I am Dan, I have been playing for the majority of my life, which is weird to say, but true. The picture in my avatar is when I first started getting into guitar.
I am from a jazz background, after playing rock for the first 4/5 years of playing. I came from a heavily legato-based style, which is a little too reminiscent of Pat Metheny. I rarely play my archtop guitars, I mostly play acoustic now, as I am getting older I am starting to prefer the simplicity.
I have had the pleasure of a great teacher who taught me to practice and transcribe and I have loved sitting down and learning solos, tunes, and all of the things that I think is great.
Since my playing is very legato based, I was never that good at picking every note. It has been a goal that I have been attempting to attain for sometime. However, I have discovered this site from watching YouTube, and the past week I have been attempting to play with two way pick-slanting. I have had so much fun doing this that I am actually considering buying an RG550 (or better, a fixed bridge Ibanez) much to my family’s amusement, which I suppose is better and safer than a motorbike.
Although, I have a day job which is demanding, I still get to play 3-4 hours a day, which is at the moment taken playing down, up, rotate and down!