Growing up, there had always been a lot of great music around so naturally, you would think that I would have started down the path of wanting to learn to play the guitar much sooner. With having two older brothers who also played guitar there were plenty of opportunities, but things didn’t work out that way.
One day I heard the song Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne which featured the original Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads, and it was then that I knew I wanted to learn to play the guitar. Randy Rhoads became my all time favorite guitarist and is the very reason that I felt inspired to start taking lessons.
Through reading articles about Randy I learned who his influences were and I went and listened to them to see what I might be able to learn. I also developed an interest in classical guitar after hearing the piece Dee, which Randy wrote for his mother Delores.
Prior to his passing away, I had the privilege of seeing Andres Segovia perform twice, however I, unfortunately, can’t say the same where Randy Rhoads is concerned, but I have listened to as many studio recordings and live performances as I could find in order to learn as much as I could from him.
I have had many great guitar teachers, and to this day I see myself as someone who is continuing to learn while getting better and better all the time, and that’s as it should be.