First off my influences are the Stooges and MC 5, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Hendrix, the Who, and early glam like T-Rex, Bowie, Slade, and the Sweet. I also have a deep rooted love for Parliament/Funkadelic, the Isley's, etc. Add in the Yardbirds, Bluesbreakers with EC, and Jeff Beck's Truth. My bands covered 95% of those. I wrote my own music too. All my stuff is basic, simple, mostly pentatonic. I know the difference between minor and major and I blend the 2 along with using the "blue note" and the major scale. I was a pretty solid player during my gigging years in the 90's and prided myself on my tone above all else. I was not afraid to go into psychedelic meltdown with high volume feedback, wah, multiple fuzz pedals, a goofy foot phaser, and so forth. Unfortunately, my most out there performances were at Friday night practice, fueled by malt liquor and clove cigarettes. The band loved those "freak out" sessions, but we were never quite brave enough to pull it off at gigs. We got close at a few parties though. Currently, my playing is going through a renaissance, with serious practicing the last 2 winters and slowly pulling out all my old gear. As you all know, it is a struggle to keep the chops up and it takes a couple of hours a day of serious practice to advance. Currently, I am playing decently, still very pentatonic, blues based, nothing too fancy. I have taken up singing while playing, so maybe one of these days I will re-emerge to play again. I am currently doing Supersonic by Oasis, Cocks*cker's Blues and Stray Cat Blues by the Stones, Sonic Reducer by the Deadboys, Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory by Johnny Thunders, Jet Boy by the New York Dolls, I Wanna Be Your Dog, Loose, TV Eye, and Search and Destroy by the Stooges, and working on Heart Full of Soul by the Yardbirds, and Rebel Rebel by Bowie. Those are the ones I sing so far. I used to just want to be the guitar player and find a singer to put lyrics to my songs. Well, that was a nightmare! Many many "Commitments" moments trying to find the right singer. There was one, but he had full on lead singer syndrome and was so difficult and unpredictable to work with that it usually only lasted a few gigs before he was unbearable. ;D In fairness, I had guitar player syndrome and didn't really care what the singer did as long as he kept the audience entertained and looked OK until we got to the lead break. I was happy to stay back and bang out chords and riffs up to the lead though. I never let him down. Sorry for the long post.