Christopher Parkening joined my Crossroads CE 313 Class for a Skype discussion
"Eric Clapton didn't start playing guitar until he was 18." 

In the fall of 1986, that was all the rationale I needed to ask my parents for a guitar to celebrate my 18th birthday in January of 1987. Along the way, however, somebody had the wisdom to give me a compact disc of Christopher Parkening playing Bach, and I was mesmerized over how so many notes could come out of one person playing one guitar. Clapton's pentatonic mastery was amazing; Parkening technical wizardry, however, was amazing times amazing.

I recently decided to expand the use of to include blog that will feature my news, views and commentary, and today we begin the process of adding new content to this home page as well as converting archived content here as well. Thanks for the patience while things get dirty here.