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Chris Shofner

Chris Shofner

Location: Stevens Point, WI
Date of Birth: September 18, 1982
Been playing guitar since: 1995

I was born in rural Arkansas and moved to Texas at the age of three. I became really interested in playing music at about 13, though I had started learning prior to that. I also started recording music on an old Fostex 4-track cassette machine about the same time. In high school a whole new world was opened up when I upgraded to Cakewalk on my PC. I joined the school concert band in junior high and continued on through college, where I also had the chance to study jazz, improvisation, and theory. However, I did not pursue a degree in music performance. My career became video and audio production. Consequently, I now teach media production at a university in Wisconsin. Currently I enjoy making music on my own time at my own pace.

In 2007 I released a popular Chicken Picking solo clip on YouTube that eventually led to the production of instructional videos in 2011 and 2013. In 2013 I also released an independent four song instrumental EP.

Playing and Influences
I was born into a very musical family. Instruments were always close by. I started out playing on my dad’s vintage Telecaster and an old Fender Musicmaster. My father mostly played country music, but I also remember hearing the harmonic sounds of Billy Gibbons. My father was influenced by James Burton and Don Rich which in turn had an unavoidable effect on my playing as well. I used to sit for hours watching “Free Bird the Movie” and “Stevie Ray Vaughan: Live at Austin City Limits.” In my late teens it was all about Hendrix, Van Halen, Vai, and Yngwie. At college I was introduced to Jazz studies and John Scofield, which helped transform my playing into fusion. Eventually I came back to my roots with country and began to explore Brad Paisley, Brent Mason and my favorite guitarist, Jim Campilongo.

At GMC
I'm looking forward to sharing some of my favorite techniques from some of my favorite artists that have helped me develop my personal musical style. I am also looking forward to interacting with GMC'ers from around the world and improving my own skills in through the process.

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Music by Chris Shofner

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Name Level Type Technique Category
Country Shuffle Solo 4 of 10 Solo Country
Duane Eddy Twang 3 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rock - Vintage
California Country 3 of 10 Full Song Country
Outlaw Country II 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Chicken Picking Country
Country Fusion II 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Chicken Picking Country
Chicken Pickin' Double-Stop Etude 4 of 10 Etude Chicken Picking Country
James Burton Style Blues 4 of 10 Solo Chicken Picking Blues
Outlaw Country 3 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Country
Boogie Woogie Country 3 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm Country
Surf Country 4 of 10 Solo Country
Country and Western Solo 5 of 10 Solo Country
Faux Country Lap Steel 3 of 10 Full Song Slide Country
Mastering the Fretboard 3 of 10 Exercise
Drop D Country Pull-Offs 7 of 10 Full Song Chicken Picking Country
Country Style Hybrid Picking 3 of 10 Etude Picking (more than one type) Country
Swamp Country 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Chicken Picking Country
Country Fusion Solo 6 of 10 Solo Chicken Picking Country
Country Fusion 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Chicken Picking Country
Easy Country Solo 3 of 10 Solo Chicken Picking Country
Slow Country Waltz Solo 5 of 10 Solo Chicken Picking Country
Hot Bluegrass Country Solo 6 of 10 Solo Chicken Picking Country
Open String Pull-Off Riff 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Chicken Picking Country
Double Stop Melody 3 of 10 Full Song Double Stops Country
Pick and Strum Country Rhythm 3 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm Country
Rockabilly Country Rhythm and Fills 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Chicken Picking Country
Chicken Pickin' Solo #2 6 of 10 Solo Chicken Picking Country
Steel Guitar Bends Etude 4 of 10 Etude Bending Country
Rhythm and Claw 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Chicken Picking Country
Chicken Pickin' Solo 6 of 10 Solo Chicken Picking Country