The Evolution of a Guitar Player

Some of my earliest memories of music as a child are of the acoustic guitar. I can remember my daddy picking up his guitar with the strings curling wildly around the tuners (not sure why he didn’t ever cut them) and playing “Froggy Went-a Courtin.'” My whole family was very musical and both of my older brothers played the acoustic guitar. We also listened to a lot of bluegrass music (still a favorite to this day) and I marveled at the sounds that came from those guitars and banjos and mandolins. I am certain that all of this exposure to acoustic instruments is what has always fueled my passion for those sounds. When Brian and I formed Faith Passage he had never played the acoustic guitar but rather grew up playing and learning on an electric guitar. I worried that he would not be as intrigued by the acoustic but certainly hoped it would grow on him. Watching his evolution as an acoustic guitar player has been amazing, rewarding, and definitely enlightening. Brian is NOT content with imitating anyone else. He has taken to this new instrument and in a very short time period has developed his very own style. He looks toward other guitar players for inspiration and “ideas” but always takes what he learns and makes it his own. Everywhere we play, people comment on his style and sound. I am so blessed and honored to be able to write and perform with such a talented, gifted musician. I often don’t want to put lyrics over the stuff he comes up with because it could stand alone – beautifully. Brian is an original. He is disciplined and talented and never afraid to try new things to push himself beyond his comfort level to create amazing music. It has been such a memorable journey watching him grow and evolve as a guitarist, and artist, and a person. I am so grateful for my earliest memories of music and the guitar, and so thankful that those memories carry through in our own music today.

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11 comments on “The Evolution of a Guitar Player

  1. […] The Evolution of a Guitar Player (via Lift Up A Voice) Some of my earliest memories of music as a child are of the acoustic guitar. I can remember my daddy picking up his guitar with the strings curling wildly around the tuners (not sure why he didn't ever cut them) and playing "Froggy Went-a Courtin.'" My whole family was very musical and both of my older brothers played the acoustic guitar. We also listened to a lot of bluegrass music (still a favorite to this day) and I marveled at the sounds that … Read More […]

  2. […] The Evolution of a Guitar Player (via Lift Up A Voice) By Brian Suman Some of my earliest memories of music as a child are of the acoustic guitar. I can remember my daddy picking up his guitar with the strings curling wildly around the tuners (not sure why he didn't ever cut them) and playing "Froggy Went-a Courtin.'" My whole family was very musical and both of my older brothers played the acoustic guitar. We also listened to a lot of bluegrass music (still a favorite to this day) and I marveled at the sounds that … Read More […]

  3. Brian Suman says:

    Thank you so much Jules. You have been such an inspiration to me all during our journey and have pushed me to try and be the best I can.

    More to come…

  4. […] Some of my earliest memories of music as a child are of the acoustic guitar. I can remember my daddy picking up his guitar with the strings curling wildly around the tuners (not sure why he didn't ever cut them) and playing "Froggy Went-a Courtin.'" My whole family was very musical and both of my older brothers played the acoustic guitar. We also listened to a lot of bluegrass music (still a favorite to this day) and I marveled at the sounds that … Read More […]

  5. Ken Smith says:

    Hi Jules, I have to tell you that may jaw hit the desk when I read that Brian had never played “acoustic” guitar before Faith Passage and quite honestly, thought it had to be a mistake. Of course, I nearly feel out of my chair when Brian confirmed that it was true. I think that you are both amazing people and can’t believe how far you have come in such a very short time. I am so looking forward to hearing the results of your next studio session and feel blessed being able to help you wherever possible. I hope that you both can continue to push and motivate each other as it will certainly mean wonderful things to come… The world needs more people like Brian and Jules…

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