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Artist of the Month for August 2003: Cathy Horner

Cathy Horner

Age: 44

Fredericksburg, VA

Hometown (if different from current town):
Silver Spring, MD

At what age did you start playing guitar, and what made you decide to start?

First guitar:
Yamaha classical

Early Influences:
My two brothers, Tim and Mark.

First gig:
Picker's Supply Songwriter Showcase

Acoustic Guitars you own:
Goodall Standard, Takamine NP15, Guild F47CE, Yamaha

Favorite Guitar:

Your Style, and how you developed it:
Fingerstyle. Developed this playing style mostly from learning pieces composed by other players, many of them through Stefan Grossman's Workshop and Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine. I also play classical pieces sometimes. I like Bach and ragtime, but I also like rock and blues. Listened to a lot of fusion bands like the Dregs, Zappa and Holdsworth, so I have that influence too.

Practice Regimen:
Several hours of playing just about every day. I also instruct guitar full time. My practice time is spent learning other artist's compositions and developing my own ideas for songs.

Favorite Artist(s):Dave Evans, Leo Kottke, Steve Howe, Michael Hedges, Peter Finger

Is there anything else you want people to know about you, your playing style or your views on today's music in general?
I like to write using different tunings. I can hear the intervals of notes and chords in my mind, then map out those distances on the fretboard as I compose. I'm also pretty comfortable with a guitar pic and enjoy songwriting too. I sing. I try to stay open minded about today's music. I feel fortunate the exposure I receive from being a guitar instructor, as it forces me to learn about new music. A good song is a good song.
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AOTM Archives:

August 2008 - Danny Combs
March 2006 - Bryan Clark
Februry 2006 - Darin Leong
January 2006 - Andy McKee
December 2005 - Don Alder
November 2005 - Doug Young
October 2005 - Nancy Conescu
August - September 2005 - Warren Greig
July 2005 - Ian Melrose
June 2005 - Roger Lasley
May 2005 - Jim Tozier
April 2005 - Jessica Papkoff
March 2005 - Todd Habekost
February 2005 - Michael Hewett
January 2005 - Steve Barney
December 2004 - Tony McManus
November 2004 - Chris Newman
October 2004 - Kevin Kastning
September 2004 - Rick Duke
August 2004 - El McMeen
June-July 2004 - Charles David Alexander
May 2004 - Tony Capri
April 2004 - Shane Simpson
March 2004 - Bill Cooley
February 2004 - Greg Meckes
January 2004 - Gary Leek
December 2003 - Ernie Hawkins
November 2003 - Keith Knight
October 2003 - Jaquie Gipson
September 2003 - Chuck Durfor
August 2003 - Cathy Horner
July 2003 - Art Edelstein
June 2003 - Muriel Anderson
May 2003 - Clarelynn Rose
March-April 2003 - Steve Wildey
February 2003 - Rick Ruskin
January 2003 - Kerry Kling
December 2002 - Tim O'Brien
November 2002 - Howard Emerson
October 2002 - Dennis Roger Reed
September 2002 - Larry Pattis
August 2002 - Paul Asbell