I’ve been fortunate enough to have made my living for my entire adult life as a musician. I’ve had a successful and varied career that has spanned nearly 3 decades. I try to keep active as a session and performing guitarist and vocalist for a wide variety of musical groups. In the last several years, however, my focus has turned almost entirely to teaching and utilizing the internet to that end.
My career began in high school where as a junior I began teaching private lessons and doing gigs around the Boston area. In 1989, I moved to Orange County, CA. And though I now live in Corona with my wife, Laura, and our 3 sons, I continue to teach and perform on a daily basis.
My musical education was largely private. I studied with several great guitar players and teachers over the years. Most notably Joe Scott in Louisville, Colorado, and Eric Henderson in Laguna Beach, California.
In 1998 I attended the prestigious USC Thornton School of Music where I had the opportunity to study and perform with such guitar legends as Steve Trovato, Pat Kelley, Frank Potenza, and Joe Diorio. During that time I also studied privately with Dave Murdy.
So far I have recorded two solo albums, one of original blues/rock songs in 2000, and one live concert recorded in Krosno, Poland in May of 2004. My first album received an Orange County Music Award nomination for “Best Blues.” I have also performed on countless demo recordings, and several independently released albums, most notably by classical guitarist, Eric Henderson.
It was also Eric who once humbly introduced me at a concert as “the greatest electric guitarist in the world…” a moment I won’t forget.
I have done two European tours in support of my own music. I have also performed overseas for US troops in Turkey, Italy, and Korea. I have been a regular performer at Disneyland off and on for over 10 years, and I have done gigs for high profile clients such as ABC Television, The California State University Fullerton Alumni Association, Toyota, Maleluca, Sunrider, and many others.
Over the last 3 years I have released several instructional courses. They can all be found on my website at http://griffhamlin.com.