The Guitar Hero Series: Adil Mills
Written by Ava   

Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Chopin, Pachelbel. They are some of the classical music masters who have made great music masterpieces. Their names are also, most of the times, instantly associated with the yesteryears and it is a common conception that only people of older generations can relate to them. That’s where Adil Mills enter.

Playing Mozart’s Requiem Mass is not an easy task. Experienced piano players may have difficulties with the piece. However, Adil Mills has no problems with playing Requiem Mass – on an electric guitar! This 25-year old man plays classical pieces on his electric guitar.

A definite guitar hero material, here’s our interview with this musical genius.

You have an unusual way of playing the classical masterpieces, how did you get to this kind of thing?

I was not really into classical music before. During my high-school years, I was part of a school band where we play punk-pop genre. One time, my friend tricked us into watching this Korean love story movie titled My Sassy Girl. One of the dramatic scenes was when the main character played a piano piece to his girlfriend. The song kept playing in my head – even after the movie. So I searched for the songs and later on learned that it was Pachelbel’s Canon in D. The piece has become my first favourite classical music. After a few months, I saw a Youtube video of Sung Ha Jung playing the Canon in D using his electric guitar. The video sparked a shift into what I am doing now.

Interesting. I understand that you have a regular day job and with all these classic-music-slash-electric-guitar-version, do you still have time to do some hobbies? Or is playing the guitar your only interest?

Aside from playing the guitar, I also love my cats. I have four of them at home. I used to go to Casinos but has not been able to go on one for the past three months due to my busy schedule. Now, I would just go to OLC to play black-jack - or roulette online, make money by gambling, and play poker online.

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The Guitar Hero Series: Robben Ford
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The Guitar Hero series on Jemsite features interviews with guitarists and musicians who may not have star status YET, but their current situations have shaped them to be who they are--determined, fond of their craft, and heroes in their own right.  Perhaps you'll see in these upcoming entries the next Jimi Hendrix, Melissa Etheridge, or Duane Allman.  Or perhaps they'll become household names by doing what they do best--ripping a mean riff!

Robben Ford has played with jazz great Miles Davis, calling it a moment that was like "passing through Knighthood." If you don't think that's cool enough then ponder this: Robben also played with The Beatles rocker George Harrison on George's personal tour when he was just 22 years old!

If that's not enough, Robben has also played with Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt and many, many others.  

But that's not what makes Robben so cool.  Chalk it up to his peseverance as a young guitar player (his dad taught him a few chords but he mostly learned to play guitar by himself) and his current reputation as one of the premiere electric guitarists today...and you're onto something!

We had the privilege of interviewing this incredible guitarist for Jemsite.  Let's see what he has to say about his skill.

How did you start playing guitar? 

My father played and showed me my first few chords. I learned quickly and was given my first electric the following Christmas and started a band with my thirteen year old friends.

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The Guitar Hero Series: Andrew Durkin
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The Guitar Hero series on Jemsite features interviews with guitarists and musicians who may not have star status YET, but their current situations have shaped them to be who they are--determined, fond of their craft, and heroes in their own right.  Perhaps you'll see in these upcoming entries the next Jimi Hendrix, Melissa Etheridge, or Duane Allman.  Or perhaps they'll become household names by doing what they do best--ripping a mean riff!

Perhaps he's not a guitar player in the way that Steve Vai or any of our past guitar heroes are guitar players.  In fact, Andrew Durkin, a self-taught guitarist, doesn't use it for instrumental music at all.  Instead, he uses it to compose songs with vocals.

Nevertheless, I felt compelled to call him a guitar hero because of the very unique way he uses guitar as well as his infatuation with jazz music, a genre that certainly doesn't get enough credit.  

Andrew Durkin holds court as a composer on the West Coast (mainly Portland, Oregon) where the scene is ripe for his self-proclaimed "wacky LA-based acoustic jazz monstrosity, the Industrial Jazz Group.  He also counts himself as a huge Frank Zappa fan, has written a rock opera, and a screenplay among other scores, and has studied composition in his lifetime.  

Now we're here to find out what the deal is with that jazz music concept.  Is it really the music of unemployment, as he refers to it on his blog? You'll be sure to learn what he means below, as well as just how much time he spends on guitars and music.
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The Guitar Hero Series: John Horne
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The Guitar Hero series on Jemsite features interviews with guitarists and musicians who may not have star status YET, but their current situations have shaped them to be who they are--determined, fond of their craft, and heroes in their own right.  Perhaps you'll see in these upcoming entries the next Jimi Hendrix, Melissa Etheridge, or Duane Allman.  Or perhaps they'll become household names by doing what they do best--ripping a mean riff!

John Horne is quite the well-rounded guitarist and for many reasons. While he's a  soloist, who uses a fingerstyling technique, he flows with jazz tunes and standards rather than the typical rock genre.  Even more so, he doesn't really stick to any genre and is quite open to a variety of tunes--making him the kind of guy you could rock to at a concert, dance to at your wedding, or swing your body to in a mellow club with soft lights.

Beyond that, however, John Horne doesn't even get the most satisfaction out of performing. It's teaching, which he does in between gigs, that gives him the best feeling of all, AND it's a way to get feedback for his performances at the same time.

Let's find out about John and what else makes him stand out from the rest.

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The Guitar Hero Series: Mike Baggetta
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The Guitar Hero series on Jemsite features interviews with guitarists and musicians who may not have star status YET, but their current situations have shaped them to be who they are--determined, fond of their craft, and heroes in their own right.  Perhaps you'll see in these upcoming entries the next Jimi Hendrix, Melissa Etheridge, or Duane Allman.  Or perhaps they'll become household names by doing what they do best--ripping a mean riff!

While we here at Jemsite often hamper on the best Ibanez and JEM guitarists and the rock gods of our generation, we've realized that all guitar and music genres should be exemplified to the best of our ability.  After all, well all know it's not easy playing guitar, whether it's flamenco or rock, acoustic or rhythmic. 

So for that matter, we've gone ahead and featured some of our favorites in other categories--from blues to jazz One such performer is guitarist Mike Baggetta, who's been called this generation's most original jazz improvisers and composers.  He's received awards for his talent and is involved in more than one group including Mike Baggetta Quartet and a duo called Tin/Bag.  He's performed and recorded with countless great musicians and entertainers and currently lives in the self-proclaimed capital of great music: New York City! 

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The Guitar Hero Series: Ernesto Schnack
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The Guitar Hero series on Jemsite features interviews with guitarists and musicians who may not have star status YET, but their current situations have shaped them to be who they are--determined, fond of their craft, and heroes in their own right.  Perhaps you'll see in these upcoming entries the next Jimi Hendrix, Melissa Etheridge, or Duane Allman.  Or perhaps they'll become household names by doing what they do best--ripping a mean riff!

It's hard enough moving music scenes from New York to Baltimore, but how does a guitar player deal with Berlin, Germany, and a long stint in Panama.  Ask Ernesto Schnack.  The versatile guitar player was born and raised in Panama, but opted to move to Berlin in hopes of finding a bigger audience for his music.  Of course, his father is German, so you'd think he'd have an easy time fitting in.

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