Hi everyone, my name is Stuart. I’m here to share with you my love of guitars, and of music played with guitars, and to help you find your way to the best instruments and gear out there.
Why should you listen to me? One reason is that I am a classic “success story”. I’m 49 years old, and I only picked up a guitar for the first time when I was 47, trapped under the pandemic lockdown and yearning to find ways to make this strange new life bearable. I began to practice on an inexpensive Fender acoustic, for 30 minutes or so a day. Soon enough I was practicing for about 2 hours per day, on a variety of acoustic, electric, and hollow-body semi-electric instruments, and longing to practice even more. Guitars have quickly overtaken my life!
I now play at what I would call a “high-intermediate” level, though it’s still just yesterday I was an absolute beginner. My heroes are Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, Django Reinhardt, Yngwie Malmsteen and Big Jim Heath. I want to learn to play all styles, from country blues to jazz manouche. I’m passionate and dedicated. Most importantly, I’m not a “gear Nazi”; I’m more of a “gear ally”. Some of the best guitar-playing has happened on equipment that is itself basically worthless: think of the great R. L. Burnside‘s pawn-shop guitar. What’s important for all of us is to have the gear that helps us to do what it is we are trying to do when we make music. This requires knowledge and guidance. I’m here to help.