Some of My Musical Influences – Intro

Among other series of blogs I’ve been thinking of writing has been one about already well-known musicians who have been influential on my own musical development. Some are obvious bluegrass musicians (Bill Monroe, Frank Wakefield, among others), some banjo pickers (Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Arnold, Eric Weissberg, Alison Brown, Bobby Thompson). A few are way off the map in terms of traditional acoustic music (Carlos Santana, Count Basie, James Taylor, Pat Metheny, etc.), but I’ve always liked them anyway, for various reasons.

So here’s where I’ll start blogging on these folks. I’ll post something new from time to time here as an open-ended series.

About Phill Gibson

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Systems Engineer and part-time banjo and mandolin instructor. I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play Scruggs and melodic and am working on becoming more advanced with single string. I'm also working on 4-finger banjo, which is way off the beaten path. I would like to see more jazz techniques integrated into bluegrass situations; counterpoint, especially. So long-term, that's what I'm doing. I'm also very keen on astronomy, ATM (amateur telescope making), birding, christian homeschooling, martial arts, organic gardening and about 30 other distracting hobbies to a (mercifully) lesser extent.
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