To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work.
I started playing the guitar when I was about 7 years old. I got up the nerve to ask my brother Richie how to play a few chords. Before I knew it, it seemed like I was learning every Beatles and Rolling Stones song.
Back then it seemed like, I was exposed to all the problems that could and would happen. Bad cables, broken strings, noisy amps, sparks, smoke, etc.
Everything and anything would and could happen those early days.
After a while, I was playing most of my waking hours here and at age 16, with a secondhand 1961 Gibson SG Standard, I left for the Netherlands and was playing in different countries overseas for the next couple of years. That’s about when things got a lot more interesting.
Upon my return to the U.S. I needed to find work to fill in the time between gigs.
I was getting very involved with recording, studios, and more into the technical side of things. I also had a great job in New York City, selling equipment and parts to the many excellent recording studios there.
One thing led to another, and I found myself learning how to build and rebuild recording studios with some really great people, using nothing but the best engineering skills and materials. I learned a lot about many different things, and got to put them all into place.
I went out on the road with a few bands and along the way I recorded a CD in 2009 with Sharks. My experience and abilities were starting to show themselves.
Instrument service work has become a regular and natural thing for me. I found out early on that I really liked what I was doing and people liked the work I was doing for them.I like it when they plug in, hit the standby switch and just grin...