Erik Halbig has been taken by the guitar ever since that Christmas morning that he woke up to an electric guitar and Jeff Beck's "Wired" album. Little did he know that day would change the rest of his life. He began taking guitar lessons from a local teacher named Lanny Cordola, who influenced him to learn about and appreciate many different styles of music. In high school, he studied music theory at Golden West College and performed with the Los Alamitos High School Jazz band his junior and senior years under the direction of Chuck Wackerman, while participating in competitions in Hawaii and Southern California. After graduating from high school, he performed with the Golden West College Jazz ensemble for two years and performed at the Berkley Jazz Festival in San Francisco. Erik continued studying with local teachers like Frank Potenza and Richard Smith who encouraged him to audition to study at USC school of music. He was accepted into the Studio/Jazz guitar program at USC and studied with Duke Miller, Paul LaRose, Steve Watson and Joe Diorio and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree (BM). Upon graduating, Erik took a teaching position with the National Guitar Summer Workshop giving clinics at the Los Angeles and Nashville campuses. This gave him the opportunity to perform concerts with Scott Henderson and Frank Gambale. Erik has had four instructional books published by Alfred/Workshop Arts Publication: "Introducing the Pentatonics," "Power Pentatonics," "Mastering Rock Guitar," and "Stand Alone Country." He has a new book out with Hal Leonard Publications called "Chicken Pickin'." You can also periodically find some of his instructional columns in the "Sessions" section of Guitar Player magazine.
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