Masterclass with Steve Howe of YES - (2nd Class Added!)
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Since the 1960s, Steve Howe has been at the forefront of guitarists in popular music. INTERACT LIVE with this legend as he demonstrates his iconic guitar parts and techniques. Discuss his career, songwriting, and directly ask him a question you've always wanted to know!
Since the 1960s, Steve Howe has been at the forefront of guitarists in popular music. Actually, simply referring to Howe as a just a guitarist is limiting. In addition to being a songwriter, he plays more instruments than just the guitar. If it has strings and a fretboard, Howe has mastered it and recorded with it at some point on one of the countless albums he’s been a part of as a group member, solo artist, and special guest.
Stephen James Howe was born on April 8, 1947, in Holloway, North London, England. The youngest of four children, music was a constant from Steve’s early age; he was an energetic child, marching to 78 RPM records of brass bands that he played on the family record player.
As a teenager, Steve was influenced by the guitar generation and the excitement of rock ‘n’ roll. This led to his receiving his first guitar at age 12, a Christmas present from his parents. It was an an f-hole acoustic, which prepared him for his signature Gibson ES-175. Inspired by artists as diverse as Bill Haley and the Comets, Les Paul, Jimmy Bryant, and Tennessee Ernie Ford (whose band included Speedy West), Steve taught himself to play the guitar, eventually performing with friends first at youth clubs and later at local pubs and ballrooms.
In 1970, Steve joined Yes and played his first show at the Lyceum in London on July 17. He has remained one of the most influential guitar players in progressive rock music since.
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