Rosie what has kept you playing guitar for over 30 years?
Playing guitar has always been a fun challenge to me. I yearn to learn more cool licks. I’m always inspired to see another person play lead and I’m always trying to figure out, how do they get that tone or what did they just play? It’s the love for the instrument that keeps me playing. It calms me to hold the neck of the guitar. Writing songs is also the reason I play. It’s the first reason I picked it up in San Diego when I was 15. Playing rhythm helps me sing better too.
What is the most important lesson(s) you have learned as a professional musician?
I believe the lessons we learn are from the mistakes we make. I won’t let someone else take over my business until I become friends with them and really learn to trust them. I won’t accept too many shows unless I have proper time to rest my voice in between. And I won’t hire musicians without hearing them first unless they are recommended by someone who’s a great player themselves.
What advice would you give to guitarists who seem a little overwhelmed by how many guitarists are out there?
Hey everybody is different. No matter how many are out there, there is always room for someone that brings a new sound or a cool style or way of playing to town. I say strive to be different, find your own voice and be inspired by others.
What practices do you perform every day to keep your skills sharp and perform as well as you do?
(Your energy is so vibrant when you play and well, your chops are tasty!)
Thank you! I try to practice everyday and pick up the guitar more than once or twice a day. It’s good for your fingers and hands to stay in shape and stay fluid. And it’s going to make a big difference on how you play when you hit the stage. Some nights, I’ve not had the chance to warm up and I feel so stiff up there. It’s night and day when I make time to play scales and riffs during the day.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on writing some instrumental pieces. I’d like to record an instrumental record and invite some of my favorite guitar players and other musicians to play on it. It’s been on my mind for a long time. Also I’m busy writing a book about my life on the road and how I got started in music, my memoirs.