February 11, 2011

jordantomb-deactivated20110614 asked: Hello Ricky,

My name is Jordan Tomb. I am a 21 year old guitar player from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am contacting you to first, thank you for inspiring me to continue reaching for my dreams to play my instrument at the highest level I can achieve. My goal is to become a touring musician for an established artist, much like you have done. Second, I would love and appreciate any assistance you can give me in breaking into the national music scene as a guitar player for an artist. I have a resume I can send you via email and a link to my guitar reel pasted at the bottom of this message. I would really like to start a further dialogue with you about what I can do to reach my goals and anything that you can help me with along the way. I'm not in it for the fame or the money, but rather to perform. There is nothing I enjoy more than to perform and I'm sure you can relate to that feeling. Ricky, I truly appreciate you taking the time to read my email and consider a response. I look forward to hearing back from you at your earliest convenience.

Guitar reel: http://www.vimeo.com/19499395

Take care,
Jordan Tomb

Hey Jordan,

first of all u sound great. and your rig is awesome!

my advice would just be to keep plugging away at music and learn as many styles  as possible. don’t limit yourself to just one instrument either. learn them all. you don’t have to master every instrument,  just enough to understand the mechanics of the other band instruments will make u an even better guitarist.

my critique of your reel and tips on putting together a new one:

on your reel i heard a lot of lead playing and not enough rhythm work which is key for a lot of gigs. how about some clean tone? how are your funk and jazz chops?  how’s your acoustic playing? things to consider when showing your versatility.
there was a lot of backing track on your reel. can you be unaccompanied and still convey a solid command of your instrument?

the key is trying to put yourself in the seat of a musical director instead of just thinking as a guitar player, the “big picture” if you will. :)


hope this helps,


thanks for the email




Ricky