I have had several serious hobbies throughout the years. I started playing guitar when I was young, but did not really become serious about it until Graduate School. When I first moved to the corn fields of Indiana (Purdue University) I found that my guitar was is only campanion. My father had shown me how to fingerpick as a young boy. Again, not a serious pursuit, but I stayed with it enough to learn Blackbird by The Beatles and those simple patterns carried me through. While in college at the University at Buffalo, I frequently went to Ani DiFranco concerts. Enamored by her aggressive slap – picking, I kept at it. Most recently, John Mayer’s accoustic work has interested me and I’ve been trying to emulate him to the greatest extent possible for the last few years.