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Groningen, 2016

I play for over 40 years guitar and I have evolved myself to a fingerstyle guitarist. The past years I developed my own style of playing on the 6- and 12-string guitar. I never had any lessons in this. Guitarists who influenced me are Leo Kottke, Tommy Emmanuel, Harry Sacksioni, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and Mike Oldfield. Leo Kottke and Tommy Emmanuel take a special place.

Since I am back on the acoustic guitar, I compose only instrumental songs. Because I can not read music notes, this is pretty difficult. It's all by heart and memory I compose and in between I record my thoughts on a little recorder. I do not like to play covers, I think it is lost time... for composing is the nicest to do and then play it by heart. And once in a while I write a little song...

Gerard Salomons