Making Your Instrument
Your Voice

When you start your musical journey with your instrument, it can and will be a life-long music affair.

Along the way and with some time, effort and practice, you can create your own vocabulary, phrasing and technique to get your musical thought processes across to your bandmates and audience at large.

My friend Chris Elliot was gracious enough to give our reader's some ol' indian tips on navigating the wilderness for you, getting you on the right path to making your instrument your own voice. ...

Chris Elliott -   Lesson Topic: Making Your Instrument Your Voice

“I dedicated all the time I had to it. The 10 hour workout was just what I put in the magazine at the time, but for me it was every waking moment.” ~ Steve Vai

Chris Elliott Guitarist for the band 86 Bullets

From the age of 13, Chris picked up a guitar and never looked back. His earliest influence was Kiss, who left an indelible impression on him as a young aspiring rocker. Although it was not Kiss or Ace Frehley that directly inspired him to play guitar, it was the spark for what was on the horizon. 

A few years later, it was all about Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. And then after hearing Randy Rhoads on the first Ozzy Osbourne album; that sealed the deal ! Jimmy Page, Tony Iommi, and Randy Rhoads were Chris' early guitar heroes, followed by Gary Moore, Michael Schenker, and Yngwie Malmsteen, and a plethora of other monster guitar players. 

Nowadays, Chris is a huge Dream Theater and Symphony X fan, as well as many other metal bands, but he also likes a wide variety of music. Basically anything that has a ripping guitar player or talented musicians is usually something Chris will totally dig. "I've been in the pit for Slayer and also the orchestra pit too; if it's good music, count me in, I'm there !"


Artwork by Scott Thomas

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