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Guitar Player Robert Renman

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I am available for studio sessions and performances. If you are interested in hiring me for a project, contact me and specify what your needs are.

Myra and I have a band called Fundamental Things - check out our Fundamental Things Band and Duo!

I use D'addario 10 - 46 strings, but only 09-42 on the Tele. For picks, I use V-Picks, great sounding picks made by Vinnie Smith.

Hi, I'm Robert Renman from Sweden, now living in Camrose, Alberta, Canada. I was born in 1969 in Umeå, Västerbotten. I grew up in a small town called Hörnefors, 30 km south of Umeå. I have been playing guitar since I was about 13 years old. I started out playing blues and heavier rock, but turned towards L.A. pop-rock music in my later teen years. After that, a period with guitar shredding happened (Yngwie, Vai, Gilbert, Satriani, etc), although I was never very good at it. I am also a big coffee lover, and I'm forever trying to perfect the skill of how to make good coffee.

Eventually I went back to the blues, but I also discovered jazz and fusion. Tribal Tech and Chick Corea Electric Band were huge influences, as well as Weather Report, Miles Davis and all the jazz from the 50s and 60s I could get my hands on. After I moved to Canada in 1999, I have been influenced by country guitar players such as Albert Lee and Brent Mason, and by listening more to song writers such as John Hiatt and Joni Mitchell. That's about where I am now, enjoying blues, jazz, some country and folk music, but always open for new ideas.

I live here

I am also a happy father to three wonderful girls, Jessika, Karly and Amalia. Amalia is our littlest one, born in 2003. I teach all three of them a little bit of guitar knowledge, and who knows, maybe one day one of them will be a great player.

My Guitar Playing background

I started out playing at the age of 13. I got started because it was cool to play guitar, and I wanted to be able to play in a rock band. I have played many different styles since then, including heavy metal, hard rock, pop, fusion, jazz and blues bands throughout the years. Since my move to Canada in 1999, I have played with Jaron Rovensky, Richard Jones, Brandon Kroeger, Bruce Rawling, Dennis Carriere, Lee Pace, Kris Thompson, Myra Marshall, to mention a few.

My preferred style is improvisational - any type of music where there's room to improvise over some cool groove or chords. I love jazz, and I have learned so much from studying jazz.

Amalia is also a great guitar player!

I also teach guitar lessons to people internationally through my video lessons and I also give guitar lessons to students in the area of Camrose, Wetaskiwin and Edmonton.

Playing Style and Technique

I mess with my effects and tone all the time. Never happy. I play a Heatseeker 18 tube head, and I use a Boss SE-70 or Lexicon LXP-1, plus a bunch of pedals. I use about 7 of my pedals at one time, but I do switch them in and out, depending on the gig.

Inspiration

My playing style is inspired by jazz and rock players, but also rock and country players. Recently, I have been learning some country chops, like chicken picking and 2-string bends, which is a lot to fun to fool around with. I am also finding myself going back to listening to Jimi Hendrix. Call it cliche if you want, but Jimi Hendrix is my biggest inspiration. His guitar playing just had something so unique and soulful to it. I don't hear this thing happening much in today's players, so I find myself drawn to Jimi's music, over and over.

I do not pick every note when I play; I was never any good at it. If I want to play fast, I use legato style of playing, hammer-ons and pull-offs.

My inspiration comes from many sources, but to mention a few:

  1. Jimi Hendrix
  2. John Scofield
  3. Bill Frisell
  4. Stevie Ray Vaughan
  5. Scott Henderson
  6. Wayne Krantz
  7. Robben Ford
  8. Brent Mason
  9. Albert Lee
  10. Wes Montgomery
  11. Jimmy Page & Led Zeppelin
  12. Frank Marino
  13. Chick Corea
  14. Gary Willis
  15. Mike Stern
  16. Danny Gatton
  17. Miles Davis
  18. John Coltrane
  19. Charlie Parker
  20. Jaco Pastorius
  21. Tribal Tech
  22. Albert King
  23. John Scofield
  24. Brian Setzer
  25. John Hiatt
  26. Tom Petty
  27. Joe Zawinul & Weather Report
  28. Jaco Pastorius
  29. Wayne Shorter
  30. Joni Mitchell
  31. Prince
  32. Pat Metheny
  33. Sonny Landreth
  34. Led Zeppelin
  35. Ritchie Blackmore
  36. Jeff Beck
  37. Eric Bibb
  38. Ry Cooder
  39. David Lindley
  40. Pat Martino
  41. Steve Vai
  42. Parliament/Funkadelics
  43. Jim Hall
  44. Joe Pass
  45. Jimmy Raney
  46. Billy Gibbons
  47. Duane Allman
  48. Ulf Wakenius
  49. Eric Clapton
  50. AC/DC & Angus Young

The music I like the best usually has improvisational parts to it, since that is when music really starts happening for me - through improvisation.

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