Today I want to share with you interview with an amazing guitar player Pete Thorn.
Pete is well known as a touring sideman with Chris Cornell, Melissa Etheridge and Don Henley. His Youtube channel has more than 100 videos and you can find lots of amazing gear reviews and guitar lessons there.
Pete is a great guy and it was a real pleasure talking to him.
Enjoy the interview.
LK: Thank you for doing this interview.
PT: No problem.
LK: When did you start playing guitar?
PT: I was 10 years old, so it was around 1980 or 1981.
LK: Did you want to become a rock star right from the beginning or you just played for fun?
PT: Pretty early on I was really into it and wanted to pursue it as a career. By the time I was 14 years old I knew that’s what I wanted to do. It seemed kind of crazy to my friends and my family, but it was all I thought about. I was just obsessed with it. I had nice teachers who had good careers as a musicians and they always seemed like the happiest people to me. They were doing what they love for a living. They may not have the most money, but they just seemed happy and content with their lives. And that made an impression on me.
LK: Did learning guitar come easy to you or did you struggle?
PT: I guess it was relatively easy in comparison to doing other things. I started up violin and that’ tough. Making violin sound good is pretty difficult.
LK: What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome guitar wise?
PT: Well, it never ends. I feel like you go through stages of learning and then you plateau and get in rut playing the same thing over and over again. I still feel like there is so much more to learn and I guess that’s the beauty of learning an instrument.
LK: When did you decide to go to Musicians Institute?
PT: It was around that time when I was 14 or 15. I thought it would be great to be in Hollywood and play guitar.
LK: How was it there?
PT: It was a really good year for me. I started in September 1990 and did the full year course.It definitely raised my standards and elevated my idea of what it is to be a really good guitar player and professional musician. They had an organization week there and during this week there were concert every night in their performance hall. The skill level of players was just incredible. I remember seeing Michael Hedges, he was amazing. He walked out into the room of 700 guitar players and said: “Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the acoustic guitar.” It was pretty bold statement in front of room full of guitar players.
LK: How did you become a session musician?
PT: I consider myself more sort of a touring sideman although I also do sessions, but most of my living is touring on the road. And it was all through the connections. Few of the folks that I met when I first moved to LA were playing with some of the top artist of the day. I guess it was all through networking with other players and becoming part of the music community in Los Angeles. Continue Reading →