As many competitors commented this year, guitar performance is not a competitive sport. It’s interesting at these competitions because all the players seem to really support each other and want to hear each other at their best. I think it’s a genuine love for the instrument and the inspiration that comes out of each player. You get to see who each person is through there playing. I performed in the Walnut Valley Fingerstyle Competition, the Canadian Guitar Festival Competition, and the Indiana State Fingerstyle Competition this year as well as last year. Being a part of these really pushed me to be a much better composer and player. I felt like my arrangements for the Trust album came out really well because of the influence of the competitions.


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2015 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion

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