What’s your favorite lesson on Ben’s site?
I have two all time favorite guitar lessons… “Jazzy Joy to the World” to start with. The way Ben entertains can sometimes make you forget that it’s even a lesson. I was able to pick this one up much easier than I thought I would. On the other hand, some of the lessons that I thought would come easy, I’m still struggling with and trying to concquer. “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” was a turning point for me. I had gotten into a rut and it didn’t seem like I was getting anywhere. This lesson opened up my playing and made it fun again. Thank you Ben! I also love the Collings CW in this video.
What’s your instrument of choice and what was your inspiration to learn how to play?
I favor Guitar almost exclusively. I have a really nice mandolin, but it just doesn’t click with me. The interest just isn’t there. I’ve never tried banjo and I’ve never really had an interest in playing one. Please don’t get me wrong, these instruments are all equally important and I highly respect all the players of them. I enjoy the sounds of every instrument, but for playing, I favor guitar. My biggest inspiration was Steve Kauffman. I started taking my playing very serious after discovering him. And of course Doc and Tony! And then I met Adam McCintosh… But being a member of Ben’s “family” has kept me more on track than anything else!
What’s your goal when playing?
My goal when playing is to of course improve! But beyond that, I really wish I could conquer my nervousness when playing special music in church or in front of anyone in general. I believe the Lord has led me to play, but I get so nervous. It almost takes the joy out of it. It also causes me to make many mistakes and I can’t play nearly as well as I can at home. I will never stop because of this, I just wish it would come easier.
How long have you been playing?
I’ve been playing since I was a teenager, so around 40 years or so. It doesn’t quite sound like I’ve been playing that long.
What’s your favorite hobby?
My two favorite hobbies are behind me in the photo. I’m a Mopar Muscle and Classics car guy and my wife Annetta and I have been restoring our late 1800’s farmhouse for the last 28 years. I like working on about anything old and transforming it in to something good and useful. Most importantly before our hobbies and interests is serving the Lord.
How long have you been a Gold Pick member?
I too remember the video Mike R spoke of with the hand written tab and Ben playing that Taylor. I became a lifetime member a few months after in September of 2012 and have enjoyed it immensely. Ben is a great teacher and a highly talented musician. And what a great person. I want to thank you Ben for all you do!
What do you do for a living?
I am an On Site Propane Technician… I travel to propane companies and perform inspections and calibrations on delivery trucks as well as repairs. I usually stay on site in my truck sleeper and make it back home on the weekends. I get alot of off time in the winter when they are busy to make up for the time spent on the road.