Chris performing his song entitled “Hope”:
My Journey as a Fingerstyle Guitarist
When I was just a little boy I wanted to play the guitar, and when I was 10-11 or something I got my first guitar. A very cheap classical guitar with nylon strings. I took some lessons, but at that age I was very impatient. After a few lessons I just quit. The only thing that I learned at that age was to switch chords etc… no difficult techniques. Then after a year I bought my first “steel strings” acoustic guitar. Not a very expensive one, but good enough that I began playing again. This time I learned by myself, and by watching tutorials on YouTube.
At first I played only “strumming”, and then I began playing a little bit fingerstyle too. Songs like “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica, “Stairway to Heaven” etc… I was into rock songs, so I bought a cheap el-guitar. But after only a month playing the el-guitar I quit playing el-guitar, and I haven’t played el-guitar since that. At the age 12-13 I felt like I never became any better, so I quit the playing for a long time. I didn’t play anything until my confirmation in September 2010 (at the age of 15). I played guitar with a band in the church, and I felt really good about it, so I decided to spend all my “confirmation” money on a really good acoustic guitar.
So I spent 20,000 Norwegian kroners (approximately 3600 dollars) on a Taylor 414-CE acoustic guitar. After that long “pause” it was almost like I was back in the beginning again. I began watching Sungha Jung playing on YouTube, and I studied his technique, and learned a lot of his songs, and I saw that I improved a lot in a short time. Sungha Jung is my main “inspiration” for fingerstyle guitar, but then in February 2011 I saw a video of Andy Mckee, his song “Drifting”.