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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...

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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.

Early influences:
Roger McGuinn, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, John Fahey, Duane Allman...

Later influences:
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).