Jeff McErlain is a nyc based guitarist, instructor, and producer. Jeff has performed with Robben Ford, David Grissom, Matt Schofield, Ric Fierabracci, Keith Carlock and others. He is a top selling TrueFire instructor with over 20 instructional courses, an online classroom, and students around the world. He has contributed to Premier Guitar and Guitar Player Magazines. He has taught at the National Guitar Workshop, Crown Guitar Festival, Bath International Guitar Festival, Ruby Mountain Guitar Festival, and partners with Robben Ford in his Traveling Guitar Dojo every year. He was the curator of his Roots and Blues series at Brooklyns National Sawdust bringing in CeDell Davis, Robben Ford, David Grissom, and composer Mikel Rouse. Jeff is currently recording a record with Robben Ford.
Jeff has been obsessed with the instrument for as long as he can remember. Having and older brother and sister, his first guitar heroes were Brian May and David Gilmour. Jeff quickly discovered Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne, and other heavy band and found his stride. That era was the heyday of electric guitar and was an extremely exciting period for the instrument.
After high-school Jeff joined NY metal band Hades opening for Anthrax, and King Diamond. After unceremoniously getting the boot for smiling too much on stage, Jeff enrolled at the Berklee College of Music and hit his stride and is still friends with many of the musicians he met there.
Shortly after Berklee Jeff moved to NYC and studied with Mike Stern and Wayne Krantz for a short time. He joined NY rap/rock/funk/fusion band Liquid Hips and started touring Europe. At the same time Jeff was developing his own trio with a steady gig at NYs legendary 55 Bar. He added a singer and formed blues rock band Flytrap and became a staple in nyc.
Jeff recorded his first solo Cd Im Tired featuring Ric Fierabracci, Kip Reed, Hari Ganglberger, and Walter Fischbacher.
Jeff discovered he enjoyed teaching as much as he did playing when he was hired by the National Guitar Workshop, as their youngest teacher. He also found it to be a more steady income than many of his touring buddies. At the NGW Jeff got to jam with many of his heroes and formed relationships that last to this day. Jeff embraced technology early by teaching online when Skype was launched. He also joined the TrueFire roster when the company was in its early phases and has become one of their most popular and best selling instructors.
A lover of gear Jeff endorses Two-Rock Amplifiers, Michael Tuttle Guitars, Collings Guitars, DAdarrio strings, Universal Audio, and ThroBak pickups.
Jeffs website is jeffmcerlain.com
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