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Artist of the Month for August 2005: Warren Greig

Name: Warren Greig

Age: 46

Town: Toronto, Canada

At what age did you start playing guitar and why?
I started playing with a friend when I was 14 with the idea of forming a rock band. Shortly after I starting playing with my Dad who is a country player.

First guitar:
Initially I played my Dad's Martin.

Early Influences:
B.B. King, Chet Atkins and Doc Watson

First gig: I performed in a Jazz club in Vancouver with a Quintette comprised of musicians I met at Vancouver College where I studied in the 80's.

Acoustic Guitars you own:
A Martin HD-28-VE guitar and an Eastman non cutaway acoustic archtop.

Favourite Guitar:
The Martin.

Your Style, and how you developed it:
My style is basically blues influenced bebop. My style was developed initially by attending college and taking private lessons. After this stageI listened to a variety of players such as Pat Martino, Jim Hall, Wes Montgomery, Sonny Stitt and Charlie Parker. For harmony my largest influences were Ed Bickert and Bill Evans.

Aside from this I have played in a variety of groups from duo to big band over the years. In my development I got chords together pretty quickly and took a much longer time to develop my own style as a soloist. For me listening to horn players and learning how to apply articulation and dynamics to the guitar in combination with understanding how to shape aline was a gradual process.

Practice Regimen:
a)practise voculary patterns or licks through different keys and fingerings.
b)apply various substitions and harmonic ideas my lines and voicings.
c)play through tunes and harmonic sequences in various keys
d)experiment with voice leading on tunes and harmonic sequences.
e)transribe from various artists
f)isolate a single pitch on a specific chord and create as many lines as possible
in descent and ascent. In cases where I seem limited expand the vocabulary by trying different concepts. For example if I am playing an idea starting on Ab against G7alt try a Db major arp or a Ab minor arp.

Favourite Artist(s):
My favourite artists are Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, Jim Hall, Ed Bickert,Bill Evans, Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, Tom Harrell, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins,Grant Green, Hank Mobley, Herbie Hancock, Kenny Burrell, Paul Desmond, Jao Gilberto,Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Lester Young, Charlie Christian,Joe Pass, George Van Eps, Jeff Beck,B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, T.Bone Walker , Doc Watson, Chet Atkins, Django Reinhardt and Tony Rice.

Is there anything else you want people to know about you, your playing style or your views on today's music in general?
Although I focus pretty much on jazz playing I like all kinds of music and I think its important to keep an open mind. I think its important to experiment with different approaches to technique, note choices and chord voicings so you don't become stagnate in your playing.

In addition I think playing with different people, learning new material and altering your listening habits can also keep music fresh. There are free lessons and instructional video clips on my website at www.warrengreig.com.

If you are a guitarist with a cd out and would like to be featured here please contact me.

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