kid I learned some of the basic “cowboy” chords from my uncle.
At around 15 is when I started to get very serious with the
guitar. I was able to take a few lessons from a local teacher,
Andy Timmons. After Andy I studied with Thad Bonduris, and
Thad got me ready for G.I.T. I graduated G.I.T. in ’92. And
while there I was afforded the opportunity to study with some
My CD is simply titled Victor Gann. It is my first
in the instrumental genre. I recorded the CD at Indian Trail Studios
with long time friend Alex Gerst running the boards. Since this was
my first instrumental I tried to keep it pretty simple. We cut all
the tracks live, going through Pro Tools and then mixed down through
a SSL board. The CD was a perfect platform for me to grow as a
player. And I do believe you can hear all my influences throughout
the recording. The CD has made me push myself further on the new
material I am currently working on. The benefit is that I am
becoming better at getting all the sounds I hear in my head out.
My favorite guitar is a custom Ibanez based off of the RG
models. I have it equipped with Seymour Duncan Screamin’ Demons.
Almost all leads and melody lines were recorded with this guitar. My
next in line is a Fender Strat equipped with Hot Rails. The clean
parts were recorded with this guitar. The acoustic I use is a
standard Epiphone, but it is a right handed one, never found a lefty
that I really loved. On all guitars I have the action set as low as
possible. The main amps that I used for recording were a Vox
Valvetronix and an old Marshall Plexi. I keep my signal chain pretty
clean, but my secret weapon is my wah. I always have it in line,
even on rhythm tracks. And as for strings I have been a longtime
D’Addario user. Nothin’ but D’Addario 11’s for me.
Like others, there are so many guitar players that I look
to for inspiration. My two main influences are Angus Young and Joe
Satriani. Angus has taught me the beauty of attack, conviction and
simplicity as well as the importance of space. And through Joe I
have learned to let yourself hear more, the beauty of all aspects
of music combining into a palatable and melodic form. As for the
most influential albums to me, I always go back to Back in Black
and Surfing With The Alien, these two never cease to amaze me
as to the power they contain. But with that being said I find
inspiration in everything from Johnny Cash doing “Hurt” to Iron
Maiden’s “Number of the Beast”.
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