Tommy Tedesco would be 84 years old today. And if alive, he'd still be dispensing his wisdom to anyone lucky enough to be around him. As a member of LA's "Wrecking Crew", Tommy was the "Most Famous Guitarist You've Never Heard Of".
Tedesco strongly disagreed there was no “art” in sight-reading and playing someone else’s music. “I don’t think of it as written music. It’s written notes. You make music out of notes that are written. That’s the creativity. When I see a bunch of notes, I try and make music happen. That’s my creativity. No matter what I do, I try and make music happen.”
For years, Tommy shared his knowledge with guitars players through his "Studio Log" column he wrote for "Guitar Player" magazine. It was on the last page of the magazine and was the first thing I read when a new issue arrived.
“As a youth, form your own band. No matter how bad it is, it will get better. Start playing jobs as early as early as possible. Money – no object. Learn, learn, learn.”
“Sit in with strange groups when you get a chance. It provides more outlets for getting future work.”
“Don’t make fun of any style. Nobody wants to be criticized for what they do well, regardless of style. Keep your mouth shut about players.”