Letter of the Month! I just finished the inspiring Henry Garza article, and was struck by his closing quote: “I want to be a tool ... that God can shine his light through.” Then, I turned the page and gazed right into the crazed stare of Angus Young. Are you guys trying to make a statement, or is this pure coincidence? Or perhaps someone else is making a statement!--Bob Starkie, Grand Rapids, MI
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Thanks for recognizing Henry Garza in the September issue. That man’s playing never fails to leave me slack jawed and goose bumped. He said they don’t make the breed like his father and Stevie Ray anymore, but I think he overlooked himself when making that assessment. Aside from his complete mastery of the guitar, I think it’s telling that Henry uses heavy strings for precisely the same reasons Stevie Ray did.
--Mike Larsen, Via Internet

Great article on Henry Garza! He has his head and heart in the right place, and he deserves kudos from us all. It’s rare to find someone so honest and genuine that he becomes inspirational. He brings the art of playing to a higher level by making it spiritual, and I’m going to be thinking that way the next gig I play.
--Vinny Grillo, Bogota, NJ

I found the article on Henry Garza most inspiring—particularly the part on getting your sound and keeping it real. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m an equipment junkie who loves reading about—and trying out—all the new guitars, amps, pedals, and toys. But, after a while, we just have to get back to the playing—which is what it’s all about.
--Ashley Gray, Via Internet

Your interview with Henry Garza made me glad I decided to subscribe again. When I first heard the Los Lonely Boys album, it was like radio was going to be something again, and reading Henry’s words made it clear to me why the brothers’ music resonates with me. We all have influences—and his are obvious—but if the group did not have the soul and originality to propel those influences into their own personal expression, they would not have reached so many of us. It’s also refreshing to see young performers pick up the idea that music has a spiritual purpose. Henry has found wisdom, and he is spreading it through his music. I wish him and his brothers continued success.
--Rodger Waite, Lewis Center, OH

I am completely disgusted at seeing Henry Garza on the cover of your magazine. I can’t stand to see multitudes of guitarists such as Garza, Wes Jeans, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and even John Mayer getting such acclaim for their guitar work when it is simply a rip of off SRV’s playing. As a musician, Garza is very talented, but “Stevie Ray Vaughanabees” do not deserve such merit. His style is a low quality note-for-note summary of Stevie’s music. Imagine if, in the art world, someone decided to paint exactly like da Vinci or Rembrandt, and then got acclaim as one of the day’s best artists. It would be a travesty. The blues art form can’t progress if we don’t let it evolve, and it will only survive through the 21st century if revolutionaries bring something new to the table.
--Jamey, Via Internet

Please spare us the “wisdom” of yet another oversized-string Strat slinger from Texas. There is nothing more inane than claiming you can make a Strat sound like a Les Paul, but not the other way around. That’s like saying every three-pickup Strat-shaped bolt-on-neck guitar equipped with three semi-hot single coils can somehow magically reproduce the sound of a mahogany and carved maple set-neck humbucker-equipped guitar with a 3/4" shorter scale. It will not happen because of simple physics. Listen up guys—Strats are not magical physics-defying machines!
--Fred Centrella, Prospect, CT


In the Dan Donegan story in the Sept. ’06 issue, we neglected to show him playing his groovy new signature model, the Washburn DD75 Maya Series (shown right).

In Example 6 of the September Master Class [“Mastering Melodic Minor”], the third chord symbol should have been Gmaj7.

Kenny Vaughan’s last name was accidentally misspelled throughout September’s feature on Marty Stuart.