Some facts about Nels Cline:Born in Los Angeles in 1956.Has a twin brother Alex (who plays drums).Began playing guitar in 1967.Plays guitar and writes music for a living.Had no formal training.In...
Some facts about Nels Cline:
Born in Los Angeles in 1956.
Has a twin brother Alex (who plays drums).
Began playing guitar in 1967.
Plays guitar and writes music for a living.
Had no formal training.
In 1971 a guy named Bruce showed Nels how to play a major scale in chords, causing a major epiphany.
Roger McGuinn, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, John Fahey, Duane Allman...
John McLaughlin, Fred Frith, Jim Hall, Ralph Towner, John Abercrombie, Tom Verlaine, Thurston Moore, Otis Rush...
Studied harmony, orchestration & arranging, 20th Century harmony and commercial harmony & arranging at Santa Monica College with Rule Beaseley until going to work in retail record & book shops for most of his adult life.
Most valuable musical training came from his work with multi-instrumentalist/composer Eric von Essen, and from never turning down a gig.
First appearance on a record was in 1978 on Vinny Golia's Openhearted album (Nine Winds).