Watch the SECTION 1: Background online guitar lesson by Kelly Richey from Focus On: Blues-Rock Power Trio

As a guitarist, I think it’s important to find one’s own voice, style, and unique signature way of playing. In contrast, as a teacher I think one of the most important roles that I play is not just dishing out information, but supporting students in finding their own voices and unique sound.

I’d like to start off by giving you an overview of my musical influences in the order that I discovered them so you can see how my style developed during my critical learning years. I want to point out what I took from each player and how I've morphed each guitarists’ influence into my own personal style: players like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen, Billy Gibbons, Joe Walsh, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Roy Buchanan, Jeff Beck, and Alex Lifeson were all huge influences. I'll talk a little bit about their guitar style, their individual rhythm sections, and how their rhythm sections influenced and supported the way they played. I'll also talk about their guitar selection, overall tone, and the gear they used to create some of the most amazing guitar sounds we have to learn from. There are so many amazing guitarists that have influenced me throughout the years, but for the purpose of this series I've chosen Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan; narrowing my focus as I delve more in depth into this series.