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Tears in Heaven : instrumental on electric guitar
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Instrumental version of Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton played on electric guitar by Jim Signorile - but played finger style with an acoustic tone. I played this over a minimal rhythmic backing track on my Clapton signature strat named GOLDIE.
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I have been a musician - performer and composer - for close to 50 years, and I've been playing guitar for about 42 of those years. I have become mostly a player of Blues as of late and recently was invited to be the lead guitarist of a revived Blues-Rock 60's band.

This picture is of me, and yes, Les Paul! And that's my Les Paul Deluxe, which I play along with my Clapton signature stratocaster.
Why this name?
It's my name!
Do you play live?
I have from time to time - and hopefully I will be doing so more now in a band!
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Everyone can have their music heard now -- it's great!!!
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Yes - depending...
Band History:
Musician - performer and composer (ASCAP). I started piano when I was 8, clarinet when I was 12, and guitar and composing when I was 15 in 1967. I am now the grand old age of 56, and am concentrating on Blues guitar. I was recently lead guitarist of a reformed 60's blues-rock band on Long Island.

I was originally interested in becoming a concert pianist, and I studied for several years with Gates Wray, one of the few students of Vladimir Horowitz, who I consider to be the greatest pianist of the 20th century.

I was a music major in college in the early 1970's (Colby College in Waterville, Maine), where I had the privilege of studying composition under Peter Re, who himself had studied under the great composer Paul Hindemith, and got my BA in music in 1974 concentrating in composition. I took a month of intensive independent study in classical guitar in my senior year from Elliot Fisk (a student of Andres Segovia), and I received honors in it. I taught classical and folk guitar at Colby in 1975 as an independent study course.

Played in several rock groups in High School and College. However, mostly I played folk music - inspired by Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Donovan, Melanie (who I grew up across the street from), as well as more pop oriented artists, especially the Beatles - most especially John Lennon, plus Cream (Eric Clapton is still someone I catch all the concerts of I can), The Stones, and the general music and culture of the mid-late 60's and early 70's. 1967 was the peak for me.

I was invited into a reformed 60's rock/blues group as Lead Guitarist and singer in 2006. Unfortunately that band dis-banded about a year ago. I also have a small home "studio" where I will continue to record both audio and video clips of my Blues guitar playing and improvisation.
Your influences?
Eric Clapton, SRV, Buddy Guy, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The 3 Kings (BB, Albert and Freddie), Melanie, Donovan. Any of the great Blues and Folk artists and groups, and The Beatles above all.
Favorite spot?
San Francisco, Boston and Chicago (where I was born in 1952 Blues-Jazz heaven!)
Equipment used:
-Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop (Larkie)
-Fender Eric Clapton signature Stratocaster (Goldie)
-Yahama FG-180 Acoustic guitar (Jamie)
-Fender Tweed Blues Jr. amp with Jensen Speaker
-Marshall MS-4 micro-stack amp
-Dunlop 535 Crybaby Wah pedal
-Boss BD-2 Blues Driver pedal (modded)
-Boss-Fender FDR-1 pedal
-BossCS-3 Compressor-Sustainer pedal (modded)
-Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble pedal
-Digitech Clapton Crossroads Pedal
-Digitech RP80 guitar modeling processor
-Korg DT-1 Digital Tuner
-Gator pedalboard
Anything else...?
So many thanks to Grahme Leadbetter for a good number of original, beautiful backings!

Thanks to Robert Chiefari at for backings on "Bb Blues", "Slow Blues in G" and "Fast E7 Blues "!

Thanks to Garry for backing on "Mississippi Queen"!

Thanks to Burps for backings on "C Blues Shuffle" and "G Blues in 6/8"!

Thanks to for several backings - including Stormy Monday and Strat on a Hot Tin Roof.

MANY MANY thanks to the great HBL (Half Blind Lefty AKA Hans) for his music, inspiration and most of all, his friendship!

A final big thank-you to my wife for putting up with all the "noise" I made with my guitar!!! :)

All backing tracks used with written permission of their creators as mentioned above.