Here’s a top ten list of the most frequent asked questions. If you want to ask me a question, please refer to the contact page of this site.
Q: How old were you when you started to play guitar?
A: I got my first guitar when I was about ten years old and I started to play it the very same day.
Q: Who are your favourite guitar players?
A: I grew up listening to Eddie van Halen, Carlos Santana and Brian May. Nowadays I also listen a lot to people like Frank Zappa, Paul Gilbert, Jason Becker, Mattias Eklundh and Buckethead.
Q: What was the first song you could play on the guitar?
A: The intro to N.I.B. by Black Sabbath.
Q: What do you consider to be your best gig ever?
A: The gig our band did July 2nd 2000 in De Melkweg in Amsterdam, opening up for King’s X. We were in great shape, the sound was amazing and the crowd just went nuts.
Q: What’s your favourite band?
A: I’ve been a Kiss fan for more than 25 years. I’m also a huge fan of Roth-era Van Halen, Alice Cooper and seventies Queen.
Q: Did you ever measure how fast you can play.
A: Oddly enough I did. Although I think that developing speed shouldn’t be your first or only goal in guitar playing, I got this computer program that enabled me to clock my speed and I just couldn’t resist. It turns out I can speedpick a scale at about 20 notes per second and that I’m able to sweep arpeggiated notes at about 22 notes a second.
Q: How many guitars do you own?
A: In total I own close to 30 guitars, that’s including acoustic, classical and bass guitars.
Q: Do you play any other instruments besides the guitar?
A: I used to sing harmony vocals in Lafordova and I do play a little bit of piano and drums, but nothing fancy.
Q: What would your dreamband look like?
A: Neil Peart on drums, Billy Sheehan on bass, Eddie van Halen and Brian May on guitar, John Lord on keyboards and Paul Stanley on vocals. And then I would like to see Frank Zappa conduct the whole lot.
Q: What do you prefer, recording in a studio or playing live on stage?
A: I love ‘em both. Recording is all about creativity and playing live is all about energy. I honestly couldn’t make a choice between the two.