art piece could. There was Mr. Hammond, playing along with just a bass player backing him up. He was playing electric guitar. Something different from what he usual does, acoustic blues. The song was “Mellow Down Easy”. I can never forget it. That one short segment, consisting of just two songs, made me want to learn to play, and discover more about this genre of music.
I’ve played guitar since I was 13 years old. There was small music store in my hometown. My mom was purchasing a piano for my younger sister. Up till that point, I only experimented with saxophone and clarinet in elementary school. Never really taking to either. That same day I asked my mom for that green Univox hollow body electric that was in the shop’s window. I thought it was the most beautiful guitar I ever saw. Luckily it was quite inexpensive and I left the shop with that guitar under my arm. I bought chord books and took lessons for about a year and a half to learn scales.
There is a lot more to this story and how music evolved in my life along with my life long love for art and photography. I’ll leave it for a later post.