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Say hi to David H.!
Twin Cities (as in MN)
# of years played
7 ½. Not quite sure what prompted this. Kind of like when I turned 40 I had to buy a Harley – mid life crisis I guess. Then 7.5 years ago decided I had to learn to play guitar. My son had a Fender Squier Strat laying around, thus the habit / fixation began.
Favorite 3 Bands:
Will qualify this to the 3 bands/artists that have my favorite guitar songs that I try to learn and play
Beatles, Neil Young, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac
But wait there is more…… favorite bands to listen to over the years
Doors, Allman Brothers, CSNY, Hendrix, Stones, The Band, Led Zep, Eagles, Beach Boys, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Cream
I guess you can tell what generation I am from.
How many guitars do you currently own?
3 Martins – D16, D29, D35
2 Fenders – Strat and Tele
2 Gibson Les Pauls
2 PRS McCartys
Why is it important for you to improve at guitar?
That is one of life’s great unknowns. For some reason I am compelled (obsessed is too strong a word) to try and get better. There is a great satisfaction when you are finally able to play a song and you can honestly say – hey that wasn’t bad at all, in fact it will pass for being pretty good.
Why are you an active TAC member?
It may sound kind of sappy, but the folks in TAC are just a plain old (and young) nice bunch of folks to be a part of. Lots of similar interests when it comes to music and guitars. Unlimited encouragement and a good dose of humor and fun. And the initial reason I joined TAC was to develop flatpicking and finger picking skills relative to bluegrass music. So you mix Tony and the boys and all the members and you have some top shelf cool aid.
What convinced you to submit your first performance video?
If memory serves me well (and that is a big if…) I think Mark Young nagged, – um I mean encouraged me to do so. Took hours to figure out how to film and get onto Utube. Took 25 takes to get something decent. Angeline the Baker. Talk about camera brain and finger freeze.
What else would be cool for people to know about you?
After 35 years in the IT rat race I said that is more than enough fun, now time to retire. That was 2 years ago. Work no longer interferes with guitar time, yippie!
Our son and his wife brought our first grandchild into the world this past August – a real keeper. Our daughter is getting married this spring. If you are looking for a cure for GAS, just have your daughter get married and look at the bill.
I belong to CAC – Cauliflower Alley Club. Their website describes it thus: The Cauliflower Alley Club is a non-profit fraternal organization, comprising both retired and active professional wrestlers and boxers in North America.
Now the fun factor here is that each year there is a big banquet held in Las Vegas where all the old timer pro rasslers (and some of the newer ones) and fans get together and they relive the golden years of pro wrestling – back when it was real you know – wink, wink. It is quite a hoot. Here is a picture from last year of Paul “Butcher” Vachon (Mad Dog’s brother) putting a headlock on my wife. Doesn’t get any better than that does it?