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guitar since 1967, falling passionately for fingerstyle guitar in 1995.
began playing guitar in 1967 at the age of 10. His first
teacher Sam Maratos in Clearwater, FL did not use a pick but instead
played "fingerstyle" songs such as "Spanish Eyes" on a pre-war Martin
dreadnaught. This was the first of 3 fingerstyle guitar
influences, and this one was right off the bat.
A couple years later Terry bought a Les Paul deluxe influenced by
Dickey Betts, then later a Stratocaster influenced by Richie Blackmore.
Then came fingerstyle guitar influence #2 - Steve Howe of Yes
playing "Mood for a Day". Next he bought a classical guitar
and started to self study a Segovia classical guitar book. Then after
10 years of playing professionally from 1976 to 1986 in the Mid-west
and Florida, he secured a computer job in Dallas, TX and the guitar
took back seat until 1995.
In 1995 he bought his first steel string acoustic guitar and started to
teach guitar lessons part time in local music store.
One day a student
handed over a CD “Acoustic Beatles Songs” by Greg Bennett - the
light-bulb went off (influence #3) and the journey thru fingerstyle
guitar was on again. Nowadays the guitar influences and favorites
include: Sal DiToria, Pete Huttlinger, Mark Hanson, Laurence
Juber, Gregg Bennett, Eric Schoenbrg, Gregg Carmichael, Tommy Emmanual,
Jesse Cook, Ottmar Liebert, Adam Rafferty, Boris Gaguere.