Hi, my name is Marty. I started playing guitar at about 18 years old. I played in taverns, sandwich shops, on the street, anywhere I could make a few dollars or get a bite to eat. I played with many other musicians and worked as a house musician, organizing open mic nights, and helping put bands together to make money on weekends.
Off to Raise a Family
At about twenty-eight years old I realized the truth of the matter that it wasn’t profitable enough to raise a family. I went into trucking/car-hauling, got married, raised four great kids and helped them get through college. During this time, I only played occasionally. Several years before I retired I got the music bug back and bought an inexpensive guitar to take in the truck and play in the evenings. I realized that a job with a pension was a plan I had so that I could free myself to get back to what I love to do, play music and write songs.
Back to Playing Music
I am now playing in my first church worship band for the second time and am a multi-instrumentalist. I play acoustic, electric, 12 string, slide guitar. I also play fiddle/violin, harmonica, some sax, jaw harp and other jug band instruments. I like playing with experienced as well as newer musicians.
My purpose for this website is to share guitar music with people that thought they would like to play but didn’t have time, couldn’t afford the cost of expensive lessons, or expensive guitars. I can also give tips on fiddle and harmonica and how to explore your hidden musical self. I plan to discuss equipment, brands and give tips where to go for online lessons if that is for you. I will give some easy to understand basic theory to help you get to know the fretboard of the guitar. I will also talk about playing the fiddle.
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This is one of my home recordings. I play all the instruments, acoustic slide guitar, harmonica, fiddle, sax, jaw harp, and wash board. It has blues and jug band influences.