Magazine article Guitar Player

Mike Varney's Spotlight

Magazine article Guitar Player

Mike Varney's Spotlight

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No matter how old you are, where you live, or what style of music you play, this column offers you the potential to be recognized by your peers. If you're chosen for Spotlight, you'll receive an Ernie Ball t-shirt, customized EB picks with your name on them, and a box of the Slinky strings of your choice--as well as having your two best mp3s promoted online on EB Radio ( To be considered for Mike Varney's Spotlight, please send a CD of your music, your email address, a 300 dpi photo, and your bio to: Spotlight c/o Mike Varney, Box P, Novato, CA, 94945. Note: You will not be contacted unless you are selected.

GUITARIST: Andrew Roudny

AGE: 29

STYLE: High-energy rock

INFLUENCES: The Beach Boys, Andrew W.K., the Who, Fear Factory, Van Halen, Steve Vai

MAIN GUITAR: Homemade Korina "Strat"

LOCATION: Toronto, Ontario

BACKGROUND: After hearing Van Halen's "Eruption" when he was 13, Roudny convinced his parents to buy him an electric guitar, and he joined his first band three years later, playing everything from the Monkees to the Stone Temple Pilots. Roudny has also scored the indie film Held Secular, and placed in the top five at the North American Rock Guitar Competition.

His debut, Zero Words Or Less, is an instrumental, composition-driven CD with lots of progressive changes and ripping solos. Using both electric and acoustic guitars to create interesting textures, parts of Roudny's work would likely appeal to of Van Halen and Joe Satriani, while other tracks are more cinematic in flavor.



GUITARIST: Frank Ferraro

AGE: 51

STYLE: Instrumental surf

INFLUENCES: Dick Dale, Paul Johnson, Davie Allen

MAIN GUITARS: Fender American Deluxe Fat Strat


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