TAC Spotlight: David H.

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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?

9 Total…

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?


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    Dave H

    Thanks for all the nice comments. I enjoyed my 15 minutes of fame.

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    Dom T

    Wow Dave, we have TONS in common, including age, musical interests, story line behind our drive to do better, and retired IT. Now I can’t wait for my much younger wife to be out of that rat-race either, but for now the money is good 😉 She supports and encourages the GAS around here. Keep giving us great performances and enjoy the heck out of your spotlight!

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    Hey Dave, thanks so much for sharing your bio. Your musical tastes are so much like mine… Reading what you wrote about maybe my having convinced you to post made me laugh. But if so I sure am glad. Really love hearing you play, and people sharing their playing, guitar pics, and such is part of what makes this place so great. That pic you shared is awesome! Remind me if you are going to the retreat this year? I think you said you couldn’t, but hoping I’m wrong.

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      Dave H

      It’s true on 2 fronts – you did encourage me and I am also glad for that, and I am unable to attend the retreat.

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    Tony P Post author


    Thank you so much for being here on TAC!!! Your spotlight is awesome and it is so nice to get to know you more!!! I used to live in Mankato… a bit south of you , but nonetheless the land of 10,000 lakes. Thank you for taking the time to share with all of us, your positivity and great spirit are a wonderful addition to the TAC community!!!


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    John Z

    Dave, thanks for sharing your story! It’s never too late to start something as wonderful as playing music. Along with laughter, so much better than most pills 🙂 I love your bands of influence. With all those axes, you can be ready for just about any tuning required. Which one is your favorite?

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      Dave H

      Acoustic – The 1968 Martin D 28, this one gets about 70% of all playing time.
      Elec – 1959 Les Paul Reissue

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    Fred G

    Howdy Dave, Guess I’m incorrigible and lucky. Retired about a year and a half ago. Still ride all the time. On my 13th Harley. I don’t see me ever quitting. My dog, Clops, thinks we need a sidecar, but that’s not gonna happen either. Our guitars are similar: HD28, D42, 0016DBR, J45, and a few others of lesser consequence. I’m Texan through and through, and my music reflects it. Mostly country oriented with a big emphasis on rodeo.

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    Roger L

    Interesting read Dave. With those guitars you must have quite the decision each day as to which one to play. Ha HA. Keep on strumming

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    Russell S

    Nice to learn more about you, Dave! On your band choices over the years, sprinkle what you have with a bit of Loggins and Messina, a dab of CCR, and a pinch of America and Jim Croce, and we’d have the same list!

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    Thomas S

    Great job dAve I’m jealous of your guitars I only have eight and no Martin yet. 2 Gibson, 1 taylor(BT mini just got it) 1 Mitchel, 2 fenders, 1 epiphone, 1 cort. Love this stuff!

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    Jason T

    Congrats! Really nice collection of guitars there! I’m with you on the favorite bands. Some real classics….

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    Robert G

    After reading your Spotlight I had to go see & hear some of your music. Nicely done on both the writeup and Julia (only one I’ve seen so far). You’re now a role model for some of my retirement aspirations! Thanks for posting.

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    Karol D

    Great read, thanks for sharing. I heard George Hrab, a professional drummer, say on a podcast it is called “red light syndrome” when professional musicians freeze up in the studio. That’s why The Wrecking Crew of studio musicisians played on so many albums in the 60’s and 70’s. You are not alone!

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    Good story, Dave. Loved your description of camera finger freeze. So true. Maybe you’ll solo at your daughters wedding!

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    James G

    Congratulations, Dave H-we’ve much in common, right down to the GAS cure (I’ve got a double dose coming up).

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    Bruce B

    David, we share a love of most of the same music and at least two Martins, a D16 and a D35!


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      Dave H

      So you don’t have a D-29? I need to proof read and or find a Martin Spell checker.

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    Congratulations Dave! You’re an interesting guy – nice to learn a little more about you. I’m looking forward to the day when my job doesn’t get in the way of my guitar playing.

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    Steve H

    Congrats on your place in this week’s Spotlight David! Really enjoyed your write-up. Sounds like you’re having fun in your post-work years. Good for you!

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    Tony M

    Hey Dave Congrats! I did the Harley thing also few years back. You still riding ? Looks like we are all alike for sure. 😉

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      Dave H

      Still have the bike, very little riding these days. Too many distracted drivers. Almost got killed by one last year.

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    James H

    Dave,that was a great bio and story.Need to get some Verne Gagne Dyna Power if it is still available to boost my guitar energy skills!!

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