Craig Green is a wonderfully talented musician, who also happens to be our only basecamp endorsee, teaching right here at Chesbro Music Co. I’ve known him for many years and really enjoyed learning more about him. Check out his bio to listen to his music and keep up with everything else he’s got going on. You can also catch him guest spotting on Teton TV a while back with Mark.
Who are your musical influences?
So many! I’ve always been drawn to artists that paint outside the lines, people that experiment, look for inspiration in new places, and generally try to be themselves and create new sounds and ways of thinking.
You’ve written, performed and recorded music all over the world. Which was your favorite
location? Was there ever a place you visited that just inspired you beyond words?
Italy has always been a fantastic country to work in–the people, food and culture are always inspiring. The UK as well; it seems the people have a genuine excitement about music in any genre or form. As for inspiring beyond words, Istanbul is pretty high on the list. Being a huge fan and student of music from that part of the world, combined with the beauty of the city and people, Istanbul was quite special. Even the street musicians are on a whole new level there!
How long have you been playing guitar? Do you play any other instruments?
I’ve been playing for almost 30 years and I still can’t believe that much time has passed! I primarily focus on the guitar, my main instrument, so it’s what I “practice” daily. However, I do compose for other instruments that I don’t physically play.
How many guitars do you own?
I’m such a minimalist! Only a few at at time. I’ve found the more “stuff” I own, the less I actually play, so I just try to have a few essential “tools” and focus on making music.
How long have you been teaching?
I’ve been teaching for almost as long as I have been playing the instrument. I was encouraged by my own teachers years ago to get involved helping other students as a way to better understand what I was working on. It’s still something that I encourage my own students to do today.
What’s the most challenging thing about performing live?
For me, its always wanting to give 100 percent and taking care of the music, which can be challenging at times with travel, equipment, setup times, venues, etc… So, I just try to keep the logistics as simple as possible so I can focus on the music.
As a child, who did you listen to/admire the most?
I grew up in a musical culture, but not really a musical family. I’ve alway admired musicians and artists that try to do things slightly different from the norm. It’s a philosophy that I try to emulate and make a part of my musical life as well.
What are you listening to and working on these days?
I listen to lots of different styles of music. I always felt it was my duty as a musician to be aware and curious about what’s happening around me. I really enjoy film music. Gustavo Santollalla, the film composer from Argentina, is just fantastic. He plays this little folk instrument called the Ronroco. It was a bit of an inspiration for the last record I did, “Burning on a Sea of Ghosts” for solo requinto guitar, a small short scale guitar used in latin music. I also have a few projects I’m working on this year which include a new record for electric guitar, some ballet music and, hopefully, something for film!
Thanks for reading along and getting to know Craig a bit better with us.
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