Jon Finn, Professor
"You know the perception people have of rock guitarists—gunslingers and drug addicts. If there's one issue I get evangelical about, it's when I hear a lot of words from well-known rock players who say, 'Don't practice, be a rebel. Studying the instrument is bad for your creativity.' The mentality is that if you're too technically proficient, you're not rock 'n' roll; I'm not sure if I agree. My feeling is that it's possible to be a studied musician and maintain that primal energy—it's just not easy. I personally love players like Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Steve Morse, and Eddie Van Halen, the ones who can speak to my soul and challenge my intellect at the same time."
- B.M., Berklee College of Music
- Specialist in improvisation and rock guitar styles
- Performances or recordings with Steve Morse, John Petrucci, Carl Verheyen, Vinnie Moore, Andy Timmons, and Dweezil Zappa
- Guitarist for the first national touring production of the Broadway show Rent
- Recordings include Don't Look So Serious on Legato Records and Wicked by the Jon Finn Group, and the Grammy-nominated CD The Celtic Album by the Boston Pops Orchestra (BMG Classics); also with the Boston Pops, A Splash of Pops and The Latin Album (BMG)
- Author of Advanced Modern Rock Guitar Improvisation, Mel Bay Publications