Alex Hebert Auto-Biography
I'm a multi-instrumentalist, and I play many styles of music. I've been playing guitar since I was fifteen, and I first started messing around with one when I was five years old, so I've been playing for 22 years. I started out playing the electric guitar and bass in a couple of garage rock bands when I was in high school.
Ever since my Dad gave me Leo Kottke's Armadillo Album CD for X-mas in 2001, I've been influenced a lot by fingerstyle guitar, and crafted my skills in fingerpicking guitar. In addition to rock and fusion rock, I love to play fingerstyle guitar music now, and I'm a big fan of many guitarists in this genre. Some of my compositions in this genre are solo fingerstyle guitar, and some are accompanied by guitar leads and mandolin. I play all the instruments in my recordings, some of which are improvisational performances.
One thing that I have figured out over the years about music, is that it doesn't necessarily always have to be written ahead of time. Why? Because actually, the music is Already There. It's an open language that you can speak freely with your voice or any instrument that you spend enough time learning to master. If you spend time practicing pre-written music, you will learn a lot from it, and be inspired and trained by it. But it's also important to practice speaking the language of music freely, because when you do, you will master it. Musicians should practice both pre-written music and improvisation together.
Music is indeed Already There. It's like a beautiful set of Wind Chimes just hanging there, waiting for the wind to blow. In this world, the Wind Chimes are everywhere. Being a musician is like The Wind.