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West Marin Guitar Blog - Tom Finch

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This month we feature Fairfax guitarist Tom Finch in our 19 Broadway West Marin Guitar Blog - a legendary player and teacher who has performed and toured with countless groups including: Big Brother & the Holding Co., The Jazz Iguanas, Sabbath Lives, the Tom Finch Group and many more. He has taught guitar to hundreds of local teens and adults and continues to be a huge part of our music scene. Cheers Tom!



1. Early influences-teachers-inspirations. My earliest influences were Jimmy Page, Randy
Rhoads, Eddy Vanhalen & Jimi Hendrix. Later influences were John Scofiled,
Pat Matheney, Kevin Eubanks and Scott Henderson. I have had the privilege to study with some amazing teachers over the years, such as Yiri Svaboda and Randy
Vincent. There are and have been so many stellar guitarists in and around Fairfax; the bar has always been very high and I am constantly inspired to continue to hone my craft!


2. How has your style/sound/equipment changed over time? In the beginning I didn't know much about gear, so I played whatever I could get my hands on. I played solid state amps and digital multi-effects units with lots of "super-sauce". Over the years I learned the joy of tube amps and quality stomp boxes, as well as higher end guitars and pick-ups. Now I use very little "super-sauce" and get the most out of my guitar and amp. I do admit to having three overdrive pedals on my pedal board though smile emoticon I use single channel amps and use stomp boxes for various levels of gain and overdrive!


3. Favorite Fairfax music moments? I have had so many great musical moments in Fairfax. I have been playing here since the late 80's and have played countless shows. I would have to say that some of my highest moments would be with Jazz Iguanas in the early 90's, before 19Broadway expanded… we would play a whole weekend and just pack the place with our friends and fans. Sooo much fun! Also some super sweet NYE shows at Cafe Amsterdam/the Sleeping Lady with Tom Finch Group. I have also had some unforgettable moments at the Fairfax festival over the years with a myriad of groups. Very recently Big Brother & the Holding Co. rocked the main stage, that was a stellar show! There is nothing like playing under the redwoods in my home-town! I feel blessed to live and play in a town as cool and creative as Fairfax!!! I look forward to the Jazz Iguanas reunion show @ 19 Broadway Friday Dec 18 with The Rhythm Addicts on board as well! get your tickets here -




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