Nominated and selected by the TrueFire community, the following ten players join TrueFire’s 100+ Gifted Guitarists You Should Know list in recognition of their extraordinary talent and musical prowess. They are listed in no particular order. Click here to see the full list and learn more about this series.
Don Mock’s musical upbringing probably closely parallels that of any guitarist who started out in the 60′s. As a teenage athlete, Don’s competitive spirit spilled over into his early playing experiences as all the local players tried to see who could learn the latest and fastest solos from rock guitar hero’s like Alvin Lee, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Mike Bloomfield. Don’s reputation grew from the rock/blues guitarist to the jazz guitarist in the Northwest. After evolving through the various rock, blues and jazz phases, borrowing from all the best, Don is now the master of his own style, a style that is literally a “fusion” in the purest sense of the word.
Don played in several Seattle area top rock and jazz bands. He began his teaching career in 1972 at the Cornish School and Olympic Jr. College, both in Washington State. In 1974 Don met guitar legend Howard Roberts and soon managed guitar teaching seminars in the Northwest for Howard. In 1977, Howard brought Don to Los Angeles to help start the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT).
Mock is well known among guitarists for his amazing technique and total command of the instrument. His improvising concepts have been documented in several instructional books. Don currently teaches and helped develop the Roberts Music Institute in Bellevue, Washington with Jay Roberts, son of Howard Roberts. Don and Jay also have an exciting guitar duo and can been seen performing throughout that area. Read on for more about Don and the other Gifted Guitarists you should know…