Magazine article Guitar Player

Bernie Williams on Guitars & MLB

Magazine article Guitar Player

Bernie Williams on Guitars & MLB

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"My dad was a merchant marine, and he traveled all over the world", says former New York Yankees star Bernie Williams--who is not only the best guitarist in Major League Baseball; but also the best baseball player on the Latin jazz scene. "When I was about eight years old, he came back from Spain with a guitar. I just fell in love with the way it sounded. I took formal lessons with a neighborhood teacher, and then I was accepted to a performing arts school in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I started learning music theory and harmony, and I built up a classical repertoire--even though I was listening to a lot of rock bands, too. When I graduated from high school, the opportunity to play baseball was there, and I couldn't refuse.

"My first year with the Yankees, I went into a store in New York, and bought a multi-effects processor, a Gallien-Krueger amp, and a Fender Strat. …

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