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  1. Jag har rest mycket sen jag flyttade till staterna. Jag har spelat i 36 av alla 50 stater och rest igenom ytterligare några. Jag är på turné utanför Nashville nästan varenda helg, men jag är nästan alltid i stan i början av veckorna. Nu tänkte jag berätta om de senaste veckorna som bjöd på ännu mer resande än jag är van vid. (In English at the bottom of the page). Fredagen 18 oktober lämnade vi Nashville för att spela i Starkville, Mississippi på kvällen. Restid: 5 timmar i van. Dagen efter körde vi till Columbus, Georgia. Restid: 5,5 timmar i van. Dessa var de sista två gigen med Kyle Daniel innan vi skulle vara spellediga 2 helger vilket inte hade hänt sen i juni. På söndagsmorgonen lämnade de andra av mig på Atlantas flygplats. Restid: 1 timme i van. Sen hade jag 7 timmar att slå ihjäl innan mitt flyg till Tampa skulle avgå. Jag åt lite, strängade om min gitarr, ringde några samtal och… väntade. Restid: 1,5 timme i flygplan. Livespelning i Starkville. Foto: Sean Marshall Efter att jag anlänt till Tampa blev jag upphämtad av en supertrevlig chaufför som tog mig till mitt hotell i St. Petersburg. Restid: 20 minuter i bil. Jag åt en snabb middag, tränade lite och gick i säng ganska tidigt. Jag var väldigt exalterad och lite nervös för det som skulle hända nästa dag så jag sov dessvärre inte så bra under natten. Vaknade på morgonen och duschade, trimmade skägget och fixade håret. Sen fick jag skjuts till TrueFire’s högkvarter. TrueFire är ett världsledande företag inom sitt fält - sen 1999 producerar de undervisningsmaterial (framförallt videos) för gitarrister och välkända namn såsom Steve Vai, Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, Tommy Emmanuel m.fl. är alla med i deras team av lärare. På ren vinst eller förlust hade jag ett par månader tidigare hört av mig till TrueFire och berättat vad jag åstadkommit under min tid i Nashville plus att jag faktiskt studerat en kandidatexamen i elgitarrpedagogik i Sverige. Som jag förstått det kan man inte ens gå en sådan utbildning i USA. De tyckte att min bakgrund var intressant nog så de bestämde sig för att ge mig en chans att komma ner till deras videostudio och filma en kurs. Under tonåren köpte jag några (och laddade ner ett oräkneligt antal) gitarrinstruktionsvideos, det var ett väldigt bra sätt att inspireras och lära sig av några av mina favoritgitarrister. Ett grymt komplement till att lyssna på skivor som de spelade på. Detta fick mig att drömma om att en dag få köra min egen video. Under 2015-2017 gjorde jag en del lektionsvideos för svenska Play Along Music vilket var en väldigt bra och trevligt erfarenhet, men då lärde jag ut coverlåtar och bluesgitarr för nybörjare. Nu hade TrueFire bett mig att lära ut MIN STIL – många musiker känner antagligen igen sig i att det är väldigt, väldigt svårt att definiera sin egen stil så detta var en utmaning för mig. Jag hade spenderat MÅNGA timmar under de föregående 5-6 veckorna med att fundera ut vad jag ville lära ut – vilka koncept, idéer och speltekniker som jag ville inkludera i denna kurs. Selfie framför fotografier på några av kursledarna på TrueFire Jag spenderade måndag-tisdag 21-22 oktober med de otroligt älskvärda människorna på TrueFire – vi filmade mer än 5 timmars råmaterial för min kurs och det var två långa och intensiva dagar i studion, minst sagt. När inspelningen av lektionsmaterialet var avklarat gjorde vi också en livesändning på YouTube, en fotosession och gick sen ut på lyxig middag med några ur personalstyrkan. Jag hade helt klart en av de bästa professionella upplevelserna i mitt liv – alla var så bekväma i sin roll och det var som ett otroligt väloljat maskineri. Jag är SÅ glad för den här möjligheten och väldigt exalterad över att fortsätta jobba med detta fantastiska företag och de grymma människor jag fick chansen att lära känna lite! Video: Kolla in TrueFire live stream här! På onsdagsmorgonen fick jag skjuts tillbaka till flygplatsen av samma chaufför som några dagar tidigare. Restid: 20 minuter i bil. Sen tog jag ett flyg från Tampa till Fort Lauderdale. Restid: 1 timme i flygplan. Några timmars mellanlandning och sen en LÅNG flight tillbaka hem till Stockholm. Restid: 9 timmar i flygplan. Ytterligare en mellanlandning, mötte upp min gamle vän Tomas som var snäll nog att hämta upp min gitarr så att jag inte skulle behöva ta med den på ytterligare ett flyg. Sen den sista delen av resan; flyg from Stockholm-Åbo. Restid: 50 minuter i flygplan. Varför allt detta resande? Och varför Åbo som slutdestination? Min underbara flickvän Sofia bor där och vi hade inte träffat varandra på 4 (!) månader. Det är en ALLDELES för lång tid så vi behövde verkligen få en del tid tillsammans! Fantastisk semester med Sofia – hon gör mig gladare än vad jag trodde var möjligt! Vi spenderade 4 fantastiska dagar i Åbo innan vi på måndagskvällen äntrade Viking Line Grace för att att ta oss tillbaka till Sverige. Restid: 11 timmar med båt. Under de kommande 5 dagarna fick jag spendera mer kvalitetstid med Sofia men också med min föräldrar, min bror och hans flickvän, min morfar och flera av mina väldigt goda vänner. Dessa dagar fick mig att ladda upp ny energi för att orka med nya äventyr i USA. Söndagen 3 november tog jag följande rutt: Stockholm-London-Chicago-Nashville. Restid: 13 timmar i 3 flygplan. Lunch med mina föräldrar och morfar i mitten Jag hade en otroligt grym upplevelse med TrueFire och en välbehövd och underbar semester med min älskade flickvän. Det mest överraskande under allt detta resande var att jag lyckades få med mig min gitarr, även fast den var i ett hardcase, in i kabinen på alla dessa 7 flighter. Många flygbolag kan vara väldigt petiga när musiker vill ta med sina instrument och tvinga oss att checka in instrumenten istället. Jag skulle vilja tacka följande flygbolag för att de var snälla nog att hjälpa mig att få med mig min Sonnemo-gitarr på ett säkert sätt: Delta, Southwest, Norwegian, SAS, FinnAir, British Airways och American Airlines. Slutligen, som den statistiknörd jag är måste jag självklart summera upp siffrorna jag nämnt tidigare i detta inlägg. Restid: 11,5 timmar i van. 40 minuter i bil. 25 timmar i 7 olika flygplan. 11 timmar på en båt. Jag använde även kollektivtrafiken i både Stockholm och Åbo så det lägger till en del restid med både bussar, tåg och tunnelbanor. När jag väl kom fram till Nashville hade jag 15 timmar på mig att sova lite och göra mig redo för en 2,5 vecka lång turné med Kyle Daniel och resten av bandet. Mer om det i nästa blogg… Här är datumen för våra november-spelningar med Vintage Trouble Se mina tidigare blogginlägg på Studio från september, 2018 och tidigare här! Kolla in mig på: www.facebook.com/davidhenrikssonmusik www.instagram.com/davidhenrikssonmusik www.youtube.com/davidhenrikssonmusik ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ENGLISH: I’ve been traveling a lot since I moved to the states. I’ve played in 36 out of all 50 states and travelled through even more. I’m on tour out of town almost every weekend, but that’s it – I’m usually only gone during the weekends, spending the weekdays in Nashville. Now I’ll tell you about the the last couple of weeks - that offered even more traveling than I’m used to. On Friday October 18th we left Nashville to play in Starkville, Mississippi during the evening. Travel time: 5 hours in a van. The next morning we drove to Columbus, Georgia. Travel time: 5,5 hours in a van. These were the last two gigs with Kyle Daniel before having 2 weekends off which hadn’t happened since June. On the Sunday morning the guys dropped me off at Atlanta airport. Travel time: 1 hour in a van. Then I had 7 hours to kill until my flight to Tampa took off. I ate a bit, restringed my guitar, made some phone calls and… waited. Travel time: 1,5 hours in an airplane. Live in Starkville. Photo by Sean Marshall After arriving in Tampa I was picked up by a super nice driver who took me to my hotel in St. Petersburg. Travel time: 20 minutes in a car. I had some quick dinner, worked out a little bit and then went to bed quite early. I was very excited and kinda nervous for what was about to happen the next day so I didn’t sleep very well unfortunately. Woke up the next morning and had a shower, trimmed my beard and fixed my hair. Then I got ride to the TrueFire headquarters. TrueFire is a world-leading company in their field – since 1999 they produce educational content (mostly videos) for guitarists and well-know players like Steve Vai, Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, Tommy Emmanuel etc. are all part of their teacher roster. I had reached out to TrueFire a couple of months earlier and told them about what I have done during my time in Nashville plus the fact that I actually have studied a Bachelor’s Degree for electric guitar teaching in Sweden. As I understand it, you can’t even get that kind of degree in the US. Fortunately they found that interesting enough that they gave me a chance to come down to their video studio to shoot a course. As a teenager I bought some (and downloaded countless) guitar instructional videos, it was such a nice way to get inspired and learn from some of my favorite players. A great complement for listening the records they played on. This made me dreaming of making my own video. In 2015-2017 I made some lesson videos for a Swedish company called Play Along Music which was a great experience, but then I taught cover songs and beginner level blues guitar. Now TrueFire had asked me to teach MY STYLE – many musicians probably will agree with me that it’s very, very hard to define your own style so this was a challenge for me. I had spent MANY hours over the last 5-6 weeks on figuring out what I wanted to teach – which concepts, approaches and playing techniques that I wanted to include in this course. Selfie in front of pictures of some other TrueFire educators I spent Monday-Tuesday October 21st-22nd with the incredibly lovely people at TrueFire - we shot more than 5 hours of raw material for my course and it was two long and intense days in the studio. After finishing the video shoots we also had a YouTube live stream, a photo shoot and then went out for fancy dinner with parts of the staff. I definitely had one of the best professional experiences of my life – everyone knew their role so well and it was just like a well-oiled machine. SO happy for this opportunity and really excited to continue working this amazing company and the people that runs it! Video: Check out the TrueFire live stream here! Wednesday morning I got a ride back to the airport with the same driver as 3 days earlier. Travel time: 20 minutes in a car. Then I took a flight from Tampa to Fort Lauderdale. Travel time: 1 hour in an airplane. A few hours layover and then the LONG flight back home to Stockholm, Sweden. Travel time: 9 hours in an airplane. Another layover, met up with my old friend Tomas who was kind enough to pick up my guitar so I didn’t have to take it an another flight. Then the last flight from Stockholm to Turku, Finland. Travel time: 50 minutes in an airplane. Why all this travel? And why Turku as my final destination? My wonderful girlfriend Sofia lives there and we hadn’t seen each other for 4(!) months. That’s WAY too long so I just had to go see her! Lovely vacation with Sofia – she just makes me happier than I knew I could be! We spent 4 lovely days in Turku before we took a cruise ship back to Sweden on the Monday evening. Travel time: 11 hours on a boat. During the next five days I got to spend some quality time with with Sofia but also my parents, my brother and his girlfriend, my grandpa and some really good friends. These days truly refueled me to get ready for more adventures in the US. On Sunday November 3rd I took the following route: Stockholm-London-Chicago-Nashville. Travel time: 13 hours in 3 airplanes. Lunch with my parents and my grandpa I had an AMAZING experience with TrueFire and a well-needed and wonderful vacation with my girlfriend! The most surprising thing during all of this traveling was that I was able to get my guitar, even though in a hardcase, into the cabin during all of these 7 flights. Many airlines can be very picky when it comes to musicians wanting to bring their instruments into the cabin instead of checking it. I wanna give a shout out to Delta, Southwest, Norwegian, SAS, FinnAir, British Airways and American Airlines for being kind enough to help me keep my precious Sonnemo Guitar safe! Thanks!! Also, as a statistics nerd I gotta sum this up with the total numbers. Travel time: 11,5 hours in a van. 40 minutes in a car. 25 hours in 7 airplanes. 11 hours in a boat. I also used the public transportation in Turku and Stockholm so that adds some time in buses, trains and subways as well. When I landed in Nashville I had 15 hours to get some rest and get ready for a 2,5 week tour with Kyle Daniel and the rest of the band. More on that in my next blog… Here’s the dates on our November tour with Vintage Trouble Sponsored by: Read my earlier blogs on Studio from September, 2018 and earlier here! Check me out here: www.facebook.com/davidhenrikssonmusik www.instagram.com/davidhenrikssonmusik www.youtube.com/davidhenrikssonmusik
  2. So, to you who have followed this space before, welcome BACK to my blog! For the rest of you, just WELCOME! I’m going to do this in English sometimes to reach a wider audience, Google Translate works fine I guess but in a way it’s just easier for me to write it in English and not worry about corny translations. With that said… I’ll start with a quick (re)introduction of myself - my name is David Henriksson and I’m a Swedish musician, mostly guitarist, living in Nashville, Tennessee since the summer of 2017. Quickly after I moved here, my career took off WAY quicker than I had imagined. Crazy stuff happened within just a few months, but you can read more about that in this interview here. While working towards a new visa, David is also out touring almost every weekend. This is from a gig in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. (Photo: Sean Marshall) I’m here on work visa, specifically for music, called an O1 visa. It’s also described as a visa for ”Aliens of Extraordinary Abilities”. In February next year, less than 4 months from now, my visa expires. Since I’ve had such a blast over here, I definitely want to get another visa to see what more the future might hold for me over here. To get a new visa I have to prove my ”extraordinary” accomplishments in several different ways, one way is that I’ll have to get recommendation letters signed by people in the music industry that I have some kind of professional relationship with. Therefore, I have spent some time lately hitting up people I’ve gotten to know during my time in Nashville, to see if they wanna help out in this bureaucratic process to extend my stay here in ”Music City” – Nashville’s popular nickname. I’ll try to not make this seem just like bragging and name dropping, but rather be real about how this process works. Some very well respected and amazing musicians have been kind enough to agree to help out which I’ll be forever grateful for. If you don’t know who these people are, check them out as I’d rather tell you how I hooked up with them instead of what they’ve achieved. You’ll find that through our mutual friend name Google Left to right: David, Andreas Olsson from Swedish dance band ”Sannex”, Brent Mason Brent Mason – I ran into him the first time during a recording session in April last year with my former boss, country singer Tracy Lawrence. After that I booked a guitar lesson with Brent, which ended up being mostly a relaxed hang where we chatted way more than we played guitar. Afterwards he bought me dinner and a beer. What a guy! He also recommended me to the position as lead guitarist for country singer Aaron Lewis (former singer of the rock band ”Staind” who’s sold 15 million records worldwide). Brent himself plays guitar on Aaron’s albums so the fact that he recommended me as the guitarist who would have to cover his parts live meant a whole lot. To be completely clear here, I didn’t end up taking this guy for a few different reasons. Brent’s willingness to help out with the letter for my visa application also shows what a nice guy he is! With Vince Gill in his home studio (Photo: David Brawner) Vince Gill – I met Vince a couple of times in the fall of 2017 when we both played the ”Grand Ole Opry” and the ”Ryman Auditorium” during the same nights. Vince complimented my guitar playing and I was starstrucked like never before haha! Recently, were reintroduced to each other by a mutual friend and when asked if he would help me out with a letter, Vince invited me and our mutual friend over to his house to hang out for a bit and gladly signed the letter. What a guy! In the Cinderella Sound Studio with Bram Pemberton, Robert Reynolds and Al Perkins pictured 3rd, 2nd and 1st from the right. Brad Pemberton – We met while recording at one of Nashville’s oldest active recording studios called ”Cinderella Sound Studio”. Other musicians on this session were Robert Reynolds (former member of Grammy Award winning band ”The Mavericks”) and Al Perkins (also a Grammy winner who’s played on albums by Dolly Parton, Eagles, The Rolling Stones etc.) I’d call myself quite damn lucky to have these kind of people in my corner while trying to get through this tricky process once again. The first time I applied for a visa we sent in more than 100 pages of documentation, now my lawyer says that we should aim for 300 pages this time. I’m glad there are other ways to prove my accomplishments than just recommendation letters. Otherwise I’d be VERY stressed to get 300 of them together before February haha! More stories from Nashville and the visa process coming your way soon! Cool panorama picture from Vince’s studio (Photo: David Henriksson) Sponsored by: Se mina tidigare blogginlägg på Studio från september, 2018 och tidigare här! Kolla in mig på: www.facebook.com/davidhenrikssonmusik www.instagram.com/davidhenrikssonmusik www.youtube.com/davidhenrikssonmusik
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