Doing live clinic shows for me, is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done in my long career. It combines all the elements I so love, such as the teaching, the performing, the story-telling and of course, the playing! Not to mention that I get to meet so many of you out there who are not only fans, but who are really keen on learning as much as you can from me, in person! It’s a true joy for sure, and I have literally done these clinics all over the world at one time or another. Lately I am starting on doing them again, mostly locally…..and I hope to continue to do them all over the US as well as the rest of the world!
It’s one of the most rewarding things an artist can do for sure, since it enable you to “reach out” to those who maybe would never get a chance to really meet you face to face in person. Many of these folks tend to know me from many different sources, such as my videos, my Gibson lessons, my columns in Guitar Player, or the artists I have played and recorded with. It seems that if they know me from watching any of my lessons, whether it be from Hot Licks Video or Gibson, they always seem to feel a little closer to me, and like to speak of it as if the “already know me.” This makes it all come back home for me, because I really get the chance to meet these wonderful folks who have already supported me in my career and in my work, and who I can feel like I’ve helped touch in some way.
As I embark on doing some more clinics, which I have not done in some time, I can really look back and reflect on those past experiences, and understand how it will in many ways be like that once again, and also have the chance to reach out and make new friends of the newer generation of guitarists.
This is one thing I really do hope to accomplish with this, is to reach a bigger audience, and to help capitalize on the exposure that Gibson and Hot Licks have given me over the years. So, if you hear that I’m coming to your town, and that I’m going to do a gig or a clinic, please come down, and make sure we meet and talk a little bit…believe me, it’s as rewarding for me as it is for you!